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A Very New Orleans Christmas

I didn’t discover the beauty of New Orleans until adulthood. It’s where I celebrated my 29th birthday, attended one of the coolest wedding experiences the US has to offer, and most recently–had myself a merry little Christmas.

There are a million and four reasons why New Orleans is one of the best cities in North America. Let’s not forget it’s also one of the best Christmas getaways. NOLA is known for soaring temps and extreme humidity–however, during the holidays, the heat isn’t an issue, making the city more walkable than ever. 

Christmas in New Orleans / for the love of nikeChristmas in New Orleans / for the love of nike

Christmas in New Orleans / for the love of nike

a second line parade marches by as onlookers follow along

Christmas in New Orleans / for the love of nike

Did this guy pop out of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol?

Christmas in New Orleans / for the love of nike

Christmas in New Orleans / for the love of nike

Christmas in New Orleans / for the love of nikeChristmas in New Orleans / for the love of nikeAnother reason to make a pilgrimage during December is the all the holiday cheer. Christmas lights line historic sites and wind up the palm trees along Canal Street.  Christmas in New Orleans / for the love of nike

Christmas in New Orleans / for the love of nike

Christmas in New Orleans / for the love of nike

Things to Do in New Orleans during the holidays: 

  • do a walking tour from the French Quarter to the Garden District to see all the homes twinkling with Christmas lights, or hop on the street car to see the houses along St. Charles Avenue
  • experience the Creole tradition of Réveillon Dinners, originally served after midnight mass on Christmas Eve to awaken the joy of the season
  • take a peek inside the lobby of The Roosevelt Hotel to see their indoor winter wonderland
  • go caroling by candle light in Jackson Square the Sunday before Christmas
  • visit Celebration in The Oaks, a well-known holiday light festival in City Park
  • take part in the Cajun custom of levee bonfires on Christmas Eve along the Mississippi River

13 comments

  1. Do you really want to walk from the Quarters to my neighborhood? Too much Indian country to pass through. Just take the green streetcar to First Street, cross St. Charles, wave at us and walk two more streets and take a picture of Anne Rice’s old house. And, come on Sunday next time so you can see a real second line…

    • Hi Ray! How many miles is it? haha. I love walking. But I have to say the street car is such a nice feature New Orleans has to offer. I wish all cities had street cars. I googled Anne Rice’s house–what a place! Wish I had known to walk by it before I visited. Guess I’ll have to check it out next time.
      Thanks for stopping by!

      • Hi. Maybe five or six, but once you cross into Central City, safety is a real issue. As far as Anne Rice’s old house goes, we live about a block away. On Google Maps, go to First and Coliseum. We are on the down river and lake side… or, southwest corner to you. Next time you come down please don’t hesitate to ask me for local recommendations. I know things… 😳

  2. Marley

    I’m going to New Orleans the weekend before Christmas and I’m so excited!! It’ll be my second time in the city, and I can’t wait to see it all decked out for Christmas. I have a must do/see list of Christmas things 🙂

  3. Never considered New Orleans during Christmas. It seems like a wonderful idea and I do like Cajun cooking. What was your favorite dish there?

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