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.
Another 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.
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