5 Must Do Events During Christmas Season in New Orleans

At NOLA ChristmasFest, we invite everyone to join us in celebrating Christmas, New Orleans style! Of course, we would love to see you and your family for ice skating, rides, fun with Santa, and so much more. Along with enjoying NOLA ChristmasFest, you should also spend some time enjoying some other great Christmas events in New Orleans. We’ve put together a list of things for you to do during your New Orleans Christmas visit.

Miracle on Fulton Street

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Harrah’s puts on a wonderful festive, fun event on Fulton Street every year, featuring daily “snow”, twinkling lights, and a giant tree. The event runs Nov. 22- Dec. 24 and every Friday and Saturday night is accompanied with live music and Santa Claus. Plus, this year new and exciting interactive art displays will be a part of Miracle on Fulton Street, so you don’t want to miss out!

Bonfires on the Levee

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A New Orleans tradition that dates back to the time of the earliest Cajun Settlers, the lighting of the bonfires along the Mississippi River on Christmas Eve is a can’t miss event. To make sure you get a “good seat” for the bonfires, you can book a narrated motor coach excursion with Gray Line Tours. They provide options that include a tour of the San Francisco Plantation as well as a holiday dinner.


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You don’t want to miss out on the wonderful visionary initiative created by the Arts Council New Orleans. The multi-day celebration, running December 7-10 in Lafayette Square, features illuminated installations, digital sculptures, video-mapping projections and art animated by technology. It definitely engages and inspires audiences of all ages.

Reveillon Dinners

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Another New Orleans tradition, revived in the 1990s has been increasing in popularity. Dozens of New Orleans restaurants offer Reveillon Dinners with menus inspired by those enjoyed by Creole families who started the tradition. These dinners are nightly from December 1-31, and there are many different restaurants to choose from.

Celebration in the Oaks Tour

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You can ride Santa’s bus on a narrated tour down the holiday-decorated Esplanade Avenue to City Park. Running December 3-23, Gray Line Tours New Orleans provides a wonderful way to view the beautiful displays including “Cajun Night Before Christmas”, the “Santa Gator”, and a life size Nativity scene. After the tour, be sure to enjoy the fun of City Park’s amusement rides and live musical entertainment.