5 Ways New Orleans is Different During the Holidays

Many people know that New Orleans is different than most other American cities and during the holidays, that definitely holds true. Gatherings focus around food, and homes are festively decorated as in other cities, but you will also experience a few things you wouldn’t be able to anywhere else. Here are some of the fun, interesting, and crazy elements of holiday celebrations in New Orleans.

Santas Go Running

There’s the annual Running of the Santas festival and pub crawl. Included are costume contests, drink specials and live entertainment – certainly a spectacle you don’t want to miss.

We Have a Christmas Parade

The Krewe of Jingle Parade has holiday-themed floats, marching bands, stilt walkers, and Christmas characters parading on Canal Street on December 5th this year.  Even the Krewe of Rolling Elvi is there!   What would Christmas in New Orleans be without a Carnival tradition crossing over into the holidays?

There’s a Holiday Cat Circus

The Acro-Cats visit yearly for their production of The Amazing Acro-Cats Meowy Catmas. The show features cats playing music and doing tricks, gaining quite the following in New Orleans over the years.

We Have Christmas King Cakes

Another nod to the Carnival tradition, includes a seasonal version of the sweet treat. You can stop in and get yours at Haydel’s bakery during the holidays.

You Can Get Festive Cocktails

Tales of the Toddy returns for its 11th year, as the city’s best bartenders create cocktails that are guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. Hosted at the Hyatt Regency, cocktails are accompanied by live bands and the city’s newest restaurants serving up flavors of the season.