9 great reasons to visit New Orleans during the holidays

November 21 2013 | News

Holiday decorations in New OrleansThere are a lot of great reasons to visit New Orleans during the holidays.

There are the delicious Thanksgiving meals at premier restaurants across the city. I love the traditional home cooked meal at home, but there’s something to be said about not having to spend all day cooking and cleaning up!

The shopping! Skip the craziness of the malls on Black Friday and instead shop Royal Street, or Magazine Street or the list goes on. In New Orleans, you’ll find unique gifts that the person who opens it on Christmas morning will treasure.

There’s the big game, the Bayou Classic (Saturday, November 30) which pits the Tigers of Grambling State against the Jaguars of Southern University. It’s a football tradition that you don’t want to miss.

Four words. Celebration in the Oaks! City Park is transformed into a holiday wonderland with hundreds of thousands of lights and decorations, amusement park rides for the younger ones and festive music all month long.

The shopping! I know that I already mentioned this, but there are hundreds of unique and independently owned shops that are sure to have the perfect gift for your special someone.

There’s the parade! It’s not Carnival season yet, but that doesn’t stop us from throwing a parade. The Krewe of Jingle roll through New Orleans on December 7, with floats, marching bands and your child’s favorite Christmas characters. The parade begins at 1 p.m. near Lee Circle. It travels down St. Charles Avenue before rolling by the French Quarter on Canal Street. It heads back towards Uptown on Baronne Street to Howard Avenue.

The Caroling in Jackson Square. It’s a truly moving annual tradition as candle lights flicker through Jackson Square as thousands of people fill Jackson Square to spread the joy of the holiday season with traditional Christmas carols.

The bonfires along the levees. All along the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Baton Rouge bonfires are lit to guide Pere Noel to the homes of all of the good boys and girls.

It (probably) won't snow. I love the beauty of a snow storm, the way it paints everything white. However, I hate driving it and I hate the cold weather that comes with it. New Orleans has mild temperatures through all of the holiday season. 

Hotel Provincial has a limited number of rooms available this weekend, Thanksgiving weekend and exceptionally great rates for the whole holiday season. Make your reservations online or call us at 1-800-535-7922.