With New Orleans characters strolling about the French Quarter in Victorian dress, balconies decked out in holiday finery, and special events like Creole Réveillon dinners, candlelight caroling in Jackson Square and concerts in St. Louis Cathedral, the French Quarter feels like something out of a Dickens novel this time of year. Come join us at the Hotel Provincial for Christmas New Orleans Style. Make our heartwarming traditions yours. Here's what's happening this holiday season.
Come experience Celebration in the Oaks in City Park, one of the most popular holiday displays in America. Ooh and ah at ancient live oak trees dripping in hundreds of thousands of lights and 25 acres of holiday displays. Learn more.
Since the early 19th century, traditional Réveillon feasts (pronounced ‘rĕ -vē -ŏn) have been prepared and enjoyed in New Orleans. In the early days, Réveillon took place after Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, but the tradition has been adapted for modern times and you can now see prix-fixe Réveillon options on restaurant menus all over town. Get out there and enjoy! Learn more.
This year the Audubon Institute debuts Audubon Zoo Lights, featuring alligators, elephants, lions and flamingos all aglow, as well as Santa’s Arctic Wildland featuring animals native to the North Pole. Head Uptown for live holiday music, a Gingerbread Village aglitter with candy cane lights and gumdrop trees, and other holiday activities for families. Learn more.
Catch the spirit of the holidays and lots of throws at this Mardi Gras-style parade in downtown New Orleans. Learn more.
Come out to Lafayette Square for Luna Fete, sponsored by the Arts Council New Orleans. Enjoy light projections, illuminated installations and more. Learn more.
Come all ye faithful to Jackson Square for this beloved tradition, a gift to the city from the Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré since 1946. Candles and song sheets are provided. Learn more.
Join us in the New Orleans Convention Center for NOLA Christmas Fest. Enjoy ice skating, ice sliding, bouncing on giant inflatables, and more. Learn more.
Experience an exciting Louisiana tradition - the lighting of the bonfires on the banks of the Mississippi River to guide Papa Noel. Gray Line Tours offers round-trip narrated motor coach transportation to Bayou Country to view the bonfires. Learn more.
Gather in the French Quarter for live music, a fleur-de-lis drop at midnight, and the Symphony in the Sky fireworks show. Learn more.
This Mardi Gras-style parade with floats, bands will roll through the French Quarter up Decatur Street along the Mississippi River, passing iconic landmarks such as The Old US Mint, the French Market, Cafe du Monde and Jackson Square. Learn more.
On New Year’s Day, all eyes are on the Allstate Sugar Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Even if you don’t have tickets, come be a part of the excitement. The best place to watch the game might just be your favorite bar in the French Quarter – the Ice House Bar adjacent to our lobby. Learn more.