Tis the Season to Stay at Hotel Provincial
Tis the season….to stay with Hotel Provincial! Christmas lights glowing through the trees, wreaths decorating doors, and deep discounts are just a few reasons to visit us during December. Our lavish rooms start at just $99 during the week.
Plus, there are plenty of things to keep you busy. Some of our favorite things happening around town:
Celebrate in the Oaks
Celebration in the Oaks is a fan favorite (and ours!). City Park features more than 500,000 LED lights through 13 acres of the park, including the Botanical Garden, Storyland and Carousel Gardens. The result is an absolutely beautiful Christmas display unlike anything else you’re going to see in the city. There’s even synchronized music/light shows, carnival rides, hot chocolate stands and hot buttered rum for the adults.
The event will run through Jan. 3. Tickets are $8 ($9 if you buy online, which we recommend so that you can skip the line), and free for kids under the age of three.
Eat a Reveillon dinner
The longstanding Reveillon dinners are a holiday tradition in New Orleans, going back generations—when Creole residents had these meals after Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and again on New Year’s Eve. Many restaurants will have special Reveillon menus, which often feature eggnog, pastries, crystallized fruits, meringues and sugar sculptures.
Go caroling in Jackson Square
Both residents and visitors of New Orleans gather in Jackson Square to sing Christmas carols by candle light. On Dec. 21, hundreds of people will carry on that tradition as song sheets and candles are passed around in front of St. Louis Cathedral for another night of caroling. The soft glow the candles give truly make for a beautiful scene.
There will also be a live concert in the cathedral, and the winners of Patio Planters contest for the best Christmas decorations will be announced. The gates to Jackson Square open at 6:30 p.m. and the caroling will begin promptly at 7 p.m.
Watch the bonfires on the Levee
Every Christmas Eve, bonfires are lit along the Mississippi River all the way from Baton Rouge to New Orleans to help guide Papa Noel to the Crescent City.
Take in all of the beautiful decorations
Take the streetcar down St. Charles, walk around the French Quarter or take a drive through Uptown to see all of the beautiful houses decorated for the holidays. The New Orleans scenery is beautiful enough on its own, so the added Christmas lights and garland just make them that much better. You won’t be disappointed.
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