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New Orleans in December

Updated on November 28, 2019

Christmas on Bourbon Street

To Mardi Gras or not to Mardi Gras

There are those that may tell you that you've already missed your window of opportunity to visit the Big Easy for 2019. Everyone knows that October, Halloween, Voodoo fest, fall, and all things spooky have come and gone. Still others may suggest that you wait until February/March to catch the Mardi Gras festivities. Who doesn't love Mardi Gras?

Much Cooler than Visiting in July!

There's absolutely nothing wrong with October or Mardi Gras, As a matter of fact, I suggest that everyone who is able experience one of each in their lifetime. It will be an experience that you will never forget, guaranteed. But I'm here to make an argument for December. The month that unites our country in warm fuzzy feelings and exorbitant credit card debt.I say, invest your debt in something more than just a robotic vacuum cleaner this year; come to New Orleans! Not to mention the weather. If you've ever been to the city in the summer you know how oppressive the heat can be. Mild winters are lovely here. Perfect for walking around when the sun is put and all you need is a light sweater

Luna Fete at Lafayette Square

December 12-15, 2019, in downtown Nola, you can witness the takeover of Lafayette Square by the Arts Council. Luna Fete, as it is known, is an annual celebration that always brings beauty to the Square. Come by to join the festivities or simply take in the beautiful art installations. Bring the kids or make it a date night, there's plenty to experience for all.

Catch a Christmas Parade Saturday December 7th and December 14, 2019

New Orleans knows how to host a parade, and why stop with one? The Krewe of Jingle Parade is the annual downtown New Orleans parade that begins at Lee Circle and ends at Howard Street after making it's way down Canal. The parade is set for December 7, 2019. If this is your first Krewe of Jingle Parade, prepare yourself for a Mardi Gras infused holiday parade that's like nothing you've ever seen!

If you can't make it down for the 7th you're in luck. December 14, 2019, Jingle on the Boulevard Parade makes it's way into New Orleans East. This parade will have it all; the throws from the float, the jazz bands, and revelers who love the city. At noon the party starts at route starts at Crowder Boulevard and Morrison Road and ends at Lake Forrest Boulevard.

Carol on Jackson Square

December 22, 2019 bring your Christmas spirit to Jackson Square to take part in a tradition that began over sixty years ago. This event is non denominational and all who wish to participate are welcome. Sheet music will be given out, as will candles, prior to the seven pm curtain call.

Traditional Levee Bonfires Christmas Eve Night

If you happen to find yourself in New Orleans on Christmas Eve night, don't be alarmed when you look toward the Mighty Mississippi and you see flames. It's just locals doing what they do every year on the Eve of Chris Kringle's visit; llighting the way for Santa and his reindeer. You'll see several generations of family out there lighting up a stack of wood. PDon't be afraid to make your way toward the River and say hello.

Not Feeling the Holiday Cheer? There's Always a Bar Open!

If you're not interested in partaking in the Christmas festivities, remember this is New Orleans. You can walk the Quarter and find a quiet little bar and drink until you forget that Santa's on his way. Find a restaurant, ANY restaurant, and eat your fill of the best cuisine in the country. Let your imagination run wild in the city that has so much to offer.


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