By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by New Orleans Tourism & French Quarter Festivals)
New Orleans is always an exciting city to visit yet there is nothing like experiencing the holidays New Orleans-style!
New Orleans welcomes visitors with all of its historic streets, colorful traditions, unforgettable music and flavorful cuisine. This is a unique city to savor and enjoy during the holiday’s festivals and events.
When you combine the expertise of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and the French Quarter Festivals, the result is phenomenal. They have thought of every way to bring vacationers in contact with the highlights of what New Orleans has to offer during the holidays.
With over 100 French Quarter Festival holiday events, 23 at no-charge, cooking demonstrations, tours and custom attractions, you’ll have quite a selection.
After the gates to historic Jackson Square are opened, the night is brightened by hundreds of flickering candles held by the carolers, a free holiday tradition since 1946. https://holiday.neworleansonline.com/traditions/caroling-in-jackson-square/#sthash.jo1glQZW.dpuf
The bonfires awaken the levee with its glow, according to tradition, “To light the way for “Papa Noel,” the Cajun Santa Claus. https://holiday.neworleansonline.com/traditions/christmas-eve-bonfires-on-the-levee/#sthash.goTgXeR5.dpuf
Attend free concerts in historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica in the French Quarter and St. Augustive Church in Treme https://holiday.neworleansonline.com/traditions/st-louis-cathedral-concert-holiday-series/#sthash.jqrGaorK.dpuf
Families will enjoy the amusement rides and ice skating rink inside the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.
There’s also the historic characters strolling through the French Quarter from ‘Louisiana History Alive!’
Instead of only attending these festivals and events, amerce yourself in a totally traditional evening by tasting authentic creole cuisine at any of 49 restaurants serving Reveillion dinners. https://holiday.neworleansonline.com/reveillon/#sthash.TLe6CKhm.dpuf
New Orleans preserved their past and now you can take a self-guided Holiday Home Tour to see the decorations, unique architectural styles and meet the homeowners.
Get a FREE Christmas New Orleans Style Guidebook with all you need to celebrate December in New Orleans. Papa Noël Hotel deals, Reveillon menus, a complete calendar of events, and more. https://holiday.neworleansonline.com/traditions/#sthash.i2xbAeop.dpuf
New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation: Call (504) 522-5730, or visit www.FollowYourJoy.com.
NewOrleansOnline.com; NewOrleansMuseums.com; RadioFreeNeworleans.com,
French Quarter Festivals, Inc.: call 504-522-5730 or visit online at www.fqfi.org.
Award-winning Sandy Zimmerman is a syndicated columnist featuring Show and Dining reviews, travel, health, spas, luxury and more. Sandy is talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show programs and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. If you wish information, have questions about any of Sandy’s articles, call (702)-731-6491.