Holiday magic in New Orleans
Steeped in beauty and a rich history, this Louisiana treasure offers a unique winter escape for those in search of Christmas activities with a Creole twist. From candlelit caroling to extraordinary light festivals, get carried away in The Big Easy!
Tons of holiday fun awaits you in the Crescent City! Dive into the colorful past of this 300-year-old city—the birthplace of jazz, American opera and poker!— with a walking tour from Free Tours by Foot, where you can explore one of 20 of New Orleans’ breathtaking historic districts. Next, head over to the NOLA Christmasfest to enjoy ice skating, a carousel, ice slide and photos with Santa. After working up an appetite, visit the French Quarter to savor authentic Cajun cuisine at Antoine’s Restaurant, the oldest continuously operating restaurant in America. Then enjoy a cup of chicory coffee and a traditional red and green Christmas King cake from Bittersweet Confections. As night falls, make your way to Royal Square and Chartres Street to marvel at the incredible twinkling light display as the joyful voices of carolers echo through the glowing streets— simply magical!