New Orleans is a fantastic city to spend Christmas in, whether or not you have family in town. The city is alight with Christmas-themed things to do, many of which are common in other cities but have a unique local twist. From light displays to caroling in Jackson Square, you’ll find plenty of Christmas celebrations this holiday season.
New Orleans Christmas in the District is one such celebration, and it lasts from now until Jan 5th. Sponsored by the New Orleans Convention Center, the event features Concerts at the Plaza every Wednesday at 5:30pm, including the National WWII Museum Victory Bells and more this Wed., Dec. 18th. There are also brand new holiday-themed light displays synchronized to music going on every day of the week. The music is provided by 93.9 FM so that drivers can tune in on their car radios, and they run each night from 5:00pm to 11:00pm.
City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks lights up City Park each year with one of the best holiday light festivals in the country draped among the park’s magnificent oak trees and gardens. 13 gated acres of the park, including the Botanical Garden, Storyland and Carousel Gardens all take part in the lights display. The park’s attractions and Storyland area are also open for adults and children alike to take part in the fun and fantasy land. The Cajun night before Christmas display is one of the most popular spots in addition to our iconic snowman, Mr. Bingle.
This Sunday, Dec. 22nd, you can partake in the 58th annual Caroling in Jackson Square, which is a beloved and moving tradition in the city. A candlelit crowd sings spirit-lifting carols in front of the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral. The gates open at 6:30pm, and caroling begins promptly at 7pm. Candles and sheet music are provided.
Held on most days until Dec. 23rd, the St. Louis Cathedral plays host to Christmas concerts that feature Christmas carols and gospel favorites in the lovely backdrop of this historic cathedral. The concerts are free and begin at 8pm. Jeremy Davenport will play on the 18th, Thomas Kientz on the 19th, and the final concert will feature the St. Louis Cathedral Choir at 5:30pm on Dec. 22nd.
These are a few of the biggest events held throughout the city, but you can find plenty more hosted by different churches and social groups if you know where to look. Even just driving around the city looking at the lights on homes in different neighborhoods is a wonderful way to spend a holiday evening.