Joyeux Noel from New Orleans!
With the start of the Fairgrounds racing season beginning on Thanksgiving Day leading the way and Twelfth Night festivities taking us into Carnival, winter rolls into New Orleans with a flourish. Christmas is a special time in the Crescent City.
For the traditionalist, no New Orleans holiday is complete without a trip to visit Mr. Bingle at City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks. Hundreds of light displays, an ice skating rink and hot-buttered rums make this a beautiful evening for the whole family.
And, really, what is Christmas without caroling? Join the residents of the French Quarter (and usually several local celebrities) for caroling in Jackson Square. Song sheets and candles are provided and it is a truly magnificent sight to see: thousands of candlelit faces framed by the facade of St. Louis Cathedral. The date this year is Dec. 18 .