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Insider’s Look at Upcoming New Orleans Attractions - Winter

A Windsor Court Wonderland: Have a Holly, Jolly Holiday in New Orleans

Holiday memories are meant to last a lifetime, so this year, jazz up your seasonal celebrations with a trip to New Orleans. From caroling in the historic Jackson Square to reveling along the Mississippi River during the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display, you’ll enjoy the ultimate experiences during the most wonderful time of the year. 

Start things off right and create a new Turkey Day tradition in New Orleans. Thanksgiving is opening day for the thoroughbred racing season at the Fair Grounds Race Course, and a traditional holiday outing to the historic track has been passed down through generations of locals. After you’ve played the ponies and collected your winnings, retreat to your home away from home at Windsor Court and sit down to an unforgettable meal by Chef de Cuisine Gabriel Charpentier. Celebrate family and food in The Grill Room with our prix fixe lunch and dinner menu featuring Sweet Potato Soup, Turkey Roulade, Bourbon Apple Bundt Cake and more. 

Transition into the holiday spirit by experiencing the annual tree lighting ceremony in the Grand Lobby, featuring a 19 1/2-foot Christmas tree boasting more than 25,000 mini white lights and a classic toy train around the base. Additional décor includes ten Colorado blue spruce trees, donning more than 3,000 ornaments, and four, six-foot gold magnolia wreaths in the main lobby windows. The grand stairwell consists of 75 feet of gold magnolia along with 500 mini lights, and in total, the hotel is trimmed with over 1,500 feet of gold magnolia garland. 

There’s no better time to take in the twinkling lights and seasonal grandeur than during a festive feast at the hotel. Partake in the traditional pastime of Holiday Tea in Le Salon or indulge in a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day prix fixe menu in The Grill Room. Make the meals extra special and elevate your dining experience with the addition of Caviar and Champagne for Two, featuring White Sturgeon Caviar and Bollinger Special Cuvée. 

December is also the time to take advantage of Reveillon, a revered French tradition still ensconced in New Orleans culture and available at many local restaurants throughout December. At The Grill Room, the special four-course dinner includes items such as Chicory Salad, Pumpkin Bisque and Red Snapper Bouillabaisse. 

Finally, ring in 2017 in The Grill Room as the masterful culinary team presents a festive four-course meal to jumpstart your celebration. Tempt your taste buds with Lobster Consommé, Poached Beef Tenderloin or “Pousquabail,” a classic Turducken reinvented. Guests with later reservations will receive access to the New Year’s Eve celebration in Cocktail Bar, featuring an open bar of premium drinks, gourmet desserts, live music from pianist Tom Hook and a champagne toast at midnight.