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Insider's Look at Upcoming New Orleans Attractions - Holidays

Holiday Happenings in New Orleans

New Orleanians have a distinct way of celebrating the holidays, which includes a variety of special events, from Reveillon feasts and candlelight caroling to the lighting of Jackson Square and a never-ending array of New Year’s Eve fêtes. Take a trip to New Orleans this holiday season, and experience the authentic local traditions that make the Crescent City spectacular. 

This Thanksgiving, make New Orleans your home away from home. Indulge in The Grill Room’s exclusive four-course, prix fixe menu featuring turkey with oyster dressing, grilled sweet potato soup and a brown butter apple tart. 

December is an event-filled month, with options including the grand menorah lighting in Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah, Christmas caroling by candlelight in Jackson Square, the magical lights of City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks and seasonal concerts at St. Louis Cathedral. 

If lights and holiday decorations are what you’re looking for, then walk no further than the Windsor Court lobby, where the 19 ½ -foot Christmas tree boasts more than 25,000 mini-white lights and a classic toy train around the base. In total, there are ten Colorado blue spruce trees, donning more than 3,000 ornaments, throughout the hotel. Four, six-foot gold magnolia wreaths and over 1,500 feet of gold magnolia garland round out the holiday décor. 

Holiday Tea in Le Salon offers an excellent opportunity to take in the twinkling lights and seasonal splendor while also experiencing one of New Orleans’ most stylish pastimes. From Thanksgiving to Kings Day, this elegant tradition is complete with delicate tea sandwiches, holiday-themed scones and desserts. 

While festive decorations are essential to the season, locals know that December is also the time to take advantage of Reveillon feasts, a French and Creole tradition offered by dozens of New Orleans restaurants, featuring house specialties and prix fixe dinners. At The Grill Room, guests can indulge in Chef Daniel Causgrove’s four-course menu, with options including blue crab gratin, monkfish courtbouillon and grilled hangar steak. 

Finally, extend your holiday stay and ring in the New Year with Windsor Court. The Grill Room is offering a special four-course dinner from Chef Causgrove, and later reservations include a ticket to the all-inclusive New Year’s Eve celebration in Cocktail Bar, featuring an open bar of premium drinks, gourmet desserts and live music from pianist Tom Hook. The night’s festivities will culminate with a champagne toast at midnight. Throughout the night, guests can also stop by Polo Club Lounge for the soulful sounds and melodic grace of New Orleans songbird Robin Barnes.

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