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Insider's Look at Upcoming New Orleans Attractions During The Holidays

Holiday Magic and Merriment at Windsor Court Hotel

New Orleans is a haven for holiday travelers looking to escape freezing temperatures while still enjoying an idyllic setting and seasonal celebrations. This year, as the city prepares to commemorate its tricentennial in 2018, there’s no better time to experience all the Crescent City has to offer. At Windsor Court, the lowest room rates of the season pair with decadent cuisine and warm winter cocktails to create the ultimate, Southern winter wonderland.

The holiday spirit comes alive after Thanksgiving as the hotel’s decor takes on the seasonal splendor, complete with the lobby centerpiece – a 19 1/2-foot Christmas tree boasting more than 25,000 mini white lights, a classic toy train encircling the base and over 1,500 feet of gold magnolia garland. Additional decorative elements throughout the property include ten Colorado blue spruce trees; four, six-foot gold magnolia wreaths in the main lobby windows and more than 75 feet of gold magnolia garland lining the grand stairwell.

Emerge from the cozy comfort of your room or suite, and you’ll be just steps away from New Orleans’ historic Magazine Street. From the Central Business District to Audubon Park, the corridor offers more than 100 merchants and six miles of shopping, dining, art, activities and entertainment for all ages. There’s no better destination to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list.

Once you’ve snatched up every stocking stuffer between downtown and the Garden District, set your sights on Holiday Tea in Le Salon. A community tradition for over 30 years, this traditional pastime always proves popular, with the busiest days of the season often seeing between 325 and 400 guests. Service includes a properly brewed pot of tea; a glass of sherry, sparkling wine or specialty cocktail; a selection of English tea sandwiches; scones with clotted cream; and a final course of gourmet desserts.

After tea time, venture to another favorite New Orleans neighborhood to take in Celebration in the Oaks, one of the most spectacular holiday lights festivals in the country. City Park’s centuries-old live oak trees shine brilliantly with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights and breathtaking displays scattered throughout 25 acres of the park, including the Botanical Garden, Storyland and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park.

Whether it’s a dinner party at home or a formal affair to ring in the New Year, there’s no better way to celebrate the season than with a festive feast. A popular restaurant in the heart of the city, The Grill Room at Windsor Court is home to a variety of New Orleans’ favorite holiday meals. There are options for every palate, including a traditional Turkey Day dinner elevated by optional caviar and champagne for two; a four-course French Reveillon menu featuring an entrée selection of Beef Short Rib or Red Snapper; Christmas Eve and Day meals capped off with a dazzling Bȗche de Noël dessert; and a decadent New Year’s Eve feast complete with Poached Lobster and Lamb Rack.

Ready to relax and rejuvenate after shopping sprees and indulgent dinners? End your winter escape with a visit to The Spa at Windsor Court, where restorative services, luxurious treatment rooms and premier product lines will provide you the ultimate in pampering.