Published on 12/07/18 by Charlotte Link

New Orleans in December is a very colorful and active place.  Do you like holiday decorations, lights, music, shopping or good food?  These and many other festive things to do are filling our city this month...

Decorations: I love to go hotel lobby hopping during December to see the fantastic decorations.  A few favorites are the Monteleone, the Windsor Court, and the Roosevelt.  It's always fun to stay a spell and have a drink or some hot chocolate on a cold night.  In other parts of town, just walking down the street will presnt you with a smile inducing assortment of holiday decor...throughout the French Market, the Quarter's residential streets (specifically Royal) and the Garden District.  

Lights: The aforementioned hotel lobbies are great, but then there are the huge light displays at City Park (Celebration in the Oaks), Lafrenierre Park, and new this year, Audubon Zoo!  Luna Fete is December 6-9th, so it's too late for this year but mark it on your calendar for next year - the first Thursday - Sunday in December - a huge light and sound show projected onto the facade of Gallier Hall on the hour, from 6-9pm each night.  

Music: My favorite music can be found all over the French Quarter and Frenchman Street, and venues all over town, but during the holidays, I like to go to the nightly concerts at St Louis Cathedral, part of Christmas New Orleans Style, or the caroling in Jackson Square, this year on the 16th of December.  St Augustine Church in Treme has several Christmas concerts, as does Celebration in the Oaks in City Park.

Shopping: I love to shop as much as the next gal, but for holiday shopping, I love our local markets, like the Freret St Market, the Arts Council Palmer Park Art Market, for homemade and locally sourced gifts.  I'm a big believer in supporting small locally grown businesses.  Don't overlook the Crescent City Farmers Market and our own French Market for the bounty of Louisiana citrus, baked goods and pralines to include in gift baskets or stockings.  

Good Eats: This topic is not specific to December, as we eat well year round in New Orleans!  During the holidays there are holiday themed menus at many restaurants and hotels throughout our great city.  I just sampled from the Hannukah menu at Saba yesterday, and hope to try a few of the Revillon offerings before the end of the month.  I missed my chance to have a Thanksgiving po-boy at Parkway Bakery this year, but already have it on my calandar for any Wednesday in November next year.  

Hope you can get out and enjoy the fresh cool air, and participate in some of these things that make our city such a special and really unique place to play tourist, whether from afar, or at home!!


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