The Holiday Season is upon us and “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” here in New Orleans. Christmas decor has been on the shelves since Halloween. Trees have gone up and Christmas lights are hanging. Ready or not, Christmas is here. It’s a beautiful time here in New Orleans. The hotel lobbies are decorated. Canal Street is lined with lights and decor. Here are 10 places to find the best Christmas Decorations in New Orleans.
Hotel lobby features a to-scale replica of New Orleans’ iconic streetcar as well as a gingerbread tugboat named the S.S. Bingle in honor of Maison Blanche’s beloved holiday mascot.
Each weekday at 12 noon during the month of December, elementary and high school choirs from across the metro area spread holiday cheer with musical performances in the hotel’s main lobby.
The hotel’s lobby centerpiece features a 19 1/2-foot Christmas tree boasting more than 25,000 mini white lights and a classic toy train encircling the base. Additional décor includes ten Colorado blue spruce trees, donning more than 3,000 ornaments, and myriad wreaths and garland trimming the lobby and grand stairwell.
In December, the variety of holiday happenings at the hotel will once again be complemented by performances from local school choirs. Throughout the month, students will gather in the Windsor Court lobby to provide seasonal entertainment in true New Orleans holiday spirit.
4. Hotel Monteleone
Elegantly decorated with Christmas trees and decor. The Carousel Bar is always a perfect photo op! Don’t forget to order a holiday cocktail.
Make sure to stop by on December 3rd at 5:00pm for the annual Lobby Lighting Ceremony, a holiday tradition since the 1930s. The holiday decorations will be on display through January 4th, 2020! Share your pictures using #WaldorfWonderland!
Luxury hotel lobby is beautifully decorated the lined trees are definitely insta worthy.
Miracle on Fulton Street returns November 29-December 28.
Guests will enter through an exciting new illuminated entryway into a beautiful canopy of holiday lights and trees. Experience a winter wonderland with daily “snow” fall every hour. Strike a pose in front of the new 30 foot Christmas Tree in the Fulton Street circle and the elaborate gingerbread display in Harrah’s Hotel Lobby. Bring the whole family and dance to live music and purchase your photo with Santa on Friday and Saturday nights. This event is free and open to the public.
Miracle is a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar that serves holiday cocktails in a festive setting. With kitschy holiday décor, professionally-developed cocktails and the nostalgic energy of the best office party you’ve ever been to, Miracle is sure to get even the grouchiest grinch in the holiday spirit. Locations are Barell Proof and Longway Tavern from November 25-December 31.
Celebration in the Oaks in City Park is the most spectacular holiday lights festival in the country, with more than 165,000 visitors pouring into the Park to see the magical winter spectacle. City Park’s famous oaks are swathed in over a million twinkling lights and breathtaking light displays are scattered throughout 25 acres of the Park, including the Botanical Garden, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. Open November 29- January 1.
The whole family will enjoy an exciting array of animal-themed light displays, nightly live entertainment, an Elves Workshop to write letters to Santa, and so much more. The signature attraction at Audubon Zoo Lights presented by Children’s Hospital New Orleans is silk-lighted replicas of some of the Zoo’s most popular animals, including a larger-than-life peacock. Open November 29- December 30.
Happy Holidays! I’ll update with more places as I visit them!