Christmas is a time of traditions. New Orleans, like other cities, celebrates Christmas each year with its own unique traditions. The many Christmas events held each year in New Orleans brings people together to celebrate the season of giving and joy. Traditions in New Orleans include tree lighting parties, Celebration in the Oaks, Caroling in the Square, midnight mass, the New Orleans Christmas fest, Running of the Santa’s, Holiday Home Tours, Réveillon Dinners, and the Lights at Luna Fête.


Celebration of the Oaks

City Park’s Celebration of the Oaks is a magical event filled with Christmas lights throughout the park. Enjoy riding amusement park rides as you marvel at the lights. Enjoy a spin on one of the oldest carousels and take the kids on a train ride through the park.

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Carol in Jackson Square

A NOLA Christmas tradition includes caroling in Jackson Square. The streetcars, streets and carriages are beautifully decorated with lights and garland. Families will gather in Jackson Square in front of the St. Louis Cathedral as they light candles and sing along to Christmas carols. Only a short walk from everything in the French Quarter, it’s the perfect Christmas event.

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Holiday Home Tour

The Holiday Home Tour is a great tour for those who love home décor. The tour features homes in The Garden District – mansion-like homes to smaller houses – all dressed up for the holidays.

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Luna Fête

Luna Fête is a light show that happens on Fulton street each year, where kids can meet Santa and make gingerbread houses. Jump with other people on stepping circles to make a light display of your own. After the light show, enjoy a fabulous meal at a Reveillon Dinner – or just do a little Christmas shopping.

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We hope this was helpful, and we hope you enjoy your Christmas in New Orleans!