The Big Easy might not get a white Christmas, but we certainly don’t lack holiday spirit. Let the mood inspire you and get involved in any of these things to do this December in New Orleans, and share your pictures with us on social media!
Things to do this December in New Orleans
1. Visit St. Louis Cathedral
Red bows are already decorating the street lights at the St. Louis Cathedral. Plus, every December, they host a series of concerts to celebrate Christmas with local musicians. The best thing is they’re free!
Where: 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans
2-6. Enjoy these magical light shows
There’s something about light shows that gets us in the holiday spirit. And while New Orleans may not have the winter weather charm of other cities, our oaks and palm trees can become magical when they glow with twinkling lights.
Here’s our list of Christmas lights in New Orleans that you can’t miss:
- Celebration in the Oaks
- Christmas in the Park
- Jackson Square
- The Roosevelt Hotel NOLA
- Luna Fête
7. Go to a breathtaking Candlelight concert
Imagine Christmas music bathed only by candlelight. Here’s this month’s schedule:
8. Go to see The Grinch Broadway Musical
Hailed by The New York Times as “100 times better than any bedtime story”, this classic holiday musical will enchant adults and children alike.
9. Sip on a Holiday Cocktail
Gallatoire’s 33 Bar and Steak offers different holiday cocktails that can’t get any better. Sip on a Juniper Tree (gin, grenadine, orange bitters, and lime juice), eggnog, or even a Wreath of Holly (brandy, milk punch, and creme de menthe). It’s right in the French Quarter!
Where: 215 Bourbon Street, New Orleans
10. Ride through Celebration In The Oaks at their Bike Nights
Experience Celebration in the Oaks differently at the weekly “Bike Nights.” Here’s everything you need to know.
Ride through the most beautiful holiday exhibit in the country by bike. The New Orleans City Park holiday experience boasts more than 1 million lights.
Breathtaking light displays will be scattered throughout a 2.25-mile riding tour of the park. This event will be offered every Thursday night from November 29 to December 13.
11. Make your own perfume
Head over to the French Quarter and make a custom-made perfume for yourself or any of your loved ones. Reservations are required for unique fragrances. You can find all the info here.
Where: Bourbon French Parfums 805 Royal Street, New Orleans
12. Don’t miss this extraordinary multisensory Van Gogh exhibition
The highly successful immersive Van Gogh exhibit has seen a magnitude of success across the world. The exhibition showcases the prolific artwork of Vincent Van Gogh in a venue that is completely transformed and reimagined before your eyes, taking you into Van Gogh’s mesmerizing world of his most famous works.
Paintings encapsulate the entire stunning venue via two-story projections, with his most iconic artwork splashed on the walls, ceilings, and even the floors for a captivating, large-scale immersive experience that you won’t soon forget.
Featured image by CRH Drones @crh_drones.