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What to Do in New Orleans at Christmas Time

So, you wanna know what the heck there is to do in New Orleans during the holidays? Well, it just so happens there’s a lot. And as you can probably guess, this being New Orleans and all, it has a lot to do with eating and drinking.

Things to Do in New Orleans at Christmas Time

Well, heck, eating and drinking, having a good time, that’s what we are known for so might as well take advantage of it. And, it’s the holidays, so celebrate, have fun, toss your food restrictions out the window, just make sure the window is open when you do that (yuk yuk), and live it up.

So here are just some of the best things you can do to keep yourself busy during this holy month of December.

Perambulate the Celebration in the Oaks

This is in City Park. As the video above shows they got beautiful lights, beautiful lights and displays. Beautiful lights! I know I already said that, just wanna say it again. If this doesn’t put you in the holiday mood then nothing will.

Partake in a Reveillon Dinner

Local restaurants started this several years ago, or should I say restarted it. It’s an old tradition when families would go to midnight Mass and then celebrate into the wee hours of the morning with a well-set table with all sort and manner of alcoholic beverages. Not it’s been updated it here in the Crescent City. Now it’s eating establishments offering press fixe meals at regular hours throughout the holidays. Nice idea.

Check this link for a list of restaurants and prices for Reveillon Dinners.

Stroll Down Fulton Street

This is a short walking street right off Poydras decorated in the a grand Christmas style. Sometimes there’s snow if you get that at the right time. Sometimes Santa Claus shows up. But whenever you get there this will help get you in the Christmas sprit.

Mosey in the French Quarter

Just walking the Quarter and looking at all the lights in Jackson Square, walking into the St. Louis Cathedral will help you get in the holiday mood. If it’s chilly go have yourself some coffee and beignets at Cafe DuMonde. Go anyway even if it’s not.

Ride the Streetcar

A grand way to see the lights on St. Charles Avenue streetcar without having to worry about being in a car and maybe hitting the guy in front of you because you’re gawking at all the decorations. Of course, you wanna do this at night when all the lights are in grand display.

Have a 25 Cent martini lunch at Commanders

Yep, you read dat right, 25 cents for a martini… as many as you want. But please make sure someone else is driving. This is part of their pris fixe menu. A great time to go to Commander’s is during the holidays. They really do it up big and you can make the lunch last as long as you want. No need to be in a hurry. And of course, there’s that famous Commander’s service.

Take a Gander at the Roosevelt Lobby – have a Sazerac

I always love walking the lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel any time of the year. But especially during Christmas this place is filled with lights. Sneak into the Sazerac Room and have yourself probably the best Sazerac in the city

Do the High Tea or the Bar at Windsor Court

OK, you have get all fancy to do this, and you usually have to make reservations and usually it’s a thing that women like to do, having an afternoon tea in full view of their amazingly tall and beautifully decorated Christmas tree. But heck, you don’t need to wait to go to tea here cuz you can just go upstairs to their bar area any evening and just sit and have a drink or maybe just a coffee. If you’re lucky enough there might be some live music playing to relax you into the Christmas season.

We went up to the bar one evening when we were dressed to the nines and just had coffee. They bring you a large French press and you can pour the joe at your leisure. A nice thing to do if you want to be in elegant surroundings and not spend much.

Oh and by the way, there are all kinds of hotel deals whether your coming for a visit of if you’re a local and just wanna spend a holiday weekend in the Quarter.

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