Come and kickoff the start of the holiday season with the annual Canal Street Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, November 25 from 5-7 p.m. Join the DDD and Astor Crowne Plaza as we “flip the switch” turning on more than one million twinkling lights, brightening the historic street for holiday shoppers, diners, visitors and revelers.
This year we’ve added a great new attraction. The Outlet Collection at the Riverwalk will join in the celebration with the inaugural lighting of the Christmas tree at Spanish Plaza. The tree stands 50 feet tall, beautifully marking the beginning of Canal Street. It is brilliantly decorated with festive lights & ornaments, surrounded by gift boxes, and topped with a bright & shiny star.
Every year, Canal Street, from the Mississippi River to Elks Place is covered with beautiful holiday lights, wreaths, ribbons and garland. Bring the whole family Downtown to witness the majesty of the holiday season while caroling with Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Male Chorus and decorating holiday cookies.
Santa will be there!
Astor Crowne Plaza
739 Canal St
5pm to 7pm
Guests who bring an unwrapped, new toy for the children of Ozanam Inn can receive a free picture with Santa!
Click here to check out all the great events happening during the Canal Street: Home for the Holidays celebration presented by the DDD and The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel!
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... Christmas in New Orleans has always been a magical time and now a dazzling, family-friendly event offers another opportunity to get into the holiday spirit with spectacular lighting and activities at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Christmas in the District is expanding and bringing the fun indoors this year! The highlight of the event will be NOLA ChristmasFest, a two-week festival in the Great Hall, December 12-24, providing holiday fun for the whole family. Discover the new My New Orleans Christmas display after a journey through the Great Hall of Trees featuring a stunning collection of more than 50 decorated trees and a Gingerbread House competition benefiting Operation Homefront, an organization supporting local military families. In Santa’s Playland, children of all ages can enjoy the inflatable zone, petting zoo and a host of hands-on crafts and activities. A variety of holiday characters will include special appearances by Mr. Bingle, the Ice Princesses with their favorite Snowman and many more. Skype with Santa’s Elves and take a photo with Santa Claus. Two stages will feature performances by Robin Barnes, 610 Stompers, Lena Prima, the Victory Bells, local choirs, cooking demonstrations and puppet shows, just to name a few. On weekends, the Arts and Craft Market gives visitors the opportunity to shop for holiday gifts.
NOLA ChristmasFest will kick off activities with a Children’s Lantern Parade on December 12 and a concert by the Imagination Movers on December 13. Parties with the Ice Princess and the Ice Queen are scheduled on December 14, 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24. A Sing-along Pajama Party with Santa takes place on December 22. Other events throughout Christmas in the District include the Harrah’s Champagne Stroll on December 5 and the Santa Paws second line dog costume contest on December 14.
Additionally, Convention Center Boulevard will be festooned with thousands of lights and animated music from December 1 – January 6.
The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is funding the event as a part of its mission to attract visitors to New Orleans and Louisiana. NOLA ChristmasFest expected to inspire all the residents and businesses in the Warehouse/Arts District to embrace the event and help grow it annually.
“We invite visitors and locals alike to bring their families and friends to the convention center to enjoy all of the festivities that NOLA ChristmasFest has to offer and to shop and dine in the Warehouse/Arts District,” said Bob Johnson, President/General Manager of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. “We also encourage all surrounding businesses and residents to join in the Christmas spirit by putting up their own festive lights and decorations in their windows and outside of their buildings. Working together, NOLA ChristmasFest could rival some of the largest holiday events in the country.”
NOLA ChristmasFest will complement the annual Christmas New Orleans Style celebration and will continue to evolve annually. Now is the time to plan your New Orleans holiday excursion and take advantage of spectacular Papa Noel rates in hotels citywide!
Hours of Operation for NOLA ChristmasFest
Friday, December 12
Saturday and Sunday, December 13 – 14 Monday through Friday, December 15 – 19 Saturday and Sunday, December 20 – 21 Monday and Tuesday, December 22 – 23 Wednesday, December 24
5:00 – 9 :00 pm 12:00 – 9 :00 pm 5:00 – 9:00 pm 12:00 – 9:00 pm 12:00 – 9:00 pm 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
General Admission: $15. Children 3 and under are free.
Imagination Movers: $30 and include NOLA ChristmasFest admission. Exclusive “meet and greet” tickets may be purchased for an additional $50.
FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL'S Christmas New Orleans Style Concert Series
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is proud to present the free Christmas New Orleans Style 2014 Concert Series at one of America's most historic churches, St. Louis Cathedral, located in Jackson Square. Throughout the month of December, revel in the sounds of the season with jazz performances, gospel choirs, classical ensembles, and more. The Christmas New Orleans Style Cathedral Concerts are free and open to the public.
All concerts at St. Louis Cathedral begin at 6:00pm, excluding 11/20 and 12/21, and last approximately one hour.
Thursday, Nov 2
Symphony Chorus of New Orleans, Choral (6:30)
Monday, Dec 1
Leroy Jones, Traditional Jazz
Tuesday, Dec 2
Crescent City Brass Quintet, Classical/Harp
Wednesday, Dec 3
Betty Winn and One A-Chord, Gospel
Thursday, Dec 4
Ellis Marsalis, Jazz
Sunday, Dec 7
Shades of Praise, Gospel
Monday, Dec 8
Rachel Van Voorhees, Classical
Tuesday, Dec 9
Tim Laughlin, Jazz
Wednesday, Dec 10
Helen Gillet and Friends, French & Belgian Folk/Jazz
Sunday, Dec 14
St. Raymond/ St. Leo Voices of Greatness, Gospel
Monday, Dec 15
O Holy Night of Opera, Classical/Opera
Tuesday, Dec 16
Hot Club of New Orleans, Hot Jazz
Wednesday, Dec 17
Ronnie Kole, Variety/Piano
Thursday, Dec 18
Christmas Organ Spectacular Featuring Karol Mossakowski, Young Artist in Residence, St. Louis Cathedral
Sunday, December 21
St. Louis Basilica Christmas Concert, Classical (5:30)
Christmas New Orleans Style
Christmas New Orleans Style (CNOS) is a month-long collaboration between French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC). Established in 1985, CNOS has helped the city establish itself as one the world's top holiday destinations.
Now celebrating 30 years, CNOS has featured multitude of holiday events around the city. Cooking demonstrations, holiday concerts at St. Louis Cathedral, Papa Noël discounts from nearly 60 hotels and bed and breakfasts, and Reveillon menus from 45 of New Orleans' finest restaurants showcase New Orleans Christmas spirit. Visitors can also partake in local, festive events including holiday home tours and Living History Characters in the French Quarter.
For complete information and schedules visit followyourjoy.com or fqfi.org. For a free booklet, select "guidebook" on followyour.joy.com and complete the form.
PRESERVATION RESOURCE CENTER (Watch the video above)
Resource Center of New Orleans (PRC) presents its 39th Annual Holiday Home Tour. This annual tradition kicks off on Saturday and Sunday and features seven Garden District homes, plus a bonus house, open for tour-goers to enjoy history and architecture, accompanied by the tunes of talented New Orleans musicians.
The tour also includes access to an extensive holiday boutique featuring dozens of local artists, craftsmen and retailers; as well as regional cuisine, located at the tour headquarters at Trinity Episcopal Church.
HOMES ON TOUR:
Adele C. Uddo - 2401 Prytania St.
Mr. & Mrs. Cedric Martin - 1410 Second St.
Dr. Thomas Lyons - 1429 Seventh St.
Richard C. Colton, Jr. - 1406 Seventh St.
Mrs. Arthur Fort - 1328 Harmony St.
Mr. & Mrs. John J. Charpentier - 2626 St Charles Ave.
Richard Buchsbaum & Bethaney Vincent - 1539 Fourth St.
Trinity Counseling & Training Center - 1326 Josephine St.
The tour is scheduled for:
Saturday, December 13 – Sunday, December 14, 2014
Boutique: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM | Home Tour: 10 AM to 4 PM | Café: 11 AM to 2 PM
This is a s elf guide tour through the Garden District. Headquarters will be at Trinity Episcopal Church, in Bishop Polk Hall, 1329 Jackson Ave.
As always, the Holiday Home Tour helps fund PRC in restoring, rebuilding and revitalizing New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods. Since its founding in 1974, the organization has restored nearly 1,500 properties citywide and has assisted countless individuals with their own renovation efforts through its outreach and advocacy programs.
To purchase tickets for the Holiday Home Tour, call 504.581.7032, visit www.prcno.org, Advance tour ticket prices start at $30 for PRC members and groups of 10 or more and $40 for non-members. Day-of tickets may be purchased at the headquarters at Trinity Episcopal Church for $45.
Note: Tickets are valid for either day or both days during the weekend of the tour.