But New Orleans is a proud and willful being. Try as you may, you simply cannot ignore the here-and-now, as every season is celebrated with an exuberant joie de vivre that demands your immediate attention. The holidays are a shining example of this. While many other cities are locking down and preparing for winter hibernation, New Orleans is becoming a hive of activity. And that activity starts early — the Annual French Market Tree Lighting is coming up on November 15!
Some of the most wonderful and ubiquitous events are the holiday teas, hosted mostly by our city’s renowned hotels. Lavishly decorated for the holidays, many local hotels begin scheduling multiple seatings that stretch throughout the month of December — some, like The Windsor Court, start in November! Tiers of tea sandwiches and mini scones and delightful sweets are served alongside exotic teas and spirited signature cocktails. There are also many kid-friendly family events, like Monte the Lion’s Holiday Party at Hotel Monteleone, complete with stories, games, costumed characters, treats, and a special keepsake. The Creole Queen also hosts children’s teas, creating magical floating parties that thrill kids of all ages.It wouldn’t be New Orleans without a celebration of food. Some of the city’s finest restaurants host Reveillon dinners. A throwback to the French Creole custom of serving an extravagant meal after midnight mass on Christmas Eve, today’s Reveillon requires that each participating establishment create a special menu of traditional cuisine at a special price, offered throughout the month of December.
We also enjoy… the Krewe of Jingle Christmas parade, City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks, Caroling in Jackson Square, Christmas concerts in St. Louis Cathedral, Miracle on Fulton Street, Holiday Movies on the Mississippi, Reindeer Run & Romp… not to mention the Super Bowl and an early Mardi Gras soon thereafter! Whew!
So, yes – the volume of holiday and winter activities is mindboggling. One of the most wonderful things about our fabulous city is its complete disregard for how busy and distracted you are. Especially during the holidays, New Orleans is determined to remind you to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate the beautiful and wondrous aspects of life. A lesson we should all learn and embrace!
Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!