You can count on New Orleans to put music at the center of a celebration, and this holiday season is no different! From uniting with thousands of other voices for the annual caroling in picturesque Jackson Square to a free concert series of local performers taking to stages like St. Louis Cathedral and Ashé Powerhouse Theatre, find out where you can let the power of holiday music unite us in the spirit and sounds of the season.
1. Caroling in Jackson Square
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It’s hard to imagine a more dreamy place to kick off a festive holiday season than the historic St. Louis Cathedral. Dressed to the nines in true New Orleans fashion, the square will fill with hundreds of candles and harmonies to illuminate the night on Sunday, December 17.
This annual community sing-along, steeped in decades-old tradition, beckons carolers from far and wide to join together in a chorus of magical melodies. Joyous and resonating with the season’s spirit, it’s an experience that will etch itself into your holiday memories.
The caroling festivities commence at 7 pm sharp, but wise carolers come early to secure their spot, as the gates swing open at 6:30 pm, unveiling the gateway to an unforgettable holiday moment in the heart of the French Quarter.
2. Hotel Monteleone School Choir Series
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3. Holidays New Orleans Style Concert Series
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Free and open to the public, this holiday concert series by French Quarter Festival is sure to put you in the spirit of the season with its incredible lineup of local musicians. From classic carols to spirited jazz renditions, melodies will echo through historic venues like St. Louis Cathedral and Ashé Powerhouse Theatre.
Whether you’re a local music enthusiast or a sight-seeing visitor searching for the true spirit of New Orleans during the holidays, this holiday concert series is the perfect soundtrack to your festive season.
Benny Grunch & the Bunch: December 4 @ St. Louis Cathedral
Josh Kagler & Harmonistic Praise Crusade: December 6 @ St. Louis Cathedral
Erica Falls: December 7 @ Ashé Powerhouse Theatre
Irma Thomas: December 11 @ St. Louis Cathedral
Charlie Gabriel & Friends: December 13 @ St. Louis Cathedral
Alexey Marti & Afrogumbo: December 14 @ Ashé Powerhouse Theatre
Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours: December 18 @ St. Louis Cathedral
The Zion Harmonizers: December 20 @ St. Louis Cathedral
Big Chief Donald Harrison: December 21 @ Ashé Powerhouse Theatre
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