Caroling music and sparkling lights

Acapella Adventures: Where to Find Caroling in New Orleans

Folks caroling

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

Jackson Square dressed for the holiday season

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

Photo by @myvolition

 Step into a winter wonderland at Hotel Monteleone, where holiday harmonies take center stage in the heart of the French Quarter. As we deck the halls with grand sparkling trees and gorgeous garlands, the space comes alive with festive merriment. It’s not to be missed! 
 
Join us as we fill the space with the annual free School Choir Series taking place over the first two weeks of December. As local school choirs serenade our lobby with timeless Christmas carols and holiday tunes, a symphony of seasonal cheer reverberates throughout our halls. Catch the magic:
 
  • Friday, December 1st
  • Thursday, December 7th
  • Friday, December 8th
  • Monday, December 11th
  • Tuesday, December 12th
  • Wednesday, December 13th
  • Thursday, December 14th
  • Friday, December 15th

3. Holidays New Orleans Style Concert Series

The Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas performing on stage

Photo by @bigeasycruise

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 BunchDecember 4 @ St. Louis Cathedral

Josh Kagler & Harmonistic Praise CrusadeDecember 6 @ St. Louis Cathedral

Erica FallsDecember 7 @ Ashé Powerhouse Theatre 

Irma ThomasDecember 11 @ St. Louis Cathedral

Charlie Gabriel & FriendsDecember 13 @ St. Louis Cathedral

Alexey Marti & AfrogumboDecember 14  @ Ashé Powerhouse Theatre

Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun TroubadoursDecember 18 @ St. Louis Cathedral

The Zion HarmonizersDecember 20 @ St. Louis Cathedral

Big Chief Donald HarrisonDecember 21  @ Ashé Powerhouse Theatre

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