If you’re looking for a fun, festive time of year to visit the Crescent City, you can’t go wrong with January in New Orleans.

The sunny Gulf Coast days. The exciting and festive nights. The food, the music, the history. It’s all waiting for you in New Orleans, and the start of the New Year is the perfect month to experience it all.

Ready to plan your trip? Here’s all the must-do activities for your New Orleans visit!

the Joan of Arc parade, a beloved Mardi Gras parade to see in January in New Orleans

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See the Joan of Arc Parade

Mardi Gras begins every year on January 6, also known as Twelfth Night. And the celebration kicks off right away with the Joan of Arc parade.

This annual walking parade honors the city’s unofficial patron saint, Joan of Arc, known as “the Maid of Orleans.” It’s a fantastic, family-friendly affair that rolls through the French Quarter with paraders celebrating the story of Joan, giving out throws and outfitted in medieval costumes. It’s the perfect way to kick off Carnival season!

King cake, a delicious New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition that you can enjoy in January in New Orleans

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Indulge in All the King Cake

Twelfth Night also marks the start of King Cake season, one of the most delicious times of year in New Orleans!

The city’s best bakeries serve these delicious cakes in all different shapes, styles, and sizes. It’s a beloved Mardi Gras tradition, and we suggest you try as many as you can – eating king cake before or after Carnival is sacrilege here in New Orleans, which is why the whole city eats its fill from January 6th through Mardi Gras Day!

Frenchmen Street nightlife is home to New Orleans' incredible live music scene - you can find music on every corner in January in New Orleans

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Dance the Night Away on Frenchmen Street

Bourbon Street may get all the attention, but Frenchmen Street is where you’ll find New Orleans’ local nightlife.

All along this French Quarter street you’ll find live music to enjoy from some of the city’s best musicians. From brass bands on the corner to famous spots like The MaisonBlue Nile and Spotted Cat, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time. All you have to do is follow the music!

Gumbo is a beloved New Orleans dish, and you can taste all the myriad of recipes in January in New Orleans

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Enjoy Some Gumbo from a Local Spot

As one of New Orleans’ most recognized dishes, gumbo is a must-try meal for any visitor. 

Served over rice with a rich, Creole flavor, it’s a delicious stew that comes in a limitless number of recipes, each one as unique as the last. And there are countless local spots serving this beloved dish, so we suggest you taste as many as you’d like – including the Chicken & Andouille Gumbo at our in-house restaurant, Criollo!

New Orleans' only rotating bar, the Carousel Bar, locted inside Hotel Monteleone

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Cheers to a Great Trip at the Carousel Bar

With a second-to-none atmosphere, it’s easy to understand why the Carousel Bar & Lounge is a favorite local attraction.

This beloved bar is located inside Hotel Monteleone and is a full-functioning carousel – every 15 minutes it makes a leisurely orbit around world-class bartenders, who serve expertly crafted cocktails to guests. It’s a truly magical place that definitely deserves a spot on your to-do list!

January in New Orleans is the perfect time of year to visit, and you can experience it all at Hotel Monteleone in the heart of the French Quarter

Enjoy January in New Orleans at Hotel Monteleone

Planning a trip for January in New Orleans lets you enjoy so much of the city’s unique character. And when you book your stay at Hotel Monteleone, you’re just steps away from it all.

Book your stay today and experience the best of New Orleans at our historic French Quarter hotel!


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