New Orleans is a city that embraces traditions, family and the art of a good celebration!  Celebrating a classic New Orleans Thanksgiving is a natural fit. Whether you’re looking for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, or a more vivacious celebration, you can find it all in this historic city.

Enjoy A Delicious New Orleans Thanksgiving Dinner

Without even stepping out of our doors, you can dine at Criollo Restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Not only will we feature some of our signature dishes, but we will also serve a beautiful selection of traditional Thanksgiving favorites. Make your Thanksgiving dinner reservations at Criollo today!

Turkey Time. (Photo: Gavin St. Ours via Flickr)

Turkey Time. (Photo by Gavin St. Ours via Flickr)

New Orleans Thanksgiving Weekend Activities

If you’re looking for a little adventure this holiday, our French Quarter hotel location makes us one of the best hotels in New Orleans! Perfectly situated at the foot of Royal Street, Hotel Monteleone provides the best point of departure for all of the attractions New Orleans has to offer for Thanksgiving.

You can do some window shopping along Royal Street, take a walking tour of the historic French Quarter architecture, explore the beautiful Jackson Square, watch the Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day parade and more!

Have a sports fan in the family? Visitors need only step outside of our doors to catch a weekend full of fun sporting events surrounding the annual match up between the Southern Jaguars and the Grambling Tigers at the Bayou Classic.

There are plenty of other special events that occur annually this weekend. Take a peek at things to do in New Orleans while you’re in the city for Thanksgiving:


A thoroughbred horse makes its way to the racing grounds on Thanksgiving Day. (Photo by MissMalaprop via Flickr)

 Thanksgiving at the Track

Join in on a New Orleans tradition that skips the family dining table in favor of an al fresco meal – and a see-and-be-seen atmosphere. The Fair Grounds Race Course serves a Thanksgiving buffet in their upper-level clubhouse for guests 21 and older, or guests can dine on concessions at the ground level.

Live racing begins at 11:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving (November 23, 2017), the opening day for thoroughbred racing season. The races typically last until about 3 p.m. – wear your Thanksgiving finery or even a costume: people love to dress up at this fun and festive event.

Bayou Classic

Another local tradition is the Bayou Classic, where college teams the Southern University Jaguars and the Grambling State Tigers play one another at the Superdome in one of the biggest team rivalries in the region. The game gives spectators a perfect day no matter the weather outside: the Superdome is always about 75 degrees with plenty to snack on and free Wi-Fi.

Celebration in the Oaks

This gorgeous tradition starts the day after Thanksgiving on November 24, 2017 and closes on January 1, 2018. Head to City Park to experience twinkling white lights draping across centuries-old oak trees.

The lights show features a multitude of different set-ups – including the popular Who Dat tree – across 25 acres of the park. Experience the Botanical Gardens and Storyland under glittering lights, or admire walkways lined with Christmas trees, each decorated by a local school group.

Book Your New Orleans Thanksgiving Reservation Today

No matter how you would like to celebrate this Thanksgiving, Hotel Monteleone is the premiere New Orleans hotel for your Thanksgiving Getaway! We look forward to hosting you and your family this holiday season. Make your New Orleans holiday dinner reservations at Criollo Restaurant today or call us to reserve your table at (504)-681-4444.