If you’re looking for an extra-special celebration this holiday season, New Orleans has it all.

Festive feasts. Dazzling decorations. Spirited concerts. With a December calendar full of special holiday events, you’re sure to find cheer in every corner of the Crescent City. There’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Ready to plan your NOLA-style holiday? Here’s the top 5 reasons you can’t miss the holiday season in New Orleans!

reveillon dinner at Criollo, one of the top reasons to visit new orleans this holiday season

Réveillon Dinners are a delicious New Orleans tradition.

Delicious Réveillon Dinners

Every December, dozens of New Orleans restaurants partake in a decades-old NOLA tradition: Réveillon Dinner specials.

Réveillon dinners first arrived in New Orleans in the 19th century. The European tradition calls for an elaborate and decadent Christmas Eve feast – and the custom was soon adopted throughout the city, becoming a part of NOLA’s cultural gumbo.

Today, Réveillon dinners in New Orleans are celebrated throughout December on the evenings leading up to Christmas Day. All are welcome to indulge in these cheerful meals at some of the city’s finest eateries – included our very own Criollo Restaurant!

Celebration in the oaks, one of the top reasons to visit new orleans for the holiday season

Celebration in the Oaks lights up City Park for the holiday Season. (Photo: Infrogmation via Flickr)

Celebration in the Oaks

Nothing brightens up the holidays like twinkling, colorful lights. And every year, New Orleans’ City Park puts on the most dazzling displays at Celebration in the Oaks.

Hundreds of thousands of lights illuminate playful scenes, spell out season’s greetings, and drape the park’s majestic oak trees in a breathtaking landscape.

The fun takes over 25 acres of the park. You can tour the City Park grounds by foot, car, horse-drawn carriage or even by tram – and it’s all just a short trip away from our French Quarter hotel.

ChristmasFest, one of the top reasons to visit new orleans this holiday season

Don’t miss the winder wonderland at ChristmasFest. (Photo via NOLAChristmasFest.com)


Is a winter wonderland and NOLA’s tropical weather both on your holiday wish list? ChristmasFest is the holly, jolly event that lets you enjoy it all!

For 11 days in December, the New Orleans Convention Center transforms into ChristmasFest, an indoor Christmas-themed festival filled with family-friendly holiday cheer.

Visitors can ice skate on a full-sized skating rink, glide down winding ice slides, and take a spin on one of the festival’s many carnival rides. The festivities begin on December 20th with all-ages fun for the whole family to enjoy!

Caroling in jackson square, one of the top reasons to book your French Quarter stay at Hotel Monteleone this holiday season

Caroling in Jackson Square is a decades-old NOLA tradition. (Photo courtesy of neworleans.com)

Caroling in Jackson Square

Since 1946, Christmas carolers have upheld one of New Orleans’ most charming holiday traditions: a candle-lit gathering in Jackson Square to sing, celebrate, and spread holiday cheer.

Locals and visitors alike will fill the iconic French Quarter park on Sunday, December 22nd for this year’s event. And with the St. Louis Cathedral as your backdrop, this is a special holiday moment you won’t want to miss!

Special Rates This Holiday Season

Last but not least, we’re offering a special reason for guests to enjoy New Orleans this holiday season: our exclusive Papa Noel Holiday Rates!

Hotel Monteleone is pleased to offer up to 15% off standard rates for rooms booked from November 24th through December 29th.

It’s a special gift to our guests in the spirit of the season – because every magical New Orleans holiday starts with a luxurious stay at Hotel Monteleone!

Book your stay today and fill your holiday with NOLA’s one-of-a-kind charm!


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