Christmas Day is the perfect day to discover and enjoy the true beauty of New Orleans. Whether it’s your home town, or you’re just visiting, take advantage of the light crowds, laid back atmosphere, and all the uniqueness we have to offer here. So… Looking to start a new tradition or try something different? Great!! Here’s your what to do, where to go, and what to see for the family list we’ve put together for you this great list of things to do on Christmas Day In New Orleans.
Traditional Christmas In New Orleans Events
Make Christmas Day magical by visiting Celebration in the Oaks, one of the most popular attractions New Orleans has to offer. Lights cover the 25 acres of City Park making it a magical experience for everyone who attends. Should you take the trip Mid-City (and you should), I suggest to take the time for the “walking tour”. This will let you experience the Amusement Park rides, the 2 mile train ride, & all the twinkling lights of the botanical gardens.
If your kids are anything like ours, a White Christmas is something they are always longing to experience, the “stuff fairytales are made out of”, but a far cry from reality. Well, it doesn’t have to be! Take the day to enjoy ice skating, ice slides, snowball fights, decorated Christmas trees, gingerbread houses and more at the Convention Center. Give them their Winter Wonderland on Christmas!
Yes, you heard right! Many of our architectural landmarks are our stunning hotels! When it comes to decorating for the Holidays, they bring out all the bells and whistles, literally. A few of our favorites are below!
The Roosevelt Hotel:
Known for it’s Teddy Bear Tea and participation in New Orleans’ traditional Reveillon Dinners, The Roosevelt is also famous for its captivatingly decorated Hotel Lobby during the Holiday Season! Stop in to admire the beauty or take part in the ever popular Christmas Brunch.
Hotel Monteleone goes above and beyond every holiday season with not only it’s lobby full of magnificent sparkling Christmas trees, but it’s beautifully decorated outside on Royal St. as well! Named the top destination for holiday decorations by GoNola.com last year, this one is sure to get the whole family in the Christmas spirit. They even offer Christmas breakfast as part of the Reveillon Dinners celebration starting at 6:30am.
The Ritz Carlton:
Located just 1 block off Bourbon on Canal, the Ritz will give you and your family a feast for the eyes and mouth! Also a participant in the Reveillon Dinners, you and your little ones will be treated like royalty while taking in the beauty and “puttin’ on the Ritz”.
Christmas Lights on Christmas Day In New Orleans
Christmas In the Park at Lafreniere Park
This stop is just outside of the city itself, but a definite crowd pleaser. See the park lit up with thousands of fun light displays including snowman island, a 60 foot Sea Serpent, and of course, an homage to our beloved boys in black and gold! Don’t forget to catch a ride on the Carousel before you go. Best of all admission is FREE on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!
St. Charles Avenue, NOLA:
Some of the most prestigious homes in the city are located on St. Charles Avenue along with many businesses, none of which fail to deliver! Take a ride down the decorated St.Charles streetcar line and admire the beautiful lights and decorations while enjoying a relaxing Christmas day.
Canal Street, NOLA:
Whether you take a stroll, drive, or hop the streetcar, the lights of Canal Street are absolutely breathtaking during the holidays. Canal Street runs from Mid-City all the way to the Riverwalk, so if you’re planning to make a day of your excursions, this route will connect you to quite a few other stops on our list. The neutral ground never looked so magical!
Folse Drive, Metairie:
5129 Folse Drive, this yearly display is a must see.
Other Must See Light Displays:
- Corner West Esplanade and Maine Aves in Kenner
- Corner of Lake Trail and Vintage in Kenner
More Things To Do On Christmas Day In New Orleans
Definitely not your “normal” Christmas outing, but here, expect the unexpected! If you’re looking to get in touch with your “spiritual” side this Christmas ( and your kids don’t spook easily), this tour is “to die for”. Haunted History has been featured on A&E, Bravo, and many other networks. You may consider making this one a “Christmas Present” or even keep this as a tradition in your “Christmas future.”
Benny Grunch in the Bunch:
Annual “Benny Grunch & The Bunch Giant 12 Yats of Christmas Pawty” at World Famous Mid-City Lanes Rock’n Bowl (3000 S. Carrolton Ave., 504-861-1166) at 5pm. There is a $3 cover charge but kid are free!
Did you know Christmas Day is one of the biggest movie days of the year? Take a load off, or take a couple hours to sneak away from the relatives and catch a movie with the family at one of our many local cinemas.
We hope you find something here to satisfy your Christmas Day in New Orleans adventure craving, but if all else fails, there’s always Waffle House.