Want to Spend (An Affordable) Christmas in New Orleans?

Published Date Author: , November 26th, 2013

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The one holiday you associate with New Orleans is probably Mardi Gras, for obvious reasons. But three months prior, just as winter is making the rest of the country reach for their snow shovels, another important holiday makes this balmy southern city shine: Christmas. In typical New Orleans fashion, the end-of-year holiday is turned into a month-long series of street festivals, light displays, and live concerts. Ready to take part? We’ll show you how.

Enjoy a free concert in St Louis Cathedral

With its iconic, Disney Castle-like spires, St Louis Cathedral is not only one of the French Quarter’s top attractions – it’s also America’s oldest cathedral. And what better excuse to spend time within its 300-year-old walls than this: every weeknight in December, a free one-hour concert will be held in the cathedral featuring carolers, choirs, gospel singers, and more (6pm, free).

Feast in a five-star hotel

To do a New Orleans-style Christmas properly, you’ll have no choice but to participate in a formal 4-course dinner known as Reveillon. The word actually means ‘awakening’ in French, and your senses will certainly be awakened when you sit down to the Windsor Court Hotel’s version of the traditional holiday feast, which dates back to the mid-1800s. Taking place in the hotel’s opulent Grill Room, this year’s Reveillon will be offered throughout December (except on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve) with course options like crudo of yellowfin tuna, Maple Leaf Farms duck breast, and pear tarte tatin (5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., $60 per person).

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