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Christmas New Orleans Style: Our Guide to a Romantic Holiday

A romantic dinner is even better when it's a Christmas Reveillon, like the one at Hotel Monteleone. Image from

The holiday season is one to be shared with those we love – so pull that special someone close for one of the most romantic holidays yet, a New Orleans holiday.

Any time: Take a Carriage Tour through the French Quarter. Bring a blanket and snuggle with your special someone while you take in the beautiful sights and sounds of the decorated French Quarter during the holiday season.

November 23 – Jan 2: Miracle on Fulton Street. It’s a holiday attraction in the heart of downtown New Orleans that will bring the magic of the season alive for locals and visitors of all ages. This event is free and open to the public, and occurs daily. This year, it’s sure to enchant guests with a winter wonderland light tunnel, complete with periodic “snowfalls,” top local performers, events and happenings at Harrah’s and much more!

November 26 – Jan 2 : Celebration in the Oaks. This holiday light exhibit is one of the most beautiful in the city. With musical and dance performances throughout the season, taking a walk through the park with your loved one is sure to bring a smile to your face. And, be sure to take a ride on the antique carousel and miniature train in the Amusement Park, with a million lights aglow at every turn. Sunday-Thursday 6:00pm-10:00pm; Friday and Saturday 6:00pm-11:00pm. New Orleans City Park.

Month of December: Cathedral Concerts at St. Louis Cathedral. Cuddle up close with your sweetie in one of the oldest churches in New Orleans and take in the sounds of traditional and more modern holiday music brought to you by local and nationally recognized musicians.

December 1-31: Reveillon Dinners. There is really nothing more romantic than a shared meal in New Orleans. Join over 20 participating restaurants for a four or five course special prix fixe holiday dinner that will delight your palate as well as your pocketbook.

Snuggle up during a Christmas Eve cruise on the Steamboat Natchez. Image from

December 18 and 19; December 28: Nutcracker Ballet. On December 18th and 19th, catch the classic Christmas ballet at Dixon Hall in Tulane University, as presented by the Delta Festival Ballet. Or, watch the Moscow Ballet production at the Mahalia Jackson Theater on December 28. Either way, you’re sure  to be dazzled by the proficient dancers enacting this enchanting tale!

December 19: Caroling in Jackson Square. Since 1946, Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré has sponsored Caroling in the Square, one of New Orleans’ most cherished holiday traditions. Every year on the Sunday before Christmas, the Square fills with candle-lit faces and song-lit spirits as high as the spires of St. Louis Cathedral itself. Candles and song sheets are provided. Gates open at 6:30pm, Jackson Square.

December 24: Christmas Eve on the Steamboat Natchez. Get ready for a ride! Hop on board the Steamboat Natchez for Christmas Eve, the New Orleans way! Enjoy a lovely nighttime cruise on the Mississippi River. In a beautifully decorated dining room, a Jazz Trio serenades our guests while they enjoy a festive holiday buffet. Boarding begins at 6:00pm with a sentimental cruise downriver and back from 7:00-9:00pm. Reservations are required. Click here for reservations.