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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas in New Orleans

Miracle on Fulton Street (Photo: Paul Broussard)

It’s definitely starting to look a lot like Christmas in New Orleans as the Miracle on Fulton Street is gearing up for another wintery year. We may not get to experience real snow falling from the sky, but Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel and Casino has decked out Fulton Street with all the trimmings to make for some special memories as we celebrate the holidays in the Big Easy.

Each day, faux snow will fall upon the beautiful street in downtown New Orleans, creating a winter wonderland and a perfect opportunity for kids of all ages to have snowball fights without freezing. The wonderful snow will look like a fantasy upon the Canopy of Lights – thousands of lights draped across rows of 8-foot Christmas trees. To make the scenery even more dazzling, pearl white arches adorn the entryway to create a wintertime spectacle sure to put an instant smile on everyone’s face. If that’s not enough for you, prepare yourself to gaze upward at the towering, 30 foot tall Macy’s Tremendous Tree.

The Holiday Boardwalk will be open for you to enjoy while trying some holiday treats and face painting for the kids. I can taste the sugar cookies and Cajun eggnog now. Inside Harrah’s Hotel, a gingerbread display will be available for viewing, but try not to break off a piece or you may ruin the gingerbread family’s holiday. For the musical types, you can get a chance to sit down at a piano for free and play some of your favorite holiday songs. (I promise to stay away from the piano pretending to play Silent Night.)

It wouldn’t be Christmas time without Santa Claus coming to visit New Orleans, and probably stopping off to try a restaurant or two. Everyone can get a chance to take pictures with Santa and his reindeer as you let him know just how good you have been this year. You can also write a letter to Santa Claus and drop it off in Macy’s Believe mailbox! For each letter, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make- A-Wish Foundation.

If you need more excitement you can feast on some great holiday treats and restaurants in the area. Fulton Street has some very yummy restaurants you don’t want to miss out on. Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Grand Isle Seafood Restaurant, Ernst Café and Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant line the avenue. I hear Biersch’s Maker’s Mountain Meatloaf and Grand Isle’s Crawfish Bread Pudding are the perfect cure for the winter cold.

And of course it wouldn’t be a proper New Orleans event without live entertainment. Some of New Orleans’ best musical acts will perform on Fulton between November 27, 2010, and January 2, 2010. Starting the season out is Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue , one of the best New Orleans bands that I hope perform “Something Beautiful,” which will definitely reflect the scenery. For all the movie lovers, holiday-themed movies will be shown on the weekends. Some great movies will be played such as ElfThe Polar Express, and of course A Christmas Story.

In the coming weeks Fulton Street in New Orleans has everything to make this a special holiday filled with memories. You will find me sitting by the bronze sculptures of jazz musicians singing Let it Snow as I sip apple cider in my Santa hat.

Miracle on Fulton Street Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Miracle on Fulton Street
November 27, 2009 – January 3, 2010

The entrance to Miracle on Fulton is located on the corner of Fulton and Poydras in downtown New Orleans.

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