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Romantic Winter Date in Nola

No time is lovelier than New Orleans in the winter. Picture festive lights, big beautiful dinners with friends and family, and the holiday spirit (and maybe even a chill!) in the air.

During this holiday season in New Orleans, date nights are the perfect time to get warm and cozy with the one you love. Take a break from your standard dinner and a movie date and check out some of these ideas to get close this holiday season.

Stroll down into the French Quarter and start the evening off with a concert at one of the oldest Catholic cathedral in the United States. The St Louis Cathedral and Basilica in Jackson Square hosts the annual cathedral concerts. Beginning at the end of November and running until December 17th, these concerts include Ellis Marsalis, the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans, and Ronnie Kole, all prominent gospel, jazz, and classical musicians.

Next on the agenda, a classic cocktail and holiday lights to liven the mood. Make your way to the historic Ritz-Carlton hotel, located on the edge of the French Quarter where you will find your very own winter wonderland. Decorative lights, ornate trees and decorations adorn the interior lobby and continue into the courtyard. Head to the celebrated Davenport Lounge to enjoy a craft cocktail and the music from Jeremy Davenport himself.

Food in New Orleans deserves to be celebrated and one of the highlights of the year happens to fall during the holidays. The Reveillon Dinners, a Creole dining tradition from the mid-1800s now appears at New Orleans’ finest restaurants and is a decedent way to end your romantic winter date. Make reservations early at Antoine’s, located in the heart of the French Quarter. One of the oldest family-run restaurants in the country, this establishment has set the bar for fine dining in the Crescent City and the birthplace of the Oysters Rockefeller.

No matter what you do or where you are in our fair city this holiday season, make sure to be with the one you love.

Liz Beeson is an adventure-seeking marketing manager in New Orleans who loves the great outdoors and a good cup of coffee. When not plugging away at one of her many side projects, Liz can be found taking in a comedy show and exploring and photographing the many unique neighborhoods in the city.

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