Canal Street Home for the Holidays

 Celebrate the Holidays in #DowntownNOLA

The DDD would like to welcome you to a Downtown full of excitement this Holiday Season!

Canal Street: Home for the Holidays
Enjoy Throughout the Holidays

Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Canal Place
Tuesday, November 22 | Choir Begins at 4:30pm | We will “Flip the Switch” and turn on the lights at 5:30pm

The Downtown Development District along with Santa, city officials and downtown business leaders invite everyone to join us at Canal Place as we officially kick off the holiday season with the lighting of Canal Street!  



Christmas Tree Lighting at the Riverwalk Outlets
Tuesday, November 22 | 4:30-6:00pm
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Santa, Mrs. Clause, Elves and Sugar Plums will be on hand to help light up the Christmas Tree on Spanish Plaza!  Once the tree is lit all the holiday dignitaries will be available for photos in front of the Riverwalk Christmas Tree at the photobooth.  Be sure to stop by and get your keepsake holiday photo at this free, family friendly event.



Holliday Ribbon Cutting Reception at The Ritz-Carlton
November 22, 2022 | 11:00am
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The Ritz-Carlton gets their festivities started with an unveiling of their elaborate holiday decorations with a reception in their lobby.  Guests are invited to stop by, enjoy holiday refreshments and appearances by Papa Noel and the Victory Belles.  Returning this year will be the crowd favorite gingerbread streetcar!



Holiday Happenings at Canal Place
Enjoy Throughout the Holidays
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Enjoy the sounds of the season, snack on holiday treats and beverages and check your list twice at Canal Place this Holiday season.  You can find all the festivities and scheduled events as well as extended shopping hours on their website.



49th Annual Bayou Classic
November 25 – 26, 2022 | Caesars Superdome
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The 49th Annual Bayou Classic Football game between Southern and Grambling State is being held November 26 in the Caesars Superdome. Multiple events will precede the game including A Business Showcase, Battle of the Bands, Flag Football Game, Parade, Fan Festival and more! The official kickoff for the game is 1:00pm on November 26. Get your tickets now!


Holiday Tea at Le Salon in Windsor Court
Throughout the Holidays
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If you’re looking to truly experience the seasonal grandeur, there’s no better time than during the traditional pastime of Holiday Tea in Le Salon.  Don’t miss this elegant holiday tradition complete with delicate tea sandwiches, and holiday-themed scones and desserts.  Reservations are required.


Children’s Hospital New Orleans Holiday Parade
December 3, 2022
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DDD is a proud sponsor.

This holiday parade will be a first-of-its-kind for New Orleans, with custom-design holiday-themed floats that include animatronic props, intelligent lighting systems, special effects and audio systems.  The parade will also feature several high-flying helium balloons for the first time in New Orleans and will also include the beloved marching groups and bands the citizens of New Orleans have come to love – all in the holiday spirit.  The parade rolls at 11 AM and will end with a holiday concert and village experience at Lafayette Square.


The Roosevelt New Orleans Lights Their Lobby for the Holidays
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130 Roosevelt Way New Orleans, LA 70112

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, once again captured the essence of the holidays with the long-awaited lighting of the Waldorf Wonderland in the hotel’s lobby. Sparing no effort, the hotel’s city block-long holiday display features hundreds of thousands of lights and festive bows and garlands creating an impressive display of classic favorites


Music at the Riverwalk Outlets
Throughout the Holidays
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Throughout the month of December, the Riverwalk Outlets has curated a festive array of holiday music and performances.  

Riverwalk Jazz Band – Strolling through the mall Tuesdays in December (6th, 13th, and 20th) 4:30 – 6:30pm
Riverwalk Holiday Choir – Performances in the food court Thursdays from Shades of Praise (8th) and Canterbury Carolers (22nd)
Riverwalk Holiday DJ – DJ Polo 504 will be spinning your favorite holiday tunes Fridays (9th, 16th, and 23rd) on different levels of the mall 


Réveillon Dinners at Downtown Restaurants
Throughout the Holidays
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The Creoles, some of the city’s earliest inhabitants, celebrated the start of Christmas in the early 1800s, with a big family meal when they returned home from midnight mass. Today dozens of New Orleans restaurants offer Reveillon Dinners with menus inspired by the Creole families who began the tradition. Participating restaurants have added their own twists to their menus, featuring their house specialties and examples of their culinary creativity.


Selfies with Santa at Canal Place
11:00 am – 3:00pm | December 10
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Bring the whole family for holiday fun at Canal Place’s annual SELFIES WITH SANTA event! Begin your day of free, festive fun with a trip north to visit Canal Place’s stylish Santa. Santa Claus will don a sophisticated twist on his traditional red suit with a red and green plaid coat, ready to pose for photos and find out each child’s Christmas wish from 11 AM – 3 PM. Santa’s elves will provide cookies for your hungry holiday helpers. The magical surprises continue as Calliope Puppets present a special holiday-themed puppet show full of familiar family stories with a festive twist. Children ages 3 to 10 will enjoy these lively, interactive presentations at 11:00 AM and 12:15 PM.

The Riverwalk Outlets Present Movies Under the Stars at Spanish Plaza
5:00 – 7:30pm | December 10 & December 17
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Get your friends and family together to watch a screening of Arthur Christmas (10th) and the 2018 animated movie The Grinch (17th) along the Mississippi.  Free holiday treats will be available and santa will be on hand for photos under the Riverwalk Christmas Tree.  This event is free and fun for the whole family.


Running of the Santas Bar Crawl
December 10
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Running of the Santas, the annual pilgrimage of costumed revelers through the streets of the city’s Warehouse District, returns Saturday, December 10. At 6:00pm, the Santas will “RUN” from the “South Pole- Mannings” to the “North Pole – Generations Hall” (only a few blocks).   The “Runners” will assemble on Lafayette Street at the corner of South Peters.  Costume contest at 8:00pm!  A portion of the proceeds benefits “That Others May Live” Foundation.



Teddy Bear Tea at The Roosevelt
Throughout the Holidays
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Enjoy the experience that has been generations in the making. Their elves are busily preparing for this popular event that delights and excites children of all ages! Santa and Mrs. Claus will welcome you and your children to enjoy a presentation of delicious holiday food, specialty teas, and tasty pastries, as well as sparkling wine and mimosas for Mom and Dad. Individual seats are available for pre-paid, non-refundable purchase. Reservations can be made by clicking the link above.


Holidays at The Ritz-Carlton
Throughout the Holidays
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The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans will be celebrating the Holidays all season long with multiple events for the whole family! Build a Gingerbread house, enjoy Papa Noel Tea, learn Jazz, or even skip the cooking this year with their Christmas Eve Dinner or Christmas Day Jubilee! Learn more at the link above!



Luna Fete
December 15 – 18
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DDD is a proud sponsor.

Arts Council New Orleans’ LUNA Fête 2022, presented by the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and New Orleans & Company is LUNA Fête’s ninth edition.  This year will celebrate New Orleans’ history of costumes and craftsmanship and is FREE and open to the public. Nightly from 6pm – 10pm December 15 – 18th along the newly created New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Pedestrian Park on Convention Center Blvd from Julia Street to Henderson Avenue, you can visit the festival of light, art, and technology!

Chanukah at Riverwalk
December 18
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Chabad-Lubavitch of Louisiana in partnership with the Riverwalk Outlets will light their giant Menorah on Spanish Plaza in honor of the first night of Chanukah.  The event will feature traditional Chanukah music, kosher cuisine, complementary latkes, Jewish gelt, dreidels, face painting, crafts, and more! 



NOLA ChristmasFest at The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
December 21-30
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NOLA ChristmasFest, presented by Coca-Cola, is a dazzling, family-friendly seasonal event, offering your loved ones the perfect opportunity to get into the holiday spirit, make a little joy, and spread a little cheer. Experience a real indoor ice skating rink, ice slides, ice bocce, carnival rides, inflatables, Santa and friends, and more!



R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
December 21, 2022
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Top teams from the Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA will face off in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.  Kick off is at 8:00 PM Wednesday, December 21 at the Caesars Superdome. 



Sazerac House Holiday Events
Throughout the Holiday Season
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101 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70130

The Sazerac House is hosting a variety of events throughout the Holiday Season ranging from seminars, demonstrations and tastings.  Learn about creole holiday traditions and festive food pairings, all steeped in New Orleans cocktail history.  All guests must be 21 to participate and you must register prior to the events through the website.


Mobile Menorah Parade
December 24, 2022
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A little light dispels much darkness and Chabad-Lubavitch of Louisiana is bringing light across the city with a mobile Menorah parade!  Making their way from Uptown to the French Quarter, cars will pass through the DDD celebrating the 7th night of Chanukah. 



Allstate Sugar Bowl
December 31, 2022
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This year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl will be played on Saturday, December 31 – exactly 50 years after the first New Year’s Eve Sugar Bowl!  The game will feature top teams from the Southeastern Conference and the Big Twelve Conference at the Caesars Superdome.