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Jackson Square - Christmas Decorations
Jackson Square - Christmas Decorations
Jackson Square - Christmas Decorations

December in New Orleans

The year is wrapping up, but the fun doesn't stop in New Orleans

Planning your December visit to New Orleans

Decembers are done differently in New Orleans. One of a kind holiday celebrations and activities, uniquely NOLA cuisine and craft cocktails and some of the most highly-anticipated sporting events of the year take place all month long. If you’re considering spending December in the Crescent City, browse below for suggestions on where to go and what to do for a memorable holiday getaway.

What to do in December in New Orleans?

Close out the year with a number of different holiday celebrations, outdoor activities and a wide selection of light shows and displays this December. 

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Krewe of Jingle Parade

Krewe of Jingle

December in New Orleans kicks-off with the Krewe of Jingle each and every year. This downtown parade is sure to fill you with holiday cheer that will last the entire month. Mr. and Mrs. Clause, Mr. Bingle, Rudolph and more make special appearances along the route. 

Celebration in the Oaks

Stretching throughout the month of December, Celebration in the Oaks is an annual holiday tradition. Beautiful holiday-themed decorations illuminate the historic oak trees within City Park. Bring your friends, family or a very special someone for an evening stroll in the park.  

Luna Fete

The annual LUNA Fête turns Lafayette Square into a beautiful display of high-tech installations. LUNA Fête has become one of the iconic events of the New Orleans holiday season. The event is free to the public, and great for a December photo-op. 

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Christmas Eve Bonfires

Christmas Eve Bonfires

The ultimate Christmas precursor takes place atop the levees along the Mississippi River with the Christmas Eve Bonfires. Friends and families gather together in anticipation of the coming holiday while stunning bonfires light the way for Santa and his reindeer. 

Reveillon Dinners

Reveillon Dinner brings the best in New Orleans’ cuisine to the holiday season. At participating restaurants across the city enjoy specially crafted prix-fixe menus and cocktails. Everything from traditional New Orleans holidays foods to international twists can be found. 

Sporting Events

December is filled with football in New Orleans. Both the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and the coveted Allstate Sugar Bowl both take place in the Crescent City. Each game hosts a number of fan fests and events perfect for all ages.   

This is just a small glimpse of all December in New Orleans has to offer. Browse the events below, GoNOLA’s 15 Things to Do in December, or our official holiday site for more. 

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December in New Orleans

What is the weather in December in New Orleans?

Unlike most places, New Orleans is the perfect place for parades, fireworks, and outdoor sporting events in December. While temperatures do drop, it rarely gets below freezing. With an average high of 64℉ and a low of 45℉ layers, scarves, and gloves are encouraged. 

What foods should I try in December in New Orleans?

December in New Orleans means Reveillon dinners. Treat yourself to the pre-fixe menu at one of the legendary restaurants around the city. Pair it alongside one of these holiday craft cocktails for the perfect meal. With the colder weather, it is also the perfect time to try Cafe Brulot Diabolique, a special "burnt' coffee. 

For those looking to ditch the holiday cooking and cleaning browse this list of restaurants open during the holidays and make a reservation. 

Additional December Resources

Christmas Day in New Orleans is filled with national traditions with local twists. Caroling in Jackson Square and holiday tea parties throughout New Orleans’ French Quarter hotels are among the many other activities and events to look forward to. For all there is to do during the most wonderful time of year, check out our holiday site.