Who Needs Snow
Who Needs Snow? The Holiday Season, NOLA-Style
The holiday season is the time to revel in a winter wonderland. Here in New Orleans we may have more palm trees than evergreens, but that doesn’t mean the spirit of the season is lost. Besides, trade the red and green for purple, green, and gold, and your Christmas tree has become a Mardi Gras tree. Why end the festivities when you can head straight out of holiday season and into carnival season?
To kick things off we have the annual Miracle on Fulton Street. The pedestrian mall near Harrah’s Casino will be transformed into a holiday paradise, complete with hourly snowfall starting every day at 5pm. It officially opens on November 26th, with the lighting of the 30-foot Christmas tree and a performance by The Miraclettes from 6-8pm. Shoppers and diners can roam the local stores and eateries, visitors can explore the giant Café du Monde gingerbread house, and children can have their photos taken with Santa while their parents linger under Mistletoe Row. The fantasy will continue nightly until January 6th.
Starting November 29th, head over to City Park and take in the spectacle that is the Celebration in the Oaks. The park’s famous oak trees are decorated with hundreds of thousands of lights, creating one of the nation’s most acclaimed holiday light exhibitions. The weather is usually mild, so you can visit the 13 acres of scattered displays on foot, or you can take a 2-mile train ride for an exceptional view. Don’t miss the crowd favorite Who Dat tree and the animated Cajun Night Before Christmas display. Kids love to ride the carousel and visit with Mr. Bingle, the only snowman in New Orleans who manages to come back every winter. Ticket lines can be very long, so pay for your entrance in advance on the event website and make sure you get there before January 4th, when the lights go out until next year.
Don’t let the warm temperatures fool you—the holiday season in New Orleans doesn’t need a visit from Jack Frost to be magical. Just take a look at the traditional bonfires lit along the banks of the Mississippi River on Christmas Eve to make sure that Papa Noel finds his way. To find the perfect home for every season, call me, Clint LaCour, at (504) 383-9061 or (504) 419-8395, or if you prefer, just send me an email at email@example.com.
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