December in New Orleans brings Christmas, New Orleans style — a month of holiday celebrations that include light displays, festivals, concerts, and more. Enjoy light displays across 25 acres of New Orleans City Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country, during Celebration in the Oaks (opening Nov. 24). City Park's famous oaks are swathed in hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, and breathtaking light displays are scattered throughout the park, including the Botanical Garden, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park.
The NOLA ChristmasFest takes over the New Orleans Convention Center for 10 days during December (Dec. 21-31), featuring the only ice skating rink in NOLA, carnival rides, holiday events, and more.
In Creole tradition, restaurants across the city present Réveillon dinners during the month of December, with modern takes on the traditional 19th century holiday feasts. Restaurants have also added a cocktail component to the dinners, serving up holiday-themed cocktails during the season. But there's so much more: Holiday gingerbread displays in hotels throughout New Orleans are unlike any other. From life-size Christmas trees with edible ornaments to decorated gingerbread houses and 16-foot-tall replicas of St. Louis Cathedral, you never know what over-the-top gingerbread creations are in store, but the spicy, sweet smell will certainly put you in the Christmas spirit.
For the past two years, The Roosevelt New Orleans, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, has been selected by CNN as a part of the top 10 hotels worldwide for the holidays. The block-long lobby of the hotel will be adorned in holiday decor and serve as the headquarters for everything happy about the holidays. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the hotel will officially kick off the season by turning on its lobby lights and decor. Already famous for its Teddy Bear Tea, the hotel now also serves the traditional Réveillon meal, typically served after midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, each weekday for guests to enjoy. The dinner will feature a specialized holiday menu with wine pairings.