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New Orleans Attractions: Christmas in the French Quarter

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New Orleans is famous for its visual splendor, so it’s no surprise that the Crescent City emanates extra magic for the holiday season. The French Quarter is a popular Christmas destination for holiday travelers from near and far, in large part thanks to traditions like the popular New Orleans attractions below!

Creole Christmas Holiday Home Tour

Interior of the 1850 House decorated for Christmas during the Creole Christmas Holiday Home Tour

New Orleanians have been celebrating Christmas for over 300 years, and the Creole Christmas Holiday Home Tour places the French Quarter’s majestic history in the holiday context. For this tour, five intricately preserved French Quarter homes open their doors to visitors, who will find their historic interiors decorated as they would have been when their original inhabitants prepared for Christmas in the 19th century.

In addition, this year’s 2022 Creole Christmas Holiday Home Tour will be running once daily from December 27th-29th. The tour begins at the 1850 House at 523 St. Ann Street at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. General admission tickets cost $40 per person while Friends of the Cabildo members will have a discounted ticket price of just $30 per person. So don’t wait any longer; book your slots now and create an unforgettable holiday experience!

New Orleans Christmas Concerts

New Orleans Christmas concert inside St. Louis Cathedral
Source:, photo by Paul Broussard

Visitors to the historic St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter are in for a special treat this year! Acclaimed musicians from New Orleans host annual Christmas concerts that feature musical styles ranging from classical and jazz to gospel.

On December 18th at 5:30pm, be prepared to be captivated by this decadent display of sounds that will serenade you with festive vibes right before Christmas Day. It’s sure to be an unforgettable experience – one that will leave even Santa himself in awe! So come be enveloped by a peaceful atmosphere and have your heartstrings plucked by the heartwarming music put on by these talented artists.

Jackson Square Caroling

Aerial view of carolers in Jackson Square during Christmas in New Orleans
Source:, photo by Justen Williams

Get ready to join the choral extravaganza of Patio Planters in Jackson Square, an iconic spot located right at the center of New Orleans’ historical French Quarter. As dusk falls on December 18th, hundreds of candles will light up this beautiful square as you can hum along with carolers and your fellow music-lovers. This event will span from 7pm until 8pm. All supplies are provided – song sheets & candles included – just remember to get there early so that you don’t miss out on one of NOLA’s most popular events.

Take a Closer Walk

New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours

Christmas in New Orleans is a guaranteed good time. After all, celebrations, decorations, festive lights and cheer are all among the things that the Crescent City does best — and a great way to learn about just how New Orleans came to possess such a rich culture is through a French Quarter tour.

New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours offers first-rate tours of the world-famous French Quarter that provide a thorough background on this one-of-a-kind city. These tours offer a full education on how landmarks like Jackson Square and the Mississippi waterfront were built, what for, and how they have changed over the centuries. Every place you visit for Christmas festivities has a story, and we make sure that you can connect your favorite historic home with the chapter in history that produced it.

Tours depart from 941 Decatur Street (right next to Café du Monde) at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and last for approximately two hours. So come join us as we explore all that a New Orleans walking tour has to offer—the stories, the sights, and the unforgettable memories!

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