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December Events in New Orleans

During the month of December, the city of New Orleans transforms into a winter wonderland, chock-full of activities to do with your friends and family. A festive spirit fills the air as dazzling light displays, enchanting musical performances, and one-of-a-kind festivals take place across the Crescent City. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at four must-attend activities that promise to make your December in New Orleans truly unforgettable.

1. Christmas in Lafreniere Park

Christmas in Lafreniere Park light displays at night

Start your December right with a visit to Lafreniere Park, where holiday magic comes to life through a breathtaking display of lights. For the entire month of December, the park is draped in millions of twinkling lights, converting it into a stunning winter spectacle. Take a walk down the illuminated pathways and marvel at the creative light displays, including a lighted 60-foot Sea Serpent in the park lagoon!

The park also hosts the annual Christmas in Lafreniere Park Run/Walk on Saturday, December 9th. Participants of this two-mile run will enjoy free admission to either the driving tour or the walking tour of the light displays before gates are open to the public. Be sure to add Christmas in Lafreniere Park to your calendar this December!

2. Celebration in the Oaks

Celebration in the Oaks lights and Carousel building

Perhaps the most well-known and popular holiday light exhibition in New Orleans, Celebration in the Oaks has illuminated City Park each holiday season for nearly 40 years. From late November through the end of December, the park is transformed into a 25-acre dazzling oasis filled with awe-inspiring light displays, including a lighted narration of the popular Louisiana children’s book, “The Cajun Night Before Christmas”.

This iconic event also features amusement rides, a chance to ride City Park’s century-old antique wooden carousel, and even a miniature train ride through the park’s mesmerizing light displays! When it comes to December events in New Orleans, Celebration in the Oaks never fails to disappoint.

3. Caroling in Jackson Square

Locals participate in the annual Caroling in Jackson Square in New Orleans

Join voices with locals and visitors alike in the heart of the French Quarter for an evening of Caroling in Jackson Square! This annual community event brings people together to sing beloved holiday carols surrounded by the historic charm of the square.

Bring your friends and family, or join hands with fellow carolers, and let the joyous melodies fill the air. With the iconic St. Louis Cathedral as the backdrop against the night sky, this festive activity tops the list of December events in New Orleans for many. Mark your calendars for Friday, December 17th and get ready to sing!

4. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra: Elf™ in Concert

Promotional banner for Elf in Concert at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans

Hear the enchanting soundtrack from one of the most well-known Christmas films of all time, performed live! On December 22nd and 23rd, the historic Saenger Theatre will host live showings of the 2003 film ‘Elf’, starring Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf.

As the movie plays on the big screen, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the film soundtrack live-to-picture. This unique concert experience combines the magic of cinema with the power of a live orchestral performance, creating an unforgettable musical journey that will leave you feeling the true spirit of the season. 

Celebrate Winter with a New Orleans Garden District Tour!

While indulging in the festive magic of New Orleans this December, don’t miss the opportunity to discover one of the city’s most enchanting neighborhoods on a guided New Orleans Garden District tour! Witness the historical charm of this iconic community as knowledgeable guides lead you through tree-lined streets adorned with magnificent mansions.

During the holiday season, many of these stately homes come alive with dazzling holiday lights and displays, adding an extra layer of magic to your experience. Book a New Orleans Garden District walking tour today and uncover the hidden treasures that make this district a unique and vibrant part of the city. Step into a world where history meets holiday cheer – reserve your spot now and make your December in New Orleans truly unforgettable!

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