Destination: New Orleans


Holiday Cheer in the Big Easy

Recently voted No. 1 U.S. nightlife destination by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, New Orleans can "jingle around the clock" any time of year.

But for travel through January, the Big Easy enchants with garland-decked streetcars, balconies adorned with twinkling lights -- and hotel savings as much as 65%.

New Orleans puts a special twist on Christmas traditions, even inventing a few of its own. Favorites include Creole-inspired holiday feasts and the "Feux de Joie" (fires of joy), a Christmas Eve event where giant bonfires along the Mississippi River light the way for Papa Noel.

Celebrate the season in New Orleans, and live out the city's motto: Laissez les bons temps rouler (French for "Let the good times roll").

Christmas in New Orleans
Learn about the city's holiday events and traditions.
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Winter Arts
More than 50 artists exhibit citywide through Feb. 19.
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Horse-and-carriage rides, cemetery tours, swamp tours and more.
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Festivals & Events
More than Mardi Gras: See what's on tap through winter.
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