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Papa Noel pulled by his 8 alligators.

Papa Noel Rates in December

Papa Noel is our Cajun Santa Claus that rides through the swamps of Louisiana on his pirougue canoe, pulled by eight alligators – led by Nicollette with her magical glowing-green eyes. There are many magical things that happen only in New Orleans during the holiday season, and the Royal St. Charles Hotel offers the perfect location to venture and experience these unique events. BOOK NOW and SAVE 25% with our special Papa Noel rates. 




November 23 – January 1, nightly:  Celebration in the Oaks at City Park has been a New Orleans tradition for 32 years. Twinkling and animated lights in creative and interactive displays.  You have to meet Mr. Bingle and see the Cajun Christmas Displays where you’re likely to see ‘gators instead of reindeer.  CLOSED CHRISTMAS EVE

December 20 – 31, Hours vary daily: NOLA Christmas Fest at the Convention Center offers indoor fun with an ice skating rink, ice slides, snowball fights and a snow maze and even a lifesize snow globe!

All December – Reveillon Dinners offers a gorgeous multi-course menu at elegant restaurants throughout the city, a French tradition that dates back centuries. Menu may not be offered on some holidays.


December 1

1 pm: Krewe of Jingle Parade in front of the Royal St. Charles Hotel with floats, bands and throws!

December 2

2 pm: The Emilio and Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical at Saenger Theatre

December 6

6 pm:  Peppa Pig’s Surprise Live Tour at the Saenger Theater

8 pm: Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour at the Smoothie King Center

December 7

6:30 pm: Movies on the Mississippi – The Santa Claus

December 8

8 am:  Reindeer Run & Romp and Holiday Scavenger Hunt at Canal Place

5:45 pm:  Running of the Santas from Mannings Restaurant and Bar to Generations Hall

December 9

10am - 4pm:  Seven local architectural residences in the Garden District are decorated for the holidays and offer tours with merriment and other festivities.

After Dark: Luna Fete is a wonderland of illuminated installations and an interactive narrated display using Gallier Hall as the canvas. (Also on 6, 7, 8)

December 13

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the historic Le Petit Theater (also 15, 16, 21, 22, 23)

December 14

6:30 pm, Movies on the Mississippi – Elf

Hours vary daily: Festival of the Bonfires in St. James Parish celebrates Cajun Christmas customs and ends with a nightly bonfire. (also on 15, 16)

December 15

Harry Connick, Jr’s Tricentennial Holiday Show at the UNO Lakefront Arena.

New Orleans Bowl Football Championship - Sunbelt vs. the C-USA at the Superdome.

December 16

1 – 4 pm – Patio Planers Holiday Home Tour visits French Quarter residences that have been decked out for the holidays.

6:30 pm – Caroling at Jackson Square

December 18, 19, 20, 21

Saenger Theater presents ELF the Musical

December 20

Meow-y Christmas from the Amazing Acro-Cats doing their thing at the Allways Lounge and Cabaret (also on 7 – 9, 13 – 16, 20 – 23)

December 22

New Orleans Ballet Theater presents the Nutcracker at the Orpheum Theater

December 23

New Orleans Saints vs the Pittsburgh Steelers

Delta Festival Ballet’s Nutcracker performed at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

December 24, Christmas Eve

A once-in-a-lifetime experience is to see the Bonfires on the Levees, which light the way for Papa Noel. This one sells out so book your tour in advance!  

December 25, Christmas Day

New Orleans is a Catholic Town so attend Mass at one of our many historic churches.

December 26

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Saenger Theatre

December 27, 28, 29

10 am – 4 pm:  Some of New Orleans famed home museums will be dressed in mid-eighteenth-century Christmas décor to match these famous historic homes.

December 30

New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers

December 31, New Years’ Eve

2 pm – All State Sugar Bowl Parade

Midnight Fireworks along the Mississippi River

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