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.
CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS IN DECEMBER
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 HOLIDAY EVENTS
1 pm: Krewe of Jingle Parade in front of the Royal St. Charles Hotel with floats, bands and throws!
2 pm: The Emilio and Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical at Saenger Theatre
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
6:30 pm: Movies on the Mississippi – The Santa Claus
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
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)
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the historic Le Petit Theater (also 15, 16, 21, 22, 23)
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)
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.
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
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)
New Orleans Ballet Theater presents the Nutcracker at the Orpheum Theater
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.
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.
New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers
December 31, New Years’ Eve
2 pm – All State Sugar Bowl Parade
Midnight Fireworks along the Mississippi River