Winter in NOLA

Decembers just feel different in New Orleans. There are endless one-of-a-kind holiday celebrations and activities, uniquely NOLA cuisine and craft cocktails, and some of the most highly anticipated sporting events of the year take place all month long. If you’re considering spending December in the Crescent City, browse below for suggestions on where to go and what to do for a memorable holiday getaway.

Holiday Parades

December in New Orleans kicks-off in true New Orleans fashion with a larger-than-life holiday parade. This downtown parade is sure to fill you with holiday cheer that will last the entire month. Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Mr. Bingle, Rudolph, and more make special appearances along the route. If you’re looking for a great reason to check out New Orleans East, look no further than Jingle on the Boulevard

Celebration in the Oaks 

Stretching throughout the month of December, Celebration in the Oaks is an annual holiday tradition. Beautiful holiday-themed decorations illuminate the historic oak trees within City Park. Bring your friends, family, or a very special someone to admire the displays and enjoy the rides throughout the Carousel Gardens Amusement ParkNew Orleans Botanical Garden, and beyond. 

Christmas Eve Bonfires

The ultimate Christmas precursor takes place atop the levees along the Mississippi River with the Christmas Eve bonfires. Friends and families gather together in anticipation of the coming holiday while stunning bonfires light the way for Santa and his reindeer. 


December is filled with football in New Orleans. Both the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and the coveted Allstate Sugar Bowl both take place in the Crescent City. Each game hosts several fan fests and events perfect for all ages. If you’re looking for the classic New Orleans sports experience, be sure to check out one of the regular season games for the Saints and Pelicans.