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Things to do in December in New Orleans

Updated: November 14, 2023

The following post provides a list of things to do in New Orleans in December, updated for 2023.

We include family-friendly, nighttime, and free activities.

As local tour guides, we compiled this list based on our own experiences, but also answering your questions.

We lead hundreds of people each week through the streets of New Orleans and on every tour you ask us about things in the city.

We also grabbed ideas from the roughly 40k members of our popular NOLA Travel Tips Facebook group.

December in New Orleans Tips

The group consists of locals, like our tour guides, expats, veteran travelers, as well as newbies to New Orleans.

You don't need to join in order to read the posts, comments, and recommendations.

Check out the group once you are finished reading this post. A link can be found at the end of the post.


 TOP 10

In this section, we cover the ten most interesting and fun activities available in New Orleans this December.

Don’t forget the things that make New Orleans a year-round destination! Check out 

Many of these items are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.


1. Take a Sightseeing Tour

We offer several different pay-what-you-wish walking tours in New Orleans, including one in honor of the holiday season.

Our Creole Christmas tour covers a variety of notable sites such as Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, Santa’s Quarters, and more.

Grayline Tours offers a Christmas Eve Bonfire Express Tour that takes you to see the traditional Christmas activity of lighting huge bonfires along the Mississippi River.

They also offer a Jingling Through the Crescent Tour which takes you through some of the most popular and historic sites in the city.

Free Tours by Foot - New Orleans Walking ToursExcellentFree Tours by Foot - New Orleans Walking Tours4.9 Based on 1846 reviews fromSee all reviews review us onMaru R.Maru R. ★★★★★ Sandy was an amazing tour guide!! We really enjoy our french quarter tour.DjuanDjuan ★★★★★ Priestess Robi was by far the best tour I went on in New Orleans! So knowledgeable, so charismatic! Highly recommend to anyone looking for a Voodoo tour that destigmatizes the myth surrounding the religion.Teresa H.Teresa H. ★★★★★ My husband and I went to New Orleans in February 2024. We did 3 tours with Free Tours by Foot in New Orleans. The first tour was the French Quarter Tour with Daniel. The second tour was the Garden Tour with Sean. The third tour was the Voodoo Tour with Robi. All three guides were informative and had wonderful personalities. I would recommend Free Tours by Foot to all travelers to complete on their first couple of days in New Orleans as the guides provide you with a lot of recommendations on everything New Orleans!Simarjeet K.Simarjeet K. ★★★★★ Sandy was an amazing tour guide. We learned so much and when our tour was interrupted suddenly she handled it very well! Very knowledgeable and she answered all of our questions swiftly. We had a great time!Gulay CGulay C ★★★★★ I took the Treme and Voodoo tours. I enjoyed both of them very much.Cher H.Cher H. ★★★★★ Had the food tour with Kayla and it was very interesting and informative. We learned a lot about Cajun and Creole cooking..Kayla is quite engaging and clearly knows a lot about the history of the food culture in New Orleans. She even gave us a helpful list of food destinations at the end of the tour. Highly recommend this tour!We also took the French Quarter tour with Sandy and that was super fun as well. She's very funny and really knows how to tell a story and keep everyone engaged. We learned lots of cool history about New Orleans and it was definitely worthwhile!k C.k C. ★★★★★ Voodoo Tour with Priest Robi was incredible! What a wonderful vibrant soul with so much character, facts backed by science, and peaceful vibes. Thank you so much for the enlightening, entertaining, informative, and soul healing journey you took us through today!Lanea E.Lanea E. ★★★★★ We did the walking food tour with Kayla and she was amazing. It was wonderful to hear from a local Cajun who grew up in Louisiana. She even provided a listing of restaurant recommendations!MargarettaMargaretta ★★★★★ Excellent tour! We did the French Quarter tour with Sandy who was super knowledgeable and really funny - super dry humor about the quirks and charms of New Orleans. Highly recommend, especially for your first day in the city to get oriented and have some recommendations from a local.Manuel S.Manuel S. ★★★★★ High Priest Robi gave the Voodoo tour. The amount of information this man gave us while being entertaining, pure and enaging is unmatched. I hope to be able to return soon with more of my team so they can experience the tour. It was educational and we left with a energy we couldnt explain. We were speechless and I highly recommend that if you take a tour in NOLA you trust these guys!Eteoklis N.Eteoklis N. ★★★★★ Teea T.Teea T. ★★★★★ We went on the French Quarter tour with Daniel and Garden District tour with Sean on a recent trip to New Orleans. Both tours were amazing and we learned so much! Loved the experience and really appreciate that these tours are available to everyone no matter background/current circumstances. Amazing experience, would highly recommend and will be joining another Free Tours by Foot in the future!Lisa C.Lisa C. ★★★★★ Visiting from the UK, we found free tours by foot whilst researching New Orleans online. After watching videos on YouTube we decided to give them a go, and we're so pleased we did. We booked onto a voodoo tour with high priest Robi, not only is he a practising voodoo priest he is a historian who is very passionate about passing on his culture, history and family ties with the religion. The tour was so informative and fun, dispelling any hollywood myths we have been led to believe. This is right up there as one of my favourite experiences of our holiday. Thank you to free tours by foot, and thank you to high priest Robi, we left the tour carrying all your love and warmth with us.Silke W.Silke W. ★★★★★ We participated in the 2 hour free walking tour of the French Quarter. Our tour guide Sandy did an outstanding job highlighting relevant facts about the city. Not only was the tour educational and informative, but also very entertaining and engaging thanks to Sandy’s wonderful sense of humor. Thank you, Sandy, we highly recommend this tour!Mary C.Mary C. ★★★★★ We had a great tour with Sandy! We loved learning about New Orleans’ history and architecture, and we got to hear lots of fun tidbits and stories. Highly recommend!Matt F.Matt F. ★★★★★ Had a great tour with Sandy! She shared a lot of beautiful details about the city that I can’t help but notice everywhere now.Suzanne K.Suzanne K. ★★★★★ We did the French Quarter tour with Sandy - she was very knowledgeable and entertaining…. It was a bitterly cold day but she made New Orleans warmer with her passion for her subject. She also had a really good clear speaking voice. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a tour with Sandy.Michelle B.Michelle B. ★★★★★ Had an amazing tour with Daniel in the garden district! He has a major in history and minor in education, so he was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his job. I really enjoyed getting to hear firsthand about his ancestors experience migrating to the city in the 1800's. Would 10/10 recommend.Ryan M.Ryan M. ★★★★★ Sandy was an incredible tour host. She was knowledgeable and professional, and filled every minute of that tour. Would take this againMichelle B.Michelle B. ★★★★★ Sandy was our tour guide for the voodoo tour and we thoroughly enjoyed her knowledge and comedy! Although we didn't have the typical tour guide (Priest Roby) we didn't feel like we were missing out in the slightest. We learned so much and it gave us an insight and appreciation for the history and culture of the city.NeMarca K.NeMarca K. ★★★★★ I'm so thankful we got to experience the Voodoo Tour with High Priest Robi. He was hilarious and extremely knowledgeable. I've been studying and practicing Hoodoo for about 5 years now and learned so much more during this tour.Thank you High Priest Robi for sharing y(our) history with us and opening minds, one tour at a time. You definitely left a lasting impression in our lives.Clara S.Clara S. ★★★★★ Robi is amazing! The tour was wonderful. Learned so much about Voodoo or Hoodoo and what it truly is about. Loved loved it! Thank you Robi!GwenGwen ★★★★★ Today I had the pleasure of joining Roni on his New Orleans food tour. Roni provided an informative and entertaining commentary on the history of New Orleans and its impact on the food and culture in the city. We had an opportunity to sample all the must have foods in the French quarter. Thanks to Roni for his advice and recommendations in sharing the portions and purchase of the food. This allowed us to experience a wider variety of food. Ample opportunity was provided for washroom breaks and rest from walking. I highly recommend this tour.E RE R ★★★★★ Sandy was an amazing tour guide, engaging, funny and knew all the facts. Highly recommend.Kimberly J.Kimberly J. ★★★★★ Sandy was amazing! Excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable! Loved her jokes! High recommend the French Quarter Tour with her!Phil B.Phil B. ★★★★★ High Priest Robi did an AWESOME job on the Voodoo Tour! So informative, so positive, so much energy!!! Thanks so much!Dorine E.Dorine E. ★★★★★ We did the Voodoo tour with ROBI. What a knowledgeable and charismatic man. The tour was educational and informative as well as entertaining. You can really tell he is passionate about his culture and the history of the real Voodoo. Would definitely tour with him againSonja M.Sonja M. ★★★★★ We did the Nola Voodoo Tour with Robi and it was amazing. Full of knowledge and great delivery. Highly recommendable.Vincenzo T.Vincenzo T. ★★★★★ Our tour was for the Treme district. Our guide Evian was friendly knowledgeable and energetic. He even gave great tips for lunch and a traditional treat. Lil Dizzys. And Calas Cafe.Victoria S.Victoria S. ★★★★★ We did 3 free tours by foot tours on our recent NOLA trip. We thoroughly enjoyed all 3. Andrew, who was our guide for the ghost tour, was funny and informative. Robi gave a great tour about Voodoo, which is completely different than what most would think of the religion. We found him very entertaining and glad he shared his religion with us to better understand it. Sandy was our guide for the French Quarter tour. We really enjoyed learning all the history of the Quarter with her. She was also quick witted too. All our guides were funny and kept our attention, making the tours go by quickly. I'm glad we were able to do those 3 during our short stay. We had found FTBF through YouTube originally and had been watching the videos of NOLA tours for the past year and really enjoyed them, which is why we decided to book tours through the company.Greg L.Greg L. ★★★★★ Fantastic tacos some of the best food Mexican food I have ever eatenCandice D.Candice D. ★★★★★ We did the voodoo tour which was all about the history of voodoo. It was very interesting and debunks a lot of Hollywood tropes.peter B.peter B. ★★★★★ Just did the Voodoo tour with High Priest Robi what a fantastic time well recommend fully opened our eyesGina J.Gina J. ★★★★★ Meri was a wonderful host with the Ghost Tour. We really enjoyed our hour and a half. Meri kept us engaged with good stories even with some dark history. Meri was very knowledgeable and respectful to other tours in the area. The ghost tour is worth checking out to learn a little about Ghosts in New Orleans.Cecilia D.Cecilia D. ★★★★★ My girlfriend and I did the 10am Voodoo Tour with Priest Robi, and I cannot say enough amazing things about the experience. This was my 6th time in NOLA and I've done over a dozen tours, but this one is my favorite. Robi is an absolute gem of a human being; seriously if I win the lottery I'm giving a cut of it to this guy because he's just so great-knowledgeable, funny, entertaining, honest, relatable, kind. His knowledge on topics- Voodoo and its spinoffs, History of New Orleans, current residents in New Orleans, psychology, sociology, and just the human experience- is incredible. The tour is less than two hours but honestly we could have spent our entire trip with him. Also, it was so cool to see how many people walking past us knew Robi as a friend, family member, or did the tour before and just wanted to come say hi to him.In case you're wondering, the tour mainly involves meeting up with a group and your tour guide, Robi, telling you about his qualifications to speak on Voodoo, a little history and info on Voodoo itself, its importance in New Orleans, and how it impacts everyday life for everyday people. Otherwise the tour is really about whatever the group wants to talk about that day. And Robi gives food recommendations/sightseeing recommendations afterwards to anyone interested!Again, I recommend this tour to everyone. It's not a dull history lesson, it doesn't involve too much walking, it's very entertaining, emotional even, and educational but in a way that feels like you're listening to a friend tell you a good story that just happens to involve some history behind it too.A MUST experience in NOLA!Kelly C.Kelly C. ★★★★★ Doing this walking tour with Sandy was AMAZING!! She has lots of great information and throws in some jokes/sarcasm at the perfect moments. We throughly enjoyed our tour and highly recommend one with Sandy.Jennifer T.Jennifer T. ★★★★★ We loved our tour with Sandy! She was so knowledgeable, and her stories were fascinating. We went on the tour on our last day, but had we known that we were going to enjoy it so much, we would have booked more!Paul M.Paul M. ★★★★★ We had an unforgettable experience touring Mardi Gras history in New Orleans with our guide, Andrew F. Andrew's passion for the city and deep knowledge of its history made the tour truly exceptional. His personal experience as a parade participant and volunteer added a unique perspective to the tour.The two hours flew by as we explored the vibrant festivities and learned about the rich traditions of Mardi Gras. Andrew's engaging storytelling and friendly demeanor made the tour a highlight of our trip. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Thanks, Andrew, for being an amazing guide!Lauren W.Lauren W. ★★★★★ Had a great Treme tour with Evian packed full of more history than we’ve had on most tours. He did an amazing job taking us through the narratives of one of the country’s oldest Black neighborhoods. We enjoyed how he interwove past and present with many sobering and entertaining facts as we walked through the neighborhood. Very glad we did it! The only thing that could have maybe improved was more sites to stop at within the neighborhood but we know it’s a large one.Stacey E.Stacey E. ★★★★★ Robi did an excellent job explaining the practice and religion of Vodou. He is an excellent historian and guideLori B.Lori B. ★★★★★ Tim and I did the Mardi Gras Tour by Foot today with Andrew F-it was great. His energy was infectious, and you could see his wheels turning with all the information he wanted to share with the group. He was good at working with more seasoned visitors and those new to New Orleans and Mardi Gras.We talked about the history of Mardi Gras, always something to learn. He helped the attendees navigate the traveling to the parades based on where their lodgings were, you don't want to be stuck in "the box" unless you are staying there, which Tim and I are.He was also great to communicate with via email or text. He has sent our group information in an email of the places and things to potentially see that were mentioned during the tour.Thanks Andrew for a wonderful tour that was new to us. It did not disappoint. We lover our Free Tours by Foot.Lori and Tim, IndianaSyn P.Syn P. ★★★★★ My partner and I went on the Voodoo Tour with Robi while we were in New Orleans.My partner and I really enjoyed the tour! Robi was insightful and intelligent, not just on the subject of Voodoo but on New Orleans history. He was also really funny and had us laughing a lot.The added touch of sending a wrap-up email with other points of interest and food/drink stops was so welcomed. We went to several of them.Signing up was easy. Finding our guide was easy. All the info we needed was provided to us. I would 100% use this service again.The only drawback to me was the website is a bit clunky. It won't stop me from using FreeTours again but it could use a makeover.Thank you again so much Robi!John A.John A. ★★★★★ Did the French Quarter walking tour. Sandy was knowledgeable and friendly. And I really enjoyed Sandy's dry sense of humor.tiziana B.tiziana B. ★★★★★ We did the french quarter free tour with Sandy and it was great! She is funny and tells the history in a really understanding way. Also, she suggested to us good places to eat and to hear good music. I recommend this experience 100%Tim S.Tim S. ★★★★★ Great tour of the Quarter with Sandy, she covered a lot of the history and fun trivia, and really gave us a good perspective on the city. Very informative and entertaining.Natalie R.Natalie R. ★★★★★ The Voodoo tour with Sandy was amazing!Hay Creek Haven H.Hay Creek Haven H. ★★★★★ We went on the Mardi Gras tour. Very informative. Well worth the time and the tip. Helped immensely to our knowledge of New Orleans and our entire trip.Jasmina C.Jasmina C. ★★★★★ Had a great time during the Mardi Grad Tour with Andrew F whom i can only reccomend. He have us so many usefull informations based on personal interest which really add value on top of the great Tour. Thank you Andrew !!!Seth B.Seth B. ★★★★★ Had a great tour today with Sandy. Very fun and informative! I couldn’t recommend her enough.Sam W.Sam W. ★★★★★ Took a tour with Sandy this morning! The best tour I’ve ever done! Loved hearing about diverse voices of the city and all the history. Both funny and factual. Thank you!!!js_loader

2. Attend a Holiday Concert

New Orleans attracts a number of musical acts throughout the year, although December tends to be a bit quiet.

There are a number of holiday concerts taking place in the city, though, ones that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Concerts

NOTE: If you’re looking for more concerts or musical performances to see, check out our tips for live music in New Orleans.

Again, you can easily find all the concerts in NOLA here.


3. Go to a Sporting Event

The Big Easy has two popular teams to root for in December: The New Orleans Pelicans and the New Orleans Saints.

Find all the games you can attend this month here.

Basketball

Football

In addition to these events, it’s worth noting that the New Orleans Bowl will also be held at the Caesars Superdome, on December 16th.

Again, you can find all the games you can attend this month here.


4. See a Performance on the Stage

There are plenty of great shows to be seen on the stage in December in New Orleans.

You'll find popular shows from Broadway, comedy, and a number of shows that celebrate the holidays.

Holiday Shows

Comedy Shows

Musicals/Dance


5. Enjoy a Holiday-Themed Riverboat Cruise

Both the Steamboat Natchez and the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler offer special activities to celebrate the holiday season.

Some sails will offer a holiday buffet and a bar, but others stick to food items such as tea and hors d'oeuvres.

If you are traveling with kids, they'll find the Papa Noel Cruise on the Creole Queen enjoyable.

Steamboat Natchez

Creole Queen Paddlewheeler

You can also find more details about both the Steamboat Natchez and the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler on our post which covers riverboat cruises in New Orleans.

If you want to find other things to do this holiday season, make sure to read our post on Christmas events in New Orleans.


6. Enjoy a Holiday Cocktail

With Christmas just around the corner, most of the pubs, bars, and other drinking establishments in New Orleans will have special holiday-themed cocktails available for a limited time. 

If you’re curious about the kind of cocktails you can expect during December, we go into much greater detail about this subject in our post about things to do for Christmas in New Orleans

NOTE: Anyone who is interested in grabbing a few drinks may want to consider taking our Cocktail tour as well. 

Many of the locations you will visit on this outing have special drinks during the holidays, giving you the chance to enjoy both activities at once!


7. Enjoy a Réveillon Dinner

Dating back to the 1800s, this Creole holiday tradition is now celebrated by many locals in New Orleans.

The customary Réveillon Dinner is a large family feast that takes place after midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

The modern equivalent of this meal can be found in many restaurants throughout the city during the holiday season.

Prices range from $30-$60 per person.

You can learn more about these and other meals on our pay-what-you-wish Creole Christmas Tour and our French Quarter Food Tour.


8. Celebrate New Year's Eve

There are a number of fabulous New Year's Eve parties going on in the city that know how to live with joy.

And of course, you can see

If you’re looking for free activities during the month of December, this will definitely be one of your best options.


9. Celebration in the Oaks

Every holiday season, New Orleans’ City Park wraps its famous oak trees up in lights.

In addition to the wonderfully lit oaks, you’ll also see displays in areas such as their Botanical Garden and Carousel Gardens. 

This event attracts more than 165,000 visitors every year, making it one of the most popular holiday activities in New Orleans. 

With that in mind, they actually recommend purchasing tickets well ahead of time.

This year the event runs from November 23rd to December 30th.

Click here for additional information.

New Orleans’ City Park has much more to offer as well, so is well worth a visit.

This is one of the most family-friendly attractions in New Orleans during December.

However, you can find even more great ideas in our things to do with kids section.


10. Save Money With a Tourist Pass

If you’re planning to enjoy a lot of different activities in New Orleans, a tourist pass can save you plenty of money.

Depending on which service you choose and how you use it, you could save up to 50% off general admission prices at several notable attractions in the city.

An all-inclusive pass will give you access to dozens of popular tours and activities for a specific amount of time (1, 2, 3 or 5 days).

Alternatively, you can also get a tourist pass which will allow you to pay one flat price for a set number of attractions (2, 3, 4, 5, or 6).

Regardless of which service you choose, you can expect admission for the following activities to be included with at least one New Orleans tourist pass:

  • Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour
  • Riverboat Jazz Cruise
  • National WWII Museum
  • Audubon Aquarium
  • Audubon Insectarium
  • Mardi Gras World
  • Houmas House
  • Audubon Zoo
  • And more!

If you choose an all-inclusive pass, it will be important to use it for at least 3-4 activities to save a decent amount of money.

For more details, please read our post covering New Orleans tourist passes.


FREE THINGS TO DO IN DECEMBER

This section will provide a few additional ideas for free things to do in New Orleans during the month of December. 

If you want even more to do for free, don’t forget that we offer a lot of pay-what-you-want walking tours such as the Creole Christmas Tour.

To save even more money, check out our post about the best free and cheap things to do in New Orleans.


Free Concert Tuesdays

A local jazz band performs a free concert at the New Orleans Jazz Museum every Tuesday at 2 p.m.

All you need to do is drop in at the right time and grab a seat to experience this 60-minute show every week.

There are several additional free shows at the museum throughout any given month and other concerts that come with a price tag.

Make sure to check their events calendar.


Enjoy Christmas Activities

There are a lot of great things to do for Christmas in New Orleans, and several activities are actually free.

Here are a few examples of holiday events you can attend without paying a dime.

  • Krewe of Jingle
  • Sugar Bowl Parade
  • Winter Wonderland
  • NOLA Fest
  • Merriment on Magazine Street
  • Miracle on Fulton Street
  • Jackson Square Caroling

If you want to learn more about these opportunities and others, make sure to read our post about the best Christmas activities in New Orleans.

NOTE: Some of these events have yet to be confirmed for 2023, but they are likely to still take place in some way, shape, or form.


Go to a Free Wine Tasting

Faubourg Wines will be offering a free wine-tasting event every Wednesday in December from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

This event is open to the public, and no reservations are required.

During each wine tasting, Faubourg Wines selects 4 different drinks (which change every week) for visitors to taste.

This location also offers classes where you can learn more about wine and how to appreciate it. These courses are not free, but they do include even more wine tastings.

TIP: If you’re interested in trying some wine, you might also want to consider taking our Cocktail tour to learn more about the popular beverages in New Orleans.

To save even more money, check out our post about the best free and cheap things to do in New Orleans.


THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT IN DECEMBER

In this section, we will give you a few additional ideas for fun and interesting things you can do at night in New Orleans in December. 

You can find more nighttime activities such as free wine tasting, free comedy shows, attending a concert, going on a riverboat cruise, or seeing a sporting event in our other sections.

Make sure to read our post about things to do in New Orleans at night.


Take a Ghost Tour

The beloved tale A Christmas Carol proves that ghost stories are just as fun and intriguing during the holiday season as they are at other times of the year. 

If you’re interested in learning about some of the haunted history of New Orleans, we offer a pay-what-you-like ghost tour that covers a variety of different subjects and locations in the French Quarter.

While you’re in the area, you can enjoy some of the wonderful Christmas lighting displays at notable landmarks that you will pass along the way. 

This is also a great option if you’re looking for something other than holiday cheer during this special time of year.

In addition to our main ghost tour, we also provide these creepy outings:


See the Holiday Lights

No matter where you choose to go in New Orleans during the month of December, chances are that you’ll see some lighting displays.

Here are a few places you might want to visit for holiday lights:

These aren’t the only locations where you will find Christmas lighting displays, but they are some of the more popular sites that tend to decorate for the holiday season. 

If you’re looking for more information about some of the attractions on this list, make sure to read our post about the best Christmas activities in New Orleans.

If you’re looking for more attractions after dark, make sure to read our post about things to do in New Orleans at night.


Go to LUNA Fête

The 10th anniversary of LUNA Fête, a light art and technology festival takes place on December 7th-10th.

You'll find illuminated costumes and light-based artworks in the Convention Center Pedestrian Park.

There are also nightly markets, food, drinks, and so much more.

Read more about LUNA Fête here.


THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN DECEMBER

The following section covers a variety of family-friendly things you can do in New Orleans in December. 

For additional ideas, make sure to check the other sections in this post for activities such as seeing a show at Saenger Theater, going to a live sporting event, attending a concert, or enjoying the holiday lights.

We also have a guide to New Orleans with kids for more family-friendly ideas for any time of year.


Celebrate the Holidays

With Christmas right around the corner, it probably won’t surprise you that there will be several family activities available in New Orleans this month.

Here are a few of the attractions you might want to check out:

  • Teddy Bear Tea
  • Christmas Bonfires
  • Audubon Zoo Lights
  • Celebration in the Oaks
  • Jackson Square Caroling
  • Christmas Musicals/Ballets
  • Jingle Bugs at Audubon Insectarium

If you want to find even more fun things to do, make sure to check our post about the best Christmas activities in New Orleans.


Watch the Sugar Bowl Parade

In celebration of the Sugar Bowl, which takes place on December 31st, the Sugar Bowl Parade will be held.

This parade begins at about 3 p.m. at the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street.

With a wide variety of floats, bands, and other participants, there will be plenty to see and do during this event.

Even if you’re not interested in football, this is a fun family activity!

We also have a guide to New Orleans with kids for more family-friendly ideas for any time of year.


Attend NOLA ChristmasFest

New Orleans' annual ChristmasFest celebration returns in 2023.

For ten days folks can go on ice slides and carnival rides, and go ice skating.

Santa and his friends will be there as well, and on December 23rd you can even go ice skating with him!

There are plenty of special events each day as well, all of this taking place between December 21st and 25th.

To purchase tickets visit the ChristmasFest website.


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Sarah Hester

Sarah first moved to New Orleans in 2001 to work for the American Red Cross of Southeast Louisiana. While working in the communities of New Orleans she fell in love with the unique culture of the Big Easy; it's food, music, architecture, wildlife, and most of all history. Read More... Sarah began her career with FTBF, first as a guide, then as an owner/operator. She believes every day is a good day if she gets to impart her love of her beloved New Orleans with Free Tours By Foot guests. She especially likes to convert new Who Dat Saints Fans!
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