The holiday season in New Orleans is always bright and joyful. Christmas festivals and beautiful holiday light shows fill people with a festive spirit and help make those short winter days brighter. New Orleans Christmas lights are usually turned on right before or after Thanksgiving in late November.
Although there is no real snow in New Orleans on Christmas, lights on Fulton Street can create the illusion. The dazzling holiday “snowfall" occurs every hour. Miracle on Fulton Street draws crowds with its magic light displays.
The LUNA Fête interactive light display is one of the most amazing New Orleans Christmas displays. It is accompanied by carols and holiday performances at the Lafayette Square.
The Christmas exhibit at Lafreniere Park features a 60-foot sea serpent, a magical castle with a princess, teddy bear factory, snowman island, and a gingerbread man. Children can also enjoy carousel rides for $1 per child.
Celebration in the Oaks covers the 10-ha (25-acre) City Park with beautiful the Botanical Garden, the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and Storyland. The Park looks magical with thousands of twinkling holiday lights on the trees, Santa Claus train, and holiday amusement rides.
TheDowntown Development District boasts illumination on Canal Street stretching for two miles and a large Christmas tree at the Astor Crowne Plaza.
Another bright display can be seen at the Roosevelt Hotel, which becomes one of the most photographed buildings in the city.
A good place to go with the whole family is the Kenner Christmas Village in the Kenner City Park, decorated with holiday lights over a picturesque pond. Santa Claus, carolers and entertainment will keep the kids busy.
If you don't mind driving for about an hour from New Orleans, then Shadrack Christmas Wonderland in Gonzales, LA is a perfect music and light show to check out. Two miles of custom-made displays in the Lamar Dixon Expo Center is one of the brightest Christmas memories you can take from Louisiana.