New Orleans – named a “World’s Best City” by Travel + Leisurereaders and one of The New York Times‘ “52 Places to Go in 2015” – will celebrate the holidays with over 70 special events, Reveillon feasts at the city’s finest restaurants, and Papa Noël hotel deals for all budgets.
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) proudly announces details of the 31st annual Christmas New Orleans Style (CNOS), where visitors and locals are invited to “follow their joy” throughout the entire month of December.
CNOS is a collaboration between FQFI and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC). Throughout December, FQFI works closely with retailers, restaurants, hotels, arts, and community organizations to produce and promote quality holiday events; the economic impact has been tremendous for the city and state. FQFI Executive Director Marci Schramm said, “Christmas New Orleans Style has helped the city establish itself as one of the world‘s top holiday destinations. It truly is a showcase of the best New Orleans has to offer, beloved by locals and the many visitors who have made it an annual tradition. In 2015, we’re especially excited to bring back holiday concerts to St. Augustine Church in Treme; after several years, it’s wonderful to return to this historic neighborhood.”
Christmas New Orleans Style 2015 kicks off with three events on Thursday, November 19th: the first concert of the St. Louis Cathedral series (Dillard University Choir), French Market District tree lighting ceremony, and the French-American Chamber of Commerce’s Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration. CNOS ends Twelfth Night, January 6th, 2016 when the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc parades in the French Quarter and Phunny Phorty Phellows board the St. Charles Avenue streetcar to herald the start of Carnival. Other events include: nightly excursions through the magnificent lighting display at City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks; family activities including children’s teas and cookie decorating; historical characters strolling and caroling in the French Quarter; holiday cruises on the Steamboat Natchez; theatrical and musical performances; special tours of private residences, bed and breakfasts, and antebellum homes dressed in holiday finery; concerts at the Ogden Museum; a Christmas parade down Canal Street; a Reindeer Run for children; and a second-line for KIPP students led by the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk’s Singing Santa & the Riverwalk Jazz Band. More than 70 activities are planned, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy incredible dining, shopping, and culture.
St. Louis Cathedral and St. Augustine Church Concerts
Christmas New Orleans Style celebrates New Orleans’ rich musical heritage with jazz musicians, gospel choirs, classical ensembles, and others performing the sounds of the season with concerts in St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square and, back by popular demand, St. Augustine Church in historic Treme. Concerts at St. Louis Cathedral take place at 6 p.m. on December 1-2, 6-9, 13-17, and 20th. In addition, a CNOS preview concert takes place Thursday, November 19th at 6:30 p.m. to coincide with the French Market’s tree lighting at Washington Artillery Park. Another concert, the annual St. Louis Cathedral Basilica Holiday Concert takes place Sunday, December 20 at 5:30 p.m., prior to Caroling in Jackson Square. Concerts at St. Augustine take place at 4pm on Saturday, December 5, 12, and 19th.
Enjoy performances from Dillard University Choir, Bruce Daigrepont, Preservation Hall All-Stars, John Boutte, John Rankin, Don Vappie, St. Peter Claver Gospel Choir, Debbie Davis and Friends, Opera Creole, Lena Prima, Leroy Jones, Evan Christopher, and Zion Harmonizers. All concerts are free and open to the public.
Reveillon, an adaptation of a traditional Creole holiday dining custom, will be celebrated nightly in almost 50 restaurants throughout the city. Menus showcase the feasts of Christmas past, present, and future: Four Reveillon restaurants – Antoine’s, Galatoire’s, Commander’s Palace, and Tujague’s – are more than 100 years old and feature classic Creole cuisine. Contemporary Reveillon utilizes preparation techniques and products of the modern day not necessarily available to the original Creoles and can be enjoyed at Domenica, Kingfish, Restaurant R’evolution, The Pelican Club, and many more. Reveillon menus are offered only once a year, making CNOS the only time guests can enjoy this authentic taste of New Orleans. New participants include: The Bistreaux at Maison Dupuy, Feelings Café, Johnny Sanchez, La Provence, Tivoli & Lee (in the Hotel Modern), and Willa Jean. Diners can indulge in Reveillon at The Gumbo Shop for $34 or be treated to Commander’s Palace decadent eight-course dinner for $110 (prices do not include tax and gratuity). Click here to view Reveillon menus
Reveillon on the Rocks
The Reveillon dinner has been celebrated in homes and restaurants all over New Orleans since the 1850s. Last year, FQFI asked local bartenders to create both classic and original cocktails to capture the spirit of Reveillon, one-sip-at-a-time. The new tradition continues in 2015. Beginning December 1st and continuing until the last toast on New Year’s Eve, and at some spots lasting through Twelfth Night (January 6th), nearly 20 bars and restaurants will say “Cheers to the Holiday Season” with a total of 42 spirited libations. Participants include: Antoine’s Hermes Bar, The Bombay Club, Cane and Table, Cure, Erin Rose, Feeling’s Café, Kingfish Kitchen and Cocktails, Pat O’Brien’s, Three Muses, and Upperline Restaurant.
Cooking DemonstrationsChristmas New Orleans Style serves up a series of cooking demonstrations from many of New Orleans’ the finest chefs. FQFI
, NOTMC, and WWL-TV team up to bring the “12 Days of Reveillon.” For three weeks in December (12/8-23), WWL-TV will showcase New Orleans’ great chefs, preparing items from their 2015 Reveillon menus each morning between 8 and 9 a.m.
Chefs include: Arnaud’s Tommy DiGiovanni, The Bistreaux at Maison Dupuy’s Scott Majure, Brigsten’s Frank Brigtsen, Broussard’s Restaurant’s Neal Swindler, Criollo Restaurant and Lounge’s Joe Maynard, Feeling’s Café’s Brian Winston Doyle, Galatoire’s “33” Bar and Steak’s Michael Sichel, The Grill Room at the Windsor Court’s Daniel Causgrove, La Provence’s Chef Erick Loos, The Rib Room’s Tom Wolfe, Tableau’s John Martin, and Tivoli & Lee’s Marcus Woodham. The Chef’s Holiday Cooking Demonstrations are sponsored by Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine.
Papa Noël Hotel Rates
Christmas New Orleans Style gives the gift of a memorable holiday encounter that can only be experienced in New Orleans. Travelers can take advantage of special offers at over 50 of the city’s finest hotels and bed and breakfasts that feature attractive nightly Papa Noël discounted rates and luxurious value packages to visitors as their gift of the season. New participants in 2015 include: Audubon Cottages, Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, Embassy Suites Hotel New Orleans, InterContinental, Holiday Inn Express New Orleans Downtown, Hotel Indigo, Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery, and the Whitney Hotel. Click here for a full list of Papa Noel hotels.
Christmas New Orleans Style 2015 is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. in collaboration with New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which also produces French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron (April) and Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron (August). French Quarter Festivals, Inc. promotes the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic well-being of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans.