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32nd Annual Christmas New Orleans Style Overview Reveillon Feasts, Cathedral Concerts, Festive Events A season of cheer for visitors and locals alike!

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New Orleans – recently named one of the “Top 5 Music Destinations in the World,” by Elle UK, “Number 1 City for Food in the U.S.” and  “No. 2 Best City for Culture in the U.S.,” by Travel + Leisure readers – will celebrate the 32nd annual Christmas New Orleans Style (CNOS) with Reveillon feasts at over 50 of the city’s finest restaurants, 80 special holiday events including over a dozen free concerts produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI), and Papa Noël hotel deals for all budgets.

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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. Thousands of visitors return year after year to enjoy what is arguably the best food, music, and culture in the United States.In 2016, we’re especially excited about our holiday concerts back at St. Augustine Church. This year they celebrate their 175th anniversary, making it the oldest African-American Catholic church in the country!” 

Christmas New Orleans Style 2016 kicks off with three events on Thursday, November 17th: the first concert of the St. Louis Cathedral series (The Jones Sisters, Gospel), French Market District tree lighting ceremony, and the French-American Chamber of Commerce’s Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration. CNOS ends Twelfth Night, January 6th, 2017 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 neighborhood students led by the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk’s Singing Santa & the Riverwalk Jazz Band. More than 80 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 St. Augustine Church in historic Treme.  Concerts at St. Louis Cathedral take place at 6 p.m. on December 1, 4-6, 8, and 11-15th.  In addition, a CNOS preview concert takes place Thursday, November 17th 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 18th at 5:30 p.m., prior to Caroling in Jackson Square. Concerts at St. Augustine take place at 4pm on Saturday, December 3, 10, and 17th.
Enjoy performances from The Jones Sisters, Irma Thomas, Joe Lastie’s Family Gospel, Charmaine Neville, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, Alexis & the Samurai w/ Special Guests, Tony Green and Gypsy Jazz, James Andrews, and many others. All concerts are free and open to the public.

Reveillon Dinners
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: Carmo, Caribbean Room, Josephine Estelle, M Bistro, Root, Salon by Sucre, and Seaworthy. Diners can indulge in Reveillon at The Gumbo Shop for $34 or be treated to Commander’s Palace decadent eight-course dinner for $110.

Reveillon on the Rocks
The Reveillon dinner has been celebrated in homes and restaurants all over New Orleans since the 1850s. Local bartenders now create both classic and original cocktails to capture the spirit of Reveillon, one-sip-at-a-time. 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. New participants include: Café Beignet, Davenport Lounge, Emeril’s Delmonico, Emeril’s Restaurant, The Green Bar at The Westin New Orleans, GW Fins, Longitude 90 bar at Le Méridien New Orleans, Morton’s The Steakhouse, NOLA, The Pelican Club, Restaurant R’evolution, Salon by Sucre, and Three Muses Maple.

Cooking Demonstrations
Christmas New Orleans Style serves up a series of cooking demonstrations from many of New Orleans’ 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 2016 Reveillon menus each morning between 8 and 9 a.m. Chefs include: Frank Gray, II (M Bistro), Richard Hughes (The Pelican Club), Michael Sichel (Galatoire’s Restaurant), Meg Bickford (Café Adelaide), Dana Honn (Carmo), Daniel Causgrove (Seaworthy), Brian Mottola (NOLA Restaurant), Frank Brigtsen (Brigtsen’s Restaurant), Dustin Brien (Palace Café), Chris Lusk (Caribbean Room), Miles Landrem (Johnny Sanchez Restaurant), Tom Wolfe (The Rib Room). The Chef 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 nearly 60 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 2016 include: Ace Hotel, Aloft New Orleans, Hotel Royal, Hotel St Helene, Hyatt Regency, Melrose Mansion, and Troubadour.

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