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New Orleans Offers Full Menu of Holiday Happenings

December 16, 2021
Revel in holiday happenings in New Orleans.

The holidays are a great time to visit New Orleans with events that include decadent four-course holiday Reveillon dinners, dazzling light displays at City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks, Audubon Zoo Lights and NOLA ChristmasFest, bonfires on the Levee on Christmas Eve in St. James Parish, festive hotel lobbies with extravagant Christmas trees and gingerbread displays (including a Waldorf Wonderland at The Roosevelt), caroling in Jackson Square, riverfront bonfires, holiday concerts, plenty of places to find unique gifts, and more.  Many hotels – including Hotel Monteleone, Higgins Hotel and Windsor Court Hotel – offer savings up to 20% with Papa Noel Rates. Read more about the holidays New Orleans-style here.

Come Dec. 31, New Orleans is a marvelous place to ring in the new year. Whether you want to grab dinner and turn in for the night early, celebrate at a children’s event during the day, or party all night long, there’s something for everyone: Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, New Orleans’ version of the Times Square party and ball drop (er, fleur-de-lis drop) in Jackson Square, Zoo Year’s Eve at the Audubon Zoo, Noon Year’s Eve at the Louisiana Children’s Museum, the Allstate Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day, fireworks shows throughout the city, and more. Here’s a list outlining celebrations, live music, LGBT events and family fun.

Beyond New Year’s Day, there are many more reasons to visit in 2022, including:

  • New developments at the National WWII Museum, including the Bollinger Canopy of Peace and Liberation Pavilion
  • Queen Nefertari’s Egypt Exhibit, March 18 – July 17, at the New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Mardi Gras, the French Quarter Festival, the Jazz & Heritage Festival, and more celebrations and events
  • Many new hotels, restaurants and attractions to experience if you haven’t already, including the Four Seasons (and Donald Link’s newest restaurant Chemin a la Mer), Virgin Hotels New Orleans, Hotel St. Vincent, The Chloe, Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, and more. 

 For more information, visit www.neworleans.com, 800-672-6124.

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Easing Back into the Big Easy And Reasons to Visit New Orleans this Summer

May 14, 2021
New Orleans French Quarter. Plenty of opportunities to enjoy New Orleans’ famed music outdoors (c) Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

There are many great reasons to plan a trip to New Orleans this summer or later. Here are some:

New hotels, including Four Seasons (opening mid-2021), Hotel Saint Vincent (opening ~June 1), Virgin Hotels New Orleans (opening late summer) as well as The Chloe (opened Oct. 2020) and Columns (opened Feb. 2021).

More ways to enjoy food and libations – safely – with friends, with breweries such as Miel and Zony Mash Beer Project offering ample outside seating with epic food trucks, pop-ups and live music. Many restaurants in the French Quarter offer courtyard dining for those looking to enjoy an elegant meal outdoors. Bonus: famed Galatoire’s Restaurant now takes reservations, meaning it’s easier than ever to snag a table and avoid long wait times.

New cultural attractions, including the Museum of Southern Jewish Experience opening May 27. Many favorites have reopened safely for visitors to enjoy with enhanced safety measures as a priority, such as Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Sazerac House, The National WWII Museum, New Orleans Jazz Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art and Ogden Museum of Southern Art. And the new Children’s Museum will reopen on May 29.

The return of beloved festivals including Hogs for the Cause (June 4-5), the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (June 9-13), Satchmo SummerFest (July 30-Aug. 1), Beignet Festival (Sept. 25), French Quarter Festival (Sept. 30-Oct. 3) and a once-in-a-lifetime fall Jazz Fest (Oct. 8-17).

Great, safe outdoor experiences, including picnicking in Audubon Park or City Park, biking, golfing, and plenty of opportunities to listen to live music, including Bacchanal (now taking reservations), Lounge Vue House and Gardens’ Twilight at Lounge Vue outdoor music series, The Soul Rebels at the Broadside Theater, Steamboat Natchez Jazz Cruises, and much, much more.

More details and insights on what’s new, what’s open and what’s coming can be found on the New Orleans Insider’s Blog

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New Orleans Hosts 200 Holiday Events for 29th Annual Christmas Festival

December 2, 2013

The 2013 Christmas New Orleans Style celebration features over 200 quality holiday events, coordinated by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. Activities include free concerts and cooking demonstrations, as well as tours, Reveillon dinners, custom attractions, and great shopping. The joy is spread over more than a month of festivities from November 16 through Twelfth Night, January 5, 2014.

“Once again, this year’s calendar is filled with magical events, events,” said Mark Romig, President and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. “From the Preservation Resource Center’s annual home tours, to a new light display along Convention Center Boulevard coordinated by the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center, visitor and locals alike will find even more joy to the holidays.” 

Seasonal celebration highlights include:

  • Papa Noel hotel rates discounted up to 30% at 53 area hotels and 5 bed and breakfast establishments
  • Christmas Caroling by Candlelight in Jackson Square
  • 15 Free Concerts at St. Louis Cathedral
  • New ‘Christmas in the District’ light display
  • Great Christmas Shopping with Many Discounts Around the City
  • Carriage Rides through the French Quarter
  • Preservation Resource Center ‘Holiday Home Tour’
  • 48 Restaurants Serving Reveillon Dinners starting at $34
  • 12 Holiday Cooking Demonstrations at the French Market
  • Entertaining Historic Characters from ‘Louisiana History Alive’

“You can pick up our pocket-size guidebook from any hotel concierge while you are here,” said Marci Schramm, Executive Director of French Quarter Festivals, Inc. “and for those planning a trip, we have the ‘FollowYourJoy’ website, as well as a copy of the guidebook online.”

To learn more about Christmas New Orleans Style, and to see the 2013 CNOS guide book listing all scheduled events, visit FollowYourJoy.com or FQFI.org. Hotel reservations, including special citywide rates, can also be booked via direct links to hotels on FollowYourJoy.com.

For a schedule of events or more information on Christmas New Orleans Style, call (504) 522-5730 or visit http://www.FollowYourJoy.com.

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New Orleans, Hotel Monteleone host 2011 ‘Festigals’ Girlfriend-Getaway, Oct 6-9

September 8, 2011

New Orleans and the Hotel Monteleone are hosting the ultimate girlfriend getaway weekend, “Festigals”, in the city which AAA Southern Traveler Magazine calls the “Best Large City for a Weekend” and the “Best Girls Getaway in America”.

The ultimate girlfriend getaway weekend, from Thursday, October 6 through Sunday, October 9 offers:

  • Lunch with CNN Special Correspondent, Soledad O’Brien
  • A block party featuring ‘hot’ New Orleans firemen
  • A participatory parade called the ‘Stiletto Stroll’
  • A chocolate and wine event
  • Singing, clapping, and dancing at a gospel brunch

“Women work harder than anyone,” said Founder Diane Lyons. “FestiGals is the ultimate reward…a weekend-long event away from work, family, and responsibilities that promotes women, fashion, food, friendship, and fun for a cause.”

Women attending the weekend will be able to stay busy or rest and relax between the planned FestiGals activities. Optional escapades include a trip to Houmas House Plantation; a city tour of New Orleans; cooking lessons; and an arts & antiques visit to Magazine Street.

In addition to Soledad O’Brien’s keynote address, taken from her critically-acclaimed memoir, “The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities”, Saturday’s program offers the S.H.E. series. Dynamic guests will speak on a variety of topics dedicated to self, heart, and empowerment, (S.H.E.).

Home base for the weekend will be Hotel Monteleone, a member of Historic Hotels of America. Participants will enjoy two award-winning restaurants, the famous Carousel Bar, a heated rooftop pool, Spa Aria, an exercise facility, a business center, and valet parking. Participation in FestiGals is $225 for the FestiGals Ultimate Package (individual events priced separately), and $159 per night at the Hotel Monteleone.

A portion of the net proceeds of tagged FestiGals events will benefit ‘Women for Women International’ and ‘Dress for Success New Orleans’. Click Here to register. To sign up for FestiGals updates, email info@festigals.org or call 855-GAL-WKND (425-9563).

About FestiGals

The mission of FestiGals® is to provide a fun, safe and enriching weekend for women to relax, enjoy high-quality special events, and explore the cultural diversity and rich heritage of New Orleans, while contributing to Women for Women International and Dress for Success, whose missions are to empower women by giving them a hand-up, not a hand-out.

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LOEWS NEW ORLEANS FEATURES VISIT TO NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM

October 15, 2010

Visitors planning a trip to Loews New Orleans Hotel and the Big Easy now have more than Bourbon Street, Riverwalk and the French Quarter to explore. New Orleans is home to the National World War II Museum whose interactive displays and exhibits encompass the June 6, 1944 invasion of Normandy, the home front during WWII and the invasions in the Pacific.

The hotel’s “National World War II Museum Experience” package features admission to the museum and a showing of the 35-minute Beyond All Boundaries, a 4-D cinematic experience executive produced by Tom Hanks.  The immersive journey from Pearl Harbor to VJ Day with breathtaking effects, rare archival footage and images, CGI animation and multi-layered projection includes the voice talents of Kevin Bacon, Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Connolly, Viola Davis, John Goodman, Neil Patrick Harris, Brad Pitt and Gary Sinise, among others.

“New Orleans is a city of more than just festivals, food and fun,” says David Bilbe, general manager of Loews New Orleans Hotel. “We have a great cultural and historic tradition.  New Orleans is home to ‘Higgins Boats’ which were used in WWII for the American amphibious operations in Europe and the Pacific to transport the troops from ship to shore. The National World War II Museum is a shared experience for multi-generations of families visiting together.”

The Loews New Orleans’ “National World War II Museum Experience” package includes:

  • Luxurious guest room accommodations
  • Two tickets for admission to National World War II Museum
  • Two tickets to see Beyond All Boundaries, a 4-D experience in the museum’s Solomon Victory Theater
  • A 10 percent savings on purchases at the Museum Store
  • Complimentary overnight hotel valet parking

The rate starts at $147 and is valid through December 29, 2011 and subject to availability and change.

The National World War II Museum’s exhibitions blend personal accounts, artifacts, documents, photographs and never before seen film footage to tell the stories of the amphibious landings that made victory in World War II possible. Visitors also can experience the Solomon Victory Theater, featuring Beyond All Boundaries, a 4-D cinematic experience; the Stage Door Canteen, a recreation of a wartime entertainment venue; and the American Sector – a Chef John Besh restaurant. .  For more information, call (877) 813-3329 or (504) 527-6012 or visit www.nationalww2museum.org.

Situated adjacent to New Orleans’ Arts District, the 285-room Loews New Orleans Hotel features sweeping views of the Mississippi River or New Orleans skyline. Personalized service and beautifully appointed guestrooms provide an unpretentious Four-diamond and MORE experience, while Café Adelaide and the Swizzle Stick Bar (operated by the Commander’s Palace Family of Restaurants) offers award-winning local cuisine in a relaxed setting, embodying the essence of the Crescent City.

For reservations call 866-211-6411 or 504-595-3300 or visit www.loewshotels.com.