New Orleans Hotels & Vacation Rentals for Christmas

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Visit New Orleans for a special Christmas Treat

The tradition of lighting bonfires along the Mississippi River on Christmas Eve dates back centuries. It's the kind of special celebration offered by New Orleans vacation rentals for Christmas, that you just can't find anywhere else. Magical music performances will spirit you away in America's southern city of sound, while strange monsters and cheering Santas fill the streets. Choruses of angelic song echo in the city's churches, while Creole cooking creates enticing aromas. Glittery oyster shells and red pepper fairy lights, Cajun Kringle and boozy brulot, the attractions of New Orleans Christmases are nigh on irresistible.

Christmas in New Orleans: Top Accommodations

Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Lower Garden District, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
from $47
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5.0
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests
Mid-City, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
from $45
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Bywater, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
from $45
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4.0
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests
Mid-City, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
from $45
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5.0
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Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Irish Channel, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
from $225
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4.9
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Bywater, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
from $47
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4.2
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
from $112
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5.0
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Algiers Point, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
from $125
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5.0
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House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
St. Roch, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
from $63
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4.7
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Where to Dine for Christmas in New Orleans

The Christmas King Cake is a staple of Christmas in New Orleans, get yours and a Cajun Kringle, at Haydel's. Yet the culinary traditions don't end there. Reveillon, derived from the French for 'awakening' is served after midnight mass on Christmas Eve in the Creole tradition. Come and experience Christmas dining infused by the cultural flavors that meld in this melting pot of a city, when you stay New Orleans hotels for Christmas.

  • 1. Christmas Tea On Board Creole Queen

    Where else in the world can you enjoy a Cajun Holiday Tea with Santa Claus on board a vintage paddleboat? Seasonal holiday tea will be served and you will be entertained by costumed characters while children have their faces painted and the city rolls by on your Mississippi River cruise.

  • 2. Antoine's

    Drink a cup of cafe brulot, the Christmas concoction of dreams. Orange and lemon peel, dark coffee, cognac, brandy, cinnamon and cloves are involved in this traditional drink, which is served at classic establishments like Antoine's Arnaud's and Galatoire's.

  • 3. Galatoire's

    So iconic it deserves its own listing, Galtoire's was founded in 1905 at its famous Bourbon Street address by Frenchman Jean Galatoire. Now in its fifth generation, this family restaurant represents New Orleans fine dining royalty and has served sentators and presidents.

  • 4. Vacherie

    In the heart of the historic French Quarter, Vacherie serves an authentic Cajun Christmas feast, with all the traditional trimmings. Choose from roast turkey and blazed backed ham, roast beef and other meats at this classic New Orleans diner.

Best Places to Stay for Christmas in New Orleans

House ∙ 5 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Bywater, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
from $122
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Fillmore, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
from $39
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4.7
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests
Fairgrounds, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
from $36
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4.9
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Best Holiday Attractions in New Orleans

Whether it be decorations that date back to the thirties or impassioned choral evensongs, your experience of the New Orleans at Christmas is sure to be electric. Here are some of the most popular New Orleans attractions:

  • 1. St Louis Cathedral Concerts

    It wouldn't be a holiday in New Orleans without music. Throughout December, this historic church plays host to the city's top musicians. Hear zydeco, independent and gospel music as part of the thrilling festive program, which draws visitors from around the world to New Orleans hotels for Christmas.

  • 2. St Augustine Church Concerts

    One of the oldest African American churches in the city is also situated in the heart of the picturesque historic Treme district. Enjoy intimate performances throughout December in this atmospheric location.

  • 3. Christmas Without Tears

    A New Orleans institution, the Christmas comedies at Le Petit Theater have featured stellar special guests such as John Goodman, Martin Short and Tom Hanks. Curated by The Simpsons and Spinal Tap humorist Harry Shearer and his musician wife Judith Owen, it's the hottest ticket in town.

  • 4. Running of the Santas

    This spectacular and hilarious event sees a pack of Santas gather at Generations Hall for a liquor and holiday cheer-fuelled fun run through the city. Where else can you watch hundreds of Santas take to the streets?

Recommended Accommodations for Christmas in New Orleans

House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Bayou St. John, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
from $42
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4.8
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests
Irish Channel, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
from $48
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5.0
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Leonidas, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
from $48
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4.8
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Things to Do With Your Family During Christmas Vacation in New Orleans

Head to Santa's Quarters to pick up all the New Orleans Christmas supplies you need. Hot sauce, bell pepper string lights and glitter covered crawfish are waiting to add a dash of kitsch to your celebrations. Here are the family events that guarantee the most fun:

  • 1. Krewe of Krampus

    Nothing says 'it's Christmas' like a parade of monster men from the forests of central Europe. Check out New Orleans' most countercultural attraction on December 2nd at the Bywater.

  • 2. Miracle on Fulton Street

    The pedestrian street is transformed as if by magic into a Christmas wonderland, complete with snow despite New Orleans' typically balmy temperatures. Expect LED light shows, giant gingerbread sculptures and festive drinks for young and old.

  • 3. Celebration in the Oaks

    City Park is the locus of an incredible lighting show featuring 42,000 twinkling bulbs. Your family will be wowed by the vast, ruby-red Poinsettia Tree, made from roughly five hundred live plants. Children can go wild in this sparkling winter wonderland.

Top Offers for Christmas in New Orleans

Apartment ∙ 3 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Black Pearl, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
from $52
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3.4
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Seventh Ward, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
from $46
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4.0
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Seventh Ward, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
from $47
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4.5
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