New Orleans is a city known for its celebrations, and winter is no exception. From unique holiday traditions to playing host to citywide celebrations, New Orleans is sure to delight everyone. Whether you’re a local looking for new things to do or planning your first trip to the Big Easy, here are some reasons why New Orleans should be at the top of your list this winter.
Six Reasons to Experience New Orleans This Winter:
Explore a unique New Orleans holiday experience with caroling, bonfires, and festive traditions along the Mississippi. Be sure to take the red streetcar down Canal Street to City Park where the centuries-old oak trees shine bright with twinkling lights as part of the park’s annual Celebration in the Oaks, through January.
New Year, New NOLA
On New Year’s Eve in New Orleans, spectators watch a giant fleur de lis drop from its perch on top of Jax Brewery, followed by a magnificent fireworks show on the mighty Mississippi River. Head to the 800 block of Bourbon Street to check out the LGBTQ parties. For something more laidback, Mag’s 940 and the Friendly Bar are great options.
Throw Me Somethin’ Mister
Don’t miss out on America’s greatest party! Fat Tuesday (and Gay Mardi Gras) falls on February 13, 2024 but the celebration starts more than four weeks out. Choose from a variety of parades in the French Quarter or Uptown, starting as early as January 6. Take in the sights as a number of krewes, a term for Carnival organizations in New Orleans, amaze in beautifully decorated floats through the streets of Uptown and by foot in the Vieux Carré. Learn about all things Mardi Gras here.
Elegant hotels, gas lamp-lit streets and intimate restaurants make New Orleans a perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day. With history and charm around every corner, it won’t be difficult to find a place to steal a kiss from bae. For those who are single and ready to mingle, New Orleans is still the place to be. Famous for spell-binding love potions and ventures in Voodoo, the famed Marie Laveau’s hometown will help love-seekers attract their future companions (and if all else fails there’s always Grindr.)
Mild Climate to Enjoy The Great Outdoors
The Crescent City is home to the country’s largest urban wildlife refuge, Bayou Savage. And one of the nation’s oldest urban parks, City Park. Plus, the mild winter weather in New Orleans makes walking to explore neighborhoods enjoyable. Be sure to check out the French Quarter and Garden District which sparkle with excitement. Or areas like the Bywater and the Warehouse District which are energized with youthful energy and exciting restaurants.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year to visit New Orleans, especially for travelers seeking value and fewer crowds. Pro tip: Early to mid-week, from Sunday to Thursday, is when you’ll find the best deals. And if you book now you could save up to 25% off thousands of hotels.
In conclusion, New Orleans is a vibrant city that offers a unique and unforgettable experience during the winter season. With rich holiday traditions, exciting Mardi Gras celebrations, romantic ambiance, and inviting outdoor attractions — you’ll find something! With budget-friendly options and fewer crowds, now is the perfect time to plan your visit to this captivating city. Don’t miss the opportunity to create lasting memories and embrace the magic of New Orleans this winter.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2018 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Sponsorship Note: When we visited New Orleans to research this piece, some activities were partially covered by the New Orelans Tourism Marketing Corporation. Rest assured the views and opinions expressed in this post are 100% our own and we would never sacrifice our integrity for a sponsorship.