At the beginning of our 12 month RV trip of the US, we decided to do something a little different and see what Christmas in New Orleans was like. While Christmas in New York remains our favorite US Christmas experience ever, we wanted to discover something completely different, and hopefully a little warmer.

Carols By Candlelight, Jackson Square

This was a moment with my girls. Only days previously I spoke to them about what Christmas was really about. To them it’s Santa Claus and presents. Even though we aren’t of any particular religion, I do think if you are going to celebrate a religious tradition, you should understand the real meaning of it.

Wander the French Quarter (walking tour)

You can definitely walk around the French Quarter on your own, soaking up the atmosphere and appreciating the unique French and Spanish style architecture, pausing to listen to the jazz buskers on Royal Street as you are meandering. 

Audubon Zoo Christmas lights

You can walk around to view the animals, as well as enjoy the twinkling lights strung up all through the trees and the park, visit arts and craft tents, gift vendors and live entertainment. 

Christmas decorations Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans

The Roosevelt Hotel was the most recommended hotel to see for the Christmas light display. The lobby is dazzling during the holidays with birch branches and Christmas trees with more than 60,000 twinkling lights. 

Celebration in the Oaks, City Park

It’s held in City Park. On one side of the celebration are fun amusement park rides and giant smores by the fire. In the other are stunning light displays in the botanic garden with the city’s famous oaks swathed in twinkling lights.