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December 2013 in Nola

Planning a trip to New Orleans this holiday season?  December is a lovely month to be here. It can get pretty chilly, but it’s not cold enough to keep you indoors! It’s a great time to be out and about to enjoy all that this city can offer.

Paddling with my pals in City Park last weekend.

Paddling with my pals in City Park last weekend.

All Month

  • You MUST go to my favorite place– City Park!
    On a sunny day, grab some snacks(and wine), and maybe a blankie and rent a paddleboat at Wheel Fun Rentals. (There is a groupon). They told me that they will be open almost all winter, so I would check to make sure they are open before you go. You could also just sit in the grass under some huge oaks and have a lovely day.
  • Also, stroll or drive through the beautiful lights in the park at night. Celebration in the Oaks will be open November 9th through January 4th. Finish the evening with beignets at Morning Call in the park.
  • Miracle on Fulton Street is put on by Harrah’s Casino and might be really cheesy, but… they have SNOW! Every hour starting at 5pm each night, there will be a few moments of snow in this city. There will also be reindeer, but I’m not sure how I feel about that. And there will be live music throughout the month, so check it out.
  • Live Horse racing at the Fair Grounds every Thursday through Sunday in December!
New Orleans Fair Grounds

Great friends and I at the New Orleans Fair Grounds for zebra and ostrich races!

Friday, December 6th

  • Grab some blankets and head to the Riverwalk Spanish Plaza for an outdoor Christmas movie. This week featuring: How The Grinch Stole Christmas
    Click for more details: Movies on the Mississippi.

Saturday, December 7th

  • Practice for Mardi Gras at the Krewe of Jingle Parade in downtown Nola at 1pm on Saturday, December 7th.
  • After the parade, you can ride the (free) ferry across the river to Algiers for a bonfire and concert by Soul Rebels Brass Band and Amanda Shaw. Music starts at 5pm and goes through 8 when the bonfire will be lit. Santa will be here on a Segway!

Friday, December 13th

  • Grab some blankets and head to the Riverwalk Spanish Plaza for an outdoor Christmas movie. This week featuring: Elf
    Click for more details: Movies on the Mississippi.

Thursday, December 19th

  • Ogden After Hours– The Ogden Art Museum is open late for a performance featuring Benny Grunch & the Bunch. The Ogden has other performances scheduled “after hours”, but this is the one I would pick to go to! Concert starts at 6pm.

Sunday, December 22nd

Celebration in the Oaks

Celebration in the Oaks

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To do in Nola: Checklist


To do in Nola Checklist

Stroll the French Quarter
Have a drink.  Check out the beautiful Saint Louis Cathedral.

Visit City Park
Have a picnic. Try paddle boating.
Play mini golf. Climb a tree.

Eat beignets
Check out Morning Call in City Park
or Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter.

Enjoy a Brass band
Wander down Frenchmen St.

Cool off with a snowball
Hansen’s Sno Blitz, Piety Street Snowballs.

Enjoy Local Art
Palmer Park Art Market(the last Saturday each month),
Frenchmen Art Market(each weekend 7pm-1am),
Jackson Square(every day).

Oysters any way– Raw, chargrilled, fried..!

Order a poboy
Parkway Bakery(Mid-City),
Verti Marte(French Quarter),
Johnny’s(French Quarter).

Try some boiled crawfish
Check out Mid-City Yacht Club on Fridays
or stop by Schaefer & Rusich to get some mudbugs to go.
Call ahead to make sure they’re in season!

Click this link for a printable checklist:  New Orleans Checklist

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