This morning, French Quarter Festivals, Inc. announced details around their 36th annual "Holidays New Orleans Style" event. HNOS encompasses some of the city's most celebrated seasonal traditions, from Reveillon feasts to free holiday concerts. This year, the series will offer a combination of virtual and live, in-person experiences to offer a safe way to celebrate the season.
In the days leading up to Christmas 2020, WWOZ is happy to collaborate with FQFI for their virtual concert series! We will be video streaming the festive performance lineup, which includes Irma Thomas, Amanda Shaw, Don Vappie, Tim Laughlin, and Rachel Van Voorhees. Performances are happening at St. Louis Cathedral and St. Augustine Catholic Church and will be broadcast on YouTube and Facebook each day, Dec. 20-25.
NOLA ChristmasFest will include a variety of children's activities in a weeklong online program beginning December 11. Celebration in the Oaks has reverted to a 2.25 mile driving tour where guests can enjoy over a million twinkling lights in City Park. Other events include a Christmas Eve dinner, New Year's Eve dinner, a late night New Year's Eve gala on the Riverboat, and caroling in Jackson Square with limited on-site participation.
More info on this season's offerings at holiday.neworleans.com.
Reveillon, an adaptation of a traditional Creole holiday dining custom, will be celebrated nightly in restaurants throughout the city. Reveillon menus are offered only once a year, making HNOS the only time guests can enjoy this authentic taste of New Orleans. The broad range of menus showcase the traditional feasts of Christmas past as well as those of current times with contemporary Reveillon options available at many establishments including Antoine’s, Broussard’s Restaurant and Courtyard, Commander’s Palace, Café Degas, The Country Club, and Rib Room. Click here for 2020 participants and menus.
Holidays New Orleans Style serves up a series of cooking demonstrations from many of New Orleans’ finest chefs. FQFI and WWL-TV team up to bring the “12 Days of Reveillon.” For three weeks in December, WWL-TV will showcase New Orleans’ great chefs preparing items from their 2020 Reveillon menus each morning between 8 and 9 a.m. Restaurants include Elysian Bar with Chef Alex Harrell, Broussard's Restaurant and Courtyard’s Chef Jimi Setchim, Rib Room’s Chef Tom Wolfe, Rosedale’s Chef Susan Spicer, and more.
This year FQFI and New Orleans & Company are launching a new holiday shopping guide on holiday.neworleans.com. The page features local retailers, including those from the iconic French Market District, one of the oldest marketplaces in the United States. “We are ecstatic to have the French Market District shops from the Upper Pontalba Building through the open-air Markets participating in this year’s Holiday New Orleans Style online shopping guide,” said Leslie Alley, Interim Executive Director of the French Market Corporation. “Our locally owned community of boutique retailers offers unique gifts ranging from chic fashions and a wide array of works by local artists to an assortment of beloved New Orleans’ confections. We invite New Orleanians and friends from afar to support small businesses and shop at the French Market this holiday season.” Click here for the shopping guide.