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Christmas in NOLA

28 Dec 2011  To see happy people spontaneously dancing in the streets to dixieland
3.0 of 5 bubbles based on 1 vote

Our first time down in New Orleans, during Christmas time.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: New Orleans, LaPlace, Vacherie
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter
  • 1. Hotel Provincial
    Hotel Provincial, New Orleans, Louisiana

    supposedly haunted in building 5 (we stayed in building 3). The first night, I felt a strange presence in the middle of night (though I could have been dreaming). This is a very charming hotel and great location.

  • 2. Cajun Pride Swamp Tours
    Cajun Pride Swamp Tours, LaPlace, Louisiana

    If you are going to NOLA in the colder months, be warned that you most likely won't see any alligators in the swamps, as they don't like the cold. We were warned and went anyways...I can't wait to go back and see it in the warm months.

  • 3. Oak Alley Plantation
    Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana

    beautiful grounds, highlighted by the row of old oak trees in front..this is the grand plantation, but everyone says if you want more history, to see Laura. You can actually see them both, though, because they are on the same street.

  • 4. Gumbo Shop
    Gumbo Shop, New Orleans, Louisiana

    We liked it so much that we had dinner there three of the five nights that we were in NOLA. I loved the fact that they had a couple of vegetarian options for me.

  • 5. El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant
    El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, New Orleans, Louisiana

    their breakfast is really good.

  • 6. Cafe Beignet
    Cafe Beignet, New Orleans, Louisiana

    You have to try a beignet when you are in NOLA. It's like one of the signature foods. This is the second most famous place to have them. They are unorganized at the counter but the beignets are worth it!

  • 7. French Quarter
    French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

    great area! I would still recommend getting out past the french quarter to see other neighborhoods...

  • 8. Bourbon Street
    Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

    sleazy, touristy party street...most locals don't even hang out here.

  • 9. Royal Street
    Royal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Royal Street reminds me of what I always thought New Orleans would be...

  • 10. Confederacy of Cruisers Bike Tours
    Confederacy of Cruisers Bike Tours, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Great bike tour that takes you into a local neighborhood to see the real New Orleans...

  • 11. Montrel's Bistro
    Montrel's Bistro, New Orleans, Louisiana

    This place gets tons of bad reviews, and mostly worthy of them. We didn't have many options as it was Christmas. Only go here if there are no other options, but it wasn't as bad as some of the people have said.

  • 12. Stanley
    Stanley, New Orleans, Louisiana

    We had breakfast here, after reading some rave reviews. It's good. I just didn't find it anything that spectacular.

  • 13. Dixie Tours New Orleans
    Dixie Tours New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana

    It was a last minute itinerary adjustment and worked out well. In a little over three hours and for 45 bucks, we got a HUGE overview of the whole city. Our guide and his van took us around the french quarter, downtown, garden district, mid city, a cemetery, by the lake and then to the upper and lower ninth ward to learn about the devastation of katrina (also, to see how much work still needs to be done six years later). I thought this tour was well worth it.

  • 14. Bloody Mary's Tours
    Bloody Mary's Tours, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Probably the most realistic ghost tour in NOLA, Mary is a voodoo priestess and she dispelled most of the myths of voodoo for us, along with our guide Gina, we learned a lot about spirits while walking through cemeteries and other places at night. We saw plenty of orbs...

  • 15. Cafe Du Monde
    Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans, Louisiana

    The top place for beignets...we took ours to go and had them in our hotel room. I honestly thought that cafe beignets was a little better....though these were still very good. :)