Planning a Trip to New Orleans

New Orleans has long been a top travel destination, especially during the Mardi Gras season. However, many airlines have worked hard to boost the numbers of travelers who decide to spend Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s traveling. Many people want to escape the harsh weather during these holidays and spend some vacation time at relaxing beach resorts. But, many travelers prefer to go where there is plenty of action with loads of sites to see and things to do. In this situation, New Orleans naturally becomes the ideal to visit.

New Orleans at night - Photo by Faungg's photo via Flickr

New Orleans at night – Photo by Faungg’s photo

Anyone who is interested in exploring this location for holiday travel will find good deals at As a major airport, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) sees incoming flights from other airports across the country and around the world. Because it is an accessible location for air travelers, visitors will want to take advantage of the events that go on during the holiday season.

Celebration in the Oaks takes place during both November and December. Because of its time frame, many families enjoy traveling to New Orleans before the December crowds pick up. The beautiful oak trees in New Orleans City Park that date back 100 years feature beautiful lights. Fun laser shows and dancing lights make all ages happy. Kids have access to fun rides that include a carousel, and can have pictures taken with Santa. Enjoy the nightly entertainment, and try some tasty treats from the cafe.

There are fun celebrations that take place all over the city during the holidays particularly in the French Quarter. The Cathedral Concert Series is a great way to get fully into the spirit of things. New Orleans is famous for its food. You will find plenty of cooking demonstrations featuring the city’s chefs going on. These festive holiday celebrations help New Orleans keep its place as one of the top travel destinations in the US.

One of the top events that travelers choose to visit new Orleans for is New Year’s Eve. The French Quarter has a nightly party atmosphere and on this night, Jackson Square sees one of the biggest crowds imaginable. There is plenty of live music for everyone to enjoy. Instead of the ball used in many other areas, crowds look forward to seeing a fleur de lis dropping. There are also fireworks to help finish off the celebration.

Travelers who think they might go to New Orleans during the holidays will want to plan as far in advance as possible. The holiday season is a time when many people choose to visit this city. Another important consideration is that fact that the new year marks the start of the Mardi Gras season. Many people who choose not to travel over Thanksgiving or Christmas plan to arrive in time for New Year’s festivities so they can catch the start of Mardi Gras.

Hotel owners in New Orleans work hard to attract guests over the holidays. Many do this by offering Papa Noel rates that include some of the best deals of the year. The good thing about many of the hotels is that they are close to the French Quarter. All of the fun things to do may be just a short drive, walk or trolley ride away from the place where you decide to stay.

So, where are you spending New Year’s Eve this year?


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