New Orleans November 26, 2017
5 Unique Festivals Near New Orleans That Will Simply Dazzle You This Season
It’s officially the holiday season! To get you in the holiday spirit, we’ve found some of the most unique festivals happening during December that’ll be sure to put you in a festive mood. Start planning your weekends now, because you won’t want to miss these unique festivals!
1. Christmas Fest
This dazzling festival would even put the Grinch in the holiday spirit. There’s an ice skating rink, carnival rides, gingerbread houses, photo opportunities with Santa, and much more. Come out to the only indoor Christmas festival in the city for an amazing time.
December 21-31 2017
New Orleans Convention Center
2. Bonfires on the Levee
Come out to the levees to celebrate a massive bonfire meant to light the way for Papa Noel. Although it’s unknown exactly when this festival began, there’s documentation that dates back all the way to 1884. Once night falls on Christmas Eve, as many as 100 massive structures are set on fire, creating an amazing flow all along the river. The bonfires are found about 30-40 miles upriver from New Orleans in St. James Parish.
3. Krewe of Jingle Parade
Not a festival, but still an event that you should attend! On Saturday, December 2, 2017, The Krewe of Jingle parade will roll down Canal Street. Featuring festive floats, marching bands, and several beloved Christmas characters, you won’t want to miss this family friendly parade.
4. Renaissance Festival
Head out to Hammond for one of the most unique festivals Louisiana has to offer. Every year, more than 600 artisans create the "Village of Albright" where you’ll feel like you’ve time traveled into another era. Dozens of professional performers, more than 50 live shows, demonstrations, and entertainers welcome you warmly to the Village of Albright. The festival runs for 6 weeks, and the last two weekends are December 2-3 and 9-10. This is also a perfect place to shop for some unique, handmade Christmas gifts for your friends and family!
5. Christmas Past Festival
The 13th annual Christmas Past Festival will kick off on December 9th from 9am-3pm in Mandeville. Following the festival, the Winter on the Water Parade will roll down Lakeshore Drive. Over 70 vendors, live music by Amanda Shaw, Irish Dancing, and of course— Santa Claus and the gang.
What’s your favorite holiday festival? Let us know in the comments below!