December is a time when things just seem brighter. As a season associated with tasty treats, nice weather, and celebrations, it’s no wonder that New Orleans goes all out for the last month of the year. With the introduction of Covid-19, the general public was left wondering when things would return to normal. New Orleans has worked hard to ensure that the holiday spirit remains alive while abiding by the CDC guidelines. Below, you will find a list of events that are both family and Covid-19 friendly.
1. Celebration in the Oaks
Known as the most spectacular holiday lights festival in the country, Celebration in the Oaks will not let COVID 19 keep them from celebrating their 35th anniversary. From November 26th to January 3rd, visitors can view City Park covered in a million twinkling lights and filled with breathtaking light displays from the safety and comfort of their own car, spanning over 2.25 miles. For those searching for a little extra Christmas spirit, Christmas in the Oaks offers extra add-on activities at the Carousel Gardens. For an extra charge, guests can go on a train ride, drink hot chocolate, roast marshmallows, visit Storyland, and have access to photo areas.
Prices are based upon dates, times, and the size of visitor’s vehicles. As a result, prices range from $18.99 to $175. Event times vary throughout the week. Sunday through Thursday offer times from 6pm to 10pm, and Friday and Saturday offer times from 5pm to 11pm.
2. Cookies with Santa & the Belles
From December 5th to December 20th, The National WWII Museum will host Cookies with Santa & the Belles. This family friendly event will allow young guests to be entertained by the Victory Belles, a delightful vocal trio that performs the music of the 2940s, while playing holiday games. The night will include a visit from Santa Claus, gifting special teddy bears to each child.
This is an hour-long program. Cost of admission is $50 per person, but guest under the age of 2 can enter for free. The National WWII Museum abides by the Covid-19 CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of their guests and performers.
3. Santa’s Pajama Party
Create a new family tradition at the Royal Sonesta hotel this Christmas. As a part of their Royal Snownesta celebration, children can deliver their wish list to Santa himself and visit with the Sugarplum Fairy Princess while wearing their favorite holiday pajamas. Several treats are offered, including hot chocolate, apple cider, and a variety of food, that guests can munch on while decorating their very own cookies.
This event will be held sporadically between the days of December 5th to December 20th. The length of each seating is 9:30-11:00AM and 12:30-2:00PM. Adult admission is $65 per person, but $45 for those under the age of 12.
4. Greenway Supernova
Presented by the Friends of Lafiette Greenway and NORD, guest can experience a free outdoor light-based art exhibit throughout the month of December. It will showcase 10 luminary works of art, featuring two permanent and 8 temporary works. Supernova serves as a way to drive foot-traffic to the local businesses that were severely affected by Covid-19.
This exhibition will occur on December 9th to December 20th on Wednesdays through Sundays from 5:00PM to 9:00PM. This event allows for social distancing.
Got a taste of what New Orleans has to offer and looking for more hands-on experiences? Those who wish to experience a little adventure that out of the typical norm can travel down the Honey Island Swamp with Cajun Encounters. Guests are able to experience the beauty of one of the most untarnished ecosystems in America first-hand, and, if that is not enough, there are plenty of educational opportunities to learn about the plants and animals that inhabit it. Guests are guaranteed the best educational experience possible with trained experts as their guides. Cajun Encounters is working hard to ensure not only the satisfaction but also the safety of its visitors by implementing proper COVID-19 protocol.
New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours is the perfect place to see the best that the city has to offer historically and culturally. With tours through the cemeteries, French Quarter, and Garden District, visitors are able to immerse themselves in an experience that only the Crescent City has offer. Guests can learn more about the city of New Orleans from certified tour guides, ensuring historically accurate and informative information with an entertaining twist. Similarly, to Cajun Encounters, New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours takes its visitors health and safety as their top priority. As a result, they have also implemented COVID-19 protocol to ensure their visitors can experience the best without fear.