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Christmas Tree Scavenger Hunt

We started a tradition several years ago of taking the boys down to New Orleans to go on a Christmas tree scavenger hunt!   Before Justin and I had kids we would go each year to have a fancy dinner and walk around Canal Street to see the lights, streetcars and all of the hotels.  It has been a fun tradition to continue doing with the boys since all of the hotel lobbies and Canal Street ae decorated for the holiday.

Since we have a December baby, Porter, it has become his birthday outing.  Last year his birthday fell on a Friday so we picked the Bigs up from school early and headed across the Causeway.  We planned to make a quick trip to see the hotels and then meet up with my parents for Porter’s birthday dinner and finish the night at Celebration in the Oaks in City Park.

The great thing about doing this with kids, especially young kids, is that the lobbies are lit all day long.  So if you have little ones who can’t hang for a late event like Christmas in the Oaks or the Audubon Zoo Lights this will be great.  This really is the perfect thing to do with kids!  All of the hotels decorate with trees and lights and many of them have full size gingerbread houses for you to view.  Some of the hotels have cookies and treats but all of them are bright and beautiful.  Since we have done this for so many years now it has been a interesting to see them change the décor over the years.

Our goal is to hit all the main hotels on Canal and a few on Poydras.  If we have time we also walk to Jackson Square and pay a visit to Café Du Monde and then continue to Santa’s Quarters to get a few ornaments.

We always start at the Roosevelt.  There is a parking lot not far that is easy to get in and out of and not far from the streetcar route.  Then we kind of pick and choose from there.

The Roosevelt Hotel – 130 Roosevelt Way – trees and a gingerbread house.  This is the premier place in New Orleans for Christmas pictures.  It is always beautifully decorated and just a sight to see as the entire lobby is covered in lights.

Ritz Carleton – 921 Canal Street – beautiful ceiling designs in the lobby (3rd floor) and outdoor décor.  You can also walk through their gingerbread house and they have samples sometimes.

The Astor Crown Plaza – 739 Canal Street – we didn’t go in this one but it is on the route.
Canal Place – 333 Canal Street – Enormous multi story Christmas tree right outside of Saks.

Miracle on Fulton – 228 Poydras Street – Life Sized ornament to walk through and snow every 20 minutes.

The Loews Hotel – 300 Poydras Street – Gorgeous Gingerbread house and metallic trees.

Le Meridian New Orleans – 333 Poydras Street – take a picture on their fountain and tag them on social media
The Windsor Court – 300 Gravier Street – Always beautiful florals and you can stop for tea
The Sheraton – 500 Canal Street – Don’t miss out on the secret Rodrigue gallery.  Let me know if you can find it!

This is truly one of our favorite traditions and we look forward to it each year.  Although we usually try to end the day at Café Du Monde I think Celebration in the Oaks to ride the train which I think may be our new tradition.  Happy Holidays.


{Editors Note:  This post was updated on 11/26/18}

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