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NOLA Christmas Tree 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 are decorated for the holiday. It is also interesting to see how some of the displays have changed from just trees to large scale gingerbread houses, light installations and more.

Miracle on Fulton Street Tree
Miracle on Fulton Street

Over the years friends would ask me which hotels we went to and what were the best stops. I started writing them down so we had a list to go back to each year. This is the path we usually take always starting at The Roosevelt Hotel then we continue down Canal to the river cross over to Poydras to Fulton Street and then cross back to Canal to do the other side of the street and back to the Roosevelt. Here is the full list…

Christmas Tree Scavenger Hunt Route

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.

Last year it was packed because of the Teddy Bear Tea and we couldn’t get a good shot but these are from the year before.

The Roosevelt hotel
2017
The Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans
2017
The Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans
2017

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.

Ritz New Orleans
2018
Ritz Gingerbread Streetcar New Orleans
2018

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.

Luna Botanicals Display at Canal Place
2018
Canal Place Christmas Tree
2018
Canal Place
2017

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

Miracle on Fulton Street Christmas Tree
2018
Entrance to Miracle on Fulton Street
2018
Miracle on Fulton
2017
Miracle on Fulton
2017

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

Lowes Hotel Gingerbread house
2018
Harrah's Gingerbread house
2017

Le Meridian New Orleans – 333 Poydras Street – take a picture on their fountain and tag them on social media

Le Meridian New Orleans Fountain
2018

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!

What to do after…

We have planned this trip out a few different ways. The hunt takes us about an hour to an hour and a half depending on how many stops we have to make. We try to make it work where we can have lunch or dinner after but these are a few ideas of other fun event we have incorporated into the day…

Audubon Zoo Christmas Lights. This was also a new to us event last year. The Zoo Lights were breathtaking. Anything the Audubon Zoo does is usually beautiful and this is no exception.

Luna Fete. Last year was our first experience with Luna Fete which is a festival of light, art and technology put on my the Arts Council of New Orleans. This event will take place December 12th – 15th and stretches from Lafayette Square to Fulton Street.

Beignets and Shopping. Three years ago we finished the trip and then went to Cafe Du Monde by Jackson Square and then continued to Santa’s Quarters to go ornament shopping.

Celebration in the Oaks. Another New Orleans favorite. Go and explore the lights, trees and ride all of the rides including the Christmas Train. This year you will also be able to see the new and improved Storyland.

Boys ready for winter fun

{Editors Note:  This post was updated on 11/16/19}

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