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Holidays in New Orleans

Count down to 2014 in New Orleans Style

fireworks This is no small celebration, as the Crescent City Countdown Club has created a night to remember.

For your enjoyment – begin your evening with one of the delicious, traditional Reveillon dinners served by local restaurants.

For your entertainment – check out the Decatur Street celebration (in front of Jacson Square) with live performances up to the countdown.  Move and groove with Brassaholics from 9-9:40, Mia Borders from 10-10:40, and Bonerama from 11-11:40.

Join the excitement – an 8′ tall fleur de lis ornament that has been lit with LED lights and decorated with aluminum ribbons, will descend down a 25 foot pole.  This spectacle is followed by an amazing fireworks display over the Mississippi River, called “Symphony in the Sky.”

float with baby wear New Orleans Saints Helmet to celebrate New Years

There is just no better way to kick off a New Year!  2014 will begin just right with your stay at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast, where you’ll find restful accommodations and a delicious breakfast in the morning.

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Continue the NOLA Tradition: Celebration in the Oaks in 2013

Logo for Celebration in the Oaks - an oval with a tree on it

Get in the Holiday spirit during your stay at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast with a visit to the Celebration in the Oaks in City Park from November 29, 2013 to January 4, 2014.  Hundreds of thousands of white lights will dazzle you as they twinkle and light up the 13 gated acres of the oak groves and the rest of the landscape.

mr bingle the snowman display at city park

This is a New Orleans tradition, beloved by natives and visitors alike.  There is something for everyone here including an amusement park with a carousel and train rides.  You won’t want to miss the Cajun Night Before Christmas display as well as Mr. Bingle: a favorite New Orleans snowman.  (This photo of Mr. Bingle is from 2008 and was featured in The Times-Picayune)

Enjoy this holiday display from Thanksgiving through January 4th (closed 12/24-12/31)

Admission is $8 per person – children under 3 and friends of City Park are free.  The train ride is $4 and amusement park rides are $3/single ride or $17/unlimited.

Pets are not allowed, and visitors under 18 should be accompanied by an adult 21 or older.

City Park has recently added 300 parking spaces right across from the Botanical Gardens.  This is conveniently located close to the entrance to Celebration in the Oaks.  Click here for a map and parking information.

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Christmas in New Orleans – Revillion Feasts

The holidays are here and New Orleans is the place to celebrate in style!  Make your dinner reservations – the restaurants are ready for the Revillion feasts!  For those of you unfamiliar with the Revillion tradition, let me tell you about this festive New Orleans Christmas custom.

“Revillion” means “awakening” and these Creole feasts began during the 19th century, a practice borrowed from passed down from their European heritage.  Originally, Catholic Creoles spent Christmas Eve fasting, and the Revillion dinners were prepared to be enjoyed after Midnight Mass.  Families would return to their homes after the late service ravenous to enjoy the sumptuous Revillion feast that they had prepared.  Overtime, American Christmas customs replaced the Creole holiday customs and Revillion feasts faded away.

The Revillion feasts experienced a reawakening in the 1990′s – and as with other customs, it evolved to accommodate the contemporary New Orleans lifestyle.  Modern Revillion feasts are available in a variety of wonderful restaurants throughout the month of December.  Participating restaurants prepare menus featuring their interpretation of traditional Revillion dishes.  When you are staying at 1896 O’Malley House, make reservations at one of our wonderful restaurants to participate in this New Orleans’ Creole Christmas tradition.

Visit this website for Revillion menus in over 40 local restaurants.

For more information about Revillion feasts, visit FrenchQuarter.com and and About.com – New Orleans Travel.