Celebrate the New Orleans Tricentennial All Winter Long

This year is a very special year for the City of New Orleans: 2018 marks the city’s 300th anniversary! Visitors and locals alike will find dozens of events, activities, and festivities to celebrate the occasion all year long. Here are a few attractions designed for a true Crescent City experience.

Jingle Through the Crescent City

A photo of Jackson Square at Christmas time
From the French Quarter and Jackson Square to Audubon Park and the Roosevelt Hotel, the city lights up with dazzling holiday light displays over the winter months. A narrated motor coach tour takes riders through the Crescent City’s famous neighborhoods, past historic architecture decorated for both the holidays and the Tricentennial. The tour wraps up with a walk through the Roosevelt Hotel, where visitors will gaze in awe at the meticulous holiday decorations.

Experience History and Culture at Local Museums

New Orleans is home to dozens of museums, including one of the best in the world! The National WWII Museum won the number two spot on TripAdvisor’s 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards for best museum in the country and world. It also ranked as the top attraction in New Orleans. Other local favorites include the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, which showcases the city’s rich Carnival costuming history, and Mardi Gras World, which gives visitors a behind-the-scenes peek at the world’s biggest party. Learn about the influential Creoles of Color at Le Musee de Free People of Color.

Find All Three NOLA 300 Statues

This year, statues have been popping up all over the city; they’re the NOLA 300 statues, built to celebrate the Tricentennial. These seven-foot tall statues can be found at Washington Artillery Park, Woldenberg Park’s Audubon Plaza, and City Park’s Big Lake. They’re especially dazzling lit up at night!

Celebrate the Holidays at Audubon Zoo’s Light Display

At the end of the year, the Audubon Nature Institute will bring a new family-friendly holiday attraction to the Big Easy. The Audubon Zoo Lights will feature lighted displays and life-size replicas of the zoo’s most popular inhabitants, including elephants and peacocks. The animal habitats won’t be open to visitors during this evening exhibit, but performances, interactive displays, and other activities will fill the Audubon Zoo. Running from November 23 through December 30, it’s the perfect way to wrap up an end-of-year visit to the city.

Book Your New Orleans Experience

If you’ve been considering a New Orleans trip, there’s no better time to visit than 2018! Join in the city’s 300th-anniversary festivities by checking out the many events, activities, and celebrations going on all year long, and let Joieful help you plan your trip and itinerary. Contact us today at 504-207-4555 to purchase your Tricentennial New Orleans experience!