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Spend the Holidays in New Orleans

Book Papa Noel Rates and Enjoy Easy Access to Festivities

There’s no better way to spend the holidays in New Orleans than booking a stay with Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans. Our festive, perfectly located New Orleans Christmas hotel provides front row action to the annual Canal Street Lighting Ceremony on 11/26 as well as easy access to numerous holiday festivities, not to mention exclusive low rates from just $89/night.

Learn more about our Papa Noel hotel rates, available 12/2-12/27, subject to availability.

Celebrate the Holidays in New Orleans with these Nearby Events:

Canal Street Lighting Ceremony
Presented by the DDD & the Astor Crowne Plaza
Featuring The Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Male Chorus
Tuesday, 11/26
Held right In front of the Astor Crowne Plaza at 5:30pm, the Downtown Development District and the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel join Santa to "flip the switch," igniting more than 1 million twinkling lights on New Orleans' grand corridor. Stop by the hotel's St. Charles Ballroom just off the lobby from 5pm to 7pm and decorate your own holiday cookie while enjoying complimentary hot cocoa or apple cider. Santa will be there to hear your wish list for the holidays. Bring an unwrapped, new toy for local charities to receive a free picture with Santa!

Movies on the Mississippi
Presented by the DDD & The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk
Friday, 12/6 & Friday, 12/13
Riverwalk Spanish Plaza
Enjoy two weekends of special outdoor movie showings! Friday, 12/6 – The Grinch Who Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey - Winner of this year's Twitter vote. Friday, 12/13 – Elf.

Krewe of Jingle Parade
Presented by the DDD & The Roosevelt New Orleans
Saturday, 12/7
Parade will roll on Canal Street
Parade will begin at 1pm
Get ready for Christmas in New Orleans! Back for its sixth year, the New Orleans' official holiday parade, the "Krewe of Jingle," will delight locals and visitors again with authentic parade floats, marching bands, stilt walkers and Christmas characters. The legendary news anchor Angela Hill will be featured as this year’s Celebrity Grand Marshall.

Reindeer Run & Romp
Presented by the DDD & Entergy
Saturday, 12/14
Canal Street, beginning and ending at the Riverwalk Spanish Plaza
Registration: 8am
Race: 9:00am
Preregistration available at
Round up the kids for the annual holiday fun run for kids on Canal Street presented by The Downtown Development District and Entergy. Rudolph, Santa and friends will jingle their bells to signal the start of the race. Participants will receive bells for their sneakers, antlers, a race t-shirt and a bag of holiday treats. After the race, "Romp" around the Aquarium and enjoy healthy activities like yoga for kids & parents, music, games, crafts and much more.