Posted December 14, 2017 at 11:30 AM | Updated December 14, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Canal St. lights up with Christmas spirit
By Ann Maloney
What do you do on Christmas day in New Orleans? Many people spend time at the homes of family and friends, but the Crescent City is alive with activities that you can take in before or after Santa visits.
Here, we take you on a journey through the city from midnight on Christmas Eve to midnight (or later) on Christmas.
This festive schedule of holiday fun is perfect for adults who want to explore the city alone, or for those of us searching for something to do before or after the holiday meal and present opening.
This schedule is so packed you likely couldn’t do it all, but we’ve got something for you no matter what time of the day you find yourself footloose and fancy free.
Here we go…
MIDNIGHT MASS, OR JAZZ
If you want to go to midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, the best advice is to pick a church and get there earlier, so you can find a seat. Most churches have lovely Christmas music before services begin. You have a number of options throughout the greater New Orleans area, including St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square in the French Quarter and Mater Dolorosa Church at 1230 S. Carrollton Ave.
Our suggestion: Go to Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church, 130 Baronne St., (pictured above) because then, after Mass, you can walk across the street to the Roosevelt Hotel. (See more about the Roosevelt below.)