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Old 11-16-2010, 11:00 AM
 
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I've got a free roundtrip plane flight and was thinking to taking my girlfriend to New Orleans this December in the week prior to Christmas. Although New Orleans is one of my favorite cities, I've never visited this time of year--I'm usually there in the spring.

A few things I was wondering:

-I've read that the weather can usually range from about 65-45 degrees during this time of year...On average though is it fairly sunny and dry?

-Are there unique New Orleans events around Christmas or the weeks leading up to the holiday? Any cool local traditions? I've read about the reveillon prix-fixe dinners at local restaurants, but I can't find much information about when these actually start...

-It sounds like December is pretty low season for tourists in New Orleans. Which sounds great to me, as I'd much rather talk to locals when I go out than some drunken couple from Omaha...But is this a fairly uncrowded time of year?

-Are most of the trees bare in New Orleans and the surrounding area at this time of year or are there still a lot of evergreen, semi-tropical trees that stay lush all winter?

Thank you in advance for any helpful info...
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:43 PM
 
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It is relatively sunny and dry during December. It's probably gonna be a lot colder than you'd expect. I hear that a lot from people from other parts of the country.
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:40 AM
 
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free roundtrip plane flight
Free is such a good price.


You've picked a fine time of year to visit.
Very low chance of hurricanes and it isn't August!!

Have fun. Check out places like Vaughns in the Bywater (when kermit ruffins plays), Tipitina's, Uptown area is nice...
The Rocking Bowl often has good music. Much to see. Snug Harbor, on and on...

I guess it depends on musical taste but this is an opportunity for someone from AnywhereElse, USA.

Everything is still green. The live oaks on St Charles Street are a must see, not to mention the houses. Take the Street Car. You'll never forget it.

There is a huge market near the river... in the downtown area. The french quarter has areas that are fun but I'm not a Bourbon St kinda guy.

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Old 11-18-2010, 10:21 AM
 
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Its green now....but the leaves do turn (soon) then they all fall out of the trees.
Some trees stay green but not all.
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Old 11-18-2010, 02:08 PM
 
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I think December is a great time because there truly are less tourists at that time. Regardless, I think THE best time to visit New Orleans is during Mardi Gras season.

As for weather, December is hit or miss. Some years its cold (coldest I have seen was freezing and some sleety snow) and humid and other years it warm (up to 70 or even 80) and humid. New Orleans weather is extremely unpredictable ... except for the humidity ... lol!
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Old 11-20-2010, 01:05 PM
 
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I think December is a great time because there truly are less tourists at that time. Regardless, I think THE best time to visit New Orleans is during Mardi Gras season.

As for weather, December is hit or miss. Some years its cold (coldest I have seen was freezing and some sleety snow) and humid and other years it warm (up to 70 or even 80) and humid. New Orleans weather is extremely unpredictable ... except for the humidity ... lol!
Thanks to everyone who replied...

It sounds like the weather in December can be a mixed bag. But since we're currently dealing with 37 degrees and raining in Portland, the possiblility of 60 degrees and sunny in New Orleans a week before Christmas sounds fine to us.
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