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Old 12-18-2010, 09:00 PM
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Will be in town Wed-Fri with sons 10 and 12 yo. Any suggestions for things to do? Looking for something kind of festive, kid friendly etc. Dining at Gallatoires on Thursday, and staying at Monteleone. Don't know much about the area, or transportation (since we will be without vehicle). Thoughts from the locals would be appreciated! This is our first Christmas to be traveling so I want to make it special and memorable for them.
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Old 12-19-2010, 07:27 AM
 
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On Fulton Street at Poydras there's "snow". It's decorated for Christmas and you walk through a heated tunnel kinda thing with snow falling. There's a big tree at the end. After you do that if you take a right onto Lafayette street you will see the Piazza D'Italia a half a block away. (Not really festive but it's beautiful especially at night.) The Roosevelt Hotel is lavishly decorated every year for Christmas also. The Roosevelt New Orleans | Home
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Old 12-19-2010, 08:05 AM
 
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Ride the streetcar up Canal St. and especially the St. Charles Avenue streetcar to the Riverbend Area. The ride itself is really neat, and there are lots of big, gorgeous houses on St. Charles all decorated for Christmas. Do it in the daytime and a little after dark, too, so you can see all the lights. There are usually plenty of tourists on the streetcars until well after dinnertime.

There's a cool mansion on Canal Street that's set up as a Christmas house/ Santa's workshop, and it's open on Wednesday and Thursday: Santa's Secret Workshop

The Audubon Aquarium is right there at the Riverfront near the FQ, and the Insectarium is also close by on Canal Street. You could also take the streetcar down St. Charles to Audubon Park and the Zoo. Here's a link to those things: Audubon Nature Institute | Celebrating the Wonders of Nature

Have a wonderful visit!!
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Old 12-19-2010, 08:37 PM
 
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We stayed at the Roosevelt Thanksgiving. It was decorated beautifully.
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Old 12-20-2010, 11:29 AM
 
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I moved to Baton Rouge a few months ago and plan to visit New Orleans during the Christmas. Where can I find parking for the day close to French Quarters?
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Old 12-20-2010, 12:01 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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There are some good sized pay lots on Decatur Street by the river that probably have good all day packages.
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:27 PM
 
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There are some good sized pay lots on Decatur Street by the river that probably have good all day packages.
And some restaurants will validate for those lots, or they used to anyway.
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Da Parish
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Celebration in the Oaks in City Park. The streetcar will take you there and back. It's a walking tour of the gardens decorated for Christmas, a small amusement park with rides, (be sure to do the flying horses it's a tradition), and a train ride, (the train ride used to be awesome, but since the storm it's really nothing more than riding a train in the dark), and a skating rink. We like to get the hot chocolate and watch which ever group is performing that night. City Park's Celebration in the Oaks
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:27 PM
 
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Are the concerts still going on at St. Louis Cathedral? I think they're free.
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Old 12-21-2010, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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Wow! I haven't been to New Orleans yet in December, but reading all this encourages me to plan it one year. Heck with Christmas in New York!
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