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Oct 29, 2009 09:49 AM

December in the French Quarter

I will be visiting the French Quarter in Dec and understand there are some traditions at some of the restaurants. Can anyone advise some places and things to do in the Qtr during December?

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    try some Reveillon Dinners.

    check out some Farmers' Markets:

    visit The Roosevelt Hotel lobby; the tradition of Teddy Bear teas and holiday decorations are back! in fact, pop into all the hotels to see their lobbies.

    get an eggnog daiquiri for Celebration in the Oaks:

    tuck into some cozy bars: Absinthe, Lafitte's, Napoleon House, Carousel Bar, French 75, Hermes Bar, Chart Room, Chartres House (has a fireplace).

    get a bottle of bubbles and some go flutes from Vieux Carre Wine & Spirits and take a buggy ride thru the Qtr.

    take a walking tour and see the Qtr dressed for the holidays and enjoy!

    Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
    500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Carousel Bar
    214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA

    Chart Room
    300 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Chartres House Cafe
    601 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Vieux Carre Restaurant
    201 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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    1. re: edible complex

      Good suggestions..all of them. I trust the Waldrof gang (aka Hilton) will bring back the Winter Wonderland that Someone Else (when Someone Else owned the Roosevelt) brought back ....finally. [I never referred to the place as anything other than the Roosevelt---won that one!]

      I think itshould be ponted out, regarding "traditions," that it is axiomatic in New Orleans that, once you have done something twice, it is a Tradition.

      1. re: hazelhurst

        The Roosevelt is not doing the holiday decor of old, but they are doing something spectacular in the lobby. It will still have the White Winter theme. Should be up Dec. 1st.

    2. Ditto the hotel lobby recommendation. The Monteleone one was fabulous two years ago. The streetcars have been decorated with lights in times of yore and I assume will be this year. And the Quarter itself as the Christmas decorations proliferate--Rudolphs frozen in mid-leap off intaglio second-floor-balcony ironwork emerge ghost-like out of the fog that so often floats in off the river around Christmas.