-- continued from Twenty Christmas Vacation Packages
New Orleans is famous for grown-up good times, but NOLA has plenty of fun for families too. The Audubon Zoo, Aquarium, and Insectarium-- see Top Things to do in Orleans, for Families.
Extra fun during the Christmas season includes carolling in Jackson Square; "Celebration in the Oaks" holiday lights in New Orleans' City Park (where 100-year-old oak trees sparkle with lights); Christmas concerts in historic St. Louis Cathedral... And the chance to have a New Orleans Reveillon dinner. This French Creole holiday tradition, with delicious local dishes, has its origins in France where a "reveillon" is a long dinner on the evening preceding Christmas Day. In New Orleans, Reveillon dinners are offered all over the city with affordable "prix fixe" menus, i.e. all courses are included for one price.
Check New Orleans Online for "Papa Noel" (as Santa Claus is known here) hotel rates starting as low as $79, and for booking Reveillon dinners as well. The Sheraton New Orleans, for instance, has Papa Noel rates starting at $89, and shows classic Christmas movies in the lobby every night.