Making Christmas Magical with a French Market Holiday

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Making Christmas Magical with a French Market Holiday

The French Market District is nothing short of magical during the holiday season with festive decor guiding shoppers and revelers along their way to merriment.

During this season, more than any other, people share with us their family traditions of coming down the French Market with French Market Christmas making Christmas magical with family fun for alltheir families.  Stories of yore when mom and pop would load-up the kids, even if just for a day or a few hours, and come down to enjoy beignets or to carol in Jackson Square.  With some traditions holding strong, others have yielded to new to new opportunities for locals and visitors alike to make new memories in the French Market District.

Kermit Ruffins’ Kick Off to Christmas

Formerly the French Market District has lit their Christmas Tree with small fanfare in Washington Artillery Park the Thursday before Thanksgiving.  However, this year, the French Market has teamed up with French Quarter Festival, Inc.’s Christmas New Orleans Style to present Kermit Ruffins’ Kick Off to Christmas on Friday, November 30th from 5:30-7:30 pm on the Moonwalk featuring a performance by Kermit Ruffins, the Roots of Music, and the French Market Tree Lighting followed by a fireworks show.  This is a family must-do this season hitting all the holiday high notes!

5:30 pm Roots of Music

6:00 pm Opening and Tree Lighting Ceremony

6:15 pm Kermit Ruffin

7:30 pm Fireworks Show

French Market Holiday Decor

From Jackson Square to the French Market arches the Papa Noel dreamscape comes to life with shop windows dressed in their holiday best, garland strands all aglow, and street lamps adorned with bows that will bring a smile to even the biggest humbug’s face.  Bring the family or come for a date night, either way the French Market District holiday decor is a treat.  Make it a night with hot chocolate and beignets at Cafe du Monde, then stroll along the Shops on the Colonnade to take in the windows dressed in holiday style.  The memories you make will warm the heart for a lifetime and be storied traditions for your family’s next generation.

Shop Local this Holiday Season in the French Market District

Having trouble finding the unique gift for your bestie or that white elephant surprise for the office party? Look no further, the French Market District has you covered!  From the boutique shops in the Upper Pontalba Building and along the Colonnade to the daily vendors in the open-air Farmers and Flea Markets you can source unique gifts for anyone on your list including, but certainly not limited to, jewelry, confections, handmade arts and crafts, home decor, and children’s toys. Yowza! This is a one-stop shop right in the heart of New Orleans!

St. Nick Celebration – Save the Date!

The annual St. Nick Celebration is one of our favorites and we hope that you love it as much as we do!  This one-day kid-centric event features live music, children’s activities, and photos with Santa!  Saturday, December 8th from 10 am – 4 pm in Dutch Alley.

With so much to celebrate and enjoy this holiday season in the French Market District that you’re sure to find new traditions to compliment old.  For more information visit

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