It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in New Orleans

Travel and Leisure has named our city one of the top five destinations in America for the holidays. So Thursday morning, tourism leaders brought snow down on their official holiday season kickoff party.

It wasn’t real snow, of course.

For years, December was always a slow month for out-of-towners coming to New Orleans, but aggressive tourism marketing has begun to turn that around and a sleigh-ful of holiday events and special promotions is turning New Orleans into a premier holiday destination, both for tourists and for locals.

“We have reveillon dinners, those traditional Creole holiday meals, being served at 48 restaurants around the city this year,” said Mark Romig, head of New Orleans Tourism Marketing. “And shopping is great, too, whether it’s in the French Quarter, Magazine Street, the Bywater, Mid-City, you know the new H&M store just opened here, too.”

Of course, the first big event is the Canal Street lighting ceremony, set for Tuesday, November 26 at dusk.

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