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Holiday Season

Things to do in New Orleans

This year we are reprising our Papa Nöel Special. Stay with us for three nights and get a fourth night on us. This offer is valid from Sunday, December 1st through Thursday, December 26th.

The fine print: can not be combined with any other special offer. If booking online please enter the code "Santa Baby" in the comments field


Monday, December 2, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Ellis Marsalis

Wednesday, December 4, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
St. Peter Claver Gospel Choir

Monday, December 9, 6:00pm – 7:00 pm
A Preservation Halliday with the Preservation All-Stars

Thursday, December 5, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sweet Cecilia

Wednesday, December 11, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Jose Fermin Ceballos with Merengue-4

Thursday, December 12, 6;00 pm – 7:00 pm
Opera Creole

Sunday, December 15, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quiana Lynell

Wednesday, December 18, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Zulu Gospel Choir

Thursday, December 19, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Christmas Organ Spectacular


DECEMBER 12th - 15th

Luna Fete is a European style light show - and over the past 5 years has grown in scope. Originally focused on Gallier Hall at Lafayette Square, Luna Fete has expanded down Lafayette Street to join with the Harrah's Casino Miracle on Fulton Street. For 2019 Luna Fete runs for 4 nights - from December 12th through December 15th.


All December Long

"Reveillon" means "awakening" in French, New Orleans' original language. The European emigres, known as Creoles and overwhelmingly Roman Catholic, would forego food all day on Christmas Eve. After midnight mass families would return home to break their religious fast with a sumptuous feast that would last for hours, sometimes until dawn Christmas morning.

After the Louisiana Purchase, as more American Christmas traditions (like Christmas trees, gifts for children and presents for friends and family) took hold, the reveillon custom faded away until by the 1940a it had all but vanished.

In the 1990s, however, the Reveillon dinner was ‘reawakened' and transformed. The organization French Quarter Festivals Inc., interested in attracting travelers to New Orleans during the perennial holiday season lull in convention bookings, approached local restaurants with an idea to offer and promote special holiday menus. Restaurants eagerly embraced the idea and soon so did their local regulars and out of town visitors.

Typically a participating restaurant will offer a three or four course meal at a significantly discounted fixed price, usally around $45.00. It's a great opportunity to revisit some of your favorite restaurants and to try some new spots while saving up to 30% of the usual check.
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2018 was the inaugural year for the Audubon Zoo Lights displays. Dana & Tom checked it out and agree that it is an impressive display and certainly worth a trip uptown. You could combine an evening at Audubon Zoo Lights with a reveillon dinner at one of the nearby restaurants: Clancy's, Brigtsens or Patois.
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The 2019 season will be the 33rd anniversary of Celebration in the Oaks!

Celebration in the Oaks in City Park is one of the most spectacular holiday lights festival in the country, with more than 165,000 visitors pouring into the Park to see the magical winter spectacle. City Park's famous oaks are swathed in hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights and breathtaking light displays are scattered throughout 25 acres of the Park, including the Botanical Garden, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park.

Celebration in the Oaks continues through New Years Eve.

After enjoying the lights you could have dinner at some of the great restaurants in the neighborhood - Ralph's on the Park, Toup's Meatery, Blue Oak Barbeque or our friends Chris & Laura McMillian's Revel.


Tuesday, December 24 2019

The Christmas bonfires, as local residents call them, are mostly pyramid shaped, but some can take fanciful forms in homage to the river's history—from tiny plantation homes to lilliputian replica stern wheel steam boats. The fires are built by friends, families and colleagues who visit, cook and mingle between the fires. It's a true south Louisiana celebration with an atmosphere similar to tailgate parties at a football game, and the tradition has been carried down through the generations.

Bonfires on Christmas Eve? The story varies according to whom you ask. Some scholars hold that they are a holdover of ancient, pagan European traditions where the fires celebrated successful harvests and were later subsumed by Christianity (south Louisiana was originally a French colony, and residents remain predominantly Catholic).

But any bona fide south Louisianan will tell you that the fiery becaons light the way for Saint Nicholas' ("Papa Noel") as the Cajuns say) who treavels bayou country in a pirogue ( log canoe ) pulled by 8 alligators.

The fires are range north and south along the Mississippi, with the largest number in St. James Parish, around Gramercy, Lutcher and Paulina. The best viewing is found by driving along the east- and west-bank River Roads - LA Highway 44 for the east bank and LA Highway 13 for the west bank) or walking along the levees. The bonfire parties are not necessarily open to the public, but passers by will surely be offered kind words and holiday greetings as theywalk by on foot.

So come stay with us at B&W Courtyards - we're open Christmas weekend -

Take a drive up River Road on Christmas Eve and enjoy Tom's breakfast on Christmas morning - he'll be serving Panettone French Toast - and a morning libation of Brandy Punch.
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Panettone French Toast


New Orleans is a wonderful place to celebrate the coming of the New Year. There are just so many options available to you.
You can join the huge free street party centered around Jackson Square. The French Quarter will be crowded with revelers. Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve will be broadcasting from a stage in the square, coordinating with broadcasts from New York City and Los Angeles. At midnight, from atop the Jax Brewery building, the illuminated fleur de lis will drop. As the fleur de lis drops fireworks will explode over the river.

If the crowds in the streets aren't your thing, you can opt for a number of New Years Eve galas presented by hotels & restaurants. DJ Soul Sister will have her 17th Annual New Years Eve Soul Train at the Civic Theatre, the great Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be throwing down at the Maison on Frenchmen Street, The Foundation of Funk, featuring Meters veterans George Porter Jr and Zigaboo Modeliste, augmented by Eric Krasno and John Medeski, will be at the House of Blues. And Galactic will be doing their annual New Year's Eve show at Tipitina's.

You might choose to board the steamboat Natchez for their fireworks cruise on the Mississippi River. Their $125.00 package includes a 2 hour cruise with live music, an open bar and hand passed hors d'oeuvres.

In the South it's a tradition to have a special meal on New Year's Day to ensure good luck and financial success during the following 12 months. Hoppin' John, usually made with black eye peas, symbolizes pennies. Collard greens, or cabbage in New Orleans, represents folding money. Cornbread stands for gold. And adding tomatoes to the mix is said to ensure good health for the coming year. The tradition reportedly started in low country South Carolina and has spread from there to the rest of the South.

We'll be serving all of the above for a late breakfast / brunch on New Year's Day. Tom is kicking it up a notch this year by tracking down heritage Carolina gold rice and Sea Island red cow peas. And of course we'll have some sort of libation to wash it down with, and maybe take the edge off of any after effects of the previous night's over indulgences.