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Visiting Greater New Orleans

Welcome the holiday spirit during your visit to New Orleans. Though the festivals never end in Crescent City, they do begin to heat up as the temperatures cool down. Food and music festivals, seasonal celebrations, and the 2012/2013 NBA season feature more than enough to do in the Big Easy during fall and winter. Don’t miss the New Orleans Hornets kicking off the season against the San Antonio Spurs at the New Orleans Arena on Halloween, and look forward to creole seasoned celebrations like the 2012 Louisiana Swamp Festival and the 2012 Oak Street Po-Boy Preservation Fest. Find your favorite festival during your chilly getaway to New Orleans.

The Halloween season features many activities for adults and children throughout New Orleans. Check out Haunted History Tours throughout the French Quarter or the Garden District, or catch the party along Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood. The 2012 Voodoo Music Experience is another chilling crescent city activity – held at City Park from October 26th to the 28th – while kid-friendly fun includes trick or treating at the Louisiana Children's Museum, and Boo at the Zoo at Audubon Zoo.

Looking for a real Cajun experience during your time in southeastern Louisiana? Enjoy cultural festivities like the 2012 Louisiana Swamp Festival, and the 2012 Oak Street Po-Boy Preservation Fest. Held at the Audubon Zoo in early November, Swamp Fest is a weekend-long celebration of all things Cajun – including music, crafts and, of course, foods like jambalaya, gumbo, po-boys, and more. The 2012 entertainment line-up includes the Cajun Music Petting Zoo, the Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, and the Sunpie & The Louisiana Sunpots – plus Cajun and Zydeco dance lessons.

Held on November 18th, the 2012 Oak Street Po-Boy Preservation Festival is a free event located along Oak Street in New Orleans’ Carrollton neighborhood. The event features more live Cajun music, handmade crafts for show and sale, and po-boys galore stuffed with your choice of fried shrimp, oysters, catfish and much more.

Once December displays on the Big Easy’s calendar, yuletide festivities are soon to follow – all of which are known as Christmas New Orleans Style. Enjoy carriage rides and stroll past more than two million holiday lights during Celebration in the Oaks at City Park, or head to Jackson Square for events like Caroling in Jackson Square and Christmas concerts in the historic St. Louis Cathedral. Other holiday events include Holiday Home Tours of the Garden District, Chanukah on the Avenue at Temple Sinai, and Hanukkah at the Riverwalk in downtown New Orleans – where Louisiana’s largest Menorah lights up the Mississippi River.

And for those looking for a New Year’s Eve celebration in Crescent City, your obvious answer - Bourbon Street.

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