New Orleans Christmas Decorations: Free fun

Where to see the best hotel decorations in New Orleans with the KIDS – and kids at heart!

The Educational Tourist and Traditional red and green Christmas tree display in lobby of New Orleans' Omni Royal hotel, New Orleans Christmas decorations, www.theeducationaltourist.com

New Orleans is a fun place to visit with the kids. The Mardi Gras World, where they make the floats for Mardi Gras and Disney, is worth the trip alone!! This was my first time to visit during the holidays and the decorations were magical!

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New Orleans Christmas Decorations – Roosevelt Hotel

Holiday light display in lobby of New Orleans Roosevelt hotel, New Orleans Christmas Decorations, www.theeducationaltourist.com

The first stop on any Christmas decoration tour in New Orleans must be the Roosevelt Hotel. It looks fabulous in photographs and somehow manages to be even more spectacular in person. The lobby spans an entire block and walking down this path lined with Christmas trees and tall lit boughs will bring out the Christmas spirit in anyone.

Holiday light display in lobby of New Orleans Roosevelt hotel, New Orleans Christmas Decorations, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Stop for a drink or snack at the cafe just off the lobby. I did and spotted a table near a Christmas tree in the back. When I reached the table I noticed the tree was made entirely of gingerbread.

Christmas tree made from gingerbread in cafe at New Orleans Roosevelt hotel, New Orleans Christmas Decorations, www.theeducationaltourist.com

By ‘entirely’ I mean…the tree, the lights, the ribbons, and the decorations were all made of gingerbread. I loved the themed ornaments according to the song The 12 days of Christmas. The ornaments included symbols of the city like doors from shotgun houses (LOVE)

gingerbread ornaments of shotgun house doors in cafe at New Orlean's Roosevelt hotel, New Orleans Christmas Decorations, www.theeducationaltourist.com

and powdered sugar shakers and streetcars. SOO cute and just amazing they are made entirely of edible sugar treats.

Icing ornaments on gingerbread Christmas tree in cafe at New Orleans' Roosevelt hotel, New Orleans Christmas Decorations, www.theeducationaltourist.com

New Orleans Christmas Decorations – The Ritz Carlton

Now since word ritz has come to mean ‘something really fancy’ I just knew the Ritz Carlton hotel would have a great display. Walking out of the elevator and seeing this magical centerpiece in the lobby just took my breath away. Standing under the lights makes you think of fairy princesses and magical kingdoms.

Stunning Christmas light display in lobby of New Orleans' Ritz Carlton hotel,New Orleans' Ritz Carlton hotel, New Orleans Christmas decoration, www.theeducationaltourist.com

But, not far from that spot was the entrance to a little room.

Entrance to Christmas gingerbread room at New Orleans' Ritz Carlton hotel, New Orleans Christmas decoration, www.theeducationaltourist.com

I walked in and thought, “Wow! This smells really good!! Some of the gingerbread decorations on the wall must be real!”

Marzipan and gingerbread fireplace mantle in Christmas gingerbread room at New Orleans' Ritz Carlton hotel, New Orleans Christmas decoration, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Upon closer inspection I realized the entire room was made of gingerbread and sugar. The walls were painted in icing, the fireplace was made of gingerbread bricks and the paintings on the wall were…you guessed it! …painted in icing. The smell was enough reason to linger, but there was also a display case along one wall.

Marzipan toys and tea set in Christmas gingerbread room at New Orleans' Ritz Carlton hotel, New Orleans Christmas decoration, www.theeducationaltourist.com

In this display case was a walk down memory lane. Old toys (some are new again) like Raggedy Ann and the popcorn machine that kids love but drives parents crazy and the pull along telephone brought smiles to the faces of onlookers. Each and every one of the items in the display case is made of sugar, mostly marzipan.

Marzipan toys and tea set in Christmas gingerbread room at New Orleans' Ritz Carlton hotel, New Orleans Christmas decoration, www.theeducationaltourist.com

New Orleans Christmas Decorations – Sheridan Hotel

High above the front glass window in the Sheridan hotel is a large hanging decoration of Santa and, in true New Orlean’s style, his sled is pulled by alligators!!

Jackson Square gingerbread in New Orleans' Sheridan hotel lobby, New Orleans Christmas decorations, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Walk all the way to the check in counter in the back to find the gingerbread display. I lOVED this display of Jackson Square with the church, Presbytere and Calido museum.

Jackson Square in gingerbread in New Orleans hotel lobby, New Orleans Christmas decorations, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Kids will especially like the marshmallow man on horseback as the statue in the middle.

statue in Jackson Square in New Orleans out of gingerbread, New Orleans Christmas decorations, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Every detail is included. Check out the teeny street art for sale! What fun it must be to work on this project ever year!

street art in gingerbread scene of Jackson Square in Sheridan Hotel in New Orleans, New Orleans Christmas decorations, www.theeducationaltourist.com

The Sheridan hotel is proud to host some pieces of Blue Dog artwork by George Rodrigue.

George Rodrigue's blue dog steinway piano in Sheridan Hotel in New Orleans, New Orleans Christmas decorations, www.theeducationaltourist.com

I love the piano and Blue Dog Hog! If you love the blue dog, too, be sure to read the post on George Rodrigue.

George Rodrigue's blue dog hog, New Orleans Christmas decorations, www.theeducationaltourist.com

New Orleans Christmas Decorations – Harrah’s Hotel

The Educational Tourist and Gingerbread house in New Orleans' Hurrah's hotel lobby, New Orleans Christmas decorations, www.theeducationaltourist.com

After I spoke to a local lady, who told me in her wonderful accent to be sure to check out the Harris Hotel, I had trouble finding this hotel on google. She told me where it was so off I walked and found…Harrah’s hotel not Harris. LOL! I’m so glad I mushed on to the address she gave me instead of giving up because I found the biggest gingerbread house I’ve ever seen in the lobby!!

Gingerbread house in New Orleans' Hurrah's hotel lobby, New Orleans Christmas decorations, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Kids would love taking time to admire ingredients chosen….gummy candies for stained glass windows for example.

window detail of Gingerbread house in New Orleans' Hurrah's hotel lobby, New Orleans Christmas decorations, www.theeducationaltourist.com

What ideas can you use on your own gingerbread house at home? Are yours pretty? We usually eat most of the decorations and end up with a house that looks like is should be condemned. LOL! But, it is lots of fun.

roof detail of Gingerbread house in New Orleans' Hurrah's hotel lobby, New Orleans Christmas decorations, www.theeducationaltourist.com

New Orleans Christmas Decorations – Hotel Monteleone

Outdoor Christmas decor at New Orleans' Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans' Christmas decorations, www.theeducationaltourist.com

This hotel has classically beautiful decorations. I love the exquisite detail in the Hotel Monteleone lobby. HUGE Christmas trees really dazzle.

Decorated Christmas trees in lobby of New Orleans' Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans Christmas decorations, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Visiting during the day and seeing such lovely decorations might even make you forget that this hotel is haunted.…dare you spend the night?

New Orleans Christmas Decorations – Omni Royal

The collection of traditional Christmas trees glistened in every main area. The traditional, classic and lovely decor at the Omni Royal will inspire the Christmas spirit in anyone!

Traditional red and green Christmas tree display in lobby of New Orleans' Omni Royal hotel, New Orleans Christmas decorations, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Happy holidays,

Natalie, The Educational Tourist

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  1. January 24, 2017

    […] Christmas. I was so excited to see the decorations in town and was not disappointed. ┬áSee the glorious hotel lobbies with Christmas decorations of all […]

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