The holidays in New Orleans is a special time. The old world charm mixed with the modern world is something that is uniquely Nawlins. Here is a list of some things to do in New Orleans during Thanksgiving 2019.
There is so much to do in New Orleans during the holidays it is almost hard to put it all down. New Orleans has something to offer everyone. We have tried to put things together for different likes and desires. There may be some overlap but hopefully you can find what something that suits your fancy. Let us know of anything that you stumble across and we can add it to our list for 2020!
Thanksgiving for the Sports Fan
This is a big weekend for those who enjoy sports. New Orleans has several big sporting events. Here is our list:
1. Opening Day at the Fairgrounds –
The Fairgrounds will open it’s 2019 – 2020 Thoroughbred racing season. While they will be open the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 23rd, the big day is Thanksgiving Day. This is a great event for the entire family. If you plan to sit in the clubhouse, call ahead because reservations are advised. The racetrack opened for the first time in 1852 as the Union Race Course. It closed briefly in 1857 but reopened in 1859, as the Creole Race Course but was sacked by Union troops during the Civil War.
2. New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons –
This game is being played in Atlanta but a great way to watch the game is to find a local bar and hang out with the WHO DAT fans. The New Orleans Saints are in the hunt for the playoffs and a chance to get back to the BIG GAME! Here are a couple of our favorite spots to watch the game.
Turtle Bay has seating both inside and patio. They have won awards for their pizza, their hamburgers are great but their ribeye special is hard to beat. Don’t let the pub look fool you, you won’t find a better steak at that price, 20 oz Ribeye with a side for $16.95 24 hours a day.
3. 46th Bayou Classic –
Thanksgiving for the Early Christmas Fan
In New Orleans, Christmas starts early. There are some great activities for families to enjoy starting Thanksgiving week. Here is are some of the highlights.
1. City Park Celebration In The Oaks –
2019 marks the 33rd anniversary of this New Orleans tradition. There are over 1 million lights making this one of the most spectacular displays in the US. There will be over 165,000 visitors coming to City Park to view this spectacle. The displays are scattered throughout the 25 acres of the Park. The link below takes you to the City Park website for more information.
2. Downtown Business Development Lighting of Canal Street –
Tuesday November 26th the Downtown Business Development Corp sponsors the lighting of Canal Street. This is certainly a sight to see.
3. Taking A Carriage Ride In The French Quarter
Seeing the French Quarter after dark from a mule drawn carriage is awesome during this time of year. Many homes and businesses have their Christmas lights and decorations up and the Quarter is beautiful. Our friend, Kaliecia with Mid City, are just one of many great choices.
4. Drive Down St Charles And Look At The Lights –
The view along St Charles Ave is awesome. There are multiple mansions with beautiful displays.
5. Visit the Audubon Nature Institute Locations –
The Zoo, Aquarium and Insectarium all have some great family activities.
Thanksgiving for the Food Fan
There are some great opportunities to try some amazing food during Thanksgiving week. Here are some different choices that we believe you will enjoy.
713 Saint Louis Street
Established in 1840, Antonie’s is the oldest family run restaurant in the country. Known for creating Oysters Rockefeller, for the Hermes Bar and their amazing lunch special, Antoine’s is favorite of locals and celebrities alike. Countless celebrities have dined in Antoine’s dining rooms. Lining the walls are photographs of the rich and famous who have feasted amid the splendor … musicians, politicians, military personnel, sports figures, royalty … the list is endless. It includes George Bush, Bill Clinton, Franklin Roosevelt, Pope John Paul II, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, Kate Hudson, Jimmy Buffet, Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Hope, and Bing Crosby to name just a few!
813 Rue Bienville, New Orleans, LA 70112
New Orleans has a history of colorful characters and the founder of Arnaud’s Restaurant, Arnaud Cazenave, is an example of one of those characters. A colorful, French wine salesman he started one of the best know restaurants in New Orleans. Arnaud’s is one New Orleans venue that offers classic French Creole dining on Thanksgiving Day in a historic setting. Enjoy traditional Thanksgiving fare with a distinctly New Orleans twist, like fresh Gulf shrimp in Creole remoulade sauce and turkey with oyster dressing served in Arnaud’s beautiful 19th-century dining room.
While this list isn’t exhaustive, it will get you started. Let us know about your experience and who knows we might add you to next year’s list!