During the most wonderful time of the year, Royal Sonesta New Orleans is absolutely one of the most wonderful places to be! From their lobby decorations to their Teddy Bear Tea to visiting choirs, to R’Eveillon dinner and Christmas brunch, Royal Sonesta New Orleans knows how to celebrate Christmas in the French Quarter.


Tradition is important in New Orleans, and the Lighting of the Balconies is the annual kickoff to the Christmas season at the hotel. An event that brings together the best of New Orleans, including incredible food, music, decorations, and community, the Lighting  of the Balconies also supports one of the hotel’s favorite local organizations, Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.

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The hotel’s event spaces and courtyard sparkled with holiday decor, while guests feasted on every culinary treat imaginable, including a raw bar, grilled oysters, charcuterie, fresh pasta and carved meats, and of course, beignets and hot chocolate.


Sounds of the season were provided by Quiana Lynell, who stopped guests in their tracks with beautiful singing and stunning and festive holiday attire, perfect for the occasion.


Local artist Logan Ledford  unveiled the piece of art she created specifically for Royal Sonesta New Orleans and their raffle benefiting Children’s Hospital New Orleans. Information on the raffle can be found on the Teddy Bear Tea page.

Santa's arrival

The highlight of the evening and reason for everyone’s attendance was the actual lighting of the balconies and trees of the hotel’s courtyard by children visiting from Children’s Hospital. A surprise arrival by Santa and Mrs. Claus led up to the big moment, when the children flipped the switch that illuminated the night.

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The holiday season in New Orleans has officially begun!


Learn more about holiday festivities at Royal Sonesta New Orleans here.