Tri NOLA: 300 Things We Love About New Orleans

Countless ways the Crescent City charms in light of its 300th birthday

276. Mister Bingle—a snowman marionette with ornament eyes, holly wings and a waffle-cone hat—a Crescent City holiday icon for more than 70 years

277. Making a joyful noise during the candle-lit Caroling in Jackson Square

278. Finding Southern Candymakers’ devine divinity in our Christmas stockings 

279. Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow during the Krewe of Jingle Parade

280. Chef Susan Spicer’s sinful sautéed sweetbreads at Bayona

Bayona New Orleans

281. Saintly Saint and NFL record-smasher Drew Brees

282. Chilling out on the skating rink in 80-degree weather during NOLA ChristmasFest 

283. Gleaning decorating inspiration on the Preservation Resource Center’s holiday home tours

284. The Pope Francis-blessed statue of St. John Paul II, commemorating his 1987 visit to the city, in front of St. Louis Cathedral 

285. Celebration in the Oaks’ dazzling “Dripping Snow Tree” 

Celebration in the Oaks New Orleans City Park

286. Avo’s annual Feast of the Seven Fishes

287. The Amazing Acro-Cats annual holiday show at the AllWays Lounge. 

288. Snuggling together under fleece throws on mule-drawn, French Quarter carriage rides

289. Hand-blown ornaments from the New Orleans School of Glassworks

290. Soused St. Nicks and inebriated elves wreaking holiday havoc during the Running of the Santas

Running of the Santas New Orleans

291. Multicourse Reveillon menus at area restaurants, a delicious Christmastime tradition dating to the mid-1800s

292. Blazing bonfires along the Mississippi riverfront, helping light the way for Papa Nöel 

293. Loading up the sleigh along retail-packed Magazine Street

294. Swinging back to holidays of yore with the Victory Belles at the Stage Door Canteen 

295. Historic Gallier House decked in “holiday dress” 

Gallier House New Orleans

296. Decadent Krispy Kreme bread pudding from Boucherie

297. Having an aha moment at the Idea Factory

298. Downing bugnog and fruit fly cake during the Jingle Bugs festivities at the Audubon Insectarium

299. The New Year’s Eve fleur-de-lis drop from atop Jax Brewery

300. The “Peace, Y’all” light display at 900 Royal Street

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Douglas Brantley
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