Holiday Festivities Happen HERE | 2016

From the hotel's major holiday kickoff event planned for Wednesday, November 30th through a New Year's Eve musical farewell to 2016 on December 31st, lasting holiday memories begin and end at the Royal Sonesta, one of the Crescent City’s most cherished hotels.

11th Annual Lighting of the Balconies
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

With a ceremonial “flip of the switch,” two young patients from Children’s Hospital will experience the thrill of illuminating the hotel’s elaborate wrought-iron balconies with thousands of twinkling lights. The ceremony takes place street-side outside the hotel's main entrance at 300 Bourbon Street complete with a full lineup of musical performances. With special appearances from some of your favorite holiday characters including the Royal Teddy Bear and Santa Claus, this special season opener is a must-do experience for the entire family. Remember to mark your calendars and plan to join in the fun of this heartwarming annual celebration that is free and open to the public!

Holiday Choirs

Each weekday at 12 Noon during the month of December, elementary and high school choirs from across the metro area spread holiday cheer with musical performances in the hotel’s main lobby. Plan to drop by throughout the holiday season to enjoy the hotel’s elaborate holiday decor. VIEW THE CALENDAR

Royal Teddy Bear Tea

Make lasting memories at the Royal Teddy Bear Tea! Set in the hotel's newly renovated Grand Ballroom, teas are offered at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on December 11th, 17th & 18th and at 11 a.m. on December 10th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd. Step into a ‘Winter Wonderland‘ where holiday characters come to life right before your eyes. LEARN MORE & RESERVE your seats! 

Because the Royal Sonesta embraces a ‘Culture of Caring,’ the hotel has commissioned a local artist to create the Official 2016 Royal Teddy Bear Ornament. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from ornament sales benefit Children’s Hospital New Orleans. ORDER HERE

Papa Noel Package

Enjoy all that the French Quarter has to offer this holiday season with our special Papa Noel Package beginning at $149 per night plus the Sonesta Savings Pack with over $500 in discounts to popular area attractions. Click here to book your accommodations using promo code PAPA, based on availability. Royal Sonesta New Orleans provides the perfect opportunity to shop, dine and celebrate in one of America's most exciting travel destinations.

R’eveillon Dinner

Award-winning executive chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto of Restaurant R'evolution offer a traditional 18th Century Creole R’evellion dinner menu on the Eve of Christmas and the New Year. The restaurant will also offer a seasonal prix fixe R’eveillon dinner during the entire month of December as part of the Christmas New Orleans Style citywide holiday initiative. Reservations are limited, so please reserve early by calling 504-553-2277. LEARN MORE

Christmas Day Champagne Brunch

Royal Sonesta's new executive chef Jeff Mattia and his talented culinary team are planning an extravagant Christmas Day Brunch with all the trimmings in the hotel's newly renovated Grand Ballroom. Enjoy the holiday with family and friends in the heart of the historic French Quarter. Click here to Reserve Your Seat

New Years Eve Extravaganza

The Royal Sonesta New Orleans is proud to bring jazz back to Bourbon Street in The Jazz Playhouse, located on the hotel's lobby level.  Ring in the New Year with a memorable evening of dancing, live jazz entertainment by Gerald French & The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, and hand crafted libations in the heart of the French Quarter. VIP and General Admission available. Click here to Reserve Your Seat

Private Events

Book your holiday event in our all new Grand Ballroom, Fleur de Lis Suite with courtyard access, Acadia Suite or in our unique Bourbon Balcony Hospitality Suites. Contact the Sales Office at or 504-553-2205 for more information.