Caroling in Jackson Square – what you need to know

We’re caroling in Jackson Square tonight (Dec. 21) with a thousand or so of our closest friends.  It’s a free, magical event in New Orleans. Open to everyone. And again, 100 percent free.

The event starts at 7. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

French Quarter Festivals Inc. hosts Caroling in Jackson Square. (photo via FQF Inc.)

French Quarter Festivals Inc. hosts Caroling in Jackson Square. (photo via FQF Inc.)

Song sheets and lights are provided. Arrive early because this is a popular event and you want to get inside the gates. Christmas attire is encouraged. Think sweaters, Santa hats, bells, etc.

You stand while you carol so wear comfortable shoes. Don’t bring chairs unless you physically need one.

If it is raining, the event will be moved inside the cathedral. Seats/pews are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Plenty of places to park:

  • street parking (if you are lucky)
  • Harrah’s parking lot
  • Shops at Canal Place parking lot
  • Hilton’s whale lot
  • Public transit also is a good option.

Plus, 504ward is having its Christmas party at 4:30 p.m. 504ward is a helpful networking group for people 23 to 35. Details about the party from 504ward:

The party will be on Sunday, December 21st from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The last Saints home game of the regular season is at noon (against the Falcons, in a game that very well might decide the division) so as soon as the Saints win, come on over to Galatoire’s 33. For the next two hours we’ll toast the Saints, win or lose, celebrate the holidays, and then at 6:30 we’ll all walk over to Jackson Square.

It’s a great way to beat the mad rush for parking, plus Galatoire’s 33 is offering drink specials on brandy milk punch, “Santa’s” old fashioneds, pumpkin spiced martinis and spiced rum toddies. Come, wear some festive garb, enjoy some drinks, and then let’s go hear some beautiful caroling. Sign up here to reserve your spot.

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