Irma Thomas to light Roosevelt Hotel’s Waldorf Wonderland

NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) - Legendary singer Irma Thomas, known as the “Soul Queen of New Orleans,” will lead the lighting of the Waldorf Wonderland at the Roosevelt New Orleans on Nov. 29.

Each year, the Roosevelt Hotel’s beloved New Orleans holiday tradition helps to mark the start of the season.

As Roosevelt’s 2022 honorary lobby lighter, Thomas will flip the switch on more than 112,000 twinkling lights, 1,600 feet of garland and 4,000 glass ornaments adorning The Roosevelt’s block-long, grand lobby. The lobby lighting begins at 5 p.m.

The long-awaited, New Orleans holiday tradition returns each November to celebrate the launch of the holiday season. Following the lobby lighting, the Roosevelt New Orleans opens its breathtaking lobby for visitors to partake in the beauty and spirit of the season.

Past lighters have included Gayle Benson, Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Dr. Jennifer Avegno, Trombone Shorty and the family of the late Fats Domino.

A tradition since the 1930s, the scores of festively dressed Christmas trees serve as the perfect family photo-op. The gorgeous display tells a spirited story, showcasing the best of New Orleans and the holidays through a classic theme designed to wow crowds each year.

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