Caroling in Jackson Square brings holiday cheer to the French Quarter on Dec. 22

One of New Orleans’ beloved holiday events, the annual Caroling in Jackson Square, will bring holiday cheer to the French Quarter at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22.

Thousands are expected to attend the free sing-a-long event for a festive hour of holiday merriment, with carols led by Mayor LaToya Cantrell, District C Councilwoman Kristen Palmer, Archbishop Gregory Aymond, St. Louis Cathedral Rector Philip Landry and Dean David Allard duPlantier of Christ Church Cathedral.

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Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. Volunteers will hand out complimentary song books and candles to participants in the non-denominational community celebration.

Mark Romig, president and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation will serve as this year’s master of ceremonies along with local favorites Harry Mayronne, Chris Wecklein and Amy Alvarez leading carols. New to the song list will be Christmas in New Orleans, first released by Louis Armstrong in 1955.

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Since being created in 1946 by members of Patio Planters of the Vieux Carre, Caroling in Jackson Square has been a longtime holiday tradition. The volunteer organization is dedicated to the preservation and beautification of the French Quarter.

Prior to the annual caroling, Patio Planters offers a Holiday Home Tour featuring six French Quarter residences with different architectural styles and home furnishings, festively decorated for the season. The self-guided walking tour is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets to the tour are $20 each if ordered online and $25 the day of the event. Children 12 and under are free. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase the day of at Creole Delicacies, 533 St. Ann Street at Jackson Square and French Quarter Gem & Lapidary, 527 St. Philip Street near Decatur. To purchase tickets online, click here.

The event often sells out so advance buying your tickets in advance is highly suggested.

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This is a perfect holiday combo so don’t miss the opportunity to see some beautifully decorated homes in the French Quarter followed by a night of Christmas Caroling in Jackson Square.