Gayle Benson to light Roosevelt Hotel’s Waldorf Wonderland

The Roosevelt New Orleans brings back its beloved New Orleans holiday tradition to help mark the start of the season.

This year, the Roosevelt Hotel taps philanthropist and owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans Gayle Benson for the lighting of the Waldorf Wonderland in the hotel’s lobby on Nov. 30.

Photo credit: The Roosevelt New Orleans, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel

As Roosevelt’s 2021 honorary lobby lighter, Benson 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 Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Dr. Jennifer Avegno, Trombone Shorty, the family of the late Fats Domino, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and the cast of NCIS New Orleans.

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.

RELATED: See how The Roosevelt’s Waldorf Wonderland became an iconic holiday photo spot


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