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

A breathtaking collection of holiday decorations awaits.

The Waldorf Wonderland at The Roosevelt New Orleans attracts Christmas crowds to soak in the beautiful annual holiday lobby display.

Photo courtesy: Paul Broussard via The Roosevelt Hotel

The long awaited, New Orleans holiday tradition returns each November to celebrate the launch of the Christmas season. Each year, the Roosevelt’s official lobby lighter flips the switch to light the Waldorf Wonderland.

However, the decorative lobby didn’t always look as it does today. Director of catering Earl Lizana reveals that the look has transformed over the years.

“Decades ago it started to what we refer to the angel hair lobby,” Lizana said.

In the video above, Lizana tells us about the evolution of this holiday tradition over the years.

The Roosevelt Hotel Lobby Holiday Decor circa 50s or 60s. Photo courtesy: The Roosevelt New Orleans

The Roosevelt New Orleans’ beloved block-long lobby is transformed into a canopy of more than 112,000 lights, 1,610 feet of garland, 300 bows and 4,000 glass ornaments decorating 78 birch and 46 Christmas trees. This 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.

Guests can also stop by to see Chef Deborah Heyd’s gingerbread house in Teddy’s Café.

Guests are welcomed to revel in the display through New Year’s Day.

The Roosevelt New Orleans is a gem along Canal Street year round, but it always brings in huge Christmas crowds thanks to its holiday display that is a long, ongoing tradition.

For more information, visit The Roosevelt New Orleans’ website.


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