French Quarter Visitor Center
Louisiana Christmas - Saturday, December 21, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the French Quarter Visitor Center. Enjoy demonstrations of praline making and pirogue paddle carving and displays of model wooden boats and handmade toys. Get into the spirit of the season with German Christmas music by the Bayou Bavarians 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and gospel music by the Shades of Praise Gospel Choir 2:00-3:30 p.m. Free.
Visitor center closure and walk cancellation - On Friday, January 10, and Saturday, January 11, the French Quarter Visitor Center will be closed and there will be no riverfront history walk. All staff will be working at the Battle of New Orleans anniversary event---come join us!
Shortly after the French founded New Orleans in 1718, engineers drew up a formal city plan for Nouvelle Orleans---the area that we now call the French Quarter. The city quickly expanded beyond those original boundaries to become an important American port. People arrived from all over the world, joining the early inhabitants of the area to create a distinct culture rich in food, music, and tradition.
Jean Lafitte's French Quarter Visitor Center shares the history and traditions of the city and the lower Mississippi River delta through visitor center exhibits and a film. Kids can earn a badge with the Junior Ranger program. The center's bookstore has CDs, videos, collectibles, and books from history to cookbooks to children's stories. Admission is free. Click here for directions and for program listings for specific days.
419 Decatur Street, New Orleans
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Did You Know?
January 8 used to be a national holiday. That's because January 8, 1815, was the date of the Battle of New Orleans.