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3 Reasons to Visit New Orleans This Winter

by Eugenia Lazaris

Jan 10, 2023

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New Orleans is one of those incredible destinations every family traveler should experience in their lifetime but, if you’re trying to figure out the best time to go, this winter offers three great reasons to make that trip as soon as possible.


Mardi Gras Season

In New Orleans, the fun is nonstop, and the city truly has something for everyone. As of Jan. 6, Mardi Gras season is officially underway. While the festival may culminate with Fat Tuesday on Feb. 2, there is plenty of fun to be had along the way as the city prepares for the big day. Sample a king cake; enjoy a local community celebration; shop for beads and colorful masks; or take in an early season parade like the Krewe of Nefertiti parade, which makes its way through the streets Jan. 29.


Tet Fest

New Orleans is home to a large Vietnamese population, so what better way to celebrate this fascinating culture than by celebrating the Vietnamese New Year? Jan. 21–27, visitors to New Orleans can participate in cultural festivities not only honoring Vietnamese culture and heritage but also celebrating the Lunar New Year. Held at Mary Queen of Vietnam Church, northeast of the French Quarter in the Gentilly neighborhood, this weeklong schedule of events includes live traditional music and dance performances. You can also purchase authentic Vietnamese foods and participate in fun games and activities, ensuring the whole family will not only have fun but also get to know a little bit about Vietnamese culture.


Perfect Weather

Thanks to its southern location close to the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans enjoys great weather year-round. That said, in the winter, this benefit is particularly welcome to those looking for a break from cold-weather climates. The winter temperatures are mild, unlike the heat of summer, making it perfect to enjoy some of the great outdoor activities in the area. Walking tours of the city’s beautiful neighborhoods and fascinating cemeteries, river cruises along the Mississippi River and airboat tours exploring the hidden beauty of the swamps are just some of the ways to discover the history and culture of New Orleans while enjoying the beautiful weather.


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