Check out the Bonfires on the Levee this holiday in New Orleans

Check out the Bonfires on the Levee this holiday in New Orleans - Check out the Bonfires on the Levee this holiday in New Orleans

If you are visiting New Orleans over the Christmas holiday, or you're lucky enough to live here, be sure to check out Bonfires on the Levee this Christmas Eve. This Cajun tradition dates back to the original Cajun settlers who brought a number of their traditions with them to the New World. The bonfires are held throughout the greater New Orleans area and are a real treat!

Enjoy a Magical Christmas Eve
Cajuns built the bonfires to help Santa Claus (or Papa Noel, as he is known in the Cajun tradition) find his way. They have also been used in small towns to light the way to Midnight Mass. Today's bonfires utilize the traditional cone shape made out of logs, but there are other fires that feature a bit more creativity. Don't be surprised to find large wooden renditions of everything from snowmen to pick-up trucks! Fireworks are sometimes thrown into the fires to create a bold and colorful effect. It's an event that you don't want to miss!

A Host of Bonfires to Choose From
Bonfires are set up all along the levee in the areas North and West of the city. Organizers are expecting 100 or more fires in St. James Parish alone! There will also be bonfires in Gramercy, Lutcher, Paulina and their surrounding areas. Many of the bonfires have food trucks nearby and some of the bonfire organizers even provide fresh gumbo to spectators. Plan your spot now and get ready for a night you won't soon forget!

New Orleans is a town filled with traditions, and the Bonfires on the Levee is one of the most beautiful. Anyone who is in New Orleans on Christmas Eve owes it to themselves to come and see these special bonfires.

Contact French Quarter Phantoms to find out more about the Bonfires on the Levee along with more “Only in New Orleans” events and activities.