Downtown Development District flips the switch on Canal Street lights this evening

Canal Street comes alive with more than a million twinkling lights beginning tonight

Jim Hanzo
November 20, 2018 - 7:11 am

More than one million twinkling lights will light up historic Canal Street when the switch is flipped.  

President and CEO of the Downtown Development District, Kurt Weigle says it's a great family event and he invites everyone to come out to the Astor Crowne Plaza at Canal and Bourbon.  

"We'll have the mayor there to flip the switch with a lot of other guests, a choir with the Voices of Peter Claver will be there with us, and guests who bring an unwrapped, new toy for underprivileged children can join Santa Clause and decorate holiday cookies," said Weigle.    

But Weigle says that's only the beginning of the festivities during the holiday season.   

"November 30, December 7, and December 14 we'll be showing a movie each night on the river at Spanish Plaza," Weigle said.  "The Star, The Santa Clause, and Elf and we bring back Elf every year because everyone loves it so much.  

And December 1, the Krewe of Jingle parade rolls through the streets of New Orleans.  

For information on the lighting of Canal Street and other activities, click here.  

Schedule of events:

Canal Street Home for the Holidays!

The Holidays are right around the corner and the DDD would like to remind you to save the dates for this year’s Canal Street Home for the Holidays presented by the DDD and the Roosevelt Hotel.

  • Canal Street Lighting Ceremony

Presented by the DDD & the Astor Crowne Plaza
Tuesday, November 20 | Astor Crowne Plaza 739 Canal St.

The Downtown Development District & our sponsor, the Astor Crowne Plaza, would like to invite everyone to come out Tuesday, November 20 as we “flip the switch” at 5:30pm, turning on more than 1 million twinkling lights on historic Canal Street and throughout Downtown NOLA. The Voices of Peter Claver and a special visit from Santa Claus will accentuate this year’s event!


  • Krewe of Jingle Parade

Saturday, December 1

Presented by the DDD & The Roosevelt New Orleans, catch Downtown NOLA’s Christmas Parade Saturday, December 1! The parade starts rolling at 1:00pm.


  • Movies on the Mississippi

Presented by the DDD and The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk – Spanish Plaza
Please find this year’s movie lineup below! All movies begin at 6:30pm.

Friday, November 30 – The Star
Friday, December 7 – The Santa Claus
Friday, December 14 – Elf

The Downtown Development District and the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk are proud to present special outdoor movie showings Fridays, November 30, December 7, and December 14 at 6:30pm.


  • Canal Place Reindeer Run & Romp and Holiday Scavenger Hunt Presented by the DDD & Entergy

Saturday, December 8 | Begins and Ends at Canal Place

The DDD and Entergy are proud to present the annual Canal Place holiday fun run for kids on Canal Street Saturday, December 8! Rudolph, Santa and friends will jingle their bells to signal the start of the race. After the race, participants “Romp” around … and enjoyed healthy activities for kids and parents, music, games, crafts and more. Registration begins at 8:00am and the race begins at 9:00!

We hope to see you this year!

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