The Yuletide season is celebrated every December and January at the Hermann-Grima and Gallier Houses. Surrounded by period-inspired decorations, guides explain the unique 19th-century holiday traditions of New Orleans and trace the origins of modern-day Christmas celebrations.

Traditionally, the winter holiday season in New Orleans was a two-week celebration, beginning on Christmas Eve with religious services and continuing through January 8th with the commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans. Celebrations were also held on New Year’s Day, with neighborly visits, family gatherings, and large parties, as well as on January 6th, the Epiphany, also known as Twelfth Night or Kings Day, the official start to the Carnival season leading up to Mardi Gras.