"Miracle on Fulton Street" Returns
Free Holiday Event Opens November 23
"Miracle on Fulton Street," a holiday attraction in the heart of downtown New Orleans, will bring the magic and spirit of the holiday season alive for locals and visitors of all ages with a special lighting ceremony on Tuesday, November 23 at the Fulton Street pedestrian mall.
The lighting ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will begin around 5:30 p.m. From that evening through January 2, 2011, the lighting display and related programming will be open at 12:00 noon each day. The Fulton Street Mall is located between Poydras and Lafayette streets directly in front of the Harrah's Hotel.
The holiday lighting display tradition on Fulton Street was begun by Harrah's in 2007 in an effort to help New Orleans recover some of the visible festive spirit that was lost in the years immediately following Hurricane Katrina. The event was such a great success that Harrah's decided to continue staging it as an annual happening. Past events have featured popular local bands and choral groups, plus a wide variety of special holiday-related events and colorful and imaginative lighting displays.
"Miracle on Fulton Street" is sure to enchant guests with a dazzling holiday boardwalk, complete with Macy's Tremendous Tree, which towers 30-feet in the sky; Macy's Believe mailbox, where children can drop off their letters to Santa; and Santa's Toy Box. Guests are encouraged to donate new or unused gifts valued at $15 to benefit the Friends of the Fisherman Foundation. In exchange for the donation, patrons will get a complimentary photo with Santa.
"Faux snow" will be another highlight of the attraction. Periodic snowfalls, while extremely rare in New Orleans, are nonetheless "forecast" for Fulton Street this holiday season every hour on the hour beginning at noon daily.
On the weekends, holiday-themed food and beverages, including hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts, will be available from street vendors and retailers on Fulton Street. Guests can also enjoy face painters; balloon and caricature artists; and a visit from live reindeer, Sweet Thing and Bubba. Live entertainment will take place on Fulton Square on Fridays and Saturdays from 8-10 p.m. and on Sundays from 2-6 p.m. Performers will include top local bands and special performances. Choral groups are scheduled to perform every Sunday.
Beginning Nov. 26, commemorative photos with Santa will be available in front of Macy's Tremendous Tree, Fridays and Saturdays from 6-10 p.m. and Sundays from 2-7 p.m.
This has been a reprint from NewOrleansonline.com