Making the most of New Orleans: Thanksgiving as an opportunity to explore

Ashley Chen | Layout Editor

So, you’re stuck at Tulane for Thanksgiving.

You know, there are far worse places to be during a major holiday. So take advantage of this staycation opportunity and enjoy everything New Orleans has to offer around turkey day — this city has no shortage of things to do during a normal week, but it’s especially entertaining over the holidays. So bundle up and break out into the city! The Hullabaloo has put together a list of ways to spend your time off in the city.

For your actual Thanksgiving dinner, there are lots of places that offer a nice selection of options. If you plan to eat out, try the Vacherie Restaurant and Bar for a prix fixe, or fixed price, Thanksgiving buffet with all of the fan favorites from 12-4 p.m. at $39. The restaurant is about 20 minutes from campus by car. From 10 a.m – 9:30 p.m., Broussard’s is also offering dinner for $40 with an added bonus of vegetarian options.

If you plan to stay in New Orleans, consider stopping by La Boulangerie on Magazine Street before the big day – it’s closed on Thanksgiving – for some freshly baked breads and tasty treats. If you order 48 hours in advance of pick-up, you can get a scrumptious pie from an assortment of flavors for $30. For another dessert option, head over to Creole Creamery, which is open from 5-10 p.m. on Thanksgiving for a fantastic array of festive flavorings — Mexican Hot Chocolate is always the move. For groups of 6-8 people splitting the cost, Willa Jean has pricey but delicious catering options that you can pick up the day of to ensure maximum freshness for your Friendsgiving. Whole Foods also offers a variety of holiday meals for groups of 4-14 people that you can also order ahead of time.

After you eat, consider going into the French Quarter to explore the amazing Christmas light displays. Most coffee shops will likely be open for a least a little while on Thanksgiving day, but some highlight joints to grab a snack at before evening festivities are Cafe Envie for cocoa with some added fun and Café Du Monde for a 24-hour beignet fix.

The fun doesn’t have to end on Thursday, though. Several stores in the French Quarter and on Magazine Street will have major sales on Black Friday, and if in-person shopping isn’t your thing, you can always cozy up with your laptop and start research for Cyber Monday.

For a break from shopping, head down to Jackson Square to get into the Christmas spirit with music, decorations and plenty of photo ops. If you’re looking for a little more excitement, the Bayou Classic Parade from the French Market to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 24.

And lastly, call your parents, text your siblings, DM great-uncles and FaceTime your pets! Thanksgiving is a time to air your appreciation of family and friends.

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