Holiday Magic at the Roosevelt Hotel

Christmas at the Roosevelt

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Holidays are special at the Roosevelt Hotel Baronne Street. Dating back to the 1930s, crews have decked the block long lobby with boughs of Christmas decorations.

It takes the staff just four days to create a hallway of magic.  Over 60,000 twinkling lights fill the room from the floor to the ceiling. Red and gold ornaments hang from dozens of trees. Guests should look out for the special ornament this year which is the crystal fleur de lis.

Throughout the holiday season, local school choirs sing Christmas carols for guests stopping to see the attraction. Parent Angelle Guidry says, "People expect it to be decorated. Looks like you're walking outside in a winter wonderland."

The atmosphere is sure to put you in the holiday spirit as soon as you step in.

"If you think you're having a bad day, just go down the lobby and immediately you'll realize that that's not the case", said Earl Lizana, Director of Catering at the Roosevelt.

While taking that stroll you'll come across the gingerbread house which is shaped like the Roosevelt Hotel.

"Every year everyone says this is their favorite and this year everyone really says this is their favorite", said Pastry Chef Deborah Heyd.

The gingerbread "hotel" includes Santa and his reindeer on the rooftop. Heyd couldn't help but to add some New Orleans flavor to it with a Who Dat Snowman on the side.

All the work put into the holiday display brings smiles tot he thousands of people who see it.

"Families for generations have been doing this, and every year without fail we see clients and friends of the hotel make this an absolute stop", Lizana said.

The lobby will remain lit 24/7 until the new year.

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