NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Patio Planters of the Vieux Carre is pleased to present the beloved Caroling in Jackson Square tradition to visitors and locals alike on Sunday, Dec. 18, from 7-8 p.m. The free community sing-along gathers thousands of people for a festive hour of holiday merriment, with carols led by local dignitaries and clergy. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with Patio Planters volunteers stationed there to distribute complimentary song books and candles to participants in the non-denominational community celebration.
Mark Romig, senior vice-president and chief marketing officer for New Orleans and Company, will return as master of ceremonies, along with local favorites Harry Mayronne, Chris Wecklein and Amy Alvarez leading carols.
Patio Planters President Joey DiFatta cites 2022 Caroling in Jackson Square as a momentous occasion. “Our nonprofit organization has sponsored the event as our gift to the community since 1946, relying on fundraisers like our Holiday Home Tour to generate revenue needed to cover multiple expenses involved in producing the event,” said DiFatta. “There’s nothing more rewarding than looking out across Jackson Square and seeing the joy and camaraderie that this event brings to visitors and locals alike. Caroling in Jackson Square truly represents the spirit of the season,” added DiFatta.
Caroling in Jackson Square will be live streamed on www.nola.com and www.patioplanters.net where songbooks may be downloaded. The event will also be available for viewing after Dec. 18 on WLAE via Cox Ch. 1014, Spectrum Ch. 711, Satellite Ch. 32, AT&T U-Verse Ch. 1032, and Over the Air Ch. 32.1. This year’s event will receive marketing support from Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism.
Prior to the annual Caroling in Jackson Square, Patio Planters offers a French Quarter Holiday Home Tour featuring five private residences with varying architectural styles and home furnishings, festively decorated for the season. The self-guided walking tour takes place from 12 noon until 4 pm, allowing plenty of time to enjoy Reveillon dining or Holiday cocktails prior to Caroling.
Tickets to the tour, which supports the annual Caroling in Jackson Square, are $30 each if preordered online at www.patioplanters.net and $35 the day of the event. Children 12 and under are free. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase from 12noon-3:00 pm the day of under the alcove of the Louisiana State Museum Cabildo. This annual event often sells out in advance. Advance online ticket purchases are your best (and only) way to guarantee a ticket.