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Gayle Benson To Light The Roosevelt Hotel’s Waldorf Wonderland To Officially Kickoff New Orleans’ Holiday Season


NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The award-winning Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, kicks off the most festive season with the lighting of the Waldorf Wonderland, a beloved New Orleans holiday tradition. Gayle Benson, the cherished businesswoman and owner of the NFL New Orleans Saints and NBA New Orleans Pelicans will serve as the 2021 honorary lobby lighter, flipping the switch on more than 112,000 twinkling lights, 1,600 feet of garland, and 4,000 glass ornaments adorning The Roosevelt’s block-long, grand lobby.

Every holiday season, the most exquisite hotel in the Big Easy, The Roosevelt New Orleans, transforms into the dazzling Waldorf Wonderland and opens its breathtaking lobby for everyone in New Orleans to partake in the beauty and spirit of the season. The Roosevelt invites individuals and families from near and far to celebrate and take part in the complete Waldorf Wonderland holiday experience by staying to relish in the exquisite decor and take part in all festivities.

To get the best and longest views, booking a stay is recommended. Guests of the hotel can enjoy delectable holiday brunches; the kid-friendly Teddy Bear Tea; one-of-a-kind experiences in the hotel’s world-class spa; specialty holiday cocktails in the Sazerac Bar; and of course, photo opportunities in the extraordinary, festively-lit lobby. Holiday rates start from $289+ per night and guests and locals alike can book a getaway or staycation by visiting The Roosevelt’s website or calling 1-800-HILTONS.



WHO:              Gayle Benson, New Orleans Saints and Pelicans Owner

Tod Chambers, General Manager of The Roosevelt New Orleans, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel


WHEN:            Tuesday, Nov. 30

5 p.m. Lobby Lighting Begins


WHERE:          The Roosevelt New Orleans’ Grand Lobby

130 Roosevelt Way Entrance




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