Mayor Cantrell, Dr. Avegno Light Roosevelt Hotel’s Waldorf Wonderland, Kickstarting Holiday Season in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel’s Waldorf Wonderland, a beloved New Orleans Christmas tradition, returns with a safe and socially distant lobby lighting with a nod to the City’s leadership through the COVID-19 pandemic. As a thank you for their dedication to the citizens of New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Dr. Jennifer Avegno served as the 2020 lobby lighters for the Roosevelt’s famous lobby décor this year, kicking off the holiday season with the flip of a switch, igniting the lobby in twinkling lights.

Every holiday season, the most exquisite hotel in the Big Easy, The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, pulls out all the stops to transform into a spectacular holiday Waldorf Wonderland for all to enjoy, and this year is no exception, with festivities and attractions centered around a safe and physically distant approach.

“This year, perhaps more than ever, we feel it is our duty to keep our traditions alive that have created holiday memories in the past and will continue to bring that spirit of joy that will last a lifetime,” said Tod Chambers, general manager, The Roosevelt New Orleans. “Like all families, we have reimagined our signature traditions and programming for those to enjoy in a safe and physically distanced manner. We invite individuals and families from near and far to celebrate and enjoy a complete holiday experience by staying with us, relishing in our exquisite decor and partaking in our many festivities.”


Here’s what the Roosevelt New Orleans’ Waldorf Wonderland will feature this year:

  • 135,572 twinkling lights
  • 3,328 feet of Winter White Branches filled with lighting
  • 2,200 ornaments
  • 44 fully decorated Christmas tress
  • 698 hand tied bows
  • 345 red fresh Poinsettias
  • 390 yards of gold gilded fabric for tree skirts
  • 312 pounds of flocking


Once the hotel lobby is lit it will be open to the public, and those wanting to see the lobby lights will be required to wear a mask at all times. Additionally, lobby gazers are asked to not linger or congregate in large groups. Lobby ambassadors will be on hand to ensure social distancing is enforced.



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