NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The most exquisite hotel in the city, The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, will once again capture the true essence of the holidays with the long awaited, lighting of the Waldorf Wonderland in the hotel’s lobby on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The New Orleans Christmas tradition returns with Trombone Shorty chosen as The Roosevelt’s official lobby lighter this year. Trombone Shorty will kick off the holiday season with the flip of a switch, igniting the lobby in sparkling lights. As a New Orleans native and advocate for the community, he is the perfect host for the annual event which marks the launch of the holiday season for all of New Orleans and its visitors. Past lighters have included the family of the late Fats Domino, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and the cast of NCIS New Orleans.

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has shared his signature NOLA sound from arenas to the Grammy Awards to the White House, collaborating with artists ranging from The Neville Brothers to Usher to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. His heart remains in New Orleans, bringing up the next generation of musical talent through the Trombone Shorty Foundation, whose mission is to inspire the next generation of talented opportunity youth through music education, instruction, mentorship, and performance.

The public is invited to experience the lobby lighting, which will take place promptly at 5:15 p.m., followed by a champagne toast. The block long lobby display will be expanded this year and feature 20,000 additional lights and nearly double the bows and garlands bringing the impressive display to include new décor and classic favorites including Christmas trees, winter branches and 2,200 glass ornaments. This gorgeous display tells a spirited story, showcasing the best of New Orleans and the holidays through a classic theme designed to wow crowds each year.

A tradition since the 1930s, the scores of festively dressed Christmas trees serve as the perfect family photo-op. The Waldorf Wonderland is free and open to the public starting Tuesday, Dec. 3 through New Year’s Day. An estimated 250,000 people walk through the lobby each year to see the lights!

In addition to the lights, the hotel is celebrating the holiday season is a variety of other ways, including:

Thanksgiving Brunch – At a festive Thanksgiving brunch. Enjoy brunch in New Orleans’ most elegant ballroom on Nov. 28 from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Teddy Bear Tea – At its annual traditional Teddy Bear Tea, which continually tops the list of the best holiday traditions and decorations to experience in New Orleans and the U.S. This popular event delights and excites children of all ages! The family-loved event takes guests on a delightful holiday journey with visits from Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and other special guests. This enchanting holiday tea party presents delicious celebratory food, specialty teas and tasty pastries, as well as sparkling wine and mimosas for adults. Teddy Bear Tea runs Dec. 1 through Dec. 24.

Christmas Day Brunch – A Christmas Day brunch. Join the hotel for brunch, or a special Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Dinner and be surrounded in holiday spirit. Please call 504-335-3129 for brunch reservations and additional information.


To learn more about or experience the holidays at The Roosevelt, please visit, call +1-504-648-1200 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @theroosevelt_no. For more information about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @waldorfastoria.