NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Now in its 14th year, the landmark hotel Royal Sonesta New Orleans will officially usher in the French Quarter holiday season at its highly anticipated Lighting of the Balconies ceremony.

A celebration of the hotel’s holiday theme “Royal Snownesta,” this year’s event is once again hosted by WGNO ABC 26’s Kenny Lopez and will take place within the hotel’s lush interior courtyard.

With a ceremonial flip of the switch, two young patients from Children’s Hospital will magically illuminate thousands of twinkling lights that adorn the hotel’s classically designed wrought iron balconies.

The tradition is regarded as one of the most memorable and beloved local celebrations of the season. The signature event will be infused with plenty of surprises, along with great musical entertainment from The Nayo Jones Experience, designed to make the holiday season bright for the hotel’s guests and patrons.

Royal Sonesta New Orleans’ Lighting of the Balconies has truly evolved into one of the most popular local celebrations of the season!