Christmas Eve Bonfire Adventure | Gray Line New Orleans

Christmas Eve Bonfire Adventure Tour

[Sadly, the lighting of the bonfires will not take place in 2020.  On December 9, in consideration of the current spread of the COVID19 virus and to protect the health of its citizens and visitors, St. James Parish cancelled this year’s longtime tradition.  Please visit this web site in the fall of 2021 as we believe next year’s Christmas Eve bonfire tours will be the best ever!]

[We recommend that you experience the Riverboat City of New Orleans Dinner Jazz Cruise this Christmas Eve!]

Celebrate a time-honored Louisiana tradition - the lighting of the bonfires on the banks of the Mississippi River!  The Bonfire Adventure Tour includes round-trip narrated motor coach transportation and a guided tour of the San Francisco Plantation, built in 1855 and reported to be the most opulent plantation house in North America. It is a galleried house of the Creole open suite style, nestled under centuries-old Live Oaks and contains one of the finest antique collections in the country.  This house inspired the novel “Steamboat Gothic” written by Frances Parkinson Keyes. A traditional Christmas dinner will be served on the property. 

Board our “sleigh of coaches” to view the bonfires that light the way for Papa Noel (our Cajun Santa Claus) to bayou country.  For many years this Cajun community has built mammoth wooden structures such as cabins, tepees, & riverboats along the Mississippi River levee.  Come see the "feux de joie" (fires of joy)! [Some walking is necessary.] 

Cost includes the guided motor coach tour, group escort, eggnog, a guided plantation tour, dinner, taxes, meal gratuities, and a surprise souvenir. 

Menu includes: Fried Turkey, Smoked Pork Loin, Corn Bread Dressing, Sweet Potato Soufflé, Haricots Verts (Green Beans), Giblet Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Yeast Roll, Homemade Bread Pudding, Soft Drink/Water/Tea/Coffee Station.  Vegetable Lasagna dishes are available but must be reserved one week in advance of event. A Full Cash Bar (liquor, wine & beer) will be available.  

NOTE: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as there is a walk to the bonfires of approximately 3 blocks (¼ mile) and a slight incline.



To be determined

Departure Time:

To Be Determined. Please check back on October 1

Departs From:

Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office (Toulouse St. @ the Mississippi River in the French Quarter)


Adult: TBD
Child: TBD (ages 6-12)
Group: TBD
  • Group rates apply to a minimum of 10 adults.
  • Prepaid reservations are required and we highly recommend that you book this tour by early December as it does fill up early. Subject to availability we will take reservation through the tour date. Please call 504-569-1401 or 800-233-2628 for further details.