For nearly 300 years, families here have enjoyed the Reveillon with special meals, gifts and gatherings throughout the season. Celebrate our cultural heritage in Jefferson Parish with Old Metairie’s new/old season of celebration. Savor & Save – with “Reveillon Special” menus and sales at businesses across Metairie! Save some Jingle!
Reveillon On The Ridge has already been chosen a Travel Treasure for Holiday Season 2018 by the American Automobile Association. An article highlighting the season/festival, and Old Metairie, is in the current issue of AAA Traveller Magazine which has a circulation of 933,000 households in addition to newsstands.
Old Metairie Garden Club, through the assistance of Jefferson Parish and Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken, will light up Bayou Metairie Park on December 18th when dusk falls on the Old Metairie Farmer's Market. One of the stately ancient cypress trees will be decorated in full Christmas Tree splendor: a massive twinkling star on top, giant ball and sparkling fleurs de lis ornaments. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser will be present to proclaim the tree the "Honorary Christmas Tree Of Louisiana" at the pivotal festival on December 23rd from 6-10pm.
All season long, Bayou Metairie Park (on Metairie Road at Labarre) will be ablaze in lights nightly! A wooden replica of the historic, original Blue Line Streetcar will invite folks to peek through the windows and take nostalgic pictures.
Reveillon On The Ridge is a modern festival with very old roots. The "reveillon" is a French creole celebration which goes back to the 1700s in New Orleans. Throughout the Christmas season, families would go to church services and then enjoy a late supper (or reveillon) either at the homes of friends and family or, later, at public houses (restaurants). Metairie Ridge, which spans the length of Metairie Road, was – and is - high ground where plantations like the de LaBarre Plantation once stood. It is safe to assume that these plantations were the sites of many reveillon celebrations in the early days of our area's history.
All through the Reveillon On The Ridge season, restaurants across Metairie will feature festive "reveillon menus" like the ancestors served back in days of old. Retail shops will join the fun, with "reveillon sales" to encourage gift shopping that supports small, local businesses! New Reveillon Business Partners are joining in daily. A partial list includes Aucoin-Hart Jewelers, Canola Grill, Cutee Patootee Gifts, Taj Mahal Restaurant, Rock-n-Sake, PuroClean and Nonie's Pet Care. A full list of Reveillon Partner Specials is constantly updated and available on the Old Metairie Garden Club website. Special menus and savings will be available until January 6th.
And all one has to do is simply ask, "What's your Reveillon special?" to enjoy!
Join the revelry at these Reveillon Festive Fetes:
Dec. 23rd Reveillon Ring-A-Long Holiday Festival, Sunday, 6-10pm
Dec. 31st Noon Years Eve, Bubble Drop Party for Kids, Monday, 11:30am
Events at Bayou Metairie Park, Metairie Road at Labarre. Park lighted nightly Dec 18th-Jan 6th.