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Harrah's Gets Into The Holiday Spirit
Fun Events Set for Fulton Place, Casino

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As the 2010 Holiday Season gets into full swing, Harrah's New Orleans gets into full swing with it as a month's worth of fun, exciting and FREE(!) events open their doors and hearts to the public.

Harrah's Casino Theater, the site of many memorable concerts and special events this fall, will be dark throughout the month of December. But, just outside, it will be bright as day when "Miracle on Fulton Street" illuminates the popular pedestrian plaza adjacent to Harrah's Hotel between Lafayette and Poydras streets. The four-year-old holiday attraction in the heart of downtown New Orleans came alive again after a special lighting ceremony in late November that will continue through January 2, 2011.

Miracle on Fulton Street, which began in 2007 as an effort to restore the city's holiday spirit after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, offers something for all ages. That effort, which was greeted by rave reviews its first year, has now become a tradition that is eagerly anticipated every year around this time. Live entertainment for the grownups, visits from Santa for the kids and beautiful, imaginative lights and holiday music for everyone of good cheer: that's what's on tap for an event that just keeps getting better and better.

This free and open-to-the-public event is open daily at 12 noon throughout December.

"Faux Snow" and More . . .

Miracle on Fulton Street features a dazzling holiday boardwalk, complete with Macy's Tremendous Tree, which towers 30 feet in the sky. The world-famous chain department store is also sponsoring "Macy's Believe Mailbox," where children can drop off their letters to Santa, and Santa's Toy Box. Guests are encouraged to donate new or unused gifts valued at $15 and up into the Toy Box to benefit the Friends of the Fisherman Foundation. In exchange for the donation, patrons will get a complimentary photo with Santa.

'Faux snow' is yet another highlight of the attraction. Periodic snowfalls, while extremely rare in New Orleans, are nonetheless "forecast" (guaranteed, actually!) for Fulton Street this holiday season every hour on the hour beginning at noon daily. Just stroll through the illuminated tunnel and let the snowflakes fall on you.

The entrance to the tunnel is located at Fulton and Poydras streets. It consists of a series of custom-built, faux wrought-iron arches, accentuated by 12-foot Christmas trees and 3-foot fleur de lis ornaments. The arches create a dramatic canopy, illuminated by thousands of LED lights. A computerized system enables lighting technicians to create varied color themes against the backdrop of arches, ornaments and trees. It is a miracle of modern technology that has to be seen to be believed!

On the weekends, holiday-themed food and beverages, including hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts, will be available from street vendors and retailers on Fulton Street. Guests can also enjoy face painters; balloon and caricature artists; and a visit from live reindeer, Sweet Thing and Bubba.

Commemorative photos with Santa will be available in front of Macy's Tremendous Tree, Fridays and Saturdays from 6-10 p.m. and Sundays from 2-7 p.m. This year, Harrah's Hotel will also shine bright in jewel-colored lights with Christmas trees throughout the lobby and a gingerbread Superdome, in honor of the World Champion New Orleans Saints.

Visitors can also take advantage of the goods and services offered by the businesses that front on the Fulton Street Plaza. These include Aidan Gill (a styling salon for men), Ernst Café, Gordon Biersch (micro-brewery and restaurant), Grand Isle Restaurant and Ruth's Chris Steak House.

Live Entertainment

Live entertainment will take place on the Fulton Stage in Fulton Square on Fridays and Saturdays from 8-10 p.m. (unless otherwise noted below) and on Sundays from 4-6 p.m. Performers will include top local bands and special performances on Christmas week. Choral groups from New Orleans and surrounding areas are slated to perform every Sunday (except December 5) on the Fulton Stage from 2-4 p.m. Here is the schedule:

  • Friday, December 3: The Topcats
  • Saturday, December 4: BRW
  • Sunday, December 5: Amanda Shaw (2-4 p.m.) and Cullen Landry & Midnight Streetcar (4-6 p.m.)
  • Friday, December 10: The Wiseguys
  • Saturday, December 11: Vince Vance & The Valiants
  • Sunday, December 12: The Yat Pack
  • Friday, December 17: Benny Grunch & The Bunch
  • Saturday, December 18: Classic Addict (5-7 p.m.) and Rockin' Dopsie & The Zydeco Twisters (7-10 p.m.)
  • Sunday, December 19: Sharon Martin
  • Monday, December 20: Judy Spellman (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, December 21: Dave Lemon & The Flow (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, December 22: Angela Bell (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday, December 23: Real Love (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
  • Saturday, December 26: Philip Manuel
  • Saturday, January 1: Bag O' Donuts (4-7 p.m.)
  • Sunday, January 2: Vieux Carre Band

Live Jazz Happy Hour at Masquerade

The holiday fun continues inside Harrah's Casino as well throughout December with live jazz every Thursday night in one of New Orleans' musical hot spots, Masquerade. From 6-9 p.m. every Thursday this month (except for the 23rd), Masquerade's Live Jazz Happy Hour will entertain you with some of the city's top jazz artists.

Here is how December shapes up:

  • December 2: Michael Ward (jazz violinist)
  • December 9: Naydja Cojoe
  • December 16: Real Love
  • December 23: (no live entertainment)
  • December 30: Tonia Powell & The Left Field Band

Guests can extend their holiday cheer at Harrah's Hotel with 25% off existing rates. Offer valid on a minimum of a two-night stay during Miracle on Fulton Street. To take advantage of this offer, guests must book online at www.harrahsneworleans.com and enter promotional code MIRACLE. The special is available November 24-January 2, based on availability. Rates exclude taxes, gratuities and incidental charges.

Harrah's New Orleans is operated by a subsidiary of Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., the world's largest provider of branded casino entertainment. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada nearly 70 years ago, Harrah's has grown through development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions. Harrah's Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its customers through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership.

 
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