Everyone knows about New Orleans for Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. NOLA, always known for its phenomenal food, also has several food events, like Tales of the Cocktail, the nation’s premiere cocktail event, and the Oak Street Po'Boy Festival – just to name a few.

But one thing you might not know about New Orleans is that if there's something to celebrate, then, by God, celebrate they shall, and Christmastime in New Orleans is no exception.

It's a spectacular time to visit, and not just because temperatures are still in the 60s and 70s, though that doesn't hurt. Here are five reasons to head down to the Bayou right now and have yourself a merry little Mardimas. You might even stay for New Year's Eve.