Houmas House Plantation



December  2016

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens


Long Live Mr. Bingle!
To New Orleans outsiders, this puppet is merely a cute decoration hanging in the stairwell of the Houmas House Mansion. But to locals across Louisiana and as far as Memphis, Tennessee, Mr. Bingle is a Christmas Icon bringing fond memories to the Baby Boomers and Gen X generations.
In the late 1940's Mr. Bingle was created as a mascot for the department store Maison Blanche, many now know as Dillard's.  Every Christmas, Mr. Bingle and Santa Clause would tower over Canal Street at the entrance to the well-known store.  Over time, the figure grew and merchandise, commercials, and TV shows featuring Mr. Bingle were created and became common characters in every household. 
After almost 40 years in New Orleans, the large Mr. Bingle that stood on Canal Street  fell into disrepair and had to be stored away.  Over time, the iconic figure has become a fond memory to New Orleanians, bringing them back to their childhood.
Today, Houmas House is excited to announce the return of Mr. Bingle!  After decades, the original Mr. Bingle puppet is being displayed in the mansion 
Mr. Bingle and Santa Clause, 1952.

 stairwell during the Christmas season. We are so grateful to the owner for allowing us to share this New Orleans tradition with the world.
We hope you will make a special trip to Houmas House to see Mr. Bingle and make him part of your Christmas tradition. 
To learn more about Mr. Bingle, Click Here.

Dreaming of a White Christmas
As dreamt by Princess Maggie

The elves have rushed and scurried all season,
Just to give you yet another reason,
To visit the Sugar Palace in all its Christmas glory,
Only to return home with an amazing story.
The story of the Sugar Baron who turned sugar into gold,
(Not in the literal sense, but that's how the story is told.)
The lady of the house sashays through the halls,
Her finest of dresses she'll wear for the balls.
And let's not forget the antiques awaiting,
Each with a story that's so captivating,
Your senses will thank you, all five of them,
For the adventure to this historical gem.
Dining and touring are sure to make you weary,
But don't fret because our cottages are clearly,
The most luxurious on the river we'll guarantee that,
You will hurry like the elves and to Houmas will be back!
Christmas Brass at Houmas House
The Baton Rouge Symphony is returning for the annual Christmas brass concert.  Weather permitting, the historic mansion and mossy oaks will serve as the backdrop for this magical event. Tickets are still available through the Baton Rouge Symphony.
Baton Rouge Symphony
December 11, 2016
4:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Christmas at Houmas House

Each year Houmas House celebrates the Christmas season by decorating the mansion, restaurants and gardens with garland, trees, and thousands of lights.  This year is no exception!  From Thanksgiving until January 10th, visitors can enjoy the lighted rain shower arbors, garland-trimmed staircase, and multiple trees throughout the mansion.

Houmas House will be closed for tours and  dining on December 25th and January 1st to observe the Holidays. 

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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 Open  Daily      

Sunday-Saturday: 9 am-7 pm

Cafe Burnside: 11 am-2 pm daily

Latil's Landing: Wed-Sat 6 pm-9 pm

Sunday Brunch: 11 am-3 pm

The Carriage House Restaurant:

    Breakfast- 8 am-10 am

    Dinner- 5 pm- 9 pm


 Directions to Houmas House Here


Houmas House Plantation | 40136 Hwy 942 (River Road) | Darrow, LA | 70725


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