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15 things to do in New Orleans on Black Friday that don't cost a penny

From Self-guided tours to light displays, New Orleans has tons of free things to do

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Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping season of the year. While some people may find fun in long lines, camping out, and door-busting deals, other may not. However, in New Orleans, there are several things you can do without spending a penny.

Here are 15 places that will jumpstart your spending-free Black Friday.

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1. Christmas Lights on Canal Street

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Canal St & Elk Pl
New Orleans, LA 70112

Starting November 22, the New Orleans Downtown Development District and the Convention Center are partnering together to display Christmas lights between Canal street and Elk place, and the Convention Center. Lights start after dark, and will be on display until shorty after Christmas.

2. New Orleans City Park

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1 Palm Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124

City Park will be open Black Friday, which will be a perfect time for a walk, bike ride or picnic at the park. Celebrations in the Oaks will also take place during Black Friday, and its free for Friends of City Park members.

3. The French Market's Christmas Tree

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768 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

The French Market held it's 32nd annual tree lighting ceremony, kicking off the events of New Orleans Christmas Style on November 17. If you missed the ceremony, the Christmas Tree display is available for viewing all day at Washington Artillery Park, located just off the Moonwalk.

4. Happier Hour Wine Tasting at Spirit Wine

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3500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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5. Newcomb Art Museum

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Newcomb Pl
New Orleans, LA 70118

Featuring work by nine women artists from the island continent, this exhibition offers a glimpse into the diverse contemporary art practice of Aboriginal Australia. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, free and open to the public.

6. The Historic New Orleans Collection

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533 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

The Historic New Orleans is featuring "Goods of Every Description: Shopping in New Orleans, 1825 - 1925" between 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m on Friday. This can also serve as a great history lesson on how shopping needs changed from over a century ago.

7. Holiday Pet Portraits Holiday Pet Portraits with Santa Paws

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1845 Westbank Expy
Harvey, LA 70058

Superior Honda is offering free pet portraits, featuring the owner, their dog and Santa Paws! The portrait sessions help raise awareness for abandoned and homeless animals during the holidays.

8. Garden District - Self-guided tour

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On Black Friday you can admire homes in some of New Orleans' oldest neighborhoods. The Garden District has several historic New Orleans homes to admire. If you're less into informal tours, check out http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/ for an internet-guided tour.

9. The French Quarter - Self-guided Historic Tour

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Like the Garden District, The French Quarter is an architectural playground waiting to be observed. Admire the city, and go down some local favorites, including Royal and St. Peters Street.

10. St. Louis Cathedral

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615 Pere Antoine Aly
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-9585
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The St. Louis Cathedral will be open from 8:30 am to 4 p.m. If you stop in by 12:05, you'll be just in tome to experience Daily Mass at the cathedral.

11. Woldenberg Riverfront Park

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1 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Enjoy the Mississippi river from the Woldenburg green space. It's a great place to make a make shift picnic, or to sit back and watch the Steamboat Natchez float across the river.

12. Street performers at Jackson Square

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745 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA 70116

Jackson Square is always a hot spot in New Orleans anytime of the year. At the square, you can browse through local artist work, watch street performers and listen to local musical artist.

13. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

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501 Basin St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 525-3377

While Halloween is over, it doesn't mean cemeteries are out of styles, especially New Orleans cemeteries. Check out the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and admire the cit's above ground design. It's one of a kind.

14. Frenchmen Street

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Frenchmen St.
New Orleans, LA 70112

If you're up for an adventure, Frenchmen Street always has something to offer. Walk around to enjoy some of the city's local architecture, and, if you're lucky, you'll run into some festive locals.

15. Treme

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Spend Black Friday exploring the Treme area, looking at its historic architecture including several of its historic homes and the St. Augustine Catholic Church. After sight seeing, you're free to relax at the Louis Armstrong Park.

1. Christmas Lights on Canal Street

Canal St & Elk Pl, New Orleans, LA 70112

Starting November 22, the New Orleans Downtown Development District and the Convention Center are partnering together to display Christmas lights between Canal street and Elk place, and the Convention Center. Lights start after dark, and will be on display until shorty after Christmas.

Canal St & Elk Pl
New Orleans, LA 70112

2. New Orleans City Park

1 Palm Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124

City Park will be open Black Friday, which will be a perfect time for a walk, bike ride or picnic at the park. Celebrations in the Oaks will also take place during Black Friday, and its free for Friends of City Park members.

1 Palm Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124

3. The French Market's Christmas Tree

768 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

The French Market held it's 32nd annual tree lighting ceremony, kicking off the events of New Orleans Christmas Style on November 17. If you missed the ceremony, the Christmas Tree display is available for viewing all day at Washington Artillery Park, located just off the Moonwalk.

768 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

4. Happier Hour Wine Tasting at Spirit Wine

3500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

A photo posted by Spirit Wine (@spiritwinenola) on

3500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

5. Newcomb Art Museum

Newcomb Pl, New Orleans, LA 70118

Featuring work by nine women artists from the island continent, this exhibition offers a glimpse into the diverse contemporary art practice of Aboriginal Australia. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, free and open to the public.

Newcomb Pl
New Orleans, LA 70118

6. The Historic New Orleans Collection

533 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Historic New Orleans is featuring "Goods of Every Description: Shopping in New Orleans, 1825 - 1925" between 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m on Friday. This can also serve as a great history lesson on how shopping needs changed from over a century ago.

533 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Holiday Pet Portraits Holiday Pet Portraits with Santa Paws

1845 Westbank Expy, Harvey, LA 70058

Superior Honda is offering free pet portraits, featuring the owner, their dog and Santa Paws! The portrait sessions help raise awareness for abandoned and homeless animals during the holidays.

1845 Westbank Expy
Harvey, LA 70058

8. Garden District - Self-guided tour

New Orleans, LA 70130

On Black Friday you can admire homes in some of New Orleans' oldest neighborhoods. The Garden District has several historic New Orleans homes to admire. If you're less into informal tours, check out http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/ for an internet-guided tour.

9. The French Quarter - Self-guided Historic Tour

New Orleans, LA 70112

Like the Garden District, The French Quarter is an architectural playground waiting to be observed. Admire the city, and go down some local favorites, including Royal and St. Peters Street.

10. St. Louis Cathedral

615 Pere Antoine Aly, New Orleans, LA 70116

The St. Louis Cathedral will be open from 8:30 am to 4 p.m. If you stop in by 12:05, you'll be just in tome to experience Daily Mass at the cathedral.

615 Pere Antoine Aly
New Orleans, LA 70116

11. Woldenberg Riverfront Park

1 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Enjoy the Mississippi river from the Woldenburg green space. It's a great place to make a make shift picnic, or to sit back and watch the Steamboat Natchez float across the river.

1 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Street performers at Jackson Square

745 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116

Jackson Square is always a hot spot in New Orleans anytime of the year. At the square, you can browse through local artist work, watch street performers and listen to local musical artist.

745 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA 70116

13. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

501 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70112

While Halloween is over, it doesn't mean cemeteries are out of styles, especially New Orleans cemeteries. Check out the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and admire the cit's above ground design. It's one of a kind.

501 Basin St
New Orleans, LA 70112

14. Frenchmen Street

Frenchmen St., New Orleans, LA 70112

If you're up for an adventure, Frenchmen Street always has something to offer. Walk around to enjoy some of the city's local architecture, and, if you're lucky, you'll run into some festive locals.

Frenchmen St.
New Orleans, LA 70112

15. Treme

New Orleans, LA 70116

Spend Black Friday exploring the Treme area, looking at its historic architecture including several of its historic homes and the St. Augustine Catholic Church. After sight seeing, you're free to relax at the Louis Armstrong Park.