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NOLA ChristmasFest Brings Joy for All in the CBD

Get your holiday fix at NOLA ChristmasFest Dec. 16-30. And remember, it’s open on Christmas Day!

The indoor ice rink at NOLA ChristmasFest. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Though Christmas events are spread throughout the city, the Central Business District is arguably your most festive destination this season. Most notably, NOLA ChristmasFest at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is offering 13 days of fun to celebrate the season. You’ll find ongoing Christmas-themed events like a Kringle Carousel and carnival rides, giant inflatables, an indoor skating rink, children’s crafts, a life-size maze, an ice slide, and much, much more. More than one million holiday lights will keep the whole scene twinkling, and you can even go on Christmas Day!

Fir trees at NOLA ChristmasFest. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Go Green

One of the hallmarks of this holiday festival is its real, live Christmas trees. Branches of firs and pines hang heavy with elaborate decorations and lights — it’s definitely inspiration for your own tree at home. But what’s different than your typical tree is the size: these giant Tanenbaums range from 10 to 15 feet.

The indoor ice rink at NOLA ChristmasFest. (Photo: Paul Broussard)


ChristmasFest is home to the city’s only indoor skating rink… and it’s a big one. Clocking in at 52 feet by 140 feet, this indoor rink comes alive with holiday magic: think wintry snowflake decor and plenty of Christmas lights. You can BYO skates, but don’t worry, they have them available to rent as well for sizes Youth 9 through Adult 14.

Mrs. Claus greets children at NOLA ChristmasFest. (Photo via NOLA ChristmasFest website)

Even More Family Fun

Kids will love meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus along with other holiday characters at this event. If you dare, join in on a friendly snowball fight and weave your way through a wintry maze. Snap pics of the New Orleans-themed gingerbread house exhibit (not unlike some of our real architecture in the Garden District), or bounce your way through giant inflatables. The Clauses, crafts, cookies: all the Christmas essentials are right here at NOLA ChristmasFest. Book your tickets!

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