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NOLA ChristmasFest Brings Joy for All in the CBD

Get your holiday fix at NOLA ChristmasFest, December 21-31. Open on Christmas Day too!

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 11 days of fun from December 21 – 31 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!

Days and Times for NOLA ChristmasFest:

December 21 – December 31, 2017: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve:              11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Christmas Day:              2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Day:    11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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)

NOLA on Ice

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. Don’t forget to bring your own socks!

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

More Family Fun

Kids will love meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus along with other holiday characters at NOLA Christmas Fest. 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. Get your tickets here and head on down! Happy holidays, y’all!

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