From Thursday, December 21, to Sunday, December 31, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the 4th Annual NOLA ChristmasFest. Located in Hall I of the Convention Center, the indoor Christmas-themed festival features a multitude of holiday attractions and events for everyone in the family to enjoy. For 11 days, visitors can ice skate on a full-sized skating rink, glide down winding ice slides, and take a spin on one of the festival’s many carnival rides. And there’s more where that came from!

Rent some skates and take to the rink at ChristmasFest! (Photo via

NOLA ChristmasFest also features a designated snowball fighting area for some friendly holiday competition. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the beautiful gingerbread house and Christmas tree displays throughout the festival’s grounds. If you’re up for a challenge, try your hand at their exciting life-sized maze, or let the kid’s bounce out their holiday energy on one of ChristmasFest’s inflatables.

You won’t see gingerbread houses like this anywhere else! Just don’t try and eat them! (Photo via

Throughout the duration of the festival, attendees can also enjoy special performances from the JMSD Dazzling Diamond Dance Team, the Cosmic Kittens, the Hollywood Highsteppers. Tulane sports fans will get a chance to meet their favorite men’s and women’s basketball players, as well. For an additional cost, your young ones can take photos with Santa, but make sure to go before he leaves on Christmas Eve! He’s got some deliveries to make that night. See their full events schedule here.

Carousel, Tilt a Whirl, and Zero Gravity rides await. Are you tall enough to ride? (Photo via

If you’re looking for a fun and wholesome way to enjoy Christmastime in New Orleans before or after the big day, NOLA ChristmasFest is your best bet. It’s just a short taxi or shared ride away from the Hotel Monteleone’s front steps. Tickets are $20 and they include unlimited access to the carnival rides, ice skating rink, and inflatables. Santa photos, food and beverages, and face painting is an additional cost. Parking is available in the adjacent Convention Center lot for $15 per vehicle.

Feeling like a kid again is easy at NOLA ChristmasFest. (Photo via


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