10 Years of Cheer! NOLA ChristmasFest returns to the Convention Center

October 10, 2023

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this annual New Orleans holiday tradition. Tickets on sale now!


NEW ORLEANS – Tickets are now on sale for the highly-anticipated NOLA ChristmasFest, hosted by The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the fun-filled holiday extravaganza presented by Coca-Cola, offering visitors 10 days of cheer from Dec. 21 to Dec. 30, 2023.

“For 10 years, families, friends and neighbors have gathered at the Convention Center to share in the holiday season together and create cherished memories,” said Michael J. Sawaya, Convention Center President and CEO. “As we reflect on the past 10 years, we look forward to hosting this holiday tradition each year, and welcome everyone to celebrate the spirit of the season with us.”

Packed with holiday magic, locals and visitors can enjoy a variety of activities featuring a newly designed ice rink, a gingerbread village, visits with Santa and friends, giant ice slides and festive entertainment for all to enjoy. Fan favorite thrill rides like Jolly Jingler and Big Blast Blizzard are returning this year, along with almost 300,000 square feet of carnival rides suitable for all ages. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, NOLA ChristmasFest will announce new, exclusive surprises and memorable experiences to mark a decade of spreading holiday cheer.

The popular Skating with Santa experience returns on Friday, Dec. 22, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Get tickets today to enjoy doughnuts and other delights, coffee and hot cocoa and skate with Santa – all before the doors open for entry to the first regular session of the day. To join Santa and his friends on the rink, a separate ticket purchase is required.

For a full schedule of events, please visit nolachristmasfest.com/special-events/.

NOLA Christmas Fest Schedule &  

  • 21: 11:00 am – 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • 22: 11:00 am – 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • 23: 11:00 am – 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • 24: Christmas Eve, 11:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Dec 25: Christmas Day, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • 26: 11:00 am – 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • 27: 11:00 am – 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • 28: 11:00 am – 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • 29: 11:00 am – 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • 30: 11:00 am – 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Guests may purchase $25 tickets for weekdays and $30 tickets for Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are valid for a single admission on the specific day and session selected. Each session is 4.5 hours in length, except on Christmas Day. Save the date, mark your calendars, invite a friend and grab tickets for NOLA ChristmasFest 2023 and Skating with Santa online at nolachristmasfest.com/plan-your-visit.

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A parent or guardian is required for admission of guests under 18. NOLA ChristmasFest 2023 is a credit card-only event, including ticket purchases and onsite concessions.


About the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOENMCC)

New Orleans is Built to Host! With 1.1 million square feet of prime exhibit space on one level, all under one roof, NOENMCC is the sixth largest Convention Center in the United States and provides the largest single exhibit space in the country. NOENMCC is a 2023 IAVM Venue Excellence recipient and is consistently named a regional top workplace by The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate. Our recent LEED Gold certification makes NOENMCC the largest LEED-certified project in Louisiana and the largest convention center project in the U.S. certified under LEED v4.1 Operations and Maintenance, as well as the first convention center in the world to be awarded initial certification under LEED Gold v4.1 O+M. A leading contributor to the city’s robust tourism economy, NOENMCC event activity has produced $90.1 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening.