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Tickets On Sale for NOLA ChristmasFest at The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

In-person event will once again transform 300,000 sq. ft. of convention space into New Orleans’ favorite indoor winter wonderland

New Orleans, LA. – Tickets are now on sale for the highly-anticipated NOLA ChristmasFest, hosted and produced by The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOENMCC). This one-of-a-kind indoor holiday extravaganza is presented by Coca-Cola and will feature spectacular festive events and holly jolly activities for the whole family. The event will run from December 17- 22 and December 25-30, 2021. Sponsors for this year’s event include Capital One, Raising Cane’s, Urgent Care for Children, and First Bank & Trust.

“We are delighted to offer this special holiday celebration to the New Orleans community and visitors once again,” said Michael J. Sawaya, Convention Center President. “As this is our eighth year with this exciting holiday attraction, we look forward to bringing holiday cheer and a bit of normalcy to kids and parents alike.

Tickets will be available for advance or for onsite purchase during box office hours. To keep guests safe and encourage social distancing due to COVID-19, the festivities will be divided into 4.5 hour time slots with limited capacity. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early to receive desired time slots as some popular times will sell out. Ticket prices are $20 during weekday admissions and $25 for Saturday and Sunday admission (plus taxes and service charge). For more information on ticketing, click here.

This year, NOLA ChristmasFest will return to in-person festivities with its ‘re-imagined’ ice zone, The Big Freezy, which will include New Orleans’ only real ice-skating rink, an expanded magical slope slide area with three lanes, plus a brand-new ice bocce court. The ever-popular Skating with Santa special event will be back in action for the second time. All ages are welcome to join the New Orleans North Pole experience and participate in the re-imagined magical holiday activities.

Whether you are a thrill-seeker looking to take flight on the Big Blast Blizzard ride or an arts-enthusiast awaiting the magical performances on the Holiday Stage, there is something for everyone in the NOLA ChristmasFest winter wonderland. In between trips aboard the Kringle Carousel and strolls along the Winter Woodland Way, take a seat at the Chalet Café for holiday treats, or at the Tinsel Terrace Tavern, for a parent-approved winter nightcap, and enjoy the sights and sounds of holiday merriment. If you are still looking for last minute Christmas gifts, explore the Yuletide Market for unique crafts and trinkets perfect for anyone’s stocking.

“The holidays really are the most wonderful time of the year for us at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, especially this year as we are finally able to gather back in person to enjoy our planned festivities,” said Sawaya. “We look forward to welcoming locals and tourists back to celebrate the holiday season together once again.”

Safety for guests and employees is a top priority at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The status of the 2021 NOLA ChristmasFest is subject to change in response to local guidelines and restrictions for the COVID-19 pandemic. The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center continues to comply with state and local mandates related to COVID-19.  Currently, the mandates in place include:

  • Attendees ages 12 and over, will be required to show proof of vaccine and/or a negative PCR or antigen test within 72 hours in order to gain entry with their ticket.
  • Attendees ages 11 and under do not have any additional requirement on their entry.
  • Masks are not required, but strongly encouraged. (Subject to change based on City/State guidelines.

Information about on-site safety protocols and/or any admission requirements will be updated as it becomes available. For the latest updates, click here.

NOLA ChristmasFest is also a great place for groups and corporate events. Special advance group pricing is available for parties of 15 or more, for $15 per person (plus taxes and service charge).

Parking will be available across from NOLA ChristmasFest’s Hall H entrance. Visitors are also encouraged to take advantage of very affordable Papa Noel hotel rates to enhance their holiday stays.

For more information, visit: https://nolachristmasfest.com/ or visit the Fest on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

 


Family of four enjoying a carousel ride during NOLA ChristmasFest


Santa Claus and an elf enjoying the snowfall on the NOLA ChristmasFest ice rink


A family skates on New Orleans’ only real-ice skating rink during NOLA ChristmasFest


A bird’s-eye view of the ice slide and ice skating rink at NOLA ChrismasFest

 

About the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

With 1.1 million square feet of prime exhibit space, in an entirely contiguous hall, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center provides the largest single exhibit space in the country, features an award-winning staff, first class amenities and is the sixth largest convention center in the nation. A leading contributor to the city’s robust tourism economy, the Convention Center’s event activity has produced $90.1 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $5.7 billion in new tax revenue for state and local governments.

 

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NOLA ChristmasFest Returns as In-Person Holiday Experience at The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Event will once more transform 300,000 sq. ft. of convention space into New Orleans’ favorite indoor winter wonderland

New Orleans, LA. – New Orleans kicks off this year’s holiday season with the return of the highly anticipated NOLA ChristmasFest. The one-of-a-kind indoor holiday extravaganza is presented by Coca-Cola and will feature spectacular festive events and holly jolly activities for the whole family. The event, produced by The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOENMCC), will run from December 17- 22 and December 25-30, 2021.

“We are delighted to offer this special holiday celebration to the New Orleans community and visitors once again,” said Michael J. Sawaya, Convention Center President. “As this is our eighth year with this exciting holiday attraction, we look forward to bringing holiday cheer and a bit of normalcy to kids and parents alike.

This year, NOLA ChristmasFest will return to in-person festivities with its ‘re-imagined’ ice zone, The Big Freezy, which will include New Orleans’ only real ice-skating rink, an expanded magical slope slide area with three lanes, plus a brand-new ice bocce court. The ever-popular Skating with Santa special event will be back in action for the second time. All ages are welcome to join the New Orleans North Pole experience and participate in the re-imagined magical holiday activities.

Whether you are a thrill-seeker looking to take flight on the Big Blast Blizzard ride or an arts-enthusiast awaiting the magical performances on the Holiday Stage, there is something for everyone in the NOLA ChristmasFest winter wonderland. In between trips aboard the Kringle Carousel and strolls along the Winter Woodland Way, take a seat at the Chalet Café for holiday treats, or at the Tinsel Terrace Tavern, for a parent-approved winter nightcap, and enjoy the sights and sounds of holiday merriment. If you are still looking for last minute Christmas gifts, explore the Yuletide Market for unique crafts and trinkets perfect for anyone’s stocking.

“The holidays really are the most wonderful time of the year for us at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, especially this year as we are finally able to gather back in person to enjoy our planned festivities,” said Sawaya. “We look forward to welcoming locals and tourists back to celebrate the holiday season together once again.”

Tickets for NOLA ChristmasFest will be available in late November for purchase online. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Convention Center box office, located in front of Lobby I, starting on Friday, December 17. General admission tickets will be $20 on weekdays and $25 on Saturday and Sunday and will include access to all rides and activities within the festival.

Safety for guests and employees is a top priority at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. To allow for increased social distancing, we will be holding two sessions per day with capped attendance. The status of the 2021 NOLA ChristmasFest is subject to change in response to local guidelines and restrictions for the COVID-19 pandemic. The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center continues to comply with state and local mandates related to COVID-19. Information about on-site safety protocols and/or any admission requirements will be updated as it becomes available. For the latest updates, click here.

NOLA ChristmasFest is also a great place for groups and corporate events. Special advance group pricing is available for parties of 15 or more, for $15 per person.

Parking will be available across from NOLA ChristmasFest’s Hall H entrance. Visitors are also encouraged to take advantage of very affordable Papa Noel hotel rates to enhance their holiday stays.

For more information, visit: https://nolachristmasfest.com/ or visit the Fest on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

 


Family of four enjoying a carousel ride during NOLA ChristmasFest


Santa Claus and an elf enjoying the snowfall on the NOLA ChristmasFest ice rink


A family skates on New Orleans’ only real-ice skating rink during NOLA ChristmasFest


A bird’s-eye view of the ice slide and ice skating rink at NOLA ChrismasFest

 

About the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

With 1.1 million square feet of prime exhibit space, in an entirely contiguous hall, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center provides the largest single exhibit space in the country, features an award-winning staff, first class amenities and is the sixth largest convention center in the nation. A leading contributor to the city’s robust tourism economy, the Convention Center’s event activity has produced $90.1 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $5.7 billion in new tax revenue for state and local governments.

 

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New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Announces Return of NOLA ChristmasFest with Christmas in July Volunteer Event

Convention Center partners with Second Harvest Food Bank to deliver meals to the Boys and Girls Club of Gretna at Christmas in July holiday volunteer event.

 

New Orleans, LA. – The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOENMCC) hosted a Christmas in July volunteer event through Second Harvest Food Bank to support the Boys and Girls Club of Gretna, complete with lunches delivered by Santa. The event announced the return of NOLA ChristmasFest for 12 days this December, with appearances from volunteer NOLA ChristmasFest elves and Santa.

Ten NOENMCC volunteers, festively dressed as elves, gathered at Second Harvest Food Bank this morning to participate in the Christmas in July volunteer event. The volunteer elves plated and packaged 1,300 hot meals that were then delivered to the Boys and Girls Club of Gretna, where Santa was waiting to help distribute the meals to the children participating in the summer camp.

During the summer months, Second Harvest Food Bank provides breakfast and lunch to the campers to ensure they receive two beneficial meals a day. NOENMCC has a history of partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank to supply packaged food and meals to combat food insecurity in the Greater New Orleans area.

The volunteer event kicked off preparations for NOLA ChristmasFest, which is a one-of-a-kind indoor holiday festival, and will feature spectacular family-friendly events and activities. This year, the NOLA ChristmasFest will celebrate its in-person resumption with its ‘re-imagined’ ice zone, The Big Freezy, which will include an enhanced ice rink, an expanded slide area with three lanes, plus a brand-new ice bocce court.  The ever-popular Skating with Santa special event will be back in action for the second time.  All ages are welcome to join the New Orleans North Pole Experience and participate in the re-imagined magical holiday activities.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to kick-off the return of our NOLA ChristmasFest by celebrating with a community-focused Christmas in July event at Second Harvest Food Bank,” said Michael J. Sawaya, Convention Center President. “Community engagement is fundamental to the mission of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, and I am overjoyed to be here with the team of NOLA ChristmasFest elves from our Convention Center.”

Tickets for NOLA ChristmasFest will be available late summer 2021. For more information, visit: https://nolachristmasfest.com/

 

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Staff Members Celebrate After Packaging More Than 1,300 Meals at Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteer Event

(Left To Right) Kelly Johnson, CMP, CGMP, National Sales Manager; Kari Ferguson, Special Events & Partnerships Coordinator; Cassie Jones, Senior Event Manager; Jimmie Green, Business Center Manager; Katie Calabrese, Director of Special Events and Partnerships; Linda Baynham, Director of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility; Gerald Bridges, Sponsorships Sales Manager.

 

Cassie Jones, CVP, Senior Event Manager at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Packages Broccoli at the Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteer Event on July 15, 2021

Santa Claus Visits the Boys and Girls Club to Deliver Meals Packaged by  New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Staff

 

 

About the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

With 1.1 million square feet of prime exhibit space, in an entirely contiguous hall, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center provides the largest single exhibit space in the country, features an award-winning staff, first class amenities and is the sixth largest convention center in the nation. A leading contributor to the city’s robust tourism economy, the Convention Center’s event activity has produced $90.1 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $5.7 billion in new tax revenue for state and local governments.

 

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