New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and NOLA ChristmasFest Deliver Letters to Local Veterans

August 5, 2022

Jolly in July huge success, NOLA ChristmasFest set to return December 21st– 30th

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and NOLA ChristmasFest hand-delivered dozens of letters written during Jolly in July to the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Home.

Attendees celebrated the first-ever Jolly in July event this past weekend with a holiday snowball contest. Celebrity judges and attendees voted on their favorite holiday-flavored snowball created by some of the most well-known stands in New Orleans. STOP-JOCKIN SNOBALLS took home the title of “Kids’ Favorite” as the snowball flavor voted most popular by event participants, and SWEET THANGS NOLA won the crown for “Best Overall Snowball,” chosen by the panel of celebrity judges including Tiffany King, Megan Braden-Perry, and WGNO’s Kenny Lopez.

The night was (snow)capped off with a movie screening for the entire family to enjoy. Jolly in July guests walked away with photos with Swirly the Elf and Summer Santa, as well as memories of a night of family fun and Christmas spirit.

“It was a fun night. We were happy to host an event designed to encourage family togetherness and spread the Christmas spirit to the people of New Orleans, a little earlier than usual” said Michael J. Sawaya, Convention Center President. “After seeing all the joy-filled faces and the letters attendees wrote to our veterans, we are really already looking forward to NOLA ChristmasFest this December.”

Jolly in July is the summer spinoff of NOLA ChristmasFest, a 10-day event featuring an ice rink, a Yuletide Market and several kid-friendly holiday attractions. Dates for this year’s NOLA ChristmasFest are December 21st-30th. Tickets for this year’s NOLA ChristmasFest will go on sale this fall. Follow NOLA ChristmasFest on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates on ticket sales.

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