NOLA ChristmasFest Gifting Holiday Cheer to Military and First Responders with ½ Off Friday Admissions

NEW ORLEANS – NOLA ChristmasFest presented by Coca-Cola may be decked out in red, white, and green décor, but the largest indoor holiday event on the Gulf Coast is gifting half-off entries on Fridays to service members who defend and honor the red, white, and blue. Military service members, including Veterans and first responders who bring their official Military ID card, Veteran ID card or other valid identification will receive a discounted entry of just $10 for tickets purchased at the door.

NOLA ChristmasFest will open every day, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., December 20-31, including special hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.

With over 300,000 sq. ft. of holiday entertainment, military service members and first responders can enjoy ice skating, giant ice slides, holiday characters, amusement rides, themed inflatables, arts and crafts, and much more inside Hall H at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center along the Mississippi Riverfront.

Other attractions include a walk-through Gingerbread House, a step-inside snow globe for selfies, a snowball fight area, entertainment, and a Yuletide Craft Market. NOLA ChristmasFest’s newest addition this year is the Tinsel Terrace Tavern for adults to enjoy beverages away from the hustle and bustle.

Buy online today and save time waiting in line at the Box Office! Online tickets are available via Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Convention Center box office, located in front of Lobby I, beginning Friday, December 20, 2019.

General Admission Tickets include access to all rides and activities within the festival.  Tickets are $20 on weekdays and $25 on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets grant you a single admission on the day of your choice between the dates of December 20-December 31. Individual ticket purchase is required on those ages 2 and up.

NOLA ChristmasFest by the numbers:

  • Nearly 350,000 sq.ft. of holiday fun
  • 50,000 attendees
  • 7,820 sq. ft. ice rink
  • Two 15 ft. high ice slides
  • Three bounce houses in the Tiny Tot Zone
  • 50 ft. Ferris Wheel
  • 15 ft. step-inside snow globe

NOLA ChristmasFest is also a great place for birthday parties and corporate events. Special group pricing and party areas are available for a party of 15 people or more. Advanced sales end December 15, 2019. Advanced group pricing is $15 per person. More information:

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

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Enjoy 15’ ice slides and ice-skating at the 7th annual NOLA ChristmasFest December 20-31 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.


NOLA ChristmasFest brings holiday cheer for the entire family with ice-skating, carnival rides and much more December 20-31 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.


NOLA ChristmasFest presented by Coca-Cola opens December 20-31 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Tickets on sale at

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. The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center features an award-winning staff and first-class amenities and is the sixth largest convention center in the nation.  A consistent Top 10 host of the largest conventions and tradeshows in the nation annually, the Convention Center is also one of the city’s “Top Workplaces.” 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.