NOLA ChristmasFest Opens Friday Forecasting Nightly Snowfall Over the Ice Rink

Be present December 20th – 31st at this featured Gulf Coast Holiday Attraction in Downtown New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS –The holidays are upon us, and NOLA ChristmasFest, presented by Coca-Cola will officially open its doors Friday, December 20th at 11 a.m., to the excitement of visitors and locals alike. With nearly 350,000 sq. ft. of indoor entertainment, this family favorite holiday event, open rain or shine, will dazzle visitors of all ages with fun activities, rides and games.

Adding to the magic of the holidays, Nightly Snowfall presented by WWL-TV will occur every evening at 6:50 p.m. over the ice rink. Light to moderate accumulations are expected.

Also, making its NOLA ChristmasFest debut, Skating with Santa on Saturday, December 21st, will give children a truly one-of-a-kind experience to skate with Santa Claus and his friends from the North Pole before the doors open to the general public. Donuts, coffee and hot cocoa will also be served. Separate ticket purchase required, visit

Other notable attractions include:


  • Vixen’s View – 50 ft. Ferris Wheel
  • Two 15 ft. ice slides
  • Candy Cane Climb – rock wall
  • Gingerbread Village – all crafted by local chefs and artists
  • Yuletide Craft Market
  • Snow globe Live!
  • Amusement rides
  • Tiny Tot Zone with three new bounce houses


And for those 21 and older, the Tinsel Terrace Tavern offers a magical escape from the holiday “hustle and bustle” for adults to enjoy a winter-themed specialty cocktail or two while overlooking the indoor ice rink.

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General admission is $20 during the week and $25 on weekends and includes everything except food and beverage or featured events like Skating with Santa. That means all the amusements rides, ice skating, ice slides and other day-to-day activities are included in one price. Individual ticket purchase is required on those ages 2 and up.

Buy Online 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, starting Friday, December 20.

Bring an empty can or 20-oz bottle of any Coca-Cola product to the NOLA ChristmasFest ticket window and get $5 off one general admission ticket!

Military service members, including Veterans and first responders who bring their official Military ID card, Veteran ID card or other valid identification will receive half off entries – that’s $10 entry – at the door on Fridays.

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.

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.

For more information, visit

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.
Photo credit: Barrett DeLong-Church


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

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.