(New Orleans) – December is here and NOLA ChristmasFest is less than three weeks away from opening its doors to families from across the U.S. This year’s fest is bigger than ever with an additional 35,000 square feet of activities, rides and games. The festival, in its sixth year, opens at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 20th in Hall H at the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center.
New attractions include the the debut of Breakfast with Santa; Bouncy, billed as “the World’s Tallest Snowman;” and Snowzilla, Jr., providing attendees with a thrilling slide down a 90’ ramp. Other attractions such as polar golf, curling games, and a step-inside snowglobe for selfie photos will also be added to NOLA ChristmasFest. The expanded floorplan increases the size of the festival to more than 325,000 square feet and will provide ample space for rides, ice skating, craft areas, entertainment, family gatherings, birthday parties and corporate events.
NOLA Christmasfest is still home to the New Orleans area’s only real ice skating rink and ice slides, holiday characters, amusement rides, themed inflatables, arts and crafts, and much more inside the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center along the Mississippi Riverfront. A walk-thru Gingerbread House, Kringle Carousel, Winter Whirl, Snowball Fight Area, Snowy Summit Climbing Wall, gingerbread creations and other favorites will all be back under one roof at this year’s NOLA ChristmasFest. Also returning this year are keepsake photos with Santa (available for purchase through 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve), face painting, edible cookie decorating, food and drink, and a selection of holiday gifts available for purchase.
Another new addition this year is half-off admission on Fridays for military service members and first responders. Any military service members and first responders who bring their official, valid ID will receive a discounted entry of just $10 for tickets purchased at the door on Fridays. This special offer may not be combined with other discounts and may not be extended to family members or guests.
NOLA ChristmasFest will be open every day from 11 am until 9 pm, December 20-31, including special hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Last year, nearly 45,000 visitors from across the country enjoyed the Christmas festivities.
Convenient, nearby parking will be available for visitors and locals alike, and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of very affordable Papa Noel hotel rates to enhance their holiday stays. For more information, please visit www.nolachristmasfest.com.
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 $81.7 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $5.1 billion in new tax revenue for state and local governments.