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.
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.