NEW ORLEANS (press release) – NOLA ChristmasFest, the region’s only indoor Christmas festival, is back and ready to usher in the holiday spirit. With only 12 days until the fun-filled winter wonderland returns to The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, families are buying tickets to enjoy the ice skating rink, daily “snow” falls and everyone’s favorite holiday characters and themed inflatables. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 21, and the event runs through Friday, Dec. 30. 

This year, NOLA ChristmasFest features three chilly ice slides, local arts and crafts at the Yuletide Market and fun rides such as the Big Blast Blizzard, Kringle Carousel, Sizzlin’ Sleigh Ride and Scrooge’s Sled. Visitors can refuel with holiday-themed treats at the Mrs. Claus’ Sweet Shop and warm up with a hot chocolate or signature craft cocktail at the Polar Pub.

“We are delighted to offer this one-of-a-kind holiday experience to New Orleans for the ninth year,” said Michael J. Sawaya, The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center president. “We look forward to bringing holiday cheer and welcoming locals and visitors back to the Convention Center to celebrate.”

Admission Schedule

  • Dec. 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Dec. 22 – 23 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Christmas Day from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 26 -30 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For a full schedule of events, please visit nolachristmasfest.com/special-events.

Tickets, which can be purchased online, cost $25 for weekday passes and $30 for Saturday and Sunday passes. Tickets are valid for a single admission on the specific day and session selected. Each session is 4.5 hours in length, except for Christmas Day. Purchase tickets for NOLA ChristmasFest online at nolachristmasfest.com/plan-your-visit.

A parent or guardian is required for admission of guests under 18. NOLA ChristmasFest 2022 is a credit card only event, including online-only ticket purchases and onsite concessions.