NOLA ChristmasFest Announces 50,000-Square-Feet Expansion and 2018 Dates

Family-Favorite Holiday Festival Starts December 22 and Ends December 31

(New Orleans) – NOLA ChristmasFest, the largest indoor holiday event on the Gulf Coast with 320,000 square feet of holiday activities, opens to the public on Saturday, December 22 and runs through Monday, December 31, 2018, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Officials announced today that the sixth annual NOLA ChristmasFest will encompass an additional 50,000 square feet to accommodate new attractions and make room for more family-friendly holiday fun. Nearly 45,000 visitors from around the world enjoyed the 2017 Christmas festivities.

NOLA ChristmasFest 2018 will once again feature Pay One Price (POP) ticketing for 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. The Gingerbread House exhibit, Kringle Carousel, Winter Whirl, Snowball Fight Area, Snowy Summit Climbing Wall and other favorites will be back under one roof at this year’s NOLA ChristmasFest.

New attractions this year include Bouncy, billed as “the World’s Tallest Snowman,” and Snowzilla, Jr., providing attendees with a thrilling slide down a 90-foot ramp. Also new will be polar golf, curling games on artificial ice, and a step-inside snowglobe for selfie photos will be added to NOLA ChristmasFest this year. The expanded floorplan will also provide ample space for family gatherings, birthday parties, and corporate events.

Keepsake photos with Santa will be available for purchase through 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Face painting, edible cookie decorating, food and drink, and a selection of holiday gifts will also be offered for purchase.

NOLA ChristmasFest, a special holiday event based in downtown New Orleans, will display thousands of dazzling lights and dozens of Christmas trees decorated by local businesses. Convention Center Boulevard will be draped in holiday décor with over one million mesmerizing lights synced to traditional and contemporary Christmas music.

NOLA ChristmasFest will be open to the public every day in Hall H of the New Orleans Ernest M. Morial Convention Center from December 22-31 including special hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and until 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Evening hours may vary. 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

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