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Steve Schulkens

(New Orleans, La.) - The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center today announced details of the expanded Fourth Annual NOLA ChristmasFest. NOLA ChristmasFest, one of the largest indoor holiday events along the Gulf Coast, is slated for Friday, December 16 through Friday, December 30, 2016, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center inside Hall I.

The family-oriented holiday festival will include 15 days of family fun for all ages. NOLA ChristmasFest will showcase New Orleans' only authentic ice skating rink which will be double in size from last year. Also new this year is the New Orleans-themed Gingerbread House Exhibit which will stage beautifully hand-crafted gingerbread creations. NOLA ChristmasFest will also feature Santa and other popular holiday characters, carnival rides, themed inflatables and arts and crafts.

The popular children's activities including the A-Maze-ing walk-through Maze, Kringle Carousel, Winter Whirl, Snowball Fight and the Snowy Summit Climbing Wall will return for NOLA ChristmasFest 2016 guests. Children and families will be able to take memorable Christmas photos with Santa and his North Pole friends within the festive environment.

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

The expansion of NOLA ChristmasFest 2016 is due to an overwhelming success in 2015 in which more than 44,000 visitors from all across the South enjoyed the indoor Christmas festivities.

NOLA ChristmasFest will be open every day during the two week event including special hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. NOLA Convenient parking will be available nearby. For more information, visit

About the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, an award winning staff and first class amenities, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO) is the sixth largest convention center in the nation, a consistent Top 10 host of the largest number of conventions and trade shows annually, and one of the city's "Top Workplaces." A leading rainmaker of the city's hospitality industry, MCCNO event activity has produced $50.03 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $3.12 billion in new tax revenues. During its 31 years of operation, the MCCNO has welcomed more than 15 million visitors through its doors.