The holiday season is a time filled with merriment, and there's nothing more enchanting than spending quality family time with your loved ones. This year, we are thrilled to celebrate 10 years of joy at NOLA ChristmasFest, New Orleans' cherished indoor holiday attraction.

Hosted at the magnificent New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, this extraordinary festival will take place from December 21st to 30th, offering a range of time slots throughout the day to accommodate everyone's schedules. Presented by Coca-Cola, NOLA ChristmasFest is a magical wonderland that will transport you to a realm of holiday bliss.

Immerse yourself in the whimsical Gingerbread Village, adorned with delectable treats and festive decorations. Marvel at the grandeur of the Giant Wreath and Tree, towering over the festivities and emanating the true spirit of the season. One of the highlights of NOLA ChristmasFest is the opportunity to glide gracefully across the ice on their ice-skating rink, creating treasured memories with your loved ones. Whether you're a seasoned skater or a beginner, the joy of gliding on ice is bound to bring smiles to everyone's faces.

But the excitement doesn't end there! Delight in the exhilarating Carnival Rides that will add an extra dash of thrill to your holiday celebration. From merry-go-rounds to thrilling roller coasters, there's something for everyone, ensuring that you'll leave with memories that will last a lifetime.

While you're all together for NOLA ChristmasFest, make sure to explore these 11 nearby delightful activities that should be on your family's must-do list, whether you check them out before or after!


Immerse yourself in the splendor of Vue Orleans, a remarkable attraction that offers breathtaking 360° indoor and outdoor observation decks. Prepare to embark on a multi-level interactive cultural experience that celebrates the vibrant essence of New Orleans like never before.

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Create your own memories and stories to share as you explore everything this remarkable city has to offer. Make sure to visit Café Du Monde at The Riverwalk, a second location of the renowned coffee stand that has been serving authentic cafe au lait and beignets since its inception. Indulge in the original beignet­–Louisiana's beloved state doughnut–while sipping on coffee and chicory, a cherished New Orleans favorite.

While you're at The Riverwalk, take the time to explore this premier outlet shopping center, boasting over 75 retailers and restaurants. Located on the banks of the majestic Mississippi River, it provides a picturesque backdrop as you indulge in retail therapy and culinary delights.

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For a taste of Mardi Gras magic year-round, head to Mardi Gras World, the largest float design and production facility in the world. Step into a world of whimsy and wonder as you don authentic Mardi Gras costumes and tour warehouses filled with awe-inspiring floats. Immerse yourself in the history and customs of this iconic celebration and savor the flavors of king cake and piping hot New Orleans coffee.

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Discover the fascinating creatures that call New Orleans home at the Audubon Aquarium & Insectarium. With over 3,600 animals and 250 species, this renowned aquarium allows you to get up close and personal with African penguins, moon jellyfish, potbellied seahorses, and even Louisiana alligators. Don't miss the recently opened Audubon Insectarium, where you can explore the world of pollinators, marvel at free-flying butterflies, and discover the incredible diversity of arthropods.

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Embark on a captivating journey along the mighty Mississippi River aboard the Creole Queen. Let a local historian regale you with tales of the city's 300-year history as you sail downriver to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and the historic Chalmette Battlefield. Immerse yourself in the founding of the city, the Louisiana Purchase, and the pivotal Battle of New Orleans, all while enjoying a one-hour shore excursion with guided tours by National Park Rangers.

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Hop on the red Canal Streetcar Line and traverse the heart of New Orleans on a 5.5-mile route. From the foot of Canal Street through the Central Business District and into the Mid-City area, this iconic streetcar takes you to fascinating destinations. Explore the historic cemeteries or "Cities of the Dead," where captivating architecture awaits. During the holiday season, the Canal Street area sparkles with festive lights, bows, and wreaths, creating a magical atmosphere at twilight.

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Dive into the lively adornments and celebratory ambiance of the French Quarter, often hailed as the Crown Jewel of New Orleans. Witness the harmonious blend of tradition and innovation as revitalized French Market stalls, contemporary boutiques, and artisanal cocktails share the landscape with cherished antique shops and longstanding eateries. In the festive season, the historic architecture of the French Quarter sparkles with enchanting exhibits, a testament to the fervor of its dedicated inhabitants.


Engage in a lively game of pickleball at The Exchange Pickleball + Bar Venue, the city's only dedicated facility for this popular sport. With both indoor and outdoor courts, as well as a full-service restaurant and craft cocktail bars, The Exchange offers a quintessential New Orleans atmosphere where you can socialize with old friends and make new ones.

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For the beer enthusiasts, Urban South Brewery is a must-visit destination. Located near the New Orleans Convention Center, their family-friendly taproom offers a wide selection of year-round.


Indulge in the tantalizing flavors of Mexican cuisine at Taqueria La Lucha. This delightful eatery offers a delectable menu that caters to all taste buds, accompanied by an inviting outdoor courtyard space.

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Located Canal Place Mall, the Prytania Theater is a cutting-edge cinema with nine state-of-the-art screens. This digital cinema, operated by the Brunet family, expands New Orleans' oldest operating theater, which has been entertaining audiences for over a century. With its second location downtown, the Prytania Theater continues its legacy as the longest continually operated theater in the South. With a rich history of operating theaters in the area for over 130 years, the Brunet family's passion for cinema is evident.

So, mark your calendars and prepare for an unforgettable holiday experience at NOLA ChristmasFest. Let the festive spirit guide you through a world of merriment and wonder, creating memories that will make this holiday season truly extraordinary for you and your loved ones!