NOLA ChristmasFest Brings the North Pole to New Orleans

Tickets on sale for 10-day event filled with more than 300,000 square feet of rides and holiday cheer

NEW ORLEANS – NOLA ChristmasFest, the region’s only indoor Christmas festival, is back and ready to usher in the holiday spirit. With only 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, December 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

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

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. 

About the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

New Orleans is Built to Host! With 1.1 million square feet of prime exhibit space, in an entirely contiguous hall, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOENMCC) provides the largest single exhibit space in the country and is the sixth largest convention center in the nation. NOENMCC features an award-winning staff and first class amenities in the city that’s Built to Host. 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.