Here's a list of some of the best light shows in the area.
Each holiday season the city lights up with festive ways to help you create magical memories. Grab your loved ones, and check out these amazing light displays around the New Orleans area.
Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland
Nov. 17 – Jan. 7
A new festive lights display makes its Louisiana debut this holiday season. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland brings two miles of custom-made displays to the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, La. starting on Friday, Nov. 17. Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect.
Canal Street comes to life this holiday season with two miles of twinkling holiday lights and a giant Christmas tree at the Astor Crowne Plaza. It makes a great place to take photos and soak up the holiday spirit with loved ones or even if you’re alone! Photo courtesy: Downtown Development District
Celebration in the Oaks
Nov. 24 – Jan. 1
Breathtaking light displays adorn New Orleans City Park for the annual Celebration in the Oaks. The Botanical Gardens, Storyland and Carousel Gardens come alive with festive holiday lights. Admission is $9 and children under 3 are free.
Kenner Christmas Village
Nov. 25 – Dec. 30
The Kenner Christmas Village illuminates Kenner City Park this holiday season with lights and animated scenery. Weekends feature live performances by choirs, carolers and dance groups. There’s also ice skating, a beirgarten, a Christmas tree lot, local entertainment, crafts and food vendors. On December 2 kids can join Santa for breakfast, December 15 there will be a pajama party with Santa and on December 23 a Frozen party will give kids the opportunity to take pictures with Elsa and Olaf. Christmas Village admission is free. Photo courtesy: Visit Jefferson Parish
Nov. 28 – Dec. 31
Each holiday season, the Roosevelt Hotel’s lobby comes to dazzling life. The annual tradition brings locals and visitors out for the perfect photo op. Plus, while you’re there, make it a date night and stop over to the Sazerac Bar. Photo courtesy: The Roosevelt New Orleans
Miracle on Fulton Street
Dec 1 – Dec. 23
Harrah’s Hotel and Casino transforms Fulton Street into a winter wonderland. Once you step off Poydras street and walk through the giant, lighted ornament you’ll enter a world of holiday fun and cheer featuring “snow,” twinkling lights, a larger than life tree and a gingerbread display in Harrah’s Hotel lobby. Santa makes an appearance every Friday and Saturday along with live music provided by local bands. Photo courtesy: Harrah’s New Orleans
Christmas Under the Stars
Dec. 1 – 2, Dec. 8 – 9
Olde Towne Slidell gets decked out for the holiday season with this annual holiday celebration. See twinkling lights, holiday decorations, Santa and Mrs. Claus and life-size Christmas cottages each night in Griffith Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Photo courtesy: City of Slidell
Christmas in Lafreniere Park
December 1 – December 31
This holiday exhibit at Lafreniere Park sparkles with thousands of twinkling lights and displays like a 60-foot sea serpent, a princess and her magical castle and the gingerbread man. Admission is $5 per vehicle. Enter the park from the West Napoleon Avenue access gate. The Children’s carousel will be open nightly for $1 per child. This exhibit is open Sunday through Thursday from dusk until 9:45 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from dusk until 11:45 p.m. Photo courtesy: Visit Jefferson Parish
Dec. 6 – 9
This free four-day event by the Arts Council New Orleans blends lights and technology into an interactive art experience. Each night, Lafayette Square glows with illuminated installations, digital sculptures and projections from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Photo courtesy: Arts Council New Orleans
Lights at the Lake Holiday Bash
Dozens of local boat owners decorate their vessels with wreaths and lights and holiday decorations and assemble at the New Canal Lighthouse for a parade on the water. There will be live performances by a gospel choir, Benny Grunch and the Bunch and a book reading Tracie Morris Schaefer. The event if free and food provided by the Bourbon House, Mother’s and Court of Two Sister’s is available for purchase.
Photo courtesy: Save Our Lake
Slidell's Bayou Christmas
Dec. 14 – 23
This event features over 80,000 lights animated to holiday music in Slidell’s Heritage Park each night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment by choirs, bands and dance groups, kids activities, food, arts and crafts, photos with Santa and more. On December 16, there will be Slidell movie night featuring a holiday movie for all ages.
Eden Isles Christmas Boat Parade
Residents of Eden Isles adorn their boats with holiday lights for the 2017 boat parade. The three hour parade meanders through the waterways of the Slidell neighbor. The best place for the public to watch it is near the fire house on Marina Dr.
Dec. 21 – 31
This family-friendly indoor Christmas festival at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center features festive lighting displays and decorated Christmas trees. Get filled with holiday cheer with this fest jam-packed with activities including an indoor ice skating rink, ice slides and carnival rides. Santa and all his friends also make an appearance. Photo courtesy: NOLA ChristmasFest
See also: NOLA Weekend Holiday Playlist