NOLA ChristmasFest 2018: Snowzilla slide, selfie snowglobe among new attractions

NOLA ChristmasFest boasts the biggest fest in its six-year history due to a 35,000 square-foot expansion and new attractions for families to experience. The festival opens at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20 at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

A new walk-in selfie snowglobe hits NOLA ChristmasFest 2018. Photo courtesy: NOLA ChristmasFest

New attractions include the the debut of Breakfast with Santa; Bouncy, billed as “the World’s Tallest Snowman” and Snowzilla, Jr. — a thrilling slide down a 90-foot ramp.

Visitors can ride Snowzilla, Jr. — a thrilling slide down a 90-foot ramp. Photo courtesy: NOLA ChristmasFest

Other attractions added to the holiday festival include as polar golf, curling games, and a step-inside snowglobe for selfie photos.

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Bouncy, “the World’s Tallest Snowman” will stand stall at the holiday fest. Photo courtesy: NOLA Christmas Fest

The expanded floor plan increases the size of the festival to more than 325,000 square feet, which means more space for rides, ice skating, craft areas, entertainment, family gatherings, birthday parties and corporate events.

NOLA ChristmasFest is also home to the New Orleans area’s only real ice skating rink.

See also: Here’s where to ice skate along the Gulf Coast during the holidays

Sweep your way to victory in a game of curling. Photo courtesy:

A walk-thru gingerbread house, Kringle Carousel, Winter Whirl, snowball fight area, Snowy Summit Climbing Wall, gingerbread creations and other favorites will return under one roof at this year’s NOLA ChristmasFest.

Also returning this year are keepsake photos with Santa (available for purchase through 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve), face painting, edible cookie decorating, food and drink, and a selection of holiday gifts available for purchase.

Another new addition this year is half-off admission on Fridays for military service members and first responders. Any military service members and first responders who bring their official, valid ID will receive a discounted entry of just $10 for tickets purchased at the door on Fridays. This special offer may not be combined with other discounts and may not be extended to family members or guests.

NOLA ChristmasFest will open every day from Dec. 20 to Dec. 31, from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., including special hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The fest occupies Hall H at the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center.

Tickets are $20 per day for single general admission. Find details on tickets here.

For more information, please visit www.nolachristmasfest.com.