NOLA ChristmasFest returns as in-person winter wonderland for 2021

NOLA ChristmasFest, the family-friendly indoor holiday festival, will return as an in-person event for 2021.

The event will head back to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from Dec. 17- 22 and Dec. 25-30, organizers announced.

Enjoy 15’ ice slides and ice-skating at the 7th annual NOLA ChristmasFest December 20-31 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Photo credit: Barrett DeLong-Church

The indoor holiday event transforms 300,000 sq. ft. of convention space into a winter wonderland. Last year, the event was forced to go virtual with a schedule of free online programming due to the pandemic.

“We are delighted to offer this special holiday celebration to the New Orleans community and visitors once again,” Michael J. Sawaya, Convention Center president, said in a release. “As this is our eighth year with this exciting holiday attraction, we look forward to bringing holiday cheer and a bit of normalcy to kids and parents alike.”

This year, NOLA ChristmasFest will return to in-person festivities with its ‘re-imagined’ ice zone, The Big Freezy, which will include New Orleans’ only real ice-skating rink, an expanded magical slope slide area with three lanes and a brand-new ice bocce court.

In addition, the “Skating with Santa” special event will be back in action for the second time.

“The holidays really are the most wonderful time of the year for us at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, especially this year as we are finally able to gather back in person to enjoy our planned festivities,” Sawaya said. “We look forward to welcoming locals and tourists back to celebrate the holiday season together once again.”

Tickets for NOLA ChristmasFest will be available starting late November for purchase online. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Convention Center box office, located in front of Lobby I, starting on Dec. 17. General admission tickets are $20 on weekdays and $25 on Saturday and Sunday and will include access to all rides and activities within the festival.

Organizers say they will hold two sessions per day with capped attendance to allow for increased social distancing at the event. Convention center officials say they will also comply with any state and local mandates related to COVID-19.

For more information, visit the NOLA ChristmasFest website.

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