A Look into Christmas Fest

08:00 December 16, 2019
By: Graham Andreae

This December 20-31 visit NOLA ChristmasFest to get in the holiday season. The event, which is sponsored by Coca Cola, will be sure to light up your kids' faces when they get to ask Santa Clause for what they want this year. The 'fest has been going for seven years now and doesn't look to be stopping any time soon.

"Christmas in New Orleans has always been a magical time. NOLA ChristmasFest, a dazzling, family-friendly seasonal event, offers another opportunity to get into the holiday spirit," states the NOLA ChristmasFest website. The event will take place in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center with parking available next door.

Speaking about the origins of the festival Rosalie Mortillaro, Director of Marketing & Communications at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, she said, "NOLA ChristmasFest originated in 2013 as 'Christmas in the District,' a dazzling holiday light display that served as the centerpiece of holiday cheer in the Warehouse District."

Tickets for the event cost $20 on weekdays and $25 on Saturday and Sunday, which will grant you access to over 300,000 square feet of rides, giant ice slides, and a real ice skating rink. Photos with Santa will require an additional charge, but the rest of the event is included in the ticket price. In addition to an ice rink, the festival will also have the Gift Bounce for the jumping inclined.

Mortillaro also talked about how the program is a haunt of locals and visitors alike. The company has the benefit of sponsors from businesses like Coca Cola to bring their flair to the festival through the Gingerbread Village and Christmas Tree. The goal of the program has always been to bring holiday cheer to the city and it looks to do so this year as well.

What is new this year is a nightly snowfall over the ice rink, a 50-foot Ferris wheel, and a Tinsel Terrace Town, which is a great spot to have a drink between skating and admiring the decorations. Whatever you're looking for this holiday season NOLA Christmas Fest should be at the top of your list.

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