Our TOP New Orleans Holiday EventS FOR KIDS
Each year during the holiday season, the Crescent City celebrates Christmas New Orleans Style. With a variety of seasonal events this December, from glittering lights to visits with Santa, every family can find something to enjoy together. At the top of our list, of course, is at our French Quarter location: .
NOLA Christmas Fest
The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center brings Christmas to life with carnival rides, children’s crafts, a “Kringle Carousel,” Christmas trees decorated by local organizations, a life-size Maze, and even an Ice Skating Rink. Meet holiday characters like Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Frosty too! The 10-day indoor family festival takes place December 21-31.
A visionary mission created by the Arts Council of New Orleans utilizing the city's iconic landscape as the canvas for outdoor, public artworks created with light and technology. Luna Fête features tailor-made animated video projections splashed across the façade of Gallier Hall on St. Charles Avenue. Free and open to the public, Luna Fête takes place nightly, Dec. 6-9 at Lafayette Square, and is great for kids of all ages!
Deanie's Holiday Kids Sing-Along & Dance Party
Deanie’s Seafood in the French Quarter presents its annual holiday program, Deanie's Holiday Kids Sing-Along & Dance Party with Vince Vance. Enjoy breakfast and free photos with Santa, face painting, arts & crafts, and songs of the holiday season performed by Vince Vance & The Valianettes. Benefiting Angels' Place of New Orleans. Four shows Dec. 9-10 & 16-17. Tickets are available online, and seating is limited.
HOLIDAY THEMED PERFORMANCES
Some may opt to see the Nutcracker performed by the New Orleans Ballet Theatre or Delta Festival Ballet, where you'll gaze at Sugarplum Fairies and dancing mice. The Cirque Dreams Holidaze on performance on December 5 is part Broadway-style musical, part circus, and takes place at the Saenger Theatre.
A VERY ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS
From the creators of dancing electric wire-lit dinosaurs in "Darwin the DInosaur" comes a holiday story (with elements from The Nutcracker) about a lost bird trying to find its way home for Christmas. The Lightwire Theatre troupe brings this performance to New Orleans for one night only, at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Kids will enjoy this captivating tale of friendship and family set to holiday music.
Free Photos with Santa at Deanie's French Quarter
Enjoy a sip of cocoa and free photos with Santa. One of the best Christmas events in New Orleans, our French Quarter location will continue its holiday tradition of free photos with Santa from 6 to 10 p.m., Dec. 8-9 and 15-16.
Kenner Christmas Village
The annual Kenner Christmas Village will light up what is Main Street USA, the Rivertown historic district along the Mississippi River this holiday season. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays is caroling, costumed holiday characters and Santa, along with craft and food vendors and entertainment by local school and dance troops. The Kenner Christmas Village runs through December 30. Free admission; $2 admission to the Planetarium.
Jingle Bugs at Audubon Insectarium
Looking for a unique holiday experience, brought to you by one of the city’s favorite attractions? Jingle Bugs at the Audubon Insectarium is right up your alley. Sample buggy holiday treats, listen in for story time, check out “Pupa Noel,” (including his sleigh and 8 tiny Beetle-deer) and enjoy games, face painting, and balloons for the kids on December 9. Admission is free for Audubon members.
For the top holiday kids' activities in New Orleans, download our guide to help you plan this December with your family. Wherever you celebrate this year, we wish you HAPPY HOLIDAYS!