It’s the last week before Christmas to get in all of your FREE FUN in New Orleans, and this week won’t disappoint! Get your shopping done and enjoy the holidays, because “Santa Claus” is comin’ to town”!
Free events ALL WEEK long that include holiday storytimes, crafts and more.
Roosevelt Hotel Lobby
Daily now through Christmas. The lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights every holiday season.
December 1st – 23rd. Hourly snowfall, lights, and a gingerbread display in the hotel lobby can be seen daily from 11 am – 10 pm. Live music and Santa every Friday and Saturday night starting at 6pm.
St. Louis Cathedral and St. Augustine Church Concerts
Various dates now and throughout the holiday season. Free holiday concerts with local New Orleans musicians.
Microsoft Store at Lakeside Shopping Center
FREE workshops and classes for all age groups. Register on their website.
New Parent Playdate
Monday, December 18th at 10:30am. Caregivers and babies 12mo. and under can meet up to play in a “padded, stocked play space.”
A Family Holiday Affair
Monday, December 18th from 6-8 pm at Chick Fil A Kenner. Family holiday fun and maybe a visit from Santa.
Young Audiences of Louisiana Baby Artsplay!™ Presented by The Helis Foundation
Wednesday, December 20th at 9:30am. Experience multi-sensory fun and relaxing approaches to support development and connectivity for babies 1yo – 2yo and their caregivers while surrounded by New Orleans culture. Get Your Motor Running(Motor Skills) at Longue Vue House and Gardens. REGISTER HERE
The Botanical Gardens in City Park
Wednesday, December 20th from 10am-5pm at 5 Victory Lane, NOLA. Residents of La attend free every Wednesday compliments of the Helis Foundation.
New Orleans Museum of Art
Wednesday, December, 20 from 10am-6pm. Free admission to Louisiana residents, children under 6, and teenagers 13-19, thanks to the Helis Foundation.
Free Pictures with Santa
Wednesday, December 20th from 11am-1pm at Fidelity Bank; 3829 Veterans Blvd.,NOLA.
Baby Sign & Play
Wednesday, December 20 at 2pm. Caregivers and babies can interact, play, and learn a song in sign language with babies their age.
Gingerbread Making and Storytelling
Wednesday, December 20th from 3:45pm-5:45pm at the French Library on Magazine St. Mais, Oui s’il vous plaît! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve spots.
Kenner Christmas Village
Lights, snow, live entertainment and fun Wednesdays – Sunday until December 30th.While visiting the Christmas Village is free, there are some activities that have a $1-5 fee. Ice skating is $5 for 30 minutes.
Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk
Wednesday, December 20th from 6:30-7:30 pm at First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans. Quiet contemplative service of silently walking the candlelit labyrinth in the darkened sanctuary.
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Thursday, December 21st from 10am-5pm at 925 Camp St., NOLA. Free every Thursday for La Residents thanks to the Helis Foundation.
Wonderful Winter Snowfall
Every Thursday and Sunday now through December 30th at 6 pm in The Esplanade’s Center Court.
STEM Workshop Series presented by Generation Success
Thursday, December 21st from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Norman Mayer Branch Library on Gentilly Blvd. This workshop offers fun and creative skills training in science, engineering, communication, and experiments for kids in 5th-9th grade. They also offer a meal and kids can compete for a scholarship at the end of this 4 part series. Generation Success seeks to help kids find their voice in education. Register here
Tunes for Toys
Thursday, December 21st from 7-10 pm at the The George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. Toy drive and concert for underprivileged children in the Treme area. Performers include the New Breed Brass Band, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and students of the Trombone Shorty Academy. Admission is FREE but all are requested to bring a new toy (still in packaging) as a holiday gift for a child in need.
Flannel & Frost Holiday Party
Thursday, December 21st from 7-9pm at Victory Fellowship. Sleigh ride, live nativity petting zoo, snow and more. Food will be available for purchase.
Holiday Cookie Decorating for the Kids
Friday and Saturday, December 22nd & 23rd from 12-2 pm at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Kids can decorate cookies at Le Croissant Restaurant located on the 1st floor next to Drago’s.
FREE Christmas Movie Night
Friday, December 22nd from 6pm to 9pm at the Vineyard Church of New Orleans in KENNER (4340 Sal Lentini Pkwy.). Popcorn, hotdogs, s’mores, hot chocolate provided. BYO blankets and chairs.
Santa’s Magic Key Storytime
Saturday, December 23rd from 11am-11:45am at Barnes and Nobles Bookstore Metairie and Westbank. Children can listen to the story and do activities based on the book after.
Popp Fountain Public Hours
Sunday, December 24th from 9am-5pm in City Park.
Contemporary Arts Center
Sunday, December, 24th from 11am-5pm at 900 Camp St., NOLA. FREE to Louisiana Residents on Sundays and daily for children & students through Grade 12 and under at all times courtesy of The Helis Foundation
Christmas Eve Bonfires on the Levee
Sunday, December 24th between 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Start at the foot of the Veterans Memorial Bridge and River Road (Hwy 44) in Grammercy and drive to see the bonfires ablaze lighting the way for Papa Noel. With over 100 Bonefires stretching 40 miles in Grammercy, Lutcher, and Paulina, fire departments supervise the events in each area making it safe for the whole family!