This time of year breaks the bank already. Between the parties and the shopping, it seems like a never ending flow of money. And while Christmas events like Celebration in the Oaks and NOLA Christmas Fest are amazing and fun, they also cost a lot of money to attend as a family. They are special and not something you can do all the time. To help you save money and still have some Christme why put together this list of FREE Christmas Events In New Orleans this holiday season.
Free Christmas Fun In New Orleans
Roosevelt Hotel Lobby
Daily now through Christmas. The lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights every holiday season.
St. Louis Cathedral and St. Augustine Church Concerts
Various dates now and throughout the holiday season. Free holiday concerts with local New Orleans musicians.
- St. Louis Cathedral Concert Schedule
- St. Augustine Church Concert Schedule
Holiday Cookie Decorating for the Kids
Fridays and Saturdays, December 1st – 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.
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.
NOPSI Hotel Lighting
December 1st at 5 pm (lighting starts at 5:45) at the NOPSI Hotel. Enjoy festive treats, complimentary champagne, festive treats, and live entertainment.
December 2nd at 1 pm. New Orleans’s very own Christmas Parade.
Santa at the Rink
December 2nd from 10 am – 1 pm at Garden District Book Shop. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa!
December 2nd from 10 am – 12:30 pm at Ursuline Academy. Live music, refreshments, arts and crafts for the kids, pictures with Santa by Pat Garin Photographer, and Christmas shopping for the adults!
St. Nick Celebration
Saturdays and Sundays, December 2nd – 17th from 11 am – 4 pm. Holiday fun, live music, kids activities and more. The fun and music are free, however Santa pictures are not.
December 2nd from 5:30 to 8 pm at the Algiers Ferry Landing. Light the way for Papa Noel with New Orleans’s only bonfire and a concert.
Christmas at Loyola
December 3rd from 3-5 pm at Holy Name Of Jesus Catholic Church. Choir, strings, brass band, sing alongs and fun.
Live School Choirs at Canal Place
December 5th – 20th at Canal Place. Listen to the sounds of the season from school choirs all around the New Orleans area. (Schedule is subject to change).
- 5th | 12:30PM – St . Dominic School
- 6th | 11:00 AM – Stuart Hall School for Boys
- 7th | 12:30 PM – Sacred Heart Academy
- 8th | 12:30 AM – Hynes Charter School
- 8th | 2:15 PM – Isidore Newman School
- 11th | 10:45 AM – The Clearwood School
- 11th | 12:15 PM – The McGehee School
- 12th | 12:00 PM – Trinity Episcopal School
- 12th | 2:15 PM – Isidore Newman School
- 13th | 10:30 AM – St. Philip Neri School
- 13th | 12:00 AM – Andrew Jackson Middle
- 14th | 11:30 AM – The International School
- 14th | 1:00 PM – St. Paul’s Episcopal
- 15th | 11:30 AM – McMain Mustang Choir
- 19th | 10:30 AM – St. James Parish School
- 19th | 12:00 PM – Our Lady of Perpetual Help
- 20th | 2:00 PM – Lake Area Singing Leopards
Holiday Open House
December 5th from 5-7 pm at Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Louisiana. Take a tour of our House and meet our staff and guests while enjoying food, drinks, and entertainment!
Holidays on Harrison
December 6th, at 5pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. Choirs, Santa, snow, cookie decorating and more.
Movies on the Mississippi
Holiday movies shown on a 26 ft. screen at Convention Center Plaza on Julia St. Screenings include popcorn from Popcorn Bistro and hot chocolate from Café du Monde. The first 75 families in attendance each Friday will receive a free fleece blanket, courtesy of the DDD.
- Friday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m. – The Polar Express
- Friday, Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m. – Elf
Krewe de Voix Christmas Concert
December 8th from 7-8pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans. Listen to traditional carols, madrigals-turned-motets by Monteverdi, and a Christmas Cantata from the 1736 Ursuline Manuscript given to the New Orleans Ursuline sisters in 1754.
Lights at the Lake Holiday Bash
December 9th from 4-8pm at the New Canal Lighthouse. Christmas boat parade, music from school choirs and Benny Grunch and the Bunch, activities, and more.
Santa Meets Sousa” Holiday Concert
December 9th from 7:30-9 pm at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans. Join the Marine Corps New Orleans band as they celebrate the holiday season. FREE but you MUST have a ticket for this event. To get free tickets, please call the box office at (504) 287-0351
Let It Sneaux
December 14th from 6-8 pm at Loyola University outside the Marquette Building and Horseshoe. Santa, characters, hot chocolate, cookies, crafts, and more.
Free Photos With Santa
December 15th from 6-9pm at Deanies Seafood in the French Quarter. Cocoa, cookies, and free photos with Santa.
Rocking with Santa at the Hard Rock Cafe
Saturday, December 16 from 11 AM – 1 PM. This event is FREE for the children of military, first responders, veterans, combat wounded and families of our fallen. Cookies, cocoa, games, arts and crafts, delicious snacks and rock out with Santa Claus! Register at the Louisiana Heroes Project.
Tis the Season: A Christmas Recital
December 17th from 3-4:30 pm at Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans. Casey Candebat, and pianist, Kristin Albarado, ring in the holiday spirit with their annual recital of Christmas Favourites.
Caroling in Jackson Square
December 17th at 6:30 pm in Jackson Square. Sing your favorite Christmas carols by candlelight in Jackson Square. Gates open at 6:30 pm and caroling begins at 7 pm.
Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk
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.
Tunes for Toys
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.Addmission is but all are requested to bring a new toy (still in packaging) as a holiday gift for a child in need.
Free Christmas Events In Jefferson Parish
The Jefferson Parish Library has a variety of holiday themed storytimes, crafts and parties throughout the Christmas season.
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.
Wonderful Winter Snowfall
Every Thursday and Sunday now through December 30th at 6 pm in The Esplanade’s Center Court.
Gretna Christmas Tree Lighting
December 3rd at 6pm at 2nd St. and Huey P. Long (By the Arch). Christmas parade, Santa, carols, hot chocolate and cookies.
JINGLE ALL THE WAY
December 7th from 5:30-8 pm at Metairie Bank Main Office on Metairie Rd. Hot cocoa, treats, free gift for the kids, Santa Photos (bring your camera and take your own) and fun!
December 9th at 9:30. Bring the kids to play in the SNOW!
Cookies with Santa
December 9th from 10-12 at St. Martin’s Episcopal School. Cookies, hot cocoa, and a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their elves. Take a picture with Santa, listen to storytelling by Mrs. Claus, create a holiday craft, ride the jingle bus, and enjoy holiday music. FREE for perspective George Cottage, prekindergarten, and kindergarten families receive complimentary admission when you register online for the Jan. 20 Open House.
NOMTOC Marrero Christmas Parade
December 9th at 10 am. The parade will start at Lapalco Boulevard and Westwood Drive, going down Lapalco Boulevard, making a left onto Ames Boulevard, a right onto the Westbank Expressway and ending at the Johnny Jacobs Playground.
Selfies with Santa
December 15th from 5-7 pm at the Rouses on Power Blvd and December 17th from 5-7 pm at the Rouses on Williams Blvd. Bring your camera to take a selfie with Santa. Register – Power Blvd | Williams Blvd
Santa is Coming to Kid to Kid
December 16th from 11:30 am – 1pm at Kid to Kid. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa.
Harahan Christmas Parade
December 16th at NOON. Starts at Jefferson Hwy and Hord St, goes down Jefferson Hwy to Folse Ave.
A Family Holiday Affair
December 18th from 6-8 pm at Chick Fil A Kenner. Family holiday fun and maybe a visit from Santa.
Flannel & Frost Holiday Party
December 21st from 7-9pm at Victory Fellowship. Sleigh ride, live nativity petting zoo, snow and more. Food will be available for purchase.
Free Chanukah Events In New Orleans
Chanukah crafts and cooking at Whole Foods Market
Community Chanukah Celebration
December 17th from 4-6 pm at the Uptown Jewish Community Center. Light the Menorah, eat fried chicken and lakes, and live music by Eric & Happie.
No matter what events you decide to do, we hope you have a wonderful Holiday season with the ones you love. What are your favorite ways to have FREE Christmas Fun In New Orleans?