Santa is coming soon. He’ll be around town, in malls and everywhere spreading Christmas cheer and joy. We can’t wait to visit him and make sure we are on the nice list. If you’re looking for Santa too,The New Orleans Kids Guide to Santa in New Orleans is the perfect place to find him.

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The Esplanade Mall

Santa Arrives Thursday, November 16th at 6pm. There will be caroling and snow and fun until 7:30pm. After his arrival Santa will be available for pictures until December 24th. Visit the mall’s website, Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter for more information.

The Esplanade Mall Santa

Celebration In the Oaks

Celebration in the Oaks is a New Orleans holiday tradition! It’s a great spot for your kids to take their photo with Santa. Santa is available for pictures each night through December 23rd. Romaguera Photography takes the photos you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Santa is available each night of the week and Mrs. Claus joins Santa for photos on Friday and Saturday nights! Photos are taken in the gazebo behind the Carousel. Visit for a money saving coupon from Romaguera Photography and to view photo packages. Please contact Romaguera with any questions.

This year, the event will open one hour earlier on Saturdays and Sundays giving families one extra hour to spend at the event before their nighttime routines.

Admission to Celebration in the Oaks is necessary to take photos with Santa. For details and tickets visit You can also visit Celebration In the Oaks on Facebook and Instagram @NewOrleansCityPark and @MisterBingle.

Celebration in the Oaks Santa


NOLA Christmas Fest

Want to experience the coolest event of the season?  Then you won’t want to miss NOLA ChristmasFest at the New Orleans Convention Center this December 21-31. 

The family-friendly, indoor holiday celebration takes place from 11 am ‘til 9 pm daily, except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New  Year’s Eve when hours vary.  You can’t miss it – go to Hall I “for ICE “ to enjoy ice skating on the city’s only real ice rink.  It’s slightly under official hockey size and loads of fun.  Plus, there are two 120’ ice slides, rides, inflatables, a snowball fight, a walk-thru gingerbread house, dozens of gingerbread creations and decorated trees on exhibit, arts and crafts, rock-climbing, entertainment, holiday characters and more – even Santa until he starts his Christmas Eve deliveries—and a pop-up appearance by My Best Friend Hank.  

All of these amazing activities are available for the Pay One Price of $20!  Except for food and drink and a few options like private skating lessons, photos with Santa, face painting and take-home cookie decorating, the POP price covers just about everything. 

And, moms and dads, NOLA ChristmasFest isn’t just for children!  There’s definitely something for everyone and the adult beverage lounge is the perfect place for a holiday cocktail.

Simply take the Tchoupitoulas/South Peters Street Exit off I-10 and turn right on Convention Center Blvd. to access $15 parking just across the street from the entrance, regardless of how long you stay.   Tickets may be purchased on-site with no additional fees or online at with a Ticketmaster convenience fee.  Special scoop:  Bring a bottle or can of your favorite Coke product for $5 off tickets purchased on site.

You can also plan a birthday party, office party or special holiday celebration at NOLAChristmasFest.

Visit for more information on how you can make your holidays even merrier and create new traditions with your family and friends.  If you’re visiting from outside the greater New Orleans area, be sure to take advantage of very affordable Papa Noel rates at hotels citywide.

You can also find NOLA Christmas Fest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

NOLA Christmas Fest Santa

Brunch with Santa at the Bourbon Orleans

Families can have brunch at the Bourbon Orleans with Santa and friends December 3rd, 10th, 16th, 17th, 22nd and 23rd at 10am and 1:30pm. Prices are $65/ adults, $30 / children 4 through 12, and Free for children 3 and under. The Bourbon Orleans is also giving one family the chance to win a family four pack to Brunch with Santa on December 22nd at 1:30 pm. You can enter on the Bourbon Orleans website.

Bourbon Orleans Brunch with Santa

Cajun Holiday Tea with Papa Noel

Come pass a good time aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen on December 23, 2017 with Papa Noel, Mrs. Noel, Gaston the Gator and other jolly Cajun characters during this enchanting family festivity. Enjoy a classic holiday tea with tempting treats, storytelling, face painting, magic tricks, children’s activities and merriment while cruising the mighty Mississippi. Come hold a real live alligator and, as lagniappe, each child gets a special present. Seating is limited, so make your reservations early! Prices are $59 / adults, $39 / children 3-12 and $10/ 3 and under. Also on Christmas Eve start a new tradition with the Creole Queen’s Caroling Down the River Cruise.

Find more information on Cajun Holiday Tea with Papa Noel and Caroling Down the River on the Creole Queen’s website.

Cajun Holiday Tea with Papa Noel

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