A Christmas wonderland – and ice skating – return to Ernest Morial Convention Center

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The Ernest Morial Convention Center will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland next week as NOLA ChristmasFest returns to downtown.

The Christmas festival will feature more than a half-dozen holiday attractions, including:

  • An indoor ice-skating rink
  • Giant inflatables
  • Carnival rides and a carousel
  • A climbing wall
  • Life-size maze
  • Snowball fight and ice slide
  • Children’s crafts
  • A gingerbread house
  • Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus
  • Thousands of Christmas lights

NOLA ChristmasFest will be held Dec. 16 – December 30.

Hours are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily. Christmas Eve hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and hours for Christmas Day are 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Tickets are $20 each. Children 2 and under are free. You can buy your tickets online or at the Convention Center ticket office.

Here’s a look at last year’s NOLA ChristmasFest, courtesy of Wild Bill Wood: