Councilman Dominick F. Impastato, III, President Michael S. Yenni and the Patrons of Lafreniere Park will present CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK Friday, December 6, 2019. The ceremony begins at 5:45pm and the official lighting will be at 6:00pm, in Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Boulevard.
Constructed with over 10 million LED lights, this year’s exhibit feature elaborate decorations and festive lighted displays. New displays this year include a Hot Wheels display, a Hello Kitty figure and new animal hanging ornaments.
Santa’s express mail center has new elf workers and new sound effects set to random scenes from Star Wars, Peanuts and other favorite classics. In Santa’s Forest, children can color and decorate ornaments to hang on Christmas trees. Santa, Rudolph, Frosty and the Grinch will make special appearances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Children can also write a letter to Santa and mail it to him at our Elf Post Office. Plum Street Snoballs will sell concessions nightly.
Admission charge is five ($5) dollars per vehicle. All vehicles must enter from West Napoleon Avenue and exit at Downs Boulevard. Upon entering the park, traffic will flow counter-clockwise around the park. Driving and walking tours through the exhibit are available.
The Downs Boulevard Park entrance will close daily at 5:00 pm. Event hours are Sunday through Thursday 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Friday and Saturday 5:30pm to 10:30pm. The West Napoleon Avenue gate will close at 9:00pm Sunday through Thursday and 10:00pm Friday and Saturday nights.
The annual SNOW DAY begins at 9:30am on Saturday, December 14, 2019. One hundred thousand (100,000) pounds of artificial snow will be located between the Carousel and shelters 7 and 8. Free to children 10 and under and open to the public as long as the snow lasts.
During CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK, the Carousel will open Sunday through Thursday until 9:30pm and Friday and Saturday until 10:30pm at a cost of $1.00 per rider. The Carousel will close on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
We also scheduled local schools and groups that will perform on stage during the stretch of the display and we will once again have Story time performances from our friends at the Jefferson Parish Library.