Christmas in Jefferson Parish is a one-of-a-kind experience, featuring light shows, parades, shopping, ice skating, and even snow! You will have no trouble getting in the holiday spirit here! Check out our holiday events guide for Jefferson Parish and the surrounding areas below.

Shopping Center Holiday Photos


Nothing beats commemorating the holidays with the classic Santa at the mall pic! Get yours taken at one or all of our four shopping centers throughout Jefferson Parish!

Oakwood Center: Nov 1 - Dec 24
Clearview Center: Nov 22 - Dec 24
The Esplanade: Nov 23 - Dec 24
Lakeside Shopping Center: Nov 23 - Dec 24


Plays & Concerts

JPAS Theatre Kids! presents: Disney's Frozen JR.
Nov 22-24


A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa.

Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts presents: Scrooge in Rouge
November 29 - December 15

Scrooge in Rouge

Get in the holiday spirit with this quick-change, cross-dressing musical version “somewhat loosely based on the idea of ‘A Christmas Carol’. With bad puns, bawdy vaudeville humorisms, naughty double entendres, and witty songs, it’s a raucous holiday treat! Rated PG.

A Merry Canteen Christmas
December 1 - 23

Christmas Belles

The Victory Belles are back this Christmas season with all your favorite holiday tunes! When a WWII veteran gifts a trunk full of wartime memorabilia, the Victory Belles unwrap so many memories and reminisce the best way they know how—singing in beautiful three-part harmony.

The JPAS Theatre presents: Annie
December 6 - 15


Little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC.

He is Born: A Christmas Concert with the Daughters of St Paul
December 10


The Daughters of St Paul are back with a new tour and a new lineup for the He is Born Christmas Concert! Be inspired by the voices and stories of the Sisters as well as by the sounds of Christmas carols new and old, bringing joy and peace to all who listen!

The JPAS Theatre presents: The Nutcracker
December 21 & 22


An all new production of the classic ballet which has become a holiday favorite. The Nutcracker is the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and his fierce battle against a Mouse King.


Christmas Lights & Parades

Gretna Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa Parade
December 1

Gretna Christmas Tree

The city of Gretna invites you to join them for the Gretna Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa Parade.

Christmas in Lafreniere Park
December 6 - 30

Christmas in Lafreniere Park

Lafreniere Park's beautiful light display features LED lights with fantastic displays such as a lighted 60-foot sea serpent in the lagoon, a princess and her magical castle and the gingerbread man!

Kenner Christmas Village
December 6 - 28

Kenner Christmas Village

The Annual Christmas Village will light up Kenner this holiday season. Transformed into a festive holiday village with beautiful Christmas lights, animated scenery and snow every weekend! Enjoy the Laser Holidays Light Show at Kenner Planetarium & Megadome Cinema Saturdays, Dec 7,14,21 & 28 at 7PM.

Harahan Christmas Parade
December 14

Harahan Christmas Parade

Celebrate the holidays at the Harahan Christmas parade! Enjoy floats, bands, dance teams and the man of the hour, Santa Claus!

Revelry on the Ridge
December 14


Enjoy food, music, a visit from Santa, lights and even snow at Bayou Metairie Park in Old Metairie!

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Lights on the Lake Holiday Bash
December 14

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Lights at the Lake

Join the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation for a beautiful night on the lake and enjoy the best spot to view the holiday boat parade. In addition to the fantastic music line-up, delicious food from local food trucks and tantalizing hot toddies and refreshments, there will be kids craft & educational activities, and pictures with Santa.


Christmas Parties

Pirates and Princess Cajun Christmas Tea
December 7

Jean Lafitte

Calling all pirates and princesses! Join Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour for a festive celebration and enjoy the magic of Christmas on Louisiana's beautiful bayou. Enjoy a festive party including live entertainment, story time, a magic show, photos with Papa Noel himself, and of course a tour of the surrounding swamp lands via traditional flat-bottom boat.

Nutcracker Tea Party
December 14 & 15

Nutcracker Tea Party

Enjoy an enchanting afternoon that includes an elegant tea and luncheon. The event offers hands-on activities for youth that includes letter to Santa, the amazing creations from Balloonatics of Baton Rouge, as well as a visit from Santa Claus and more. NOLA Dance Project company dancers will perform excerpts from The Nutcracker and you will have the rare opportunity to pose for photographs with members of the cast. This 3 hour family-friendly event is a delight for ballet lovers of all ages!

Clearview Center Breakfast with Santa
December 21


Santa will be joining your little ones for a delicious breakfast – courtesy of Zea – and to hear their Christmas wishes. The elves have been rehearsing their magic show for weeks! Breakfast will be buffet style, and the menu includes a pancake station, eggs, grits, bacon, sausage and potatoes. A professional picture with Santa is not included in the $20 admission price, but he will be there for pictures that can be taken from a cell phone or handheld camera!

Outdoor & Sporting Events

Movie Night at the Market with Santa
December 6

Westwego Market

Enjoy a holiday movie and get to meet Santa!

Shop the Huey & Ringing in the Arts Festival
December 7

Ringing in the Arts

Saturday is a full day of holiday shopping on Huey P. Long Ave., kicking off with the 1st annual Shop the Huey from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. inside the Gretna Cultural Center for the Arts. Picture boutique holiday market shopping in downtown Gretna while you sip on mimosas. Get all your gifts in one place with vendors such as NOLA Couture, Kendra Scott, and many more! Continue the fun with the annual Ringing in the Arts from 5 – 9 p.m., a Victorian Christmas festival. Come and enjoy an evening of fine art, music and refreshments at the Market Place.

Snow Day in Lafreniere Park
December 14

Snow Day in Lafreniere park

The weatherman has spoken! There will be snow in Lafreniere Park! Do not miss out on this one-of-a-kind FREE event! Lasts until the snow melts!

Dashing Through the Dome
December 20

Dashing Through Dome

Dashing Through the Dome is a two mile fun run inside the Superdome on Dec. 20th at 6pm. All two miles take place inside the Dome. The course runs its participants up and around all three levels of the Superdome with its start and finish taking place on the field.

The holidays are jam-packed with fun and family-friendly happenings! Did I miss any events? Comment below! And be sure and check out our events calendar for all of Jefferson Parish's events!

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