Christmas in Jefferson Parish is a one-of-a-kind experience, featuring light shows and a lot of shopping! You will have no trouble getting in the holiday spirit here! Check out our holiday events guide for Jefferson Parish. Please note that due to COVID restrictions, some annual events have been canceled or modified for 2020. Be sure and follow all state and local COVID guidelines and mask mandates.
Shopping Center Holiday Photos
Nothing beats commemorating the holidays with the classic Santa at the mall pic! Get yours taken at one of our shopping centers throughout Jefferson Parish!
Oakwood Center: Nov 27 - Dec 23
Clearview City Center: Nov 21 - Dec 24
Lakeside Shopping Center: Nov 21 - Dec 24
Santa's Arrival Celebration at Lakeside Shopping Center
Join Lakeside Shopping Center as they welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus with their friends Rudolph, Frosty and other Christmas favorites! Don't miss Santa's parade - it's sure to be a spectacular show to kick off the holiday season! The parade will begin at Veterans Skylight and will end at Candy Cane Lane (Center Court)
Holiday Parade | 9:30 am
Begins near Veterans Skylight and ends at Candy Cane Lane (Center Court)
Santa Photos | 10:00 am
Capture your family memory with a visit and photo with Santa!
North Pole Express Train | 10:00 am
Train rides for your little elves begin at 10 am! The train will be sanitized for safety between riders.
St. Mathew The Apostle Holiday Market
The market will feature crafts, clothing, pottery, jewelry, holiday décor, candles, prayer pockets, New Orleans creations, food, Stella and Dot merchandise, and much more! Door prizes will be given away, refreshments will be served and there will be live music by Vince Vance!
Music & Movie Night at Pontiff Playground
Come out for a family-friendly night of music with School of Rock followed by a showing of The Polar Express. Music begins at 5:30 pm and movie begins at 7 pm. Social distancing guidelines will be adhered to and they request that everyone wear a mask.
Artists Sunday Market in Rivertown
Nov 29 & Dec 13
The City of Kenner has partnered with Arts Market of New Orleans and the New Orleans Arts Council to host two Artists Sunday Arts Markets in Rivertown. Browse art from many local artists. It will be an outdoor Arts Market all throughout the Rivertown area from 10 am-4 pm. This is a great place to do some holiday shopping!
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! New this year is an interactive Christmas tree exhibit constructed with more than 10 million LED lights!
Kenner Christmas Village
Nov 28-Dec 26
The Annual Christmas Village will light up Kenner this holiday season. Transformed into a festive holiday village with beautiful Christmas lights and animated scenery. Enjoy the Laser Holidays Light Show at Kenner Planetarium & Megadome Cinema on Saturdays.
Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts presents A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage
Dec 4-6, 12 & 13
Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new production A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they put on their own Christmas play and ultimately discover the true meaning of the season. It's is a present the whole family can enjoy!
Shop the Huey
Shop the Huey at the Gretna Cultural Center Saturday, December 5th from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Enjoy a holiday sip and shop of local boutiques at one location. Sip on bottomless mimosas while you knock out that holiday gift list.
Cookies with Santa and the Belles
Dec 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20
It’s the perfect holiday experience to share with children and grandchildren! Young guests will be entertained by the Victory Belles, holiday games and a visit from Santa with a special teddy bear gift for all children in attendance.
Jefferson Community Band Free Christmas Concert
Enjoy a free concert in beautiful Bucktown!
Pirates and Princess Holiday Tea with Papa Noel
Dec 12 & 13
Enjoy a socially distant, outdoor Holiday Tea with Papa Noel and Dwayno the Clown down on da bayou! Children of all ages will enjoy a festive holiday party including live entertainment, storytime, a magic show, face painting, photos with Papa Noel himself, and of course an exciting tour of the surrounding swamplands on a traditional flat-bottom boat. Give the kids in your life the best gift of all - memories they'll never forget. Space is limited and reservations are required, so click HERE for more information and to purchase your tickets.
Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts presents The Meemaw Mystery Theatre - Meemaw's Christmas Pawty
MeeMaw and her acting troupe of relatives put their own murder mystery spin on the traditional Christmas stories! Expect an evening of seasonal comedy and music with a New Orleans accent! You'll be adding "O Little Town of Harahan" to your list of favorite carols!
A Candy Cane Celebration at Destrehan Plantation
Calling all kids! Enjoy an afternoon on the beautiful grounds of Destrehan Plantation and in the old Mule Barn!
- Make and take home holiday crafts
- Play reindeer games and win prizes
- Visit Santa under the old oak tree
- Storytelling by Mrs. Claus in the outdoor kitchen
- Color Elijah the elf coloring contest
- Go on a candy cane hunt
- Enjoy complimentary refreshments such as holiday punch, hot chocolate
- Purchase confections from the sweet shop
$14.00 per child
$16.00 per adult
Children two and under free
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!
Le Petit Theatre presents A Nola Noel
Join Le Petit for a holiday extravaganza playing live on Le Petit's Touring Stage in Bucktown Marina. Featuring a cast of local favorites and a repertoire of the Crescent City's most beloved seasonal and holiday songs, A Nola Noël tells the story of Marcus, a young boy who finds himself turned around and lost in a strange new city full of unfamiliar customs. Trying to get home in time for Christmas, Marcus befriends a kindly stranger named Nick, who bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain North Pole resident. Nick takes Marcus on a musical journey through New Orleans, its many cultures and diverse influences, and, along the way, reveals to him the true meaning of home.
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