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 malls throughout Jefferson Parish!
Clearview Center: Nov 17 - Dec 24
The Esplanade: Nov 15 - Dec 24
Lakeside Shopping Center: Nov 17 - Dec 24
Oakwood Center: Nov 17 - Dec 24
Kenner Christmas Village
November 24 - December 29
Kenner City Park will transform into a festive holiday village with Christmas lights and animated scenery! It will feature ice skating, food & shopping, performances, and a Biergarten!
A Holiday Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Come celebrate the magic of the holidays with an enchanting evening that brings back the best of “Ol’ Blue Eyes” and all his Christmas classics! Also joining the show is the wonderful and talented Wanda Markase and Glen Boyd.
Christmas Belles are Ringing
November 30 - December 29
The National WWII Museum's talented Victory Belles harmonize their way through the holiday season presenting sacred and secular favorites, superb musical arrangements, Rockettes-style choreography, and an array of beautiful costumes. Come celebrate the wonder, warmth, and magic of the season!
Christmas in Lafreniere Park
November 30 - December 30
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!
The JPAS Theatre presents: The Santaland Diaries
November 30 - December 23
When a down-on-his-luck wannabe actor arrives in New York City, the only employment he can find is at Macy’s department store - working in Santaland, as a reluctant, but cheerful elf. Newly christened “Crumpet”, our clever anti-hero shares his observations of the mayhem in front of and behind the scenes during one chaotic December, from aggressive parents and drunken Santas to flirtatious actors, poor hygiene, and the racially charged hazards of being a “Pointer Elf”. Will Crumpet find a moment of pure Christmas Spirit?
Breakfasts with Santa
Kenner Breakfast with Santa December 1 & 15: Join Kenner Parks and Rec for a pancake and sausage breakfast filled with games, arts and crafts, pics with Santa and more at the Kenner Pavilion!
The Red Maple December 8: There will be photos with Santa, a hot chocolate bar, a breakfast buffet and more!
Clearview Center December 9: Enjoy breakfast with Santa! He will visit, read a story and there will be a Nutcracker Ballet performance! Food by Zea.
Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch with Santa Dec 20-21: Brunch with Santa includes: Live Jazz Entertainment Access to the full brunch buffet as well as a special children's buffet, a visit with Santa, a gift for every child (naughty or nice).
Christmas in Rivertown
Celebrate the holidays in Kenner's Rivertown with a craft fair and activities followed by a movie in the park! The movie is The Star and will be outdoors, so bring a chair or blanket!
Ringing in the Arts
The City of Gretna invites you to their Fine Art Evening Festival celebrating a Victorian Christmas. Join them for an evening of fine art, music, a parade of prizes, People's Choice Award, and refreshments in their outdoor gallery against the dramatic backdrop of their quaint city.
Gretna Christmas Tree Lighting & Parade
Join the City of Gretna for the Gretna Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony! Meet at 2nd Street and Huey P. Long Avenue by the arch for a Christmas parade and an evening filled with holiday fun!
Sipping with Santa
Join host Mike & Michelle Yenni, along with Keith and Barbie Conley, as they celebrate the annual Sipping with Santa at Chateau Golf & Country Club. For only $35, guests are invited to a wonderful cocktail party that gives back to the community. Featuring festive cocktails, hors-d'oeuvres, music, raffles, prizes and more!
Movie Night at the Market presents Santa Buddies
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy Santa Buddies at the Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market! Food and drinks available for purchase.
Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts presents: Let It Snow!
December 7 - 23
The Big Easy Boys & Babes are "coming to town" with a brand new, spectacular holiday revue, Let It Snow! A Big Easy Boys Christmas is a delightful mix of holiday standards and classic hits that is sure to have you and yours “rockin' around the Christmas tree.”
The JPAS Theatre presents: White Christmas
December 7 - 16
Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge.
Deanie's Candyland Christmas Show
December 8, 9, 15 & 16
The incomparable Vince Vance has created a special New Orleans-style family holiday program especially for Deanie's to entertain kids and kids at heart alike. Children are encouraged to be silly, have fun and share their Holiday Spirit with their friends and family during this playful morning holiday celebration.
Nutcracker Tea Party
December 8 & 15
Enjoy an enchanting afternoon that includes an elegant tea and luncheon. This event offers hands-on activities for youth that include cookie decorating, letter to Santa, Pointe shoe autographing, as well as a visit from Santa Claus. The Studio School of Dance dancers will perform excerpts from The Nutcracker and guests 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!
Snow Day in Lafreniere Park
The weatherman has spoken! There will be snow in Lafreniere Park on December 8th by shelters 7 & 8! Do not miss out on this one-of-a-kind FREE event!
National WWII Museum's Teddy Bear Tea
December 8, 15, 20, 21 & 23
Featuring delicious food and sweet treats, lively music from the Victory Belles, a visit from Santa Claus, and a special teddy bear gift for all children in attendance.
A Candy Cane Celebration at Destrehan Plantation
Celebrate the holidays at Destrehan Plantation, featuring crafts, Santa visits, games, storytelling, and more!
The Nutcracker Ballet
December 14 - 23
Enjoy the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, at the Gretna Cultural Center for the Arts!
Alario Center's Magic of Christmas Gift Shop
December 15 & 16
Magic 101.9 and Entercom Radio New Orleans present the Magic of Christmas Gift Shop - the perfect way to kick off the holidays and find the perfect gifts. Find those unique items for friends, relatives, teachers, co-workers and even yourself! Think of this as one giant pop-up shop with tons of businesses you'd never find if it weren't for this fun event, home décor, food, clothing, toys, toiletries, novelties, ornaments, home accessories, jewelry and more!
Harahan Christmas Parade
Celebrate the holidays at the Harahan Christmas parade! Enjoy floats, bands, dance teams and the man of the hour, Santa Claus!
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Lights at the Lake Celebration
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.
Pirates and Princess Cajun Christmas Tea
Calling all pirates and princesses! Join Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour for a festive celebration. Enjoy the magic of Christmas on Louisiana's beautiful bayou! Enjoy lunch while listening to the story of 'A Cajun Night Before Christmas.' See a magic show, take photos with Papa Noel himself, and take a tour down the bayou with our swamp friends. The lil' ones will be enthralled by live gator sightings - and they'll even get to hold a baby gator! Cajun feast provided for lunch: Caesar Salad, Gumbo, Red Beans & Rice, Chicken Tenders & Fries, and Crawfish Eggrolls, Beignets and Bread Pudding.
Reveillon on the Ridge
December 18 - January 6
For nearly 300 years, families here have enjoyed the Reveillon with special meals, gifts, and gatherings throughout the season. Celebrate our cultural heritage in Jefferson Parish with Old Metairie’s new/old season of celebration! Savor & Save – with “Reveillon Special” menus and sales at businesses across Metairie! Save some Jingle!
Don't miss their Reveillon on the Ridge Ring-A-Long Holiday Festival on December 23! Santa and Mr. Bingle will arrive aboard an old New Orleans style 'streetcar' while children ride a real-life Christmas train around the base of the giant Christmas tree. Noted pianist Harry Mayronne Jr. will take the stage to play Christmas carols. Santa will lead the crowd to 'sing-a-long and ring-a-long' (BYOBells) to everyone's holiday favorites!
Kenner Grinch Party
Pizza party with games, arts, and crafts, pictures with Mr. Grinch and more!
Jean Lafitte New Year's Eve Party
Come celebrate the arrival of 2019 in Jean Lafitte! This party will feature complimentary party favors, music by Junior & Sumtin' Sneaky and Aaron Foret, complimentary beer, champagne, jambalaya, gumbo, and potato salad!
New Year's Eve at BB's Stage Door Canteen
Ring in 2019 at BB’s Stage Door Canteen! Join them as Spencer Racca, Elizabeth Floyd, and the Victory Swing Orchestra lead an enthusiastic and celebratory evening, which begins with a complimentary Bellini and ends with a champagne toast and a midnight chocolate buffet. In between, dance 2018 away to the unrivaled sounds of the 1940s. Close out the year in style!
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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