Where to Find Santa Claus in New Orleans 2022

Where to Find Santa Claus in New Orleans 2022

The Holiday season is here which means Santa is in town visiting from the North Pole! He'll be all around town, in malls, and everywhere spreading Christmas cheer and joy to children of all ages. We can't wait to visit him and make sure we are on the nice list. If you're looking for Santa Claus in New Orleans, we know where to find him!

Dates, times, and Santa appearances are subject to change, please check with the event before attending.

Holiday Events In New Orleans With Santa 

These unique holiday traditions are at the heart of every New Orleanian! These holiday events are full of festive fun for the whole family!

Celebration In the Oaks 

Santa can be seen during the driving tour and will have a special interactive surprise for guests in New Orleans City Park through January 1, 2023. Open Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6-10 pm and Friday and Saturday from 5-11 pm. The cost is $40 per vehicle. Closed on Christmas and New Year's Eve. Purchase tickets.

You can also do the walking tour through the Botanical Garden at City Park and ride the rides in the Carousel Gardens amusement park.

Christmas In Lafreniere Park

Santa and other holiday characters visit Lafreniere Park on weekends from December 2, 2022, through December 30, 2022, Sunday through Thursday from 5:30-9 pm, and Friday and Saturday Night from 5:30-10 pm. The cost is $10 per car for the drive-through light show. There are also holiday entertainment and holiday refreshments to purchase.

Kenner Christmas Village

Santa, arts and crafts, holiday performances, live music, snow, lights, and more at Heritage Park in Rivertown. Every weekend from December 2 – December 18, 2022, from 5:30-8:30 pm.

Santa's Workship

Music, holiday refreshments, holiday crafts and pictures with Santa plus do some holiday shipping at the Book Fair and Christmas Boutique on Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 10 am to 12:30 pm at Ursuline Academy. The cost is $5 per person, children under 1 are FREE. Purhcase tickets here.

St. Nick Celebration

Live music, kids' activities, Santa second line, and more at the French Market in the French Quarter on December 10, 2022, from 10 am – 3 pm.

Cookies with Santa

Have cookies with Santa, take pictures and make a holiday craft in the The Gibbs Family Center for Innovation + Design at St. Martin's Episcopal School on December 10, 2022 from 10 am – NOON. The cost is $20 per family. Purchase tickets here.

Lights on the Lake

Annual Christmas event at the New Canal Lighthouse (8001 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA) on December 10, 2022, from 5 – 8 pm. The event starts off with the West End Boat Parade at 5:30 pm. There will also be local food trucks, holiday refreshments, live entertainment, pictures with Papa Noel, crafts, and more. This year you can park at the Robert Shopping Center behind Walgreens and take the shuttle to the lighthouse. The cost is $5 per person (children under 5 are free) and proceeds from the event benefit the Pontchartrain Conservancy. No chairs or pets are allowed.

Winter Wonder Glam

Little ones can get their hair styled with hair tinsel, get made up with glitter makeup, enjoy yummy treats and take picture with Santa at Dazzle Doll Salon & Glam Bar (2324 Barataria Boulevard #Suite 11 Marrero) on Sunday, December 11, 2022 from 10 am – 2 pm. The cost is $70 per child. Purchase tickets here.

Sensory Friendly Santa

Join the Austim Society for Greater New Orleans for Sensory Friendly Santa on Saturday, December 11, 2022 from 11:30 am – 3pm at Bad Wolf (1454 Woodland Hwy, Belle Chasse, LA). Register here for a 10 minute time slot and create winder crafts, enjoy a snack and get a picture with Santa. Each particpant will recieve a free gift and a free digital photo with Santa. Tickets are $3 for participants and $1 for caregivers (no more than 3 caregivers per family).

Milk and Cookies with Santa

Have milk and cookies with Santa and the Grinch, listen to a story, and make holiday crafts at French Press Coffee (4205 Airline Drive Metairie, LA) on Sunday, December 11, 2022 from 1-3 pm. Tickets are $10 for children (includes one milk or hot cocoa and one cookie) and $13 for one and adult and one child (includes one milk or hot cocoa and one cookie for the child and small coffee -any flavor on the menu either hot, iced, or La Freeze – for the adult.

Cookie Decorating with Santa

Sunday, December 11, 2022, from 2-3 pm at Empty Next Cafe and Bar. The cost is $15 per child and reservations are required by emailing Emptynest5050@gmail.com.

Holiday Movie Nights

Watch The Polar Express, get a picture with Santa, make holiday crafts on Friday, December 16, 2022 at 6:30 pm at the Westwego Community Center. The cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets here.

FREE Train Rides with Santa

Ride on an open-air gondola or caboose pulled by a historic diesel locomotive on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at the Louisiana Steam Train Association (LASTA) train yard (1501 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson, LA), Gates open at 10 am, Santa arrives at 10:30 am and free train rides will be from 11 am – 4 pm. There will also be food, drinks, and merchandise to purchase!

NOLA ChristmasFest

NOLA ChristmasFest is an indoor Christmas carnival held inside the New Orleans Convention Center from December 21-30, 2022. There are carnival rides, ice skating, ice sliding, and more. Plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for pictures from December 21- December 23rd from 11 am – 3:30 pm and 4:20-9 pm. Tickets also include Holiday entertainment with local musicians, dance teams, schools, etc and there is a holiday market where you can purchase gifts from local artists.

You can also Skate with Santa on December 23 from 9:30 – 11 am. Tickets include skating with Santa, holiday refreshments such as decorated donuts, festive fruits, a hot chocolate bar, and more, and entrance into the morning session of NOLA ChristmasFest.


Holiday Parades in New Orleans With Santa

Catch beads, and candy and say hi to Santa at these New Orleans Christmas Parades!

Children's Hospital New Orleans Holiday Parade

The first annual Chidlren's Hospital New Orleans Holiday Parade rolls on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 11am. The first of it's kind holiday parade will include more than 20 holiday themed floats, balloons and of course Santa! The parades start in the French Market and ends at Lafayette Square with a holiday concert and family friendly fun from 1-3pm.

Norco Christmas Parade

The Norco Christmas Parade is back after a two-year absence. The parade rolls on December 4, 2022, at 1 pm and will feature the 610 Stompers, local marching bands, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Westwego Santa Parade

Santa parades through Westwego handing out treat bags during the The Westwego Volunteer Fire Co. #1 Annual Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 3pm.

Gretna Christmas Parade

The parade rolls on Sunday, December 4, 2022, from 5:30-7:30 pm along 5th St from Fried St. to Huey P. Long Ave than along Huey P. Long Ave between 1st and 10th Sts with Santa and local dance teams, bands and marching group.

Harahan Christmas Parade

Catch beats and candy and see Santa at the Harahana Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 12 pm. The parade starts at the Oasis Truck stop on Jefferson Hwy and ends at the Winn Dixie on Jefferson Hwy.


Jingle on the Boulevard

The fifth annual Jingle on the Boulevard rolls on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at NOON. The parade includes local marching bands, dance groups, floats and of course Santa and rolls down Crowder Blvd to Haynes Boulevard, making its way to Read Boulevard and strolling all the way to Lake Forest Plaza.


Holiday Markets in New Orleans With Santa

Get some of your Christmas shopping done with local crafters, shops, and artists, and don't forget to say hi to Santa while you are there!

DEUTSCHES HAUS Christkindlmarket

German Christmas market with shopping, food, live entertainment, and St. Nichols with the Christkind. The market is open Friday, December 2, 2022, from 4-8 pm, Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 11 am – 8 pm, and Sunday, December 4, 2022, from 11 am.- 4 pm.

Christmas at Blossom

Meet Santa, create personalized ornaments, enjoy holiday refreshments and get 25% off your purchases at Blossom Boutique (714 Lafayette St, Gretna, LA) on Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 10 am – 3 pm.


Old Metairie Christmas Market

Christmas shopping with over 100 vendors, face painting, prizes, kids' crafts, pictures with Santa, and more at St. Francis Xavier School on Metairie Rd. on December 3, 2022, from 9 am – 2 pm.

German Coast Farmers Market

Santa will be visitng the German Coast Farmers Market at the St. Charles Parish East Regional Library on Saturday, December 10 and 17, 2022, from 8 am – NOON.

Santa at the Market

Santa will be at the Grenta Farmer's Market (Huey P. Long Ave between 3rd and 4th Strees) to take pictures on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 10:30 am.

Christmas at the Market

See holiday performances, visit with Santa and more at the Westwego Farmers and Fisheries on December 17, 2022 from 11 am – 4 pm.


Holiday Teas New Orleans with Santa

These elegant holiday traditions create treasured memories for children of all ages.

Teddy Bear Teas at the Roosevelt New Orleans

Christmas Tea with Santa and his elves at the Teddy Bear Tea at the Roosevelt Hotel on Canal St. at various times from December 1, 2019, through Christmas Eve. General Reserved Seating is $91 for ages 11 and up, $69 for ages 3-10, and free for children 2 and under. There is also VIP Seating available. Reserve your seating here.

Teddy Bear Tea Santa and the talented Victory Belles

Visit the National WWII Museum for this holiday treat that includes music from Victory Belles, a teddy bear gift, sweet treats, and a visit with Santa. The cost is $66 for ages 2 and up on December 10, 2022, at 10 am.  Purchase tickets.

Holiday Tea Party

Snacks, storytelling, festive fun for the whole family, holiday crafts and a surprise guest (obviously Santa) at The Historic BK House & Gardens on Saturday, December 10, 2022 from 10 am – 1 pm. The cost is $25 per person for non-members and $15 per person for members. Purchase tickets here.

Papa Noel Tea

Special holiday celebration with Papa Noel at 11 am and 2:30 pm on December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17-21, 2022 at 11 a.m. or 2:30 p.m at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The cost is $75 for adulrs and $55 for children 12 and under. Reserve your seat here.

Cajun Holiday Tea With Papa Noel

Take a cruise on the Creole Queen with Papa Noel on Sunday, December 11, 2022, at 10 am and 1:30 pm! The cost is $69 for adults, $49 for children 3-12, and $15 for children 0-2. Purchase tickets here.


Free Photos With Santa

Nothing beats FREE! Here are some Christmas events in the Greater New Orleans Area where you can get your picture with Santa for free!

Pictures with Mrs. Claus

Visit 5813 Flagler St, Metairie, LA every Saturday and Sunday in December from 5-8 pm. Mrs. Claus will be on the porch waving to cars and taking pictures. You can also give her your letter to Santa!

The Cringles at Second Line Brewing

The entire family (including furbabies) is invited to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Second Line Brewing on Sunday, December 4, 2022, and Sunday, December 18, 2022, from 1-4 pm.

Photos with Santa Holiday Event

Get a free 5×7 picture plus a digital copy with Santa on Saturday, December 10, 2022, from 9 am – 1 pm at 913 Williams Blvd, Kenner, La. There will also be door prizes, holiday crafts, letters to Santa, cookies, hot chocolate, and more!

Movies Under the Stars at Spanish Plaza

Enjoy a move outside at Spanish Plaza, enjoy Christmas Treats and take pictures with Santa under the Riverwalk Christmas Tree on December 10 and 17, 2022 from 5-7:30 pm.

Movies:

  • Arthur Christmas on December 10, 2022
  • The Grinch on December 17, 2022

Christmas On the Bayou

Gather on Moss St. at Cabrini High School at 6 pm on December 10, 2022, for a living nativity, performances by the Cabrini Cheerleaders and Eclipse Dance Team, and candlelight caroling from the Cabrini Chamber Ensemble to welcome Santa who will arrive by boat on Bayou St. John. After Santa arrives there will be hot chocolate, treats, and Santa pictures in the cafeteria.

Christmas Fest

Free Christmas Event at St. Charles UMC in Destrehan, LA on December 16, 2022, from 5-7 pm. Live Nativity with a petting zoo, pony rides, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Christmas crafts, and more.

Photos with Santa at Don's Seafood Hut

Have lunch or dinner at Don's Seafood Hut on Saturday, December 17 from 2-5 pm and on Wednesday, December 21 from 6-9 pm, and take a free picture with St. Nick!


Christmas Tree Lightings with Santa

Help Santa light Chritmas Trees around the Greater New Orleans Area.

Gretna Tree Lighting

Santa lights the tree on the Huey P. Long Avenue median at 6th Street after the Gretna Christmas Parade on December 4, 2022 at 6 pm.

Wego Winter Wonderland Christmas Tree Lighting

Santa will be at Catfish Bourgeois Park on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 6pm for the Wego Winter Wonderland tree lighting.


Santa Claus At New Orleans Area Malls

Area shopping malls are some of the best places to see Santa and get a professional picture with him!

Lakeside Shopping Center

Santa will be available for pictures through Christmas Eve in the mall's center court. Appointments are required for pictures with Santa.

Selfies with Santa at Canal Place

Take a selfie with Santa from 11 am – 3 pm on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at Canal Place. Meet Santa, have a cookie and watch a puppet show from Calliope Puppets at 11 am and 12:15 pm.

Oakwood Shopping Center

Santa arrives at his workshop near JC Penny for pictures from December 1- 24, 2022. Reservations are encouraged.

The Esplanade Mall

The Esplanade Mall is still closed due to damage from Hurricane Ida.

Clearview City Center

Clearview Mall is currently closed due to damage from Hurricane Ida.


Breakfast with Santa Claus in New Orleans

Have breakfast or brunch (with bottomless mimosas please!) and get a picture with Santa all at the same time! It's a great way to start the day!

Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy breakfast, crafts, and get a picture with Santa at the Harahan Lions Club on Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 9-11 am. The cost is $10 per child, adults are free.

Breakfast with St. Nick

Enjoy a hot breakfast, play games, make Christmas crafts, and get a picture with Santa (available to purchase from Loupe Photography) at Mount Carmel Academy on Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 9:30 – 11:30 am. The cost is $10 in advanced, $15 at the door, and children under one are FREE. Purchase tickets here through Friday, December 2, 2022, at 2 pm.

Teddy Bear Brunch

Have breakfast with Santa and get a teddy bear at Legacy Kitchen in Gretna (91 Westbank Expressway #51) on Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 10 am – noon and Sunday, December 4, 2022 from 9:30-11:30 am. The cost per person is determined by your breakfast order and reservations are required. Call Call (504)513-2606 for reservations.

Santa Pajama Party at the Royal Sonesta

Wear your favorite holiday pajamas while you sip on hot chocolate or warm apple cider, eat delicious food, decorate your own cookies and visit with Santa and the Sugarplum Fairy Primcess on December 3,4,10,11,17 and 18, 2022 from 9:30-11 am or 12:30-2 pm at at Restaurant R'evolution within Royal Snownesta! The cost is $80 for ages 12 and up, $55 for ages 2-12 and children under 2 are FREE. Purchase tickets here.

Pére Noël Brunch

Take a selfie with Santa, write a letter to the North Pole and have a jazz brunch with festive food and speciality cocktails at Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard (819 Conti St.) on December 10,11,17 and 18, 2022, from 10 am – 3 pm. Make reservations here!

Breakfast with Santa at the Bad Wolf

2nd Annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 17, 2022, and Sunday, December 18, 2022, from 9:30 am – NOON. The cost is $15 per child and includes pancakes, a drink, hot chocolate, a holiday craft, and a picture with Santa (bring your own camera). There will be a special brunch menu for adults! Reservations required! Call (504) 613-4887 to make reservations.

Jazz Brunch with Santa

Listen to a live Holiday jazz trio, enjoy a brunch buffet, visit with Santa and get a special gift at the Court of Two Sisters at 10 am and 1 pm on December 19-December 22, 2022. The price is $52 for ages 13 and up, $32 for ages 5-12, and $15 for ages 0-4. Tax and gratuity are addition and prepard and reservations are required. Puchase tickets here or call 504-522-7261 ext. 24.

Did we miss any places where you can find Santa Claus in New Orleans this year? Let us know in the comments!

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SINGLE PARENTING DURING THE HOLIDAYS

SINGLE PARENTING DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Being a parent in general for the holidays is difficult and stressful.  We have so much pressure on us. We have to find the perfect gifts, host parties, find the most perfect outfits, and much more.  

I used to love the hustle and bustle of the holidays. It used to make me in the best mood. I loved the atmosphere and just being around people.  Three years ago, my “holiday mindset” changed completely.  Three years ago, I spent my first holidays as a Single Parent.

The holidays are a time for family closeness, family Christmas Cards, and everything and anything that involves family.  I have shared custody of my boys, and sharing them for the holidays is the hardest thing in the whole world. 

Two years ago, my boys slept at their dad's house on Christmas Eve.  This was my first Christmas Eve without my boys.  The way I felt that night still makes me sick to my stomach.  I cried, and when I say I cried, I mean I CRIED myself to sleep. I felt as if I was punched in the stomach.  

Did they leave cookies out for Santa? Are they in the Christmas jammies that I buy them every year? Is their dad going to remember to put stuff in their stockings? The questions and concerns kept running through my head.  

All night.  I remember I woke up and immediately texted my ex-husband, and he sent me pictures of our boys, and I was okay. I did it. I got through my first Christmas Eve without my boys.  I couldn’t wait to get them that afternoon and show them what Santa brought to my house for them.

As the years go by, I wish I could say that the holidays get easier, but they don't.  It never gets easier. Ever.  Luckily, there are a few things that can make the holidays a little easier for us single parents.

Make New Traditions

I used to love decorating my house, putting up my tree, and having matching ornaments all perfectly placed.  Now, the boys and I put our tree up together, and I let them put ornaments wherever they want.  

My OCD does click in, and I want to move things around, but I let it all stay wherever the boys had placed them. 

 One of my Best Friends is also a single mom of two boys, and we have our own holiday parties.  Just us 6.  We play reindeer games, play holiday bingo, bake, and so much more.  It's the little thing we do that all the boys enjoy and look forward to. 

Treat Yourself

As single parents, we really have to watch what we spend, especially during the holidays.  If you really want something that you have been putting on the back burner to buy something for your kids…. BUY IT! You deserve it! 

 It could also be a massage, a pedicure, or even a trip.  One of my oldest and Best Friends lives in Denver, so I treat myself during the holidays by going to visit her.  It does not only help with loneliness, but it also helps the holidays go by faster.

Keep Busy

When the kids are with their dad, I try to keep as busy as possible but even more during the holidays. 

 I do all of my shopping when I don't have the boys.  I talk to my friends and make plans for lunches, dinners, and drinks.  I love self-help and going to the gym.  Something else a single parent could do to help the time pass would be to volunteer at a local hospital or nursing home.

As the holidays are fast approaching and the craziness is about to start, I already have anxiety and feel a sense of loneliness.  I have to remember to do the things that I mentioned above.  I do give myself pep talks very often.  I also try to remind myself that memories last a lifetime.  They are made in the small moments.  No one can ever replace memory, and that is what I try to do with my boys.

How do you get through the holidays as a single parent?

ALL THE REASONS YOU WILL LOVE NOLA CHRISTMAS FEST IN 2022

ALL THE REASONS YOU WILL LOVE NOLA CHRISTMAS FEST IN 2022

This New Orleans Christmas tradition is back again in 2022!

NOLA Christmas Fest is an indoor Christmas carnival held inside the New Orleans Convention Center from December 21-30, 2022. Full of fun for all ages, NOLA Christmas Fest is a MUST-do for every family, and here's why!

NOLA Christmas Fest is Handicap Accessible

A friend's oldest child has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair for mobility. For her family, NOLA Christmas Fest is as close to perfect as it can possibly get as it is fully handicap accessible and climate-controlled, which is great.

NOLA Christmas Fest is Beautifully Put Together

There are a number of beautiful light displays outside on Convention Center Boulevard.

Inside NOLA Christmas Fest, there are attendants working everywhere–all of them friendly. As we entered, we were treated by the Grinch and an elf for pictures!

Once inside, they have a beautiful area of Christmas trees. The sponsors definitely went all out in their decorating. 

Christmas Tress sponsored by local New Orleans Businesses at NOLA Christmas Fest
Christmas Trees from NOLA Christmas Fest Sponsors

Right across from the trees are some adorable Gingerbread houses created by local artists and chefs.

Gingerbread Houses from New Orleans Chefs at NOLA Christmas Fest
Gingerbread Houses at NOLA Christmas Fest are decorated by local artists and chefs.

NOLA Christmas Fest has RIDES AND ACTIVITIES THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN ENJOY

NOLA Christmas Fest has rides and activities for all ages. I brought my teenager and a friend, and they had a blast. The best part all of the rides and activities are included in the cost of admission!

For little ones, there were flying elephants and carousels to ride.

Jolly Jumbos Flying Elephant Ride at NOLA Christmas Fest
Jolly Jumbos Flying Elephant Ride
Kringle Carousel at NOLA Christmas Fest
Kringle Carousel is perfect for little ones!

For older kids, there were three rides that my teen and her friend went on over and over again – the Jolly Jingler, the Sizzilin Sleigh Ride, and the Big Blizzard Blast.

Jolly Jingler Hot Air Balloon at NOLA Christmas Fest
Jolly Jingler Hot Air Balloon Ride
Sizzlin Sleigh Ride at NOLA Christmas Fest
Sizzlin Sleigh Ride
Big Blizzard Blast at NOLA Christmas Fest
Big Blizzard Blast

The rest of the activities and rides at NOLA Christmas Fest are perfect for the whole family to enjoy together! There is a Ferris wheel, a rock climbing wall, and the Peppermint Path with an area for selfies and coloring. Oh, and there is an ice slide, an ice bocce game, and ice skating! The last time I went ice skating was at the Plaza in New Orleans East (I may have dated myself there).

Rock Climbing Wall at NOLA Christmas Fest
Rock Climbing Wall
Vixen View Ferris Wheel at NOLA Christmas Fest
Vixen View Ferris Wheel
Peppermint Path at NOLA Christmas Fest
Follow the Peppermint Path at NOLA Christmas Fest to take a selfie and color on a giant coloring wall!
Ice Bocce Game at NOLA Christmas Fest
Ice Bocce – I'm still not 100% sure what this game is but the girls liked it!
Ice Slides at NOLA Christmas Fest
Ice Slides – the closest thing to sledding New Orleans Kids will get!
Ice Skating at the Big Freezy at NOLA Christmas Fest
Ice Skating at Big Freezy Ice Rink

About NOLA Christmas FEST

The cost for NOLA Christmas Fest is $25/person Monday – Friday and $30 on Saturday and Sunday. Cost includes unlimited ice skating, ice slide, and all rides and activities.

Santa pictures and food are available for an additional price.

Discounts are available for active-duty military and first responders (must have ID to qualify)

NOLA Christmas will be at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center starting December 21, 2022, through December 30, 2022. And they are even open on Christmas Day! Hours vary, so check the website for those and purchase your tickets. Tickets are for timed sessions and can only be purchased online.

You can also check them out on FacebookInstagramand Twitter to see all the fun.

This event is great for the whole family, so don't miss it!

5 Tips for Hosting a  Fun Christmas Cookie Exchange Party

5 Tips for Hosting a Fun Christmas Cookie Exchange Party

You are in the Christmas spirit, and you want to host a party. Christmas cookie exchange parties are so much fun and great parties to include the children.  Here are a few ideas of things to think about when planning your party.

Christmas Cookie Exchange Invitations

Cute invites are a must! Be sure to include on the invite whether children are invited. Here are a few we love on Etsy!

Christmas Cookie Exchange Rules

Make sure you let everyone know how many dozen cookies they need to bring. Decide if cookies need to be 100% homemade or if they can be bought at a store or bakery.

Also, everyone should bring enough recipe cards to share their cookie recipe with other party guests. They write down the recipe for their Christmas cookies on these cute recipe cards:

Cookie Exchange Contest

Make it a contest.  My daughter’s bestie has had several cookie swaps over the years. I love that they have us vote on different categories, like most creative, most festive, most unique, best overall, etc.  The kids get into voting as well.  If you decide to do this, I would have some small gifts for the winners!

Christmas Cookie Exchange Menu

Prepare your menu. Depending on the time of day that you select, I would plan the menu for your event. Have tea, sandwiches, and snacks. Also, a hot chocolate and coffee bar would be a hit.  

We do live in New Orleans, so I would definitely have mimosas or egg nog for the adults or some other New Orleans Cocktails.

Christmas Cookie Exchange Serving Suggestions

Serving and taking home cookies. I would suggest taking out all of your Christmas Cookie Platters that are collecting dust to display the cookies.  Create display cards for the names of all of the cookies.  I would also get cute containers for guests to take home leftover cookies. 

Christmas Cookie Exchange Kid Activities

They could make ornaments or make gingerbread houses if you are really adventurous. The kids can also write letters to Santa

You could also download this Christmas Activity Book to keep the kids occupied!

Do you have any tips for hosting a Christmas Cookie Exchange or maybe a favorite recipe? Let us know in the comments!

 

40+ Perfect Experience Gifts for New Orleans Kids

40+ Perfect Experience Gifts for New Orleans Kids

Do your kids have way too much stuff? I know, mine do. The last thing I want is MORE TOYS that they play with for five minutes and then never touch again. Personally, I'm leaning more toward experience-type gifts vs. more stuff. Here is an excellent list of 40+ non-toy and experience gifts for the New Orleans kid that has EVERYTHING!

The City of New Orleans Riverboat on the Mississippi River
Take a cruise on the City of New Orleans Riverboat and learn some of the history of New Orleans.

New Orleans Attractions Kids Love

Audubon Membership

Louisiana Children's Museum Membership 

Season Passes to the Carousel Gardens and Storyland at New Orleans City City Park.

Tickets to City Putt in City Park

Trip to NOMA for the art lovers in your life.

Tickets to the National World War 2 Museum

Take a tour with Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours or Honey Island Swamp Tours

Trip down the river on  The City of New Orleans, the Steamboat Natchez, or the Creole Queen

Gift certificate to Cafe Du Monde

Gift Certificate to your favorite snowball stand

Visit Mardi Gras World

Play and take selfies at JamNOLA

Take a Donut Tour.

Have a staycation in New Orleans

A game or two or ten at City Putt in City Park makes a great Christmas gift!

New Orleans Gifts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

New Orleans-themed books

Play Passes to Luv 2 Play or NOLA Kids Ground.

Take a trip to Lynn Meadows Children's Discovery Center.

Go See Disney Jr Live

Have a Baby Shark Christmas

Personalized Blanket or Night Light

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport Mississippi
Little ones will love Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport, Mississippi.

New Orleans Gifts For Older Kids, Including Tweens and Teens

Passes to jump at Sky Zone Metairie or Defy New Orleans.

Gift Certificate to Adventure Quest Laser Tag.

Go Zip Lining Over the Swamp.

Gift certificates to one of the potteries or local painting places.

Horseback riding lessons at the stables in City Park or Audubon Park

Take a walking tour of New Orleans

Bowling at AMF Lanes In Kenner

Roller Skating at Airline Skate Center

Get tickets to their favorite show at the Saenger Theatre.

Get tickets to see the Pelicans or Saints play.

Movie tickets are always a hit. Gift certificates to see movies AMC Westbank, AMC Clearview, or AMC Elmwood are perfect.

NOLA Christmas Fest New Orleans
Skate, slide, and ride rides at NOLA Christmas Fest.

New Orleans Christmas Events That Make A Great Present

Watch the Nutcracker

See Holiday Dreams: A Spectacular Holiday Cirque.

Tickets to Celebration in the Oaks

Sing Let it Go with Elsa at Frozen Jr.

Go ice-skating at NOLA Christmas Fest

See the holiday classic Holiday Inn.

Let your heart grow two sizes watching How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Celebration in the Oaks
Celebration in the Oaks is not only a Christmas tradition, but tickets make a great Christmas gift!

Non-Toy Gifts Perfect for All New Orleans Kids

Art Supplies

A subscription to one of the many monthly subscription services such as:

Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World
Why not a trip to Walt Disney World for Christmas?

The Gift Of Family Travel

 An adventure in another city like Houston 

A trip to Sea World, Discovery Cove, Sesame Place, or Bush Gardens.

A trip to Walt Disney World 

Take one of these Road Trips

Go play at OWA for the day.

A trip to Great Wolf Lodge 

Visit the dolphins at the Gulfarium

Get season passes to Gulf Islands Water Park

Explore Space and Science at Infinity Science Center.

We hope this list helps you find the perfect gift for your New Orleans kid! Have any suggestions we forgot? Tell us in the comme