Bienville House’s proximity to the French Quarter and the Central Business District keeps our guests close to all the holiday action. This year, the CBD is turning out a host of holiday events, including a Menorah lights at Riverwalk, plus the Holiday Movies on the Mississippi (playing Elf tonight at 6:30 p.m.!). Another holiday destination is NOLA ChristmasFest, a massive, all-indoor event at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center kicking off tonight. ChristmasFest runs through Dec. 24 and features a flurry of holiday festivities:

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Throughout our hotel, you’ll find beautiful decorations that reflect the Christmas spirit. (Photo courtesy Annie Quast)

Ongoing Highlights

NOLA ChristmasFest has turned the convention center into a winter wonderland. You’ll find a Santa’s Playland with plenty to do for the kids, including a very modern update: Skyping with Santa’s elves. The event will also host cooking demonstrations, a petting zoo, putt-putt golf, and an ongoing gingerbread house competition that benefits Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization aiding military families in need.

Meet-and-Greets

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Children and families can meet the Ice Princesses at NOLA ChristmasFest. (Photo courtesy NOLA ChristmasFest)

‘Tis the season for a great photo op, and you’ll have several options at this event. On Dec. 18, local children’s musicians the Imagination Movers will play a holiday-themed set. Tickets are $30 and include a meet-and-greet after the show where fans can take pictures with the Movers.

Just before Christmas, the Fest will host a sing-along pajama party with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tickets are $35 and include a photo with Santa, story reading, and milk and cookies.

The Ice Princesses will be at NOLA ChristmasFest as well. Children and families can meet the princesses for $35 (includes general admission to the Fest and autographs) over the course of several days: the princesses are hosting half-hour meet-and-greets twice daily at 12:00 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Special Events

On Sunday, the Santa Paws pet parade and costume contest gives pet owners the chance to dress up their dogs in their holiday best for a good cause: proceeds benefit the Louisiana SPCA.

The festivities continue into next week as well. Head to the Fest on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 8:00 p.m. for Karaoke Caroling & Cocktails, a 21+ event where guests can belt out their favorite Christmas songs as they sip on seasonal drinks.

General admission tickets are $15, and the convention center is just about a 20-minute walk from our hotel. We still have rooms available so you can enjoy all the Christmas cheer New Orleans has to offer.