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Pontchartrain Conservancy to Host 10th Annual Lights on the Lake
The Pontchartrain Conservancy is hosting its 10th annual Lights on the Lake holiday celebration – a family-friendly, holiday event providing the best view of the annual West End Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023.
Hosted at the New Canal Lighthouse (8001 Lakeshore Drive), the event runs from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with the parade scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Dozens of local boat owners will decorate their vessels with wreaths, lights and holiday decorations and assemble at the New Canal Lighthouse before proceeding along Lakeshore Drive to Canal Boulevard and back, up and down the New Basin Canal, along Breakwater Drive and through the harbor.
Complimentary event parking is available at the Robert Shopping Center parking lot at 135
Allen Toussaint Blvd behind Walgreens. Accessible shuttle service will be provided free of
Lights on the Lake will also feature fun, hands-on activities for the kids. Enjoy local food trucks serving up treats on site. Hot chocolate and “Santa’s Holiday Cocoa” as well as other festive drinks will be available for purchase.
This year’s entertainment lineup includes choirs and dancing performances. These
performances will take place at the New Canal Lighthouse. In addition, holiday stilt walkers will greet guests upon arrival.
Admission for all is $10 (free for children five and under) and tickets to the event will be sold at the door and online. No pets or chairs are allowed.
All proceeds from Lights at the Lake will allow Pontchartrain Conservancy to continue its
mission to drive environmental sustainability and stewardship through scientific research,
education and advocacy, as well as offering education and outreach opportunities through the New Canal Lighthouse.
Holiday Shopping at Pontchartrain Conservancy’s Gift Shop
In search of some unique local gifts for the holidays? Make sure to stop by the Pontchartrain Conservancy gift shop, located at the New Canal Lighthouse, for any last-minute holiday shopping needs! The gift shop has handmade ornaments, educational toys, books and countless other specially curated gifts for sale.