2018 Guide to Santa Meet & Greets In and Around New Orleans

Santa loves the Crescent City! More Santa sightings and photo opportunities will be added as they are announced.

2018 Guide to Santa Meet & Greets In and Around New Orleans

Santa’s Arrival at Lakeside Shopping Center (November 17 | 8am) :: On Saturday, November 18th starting at 8:00 am enjoy crafts for kids, a special meet & greet with The Nutcracker from the New Orleans Ballet Theatre at the Veterans Skylight,  DJ, letters to Santa, a Mrs. Claus meet and greet and at 9:45 am Santa and his friends will parade to Center Court to celebrate with a sing-along before Santa takes his seat for photos and the North Pole Express opens at 10:00 am! Santa will be available for photos daily until Christmas Eve!

Selfies With Santa at Canal Place (December 8):: Saddle up your little reindeer for holiday fun at Canal Place’s annual SELFIES WITH SANTA event on Saturday, December 8! Santa and friends will jingle their bells to signal the start of this year’s Reindeer Run for kids, where Canal Place will serve as the official start and finish line in the morning. Immediately following this festive activity presented by the Downtown Development District, you can settle in for Santa’s favorite snack (cookies, of course!), bask in the holiday glow of the 45-foot Christmas tree, enjoy a puppet show and meet the jolly man himself! Santa Claus will don a sophisticated twist on his traditional red suit with a red and green plaid coat, ready to pose for photos and find out each child’s Christmas wish from 10 AM – 1 PM.  Children ages 3 to 10 will enjoy the lively, interactive puppet presentations at 10:30 AM and 12 PM.

Santa at Oakwood Center (November 17-December 24) :: Santa arrives on November 17. Photo packages available. Special events include pet pictures and a PJ party.

Santa at Clearview Mall :: Check back soon for an update!

Santa at Esplanade Mall :: Santa arrives at Esplanade Mall on November 15th. Photo packages will be available for purchase.

Santa Pictures at Velvet Cactus (December 4):: Happy Holidays! Stop by The Velvet Cactus on December 4th from 6 to 7 and get a free photo with Santa! All photos are free but we encourage you to grab a bite to eat or a fresh margarita while you’re here!

Santa Pictures at the Southern Hotel (November 18 & 25, December 3 & 9) :: Santa will visit the beautiful Southern Hotel in Covington on four dates in November & December. Photos will be taken by Heidi Bauer; reservations required.

Photos With the Famous 7th Ward Chocolate Santa (December 7 & 12) :: Everyone in #NOLA knows the famous 7th Ward Chocolate Santa! We are thrilled to have him at Pythian Market (234 Loyola Ave) on 2 DAYS so you can get your Holiday Photos Dec 7 from 3-5 PM and Dec 12 from 3-7 PM. Bring your little ones or the whole family and get your $35 photo package -CASH ONLY (THERE IS AN ATM INSIDE OF PYTHIAN MARKET) which includes: 1 8×10 , 2 5×7 , 8 wallet sized, and of course, getting to meet Santa!

Santa and His Reindeer at Zoo 2 U (December 15 | 11am) :: Santa, his reindeer, and the rest of the Zoo 2 U petting zoo will be available for photos, so bring your camera! There will be reindeer games to play.

A Sweet Encounter with Santa (December 1 & 2 | 12pm-4:30pm) :: Head to Cupcake Concept in Covington to enjoy a sweet treat and photos with Santa on December 2nd! He will also be at Great American Cookie Company in Slidell on December 1st. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Santa Pics at the St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter (December 8 | 9am-1pm) :: Bring the kids, bring the pets, or bring both for photos with Santa to support medical services for animals housed at the shelter.

Pictures with Santa at Baby’s Corner (December 8 & 9) :: Santa will be waiting at Baby’s Corner in Covington to take photos with your little ones. Alli Cheatwood will be taking professional photos and giveaways  and goodies will be available for your little elves.

Lindsay is a native New Orleanian, displaced only by her years at Mississippi State, where she earned a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries and a minor in English. She came home shortly after Katrina, to work as a zookeeper and be a part of the rebuilding of her beloved city. She dragged her husband Drake, a Tennessee native, along with her. Their son Bennett joined the family in 2010, and in 2014 they welcomed identical twin girls, Genevieve and Kellen Clair. She now works full time as an Environmental Scientist and part-time as NOM’s resident Jill of All Trades. Powered by espresso, cake, and craft beer, her happy place is on a beach or in the woods. Need to identify a plant, tree, or animal? Lindsay’s a wealth of random knowledge. She loves to cook and sprinkle a little glitter on everything.


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