Get Your Shine On! {Where to See Christmas Lights in NOLA}

This 2021 Christmas season in New Orleans is sure to be a BRIGHT one filled with so much more opportunity than last year for family-friendly activities, traditions, and LIGHTS! There’s no denying that many of us are in need of some cheer this year. And, whether you get that cheer from Christmas shopping, hosting a social, or decorating your own home, we invite you to explore our list of cheerful Christmas light displays in and around New Orleans.

Hot Spots for New Orleans Christmas lights (Businesses) ::

Celebration in the Oaks It wouldn’t be a Christmas lights guide without mentioning the long-time traditional experience of Celebration in the Oaks. With over a million gleaming lights to get lost in, this brightly lit event offers so many kid-friendly opportunities to both view and interact with Christmas lights. City Park is still offering their Covid-safe driving tour option that allows families to safely (and warmly, I might add) drive through and under millions of dazzling and dancing lights. One change in tickets this year is the combination offer of the Carousel Gardens Experience with the driving tour. The Carousel Gardens Experience takes place in the amusement park, Storyland, and a small portion of the Botanical Gardens, which includes the “cajun-type” beer garden/outdoor bar. This experience can be a separate ticket by itself for you and your family. However, while the amusement park area and Storyland will be beautifully decorated and provide awesome photo ops, the majority of lights and all light exhibits will be displayed on the driving tour. To get the most out of your evening, we recommend the purchase of a driving tour admission + Carousel Gardens Experience. CITO will begin November 25th and last until January 2nd.

Miracle on Fulton Street – In the Warehouse and Arts District of New Orleans, families can walk through fake snow and brightly lit life-sized ornaments, enjoy the beautifully decorated and twinkling Christmas trees and even grab a bite to eat at a number of restaurants that line this outdoor mall. Fulton Street had cancelled the event last year due to Covid. Their 2021 event is unconfirmed.

Waldorf Wonderland A classic New Orleans tradition and one of the most beautifully photographed is the Waldorf Wonderland Lobby in the historic New Orleans Roosevelt Hotel. With bright white lights covering an entire city block’s length of the lobby, this White Winter Wonderland is definitely a sight to see and to photograph. This 2021 Christmas season, The Roosevelt is adding even more magic to their display featuring double the amount of bows, garland, and 20,000 additional lights than what we’ve seen in previous years. A definite crowd-favorite, this downtown lobby is a fun walk for children and a gorgeous photo opp for you and yours!

Luna FeteFor the 8th year, The Arts Council of New Orleans will put on this free festival of lights, art, and technology to wow viewers this holiday season. This edition of the unique light show will take place December 16th-19th 6pm-10pm each night at the brand new location of Earnest M. Morial Convention Center Pedestrian Park.

Christmas in the Park (Lafrienere Park) This particular event seems to get bigger and better each year. Lafrienere Park has over a million dazzling lights displayed through an array of themes ranging from Disney to Marvel, to Star Wars and much more! With both a driving and a walking tour available for purchase, the 35th annual event will take place from Friday December 3rd to Thursday, December 30th. Families have plenty of photo opportunities as well as elaborate scenes to view showcasing elves working in Santa’s workshop, artificial snow to play in, and special appearances on weekends by Frosty, Rudolph, the Grinch, and even Santa himself!

Kenner’s Heritage Park Christmas Village – Historic Rivertown is embellished with twinkling lights stretching from the railroad tracks all the way to the river. Families can stroll through the festive displays typically beginning in late November and lasting through December. In addition to the outdoor lights, fake snow, and Christmas vendors setup nightly, the Planetarium theater puts on a holiday laser light show sure to wow the kiddos. These dates are TBD.

Christmas at the Complex (the Government Complex at 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette) – Not only is every tree trunk in this park wrapped with white lights for the joggers and walkers to enjoy but lining the edge of the park near the large gated playground are plenty of magical lit up displays to wow the kids – familiar characters, as well as religious ones, garnish the grassy areas for either a short walking tour or a quick drive-by through the parking lot.

Eden Isles Christmas Boat ParadeCome see Santa on a Sailboat! This traditional boat parade will showcase boats “decked” out with Christmas lights on the water! Parade is set to sail in St. Tammany on December 18th for this season. Check back on their Facebook Page for updates.

Olde Towne Slidell So many twinkling lights and festive Christmas displays to see in this historic area. Filled with cheerful lights, Frozen’s Ice Castle, a Nativity scene, and artistic Christmas cottages, Griffith Park in Olde Towne Slidell will host its 32nd annual Christmas Under the Stars event from Saturday, December 4th through Sunday, January 3rd. In addition to this event, Main Street is putting on a Spirit of the Season contest where businesses and locals will compete for a “Best Of” award for lights and Christmas décor. Not only can you drive by and view all of the merriment but drivers can even participate in the new People’s Choice Award of best lights. Finally, Front St. will be donned with LED lights all along its route for a cheerful holiday display for everyone to drive by and enjoy Christmas on Front St.

All Things Shiny and Bright in St. Tammany Parish St. Tammany Parish has a plethora of fantastic light shows and displays happening this year to make your holidays merry and BRIGHT! Check out this list!

Light Up the Huey This beautifully lit display consists of trees wrapped in Christmas lights that line Huey P. Long Avenue from 10th St. all the way to the River. This majestic avenue is a sight to see and drive by. Check Gretna’s government website for more information about their holiday festivities happening under and around these beautiful lights.

Hot Spots for New Orleans Christmas lights (Residential) ::

Grandlake Estates in KennerThis neighborhood typically has some great houses decorated for the holidays. Make sure to drive through with the kids on your Christmas lights tour.

Palmisano Street in Chalmette You thought this street did it big for Halloween, well Christmas light displays are just as customary. Driving up and down this boulevard, you’re sure to see houses with dancing lights synced to the radio, classic Christmas Characters, and moving lawn décor.

Corrine Street in Chalmette Another crowd favorite to drive-by and see some festive sights, Corrinne Street is one of New Orleans Moms’ favorite streets in the Parish for holiday lights.

4 Keplar Court, Kenner – Beginning on Black Friday, this particular home will not only put on their traditional magical display of lights and figurines but will incorporate fake snow and classic Christmas movie displays projected on the large roof for all to pass by and enjoy. The owner will have a 15 minute Christmas “projection” display! It will include two separate movie scenes, one from How the Grinch Stole Christmas and another from Nightmare Before Christmas of Jack Skeleton singing “What’s This?” This idea was a big hit for his Halloween displays; you’re in for a treat this Christmas.

4032 Lake Trail Dr, Kenner If you’ve ever passed by Vintage and Power, or even flown by as a passenger headed to the airport, then you have seen this corner house on Lake Trail during Christmas time. The flashing lights, Tall LED Christmas tree, and decked out lawn dancing to the synced up radio station are enough to get any car to pull over and just watch. Unfortunately, due to Hurricane Ida, this particular home will most likely not be able to dazzle passersby with this show of lights and the traditional snow couple, Boudreaux and Marie. However, the owners did inform us that they will definitely be back next year and that if they are able to do anything this season, they will make sure to post information online.

3257 E Lafourche Ct, Kenner Another fun show of dancing lights, this home will have you pulling over and rolling the windows down to hear movie scenes and enjoy music.

3805 Palmisano St, Chalmette Multiple tall LED lit trees, flashing lights scattered about the lawn, and Christmas displays projected onto the front of the house, this family goes all out to put on a show for anyone driving by. They even encourage you to park in front of the house, tune into 103.5 FM, and enjoy the synced light show for a lively display of Christmas fun.

2505 Riverland StreetThis residence, just two streets from Chalmette High School’s main campus, took Christmas décor to a whole new level. Not only are there life-sized Disney and Classic Christmas figurines as well as a nativity scene, but the entire lot is “fenced” in with endless strands of colorful lights designated the property lines but also adding to the rainbow of lights and incredibly bright display.

Other residential blocks with homes traditionally decorated worth adding to your lights list – Please check back with the Jefferson Holiday Display Facebook Group Page for updates (This list was compiled during the 2020 season – please know some homes may not be able to produce a light display due to Hurricane Ida):

  • 900 block of Carnation Ave, Metairie 70001
  • 4400 block of Chalfant Dr, Metairie 70001
  • 1600 block of Transcontinental Dr, Metairie, 70003
  • 2500 block of Selles St, Metairie 70003
  • 3700 block and 4000 block of Neyrey Dr, Metairie 70002
  • 4600 block of Chateau Dr, Metairie 70002
  • 4600 block of Beau Lac Ln, Metiarie, 70002
  • 4700 block of Lorino St, Metairie, 70006
  • 3900 block of Green Acres Rd, Metairie, 70003
  • 4900 block of James, Metairie, 70003
  • 4600 block of Wade Dr, Metairie, 70003
  • 3400 block of Maine Ave, Kenner, 70065
  • 4300 block of David Dr, Metairie, 70003
  • 3000 block of Texas Ave, Kenner, 70065
  • 3200 block of Grandlake Blvd, Kenner, 70065
  • First block of Dauterive Ct, Kenner, 70065
  • 20 block of Grandbay Ct, Kenner, 70065
  • 3000 block of E Louisiana State Dr, Kenner, 70065
  • 3300 block of Continental Dr, Kenner, 70065
  • 30 block of Clevner St, Kenner, 70065
  • 3900 block of Lake Trail Dr, Kenner, 70065
  • 60 block of Monterrey Ave, Kenner, 70065
  • 1900 block of Indiana Ave, Kenner, 70062
  • 2000 block of Maryland Ave, Kenner, 70062
  • 1700 block of Mason Smith Ave, Metairie, 70003
  • 800 block of Airline Park Blvd, Metairie, 70003
  • 500 block of Little Farms Ave, New Orlean, 70123
  • 100 block of Normandy Ave, New Orleans, 70123

Up for a drive?! We encourage you to visit our neighbors out West to see all of the amazing light displays in the Baton Rouge area and even take part in some fun holiday activities as well. Get your shine on and be the LIGHT this Christmas season to spread the cheer we all need this year!

(Did we miss a display?! Please let us know, and we can add it to our list! May your days be merry and BRIGHT!)

Wife to my high school sweetheart, Ross, and mother to 5 children: Trip, Conner, McKenzie, Piper, and Sutton, I am a born and raised Southern Louisiana Lady. I am a graduate of Mt. Carmel Academy, received my Bachelor’s in English with a concentration in Secondary Ed. from LSU followed by my Master’s of Education from UNO, and for the past 13 years, I have been outwitting high school boys as an English teacher at Holy Cross School. When I’m not grading papers, driving to baseball practices, or making grocery runs, I can be found cheering on my LSU Tigers, cutting up with my girlfriends, and crafting (I love a good project!). I’m all about sippin’ some wine during the sunset while the kiddos play in the yard and the hubby works the grill. I’m living my best mommy life these days and am always happy to share the journey with others!


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