Santa loves the Crescent City! More Santa sightings and photo opportunities will be added as they are announced.
2017 Guide to Santa Meet & Greets in and Around New Orleans
Santa’s Arrival at Lakeside Shopping Center (November 18 | 8am) :: On Saturday, November 18th starting at 8:00 am enjoy crafts for kids, hula-hoop performers, 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 at Oakwood Mall (November 18- December 24) :: Stop by Oakwood Mall in Gretna and visit with Jolly Old St. Nick while you get your photo taken. Special pet photos with Santa are also available on select dates. New this year: PJ Party with Santa, Ugly Sweater Night with Santa, and Caroling with Santa on various dates!
Santa’s Arrival and Snowfall at Esplanade Mall (November 16th 6-7:30pm):: Welcome Santa to the Esplanade Mall with caroling and the first snowfall of the year.
Caring Santa at the Esplanade Mall (November 19th and December 3rd) :: Santa Cares is a sensory-friendly opportunity for children with all spectrums of special needs to enjoy the time-honored tradition of the Santa Photo Experience with their family in a calming environment prior to public hours. Please RSVP in advance by reserving one ticket per group. Photo packages are available for purchase during the event.
Pictures with Chocolate Santa at Dryades Market (December 17th 8:30am-12:30 pm) :: Mr. Fred Parker, famously known as “Seventh Ward Santa,” will be taking photos and spreading NOLA Christmas cheer at the Dryades Market.
Pictures with Chocolate Santa in Kenner (December 10| 12pm-6pm) :: Mr. Fred Parker will be available for photos at the Red Roof in in Kenner. No appointments needed; photos will be taken by Dennis Photofinish, Ltd.
Santa Pictures at the Southern Hotel (November 26, December 3, 4, & 10) :: Santa will visit the beautiful Southern Hotel in Covington on November 26th. Photos will be taken by Heidi Bauer; reservations required.
Santa and His Reindeer at Zoo 2 U (December 3 | 11am) :: Santa and his reindeer will be available for photos, along with Hump-D the Christmas Camel! There will be reindeer games to play and reindeer food to make to leave out on Christmas Eve!
Selfies With Santa at The Shops at Canal Place (December 9 | 10am-1pm:: Canal Place is the official start and finish line for this year’s Reindeer Run and Romp! Stop by to meet “Stylish Santa” and score your selfie on the oh-so-fashionable step & repeat, red carpet style! Live music and complimentary cocktails will also be available!
A Sweet Encounter with Santa (December 2 | 12pm-4:30pm) :: Head to Cupcake Concept to enjoy a sweet treat and photos with Santa!
Santa Pics at the St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter (December 2 | 12pm-3pm) :: 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 9 & 10) :: 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.