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December 19th

Tree Lighting




December 5th

2021 Christmas Events

11/26 – Light up the Huey, Holiday Lights Display: Trees light up all along Huey P. Long Avenue from 10th Street to the river.

12/3 – 12/19 – Picnic Under the Lights: Sorry, sold out! Experience the Holiday Lights from a different perspective, inside a personal bubble tent! Available for rental from 6 PM – 10 PM, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for only $50 per night. Bring a picnic meal/drinks, fits up to 6 people per tent. For more information or to book your night, call 504-363-1580.

12/1 – 12/18 – Passport to Christmas Promotion: Enjoy deals and discounts at local Gretna businesses. Visit each participating business to collect 12 stamps to enter for a chance to win a gift basket worth over $1000.

12/4 – Shop the Huey Holiday Market & Letters to Santa: 9 AM – 3 PM Take advantage of a day of boutique holiday shopping inside and outside of the Gretna Cultural Center for the Arts while you sip on bottomless mimosas! Get all of your gifts in one place, and let your little ones write their letters to Santa at the Gretna Farmers’ Market, right across 4th Street. Get your passport stamped while you’re there!

12/4 – German Beer Garden: 10 AM – 3 PM  Need a break from holiday shopping? Beer, pretzels, brats, and kraut are available for purchase at the German-American Cultural Center, Huey P. Long Avenue and 5th Street, just behind the Gretna Cultural Center for the Arts.

12/4 – Ringing in the Arts: 5 PM – 9 PM at the Gretna Market Pavilion, Huey P. Long Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets. An Outdoor Evening of Fine Art & Entertainment in Downtown Historic Gretna. Join us for a magical evening under a covered outdoor gallery in the heart of historic Old Gretna. Gretna’s annual fine arts festival includes live music, local artists, and refreshments. Bottomless wine and champagne glasses will be offered for purchase. With the sale of each bottomless glass, patrons will get to cast their vote for favorite artist of the night. Free to the public. For more information, please contact

12/5 – Gretna Christmas Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting: Catch Santa parading on Huey P. Long Avenue from 1st Street down to 10th Street and then back to 6th Street. Watch Santa light the Christmas tree and enjoy the family friendly festivities. Refreshments will be available. The German-American Cultural Center will have pretzels, brats, and beer for purchase.

12/10 – Caroling on the Huey at Memorial Square: 7 PM – Join our quartet of singers and Emcee Cammie West for a holiday singalong! Bring the little ones to this family event. Song sheets will be provided. Bring your own chairs.

12/11 – Christmas Concert  7 PM –  A free Christmas Concert starring Direct from Broadway, Michael Longoria, an original cast member of Jersey Boys! This event has been relocated to the Gretna Cultural Center, 740 4th Street. VIP seating holders will have guaranteed entrance. General admission is free but entrance will be limited by capacity.

12/18 – Santa at the Market & Passport to Christmas Drawing: 10:30 AM – Bring the little ones to visit with Santa Claus. Santa will draw the winner of the Passport to Christmas promotion.

12/19 – Living Nativity by St. Joseph Church: 6 PM – In front of the Christmas tree on Huey P. Long Avenue and 6th Street.

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