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2023 Christmas Events

November 24 – Light up the Huey Holiday Lights Display


Get the holiday season started right by watching the trees light up all along Huey P. Long Avenue from 10th Street to the river, making Historical Gretna look magical!

December 1-17 – Picnic Under the Lights 

6 PM – 10 PM

Experience the Holiday Lights from a different perspective, inside a personal bubble tent! Available for rental from Thursday through Sunday for only $75-100 per night. Bring a picnic meal or drinks. Two sizes of tents fit 6 or 8 people per tent. For more information or to book your night, call (504) 363-1580.

December 1-17 – Passport to Christmas Promotion

Enjoy deals and discounts at local Gretna businesses with the passport for the entire month of December. To qualify for the prize drawing on December 17, collect 15 stamps from participating businesses for a chance to win a gift basket worth over $1000.

December 2&3 – Brunch with Santa

10 AM – 12 PM Saturday

9:30 AM -11:30 AM Sunday

Treat your children to a most memorable breakfast with Santa. Free reservations required, price per person is according to their breakfast order. To make a reservation, call (504) 513-2606 or visit Open Table.

December 2 – Letters to Santa

8 AM – 12 PM

Let your little ones write their letters to Santa at the Gretna Farmers’ Market. Get your passport stamped while you’re there!

December 2 – Ringing in the Arts

5 PM – 9 PM

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 at the Gretna Market Pavilion on Huey P. Long Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets. 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

December 3 – Gretna Christmas Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting    Parade Route

5:00 PM -7:30 PM

Catch Santa parading on Huey P. Long Avenue (route to be announced). 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.

December 7-10LUNA Fete West: River Connections

6PM – 9:15PM

Celebrating the Mississippi River–and the connections it creates–with an exhibition of projections, light artworks and a parade of lit puppets. Every night will also present other types of art and music. Visit the webpage.

December 9 – Shop the Huey Holiday Market

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!

December 15 – Vintage Caroling

7 PM – 9 PM

Join our quartet of singers and Emcee Cammie West in Downtown Gretna for a holiday singalong! Bring the little ones to this family event. Song sheets will be provided. Bring your own chairs.

December 16 – 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.

December 17 – Living Nativity by St. Joseph Church

6 PM

In front of the Christmas tree on Huey P. Long Avenue and 6th Street.

Download PDF of Christmas Events Poster