OFFICIAL LIGHTING CEREMONY TO TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2022, AT 6:00 P.M.
JEFFERSON – Jefferson Parish will kick off the 36TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK on Friday, December 2, 2022. Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng and Councilman Dominick F. Impastato, III, along with other Jefferson Parish elected officials, will flip the switch for this annual display at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2022, with a lighting ceremony near the concession stand in Lafreniere Park, which is located at 3000 Downs Boulevard in Metairie. The ceremony will be followed by special performances at 6:30 p.m. for everyone to enjoy.
Constructed with over 10 million LED lights, elaborate decorations, artificial snow and festive lighted displays, CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK will also feature a new 28-foot-tall special attraction to celebrate the 36th anniversary. Attendees will be able to enjoy numerous lighted display themes including Star Wars, Marvel & D.C Comics, Minions, Disney Princesses, a pirate ship, and an interactive walking tour set to random scenes from Star Wars, Peanuts and other favorite classics. Another attraction is Santa’s Express Mail Center where children are able to view Santa’s elves building toys for all the good little girls and boys. There will be special appearances from Santa, Rudolph, Frosty and the Grinch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Plum Street Snoballs and local food trucks will be selling concessions nightly.
Driving and walking tours through the exhibit are available. Admission charge is ten ($10) dollars per vehicle. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at https://lafrenierepark.org via credit and debit cards only – NO CASH will be accepted at the gate. All vehicles must enter from West Napoleon Avenue and exit at Downs Boulevard. Upon entering the park, traffic will flow counterclockwise around the park. The Downs Boulevard Park entrance will close daily at 5:00 p.m. Event hours are Sunday thru Thursday 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. The West Napoleon Avenue gate will close at 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK will be held nightly beginning Friday, December 2, 2022 and ending on Friday, December 30, 2022. Lafreniere Park will be closed on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2022 and will reopen on Monday, December 26, 2022.
For more information about Jefferson Parish, visit www.JeffParish.net. Residents can also receive regular updates by following the Parish on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@JeffParishGov) or by texting JPALERT or JPNOTICIAS to 888-777.