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Lights at the Lake Holiday Bash

Saturday, December 9   |   4:00 pm

The countdown to the most festive event on the lake is on!


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West End Christmas Boat Parade

Lake Pontchartrain's annual parade features beautifully illuminated yachts with Santa and his elves leading the way! Boats assemble across from the New Canal Lighthouse and glide up and down the New Basin Canal, along Breakwater Drive, and through the harbor.

The best spot to view the parade is from the New Canal Lighthouse! This year's parade will begin at approximately 5:30pm.

Benny Grunch and the Bunch

Christmas...New Orleans style. Come see the King of Christmas live on the lake! Benny Grunch and the Bunch will close out the Bash following the West End Christmas Boat Parade at 6:30pm. You've never seen the 12 Yats of Christmas like this before.



Vote for the Best Boat!

Live at 5:30pm, you can vote for the best boat! Click the button below to get started.

Children's Book Readings

Gather around the tree at 4:30pm and 5:35pm to hear Tracie Morris Schaefer read her National Gold Medal book The Greenest Tree, "a heartwarming holiday story about a little tree that journeys from the woods to become a beloved family Christmas tree." Schaefer will also be available for book signings before and after each reading.

St. Rita School Sensational Singing Panthers

If you're looking for holiday spirit, we've got it for you! Come see the St. Rita School Sensational Singing Panthers perform at 4:00pm.

Shades of Praise Interracial Gospel Choir

Shades of Praise will perform at 4:45pm, following the St. Rita School Sensational Singing Panthers. Shades of Praise performs contemporary gospel music in the African-American style; introduces gospel to wider audiences across racial and denominational boundaries; and forges relationships that dispel stereotypes and create racial harmony.

Stop by our photo booth to take pictures with Santa

Ho Ho Ho!

Santa Claus will be visiting the New Canal Lighthouse at Lights at the Lake to take pictures you in his magical photo booth! Take 3 photos with Santa and watch your photos print right before your eyes.

Each photo session is a $5.00 donation (cash or credit). One session includes three photos on one strip. Each session can fit up to six adults. Multiple print copies will be issued, and digital copies will also be available.

Santa pic

Yuletide Raffle

Take a chance for a cause! Raffle tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. All proceeds benefit LPBF.

You could win one of over 40 incredible prizes!

Tickets will be sold at the event and online in advance. All raffle ticket purchases are a donation to LPBF. Paper tickets will not be issued for ticket purchases. Winners will be drawn following the event and notified via email.

Skip the line by buying your raffle tickets in advance. Tickets may be purchased online until December 8.

Click on the image to the left to see what you could win and purchase your tickets online today.


Food from Local Eateries

Thanks to the generosity of our community partners, we are pleased to offer the following delicious options:

Bourbon House's Shrimp and Andouille Gumbo
Mother's Restaurant's Jerry's Jambalaya
The Court of Two Sisters' Shrimp Remoulade
Carrabba's Italian Grill's Penne Positano with Wood-Grilled Chicken
Reginelli's Pizzeria's Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza
Jimmy John's NOLA's Assorted Gourmet Subs
Station 6's Buttermilk Drop Bread Pudding
Elmer's Chee Wees

Entrees vary in price from $1 to $6, and both cash and credit will be accepted.

Holiday Cocktails, Craft Beer, & more

Thanks to the generosity of our community partners, we are pleased to offer the following festive beverages:

Royal Brewery New Orleans Craft Beer
Red and White Wine
Pat's Spiked Eggnog
Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Irish Hot Chocolate
Raising Cane's Iced Tea and Lemonade
Gardner Realtors' Hot Chocolate
Honest Tea Kids and Capri Sun Juices
Water & Soda

Drinks vary in price from $1 to $7, and both cash and credit will be accepted.

Directions & Parking

The Lights at the Lake Holiday Bash will be held at the New Canal Lighthouse at 8001 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.

Public parking is available in the lots along Lakeshore Drive. We encourage you to carpool and use other modes of transportation where possible. Please do not park in the nearby restaurant parking lots.

Entertainment Schedule

Don't miss a minute of holiday cheer! Check out our schedule of events below.

                    4:00pm        St. Rita Sensational Singing Panthers
                    4:30pm        Children's Book Reading
                    4:45pm        Shades of Praise Gospel Choir
                    5:30pm        West End Christmas Boat Parade
                    5:35pm         Children's Book Reading
                    6:30pm         Benny Grunch and the Bunch

Frequently Asked Questions


We love animals, but pets are not permitted on the grounds of the New Canal Lighthouse.


Admission to the Lights at the Lake Holiday Bash is FREE!

Want to get involved?

We are looking for energetic, upbeat volunteers looking to make a difference with LPBF!

All volunteers will receive a drink voucher to use at the event.


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