NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Saturday, December 10, Pontchartrain Conservatory organizes its 9th edition lights on the lake holiday celebration – a family holiday event with the best view of the annual West End Boat Parade.
Held at the New Canal Lighthouse (8001 Lakeshore Drive), the event runs from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with the parade scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Dozens of local boat owners will decorate their boats with wreaths, lights and holiday decorations and assemble at the New Canal Lighthouse before continuing along Lakeshore Drive to Canal Boulevard and back, up and down the New Basin Canal, along Breakwater Drive and across the harbour. Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and elves with light displays will lead the parade.
“We are very happy to welcome adults and children in our 9e Annual Lights on the Lake celebration, said Kristi Trail, executive director of Pontchartrain Conservancy. “This holiday event allows us to show what we can offer the community, all against the backdrop of Lake Pontchartrain.”
Parking is a breeze this year! Free parking is available at the Robert Shopping Center parking lot at 135 Robert E Lee Blvd behind Walgreens; Lakefront and West End Blvd. An accessible shuttle service will be provided free of charge.
Lights on the Lake will feature free photos with Santa and hands-on art activities for kids. Take advantage of the local food trucks – Diva Dog and Copeland’s will serve treats on site. Hot chocolate and “Santa’s Holiday Cocoa” as well as prosecco, beer, soda, wine, and soft drinks are available for purchase.
This year’s programming includes choirs and dance performances. These performances will take place at the lighthouse. Additionally, holiday stilt walkers will greet guests upon arrival.
Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated boats in the sailboat and motorboat divisions, the best costume designers and the most successful artists. Prizes include trips to area shipyards, restaurant gift certificates, wine baskets and more.
Admission for all is $5 (free for children 5 and under) and tickets for the event will be sold at the door and online. No animals or chairs are allowed.
All proceeds from Lights at the Lake will enable Pontchartrain Conservancy to further its mission of fostering sustainability and environmental stewardship through scientific research, education and advocacy, as well as providing education and outreach opportunities through the new channel’s flagship.
For a full schedule of events and more information on this fun, family-friendly event, visit https://scienceforourcoast.org/lights2022/.
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