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ESSENCE Music Festival

Jul 3 - 5, 2015
The ultimate party weekend is highlighted by performances from a variety of… more

Friday Nights at NOMA

Jul 3 - 3, 2015
Every Friday evening, come to the museum for activities and entertainment.… more

NASA Week to Blast…

Jul 3 - 5, 2015
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas will host a week of space exploration… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jul 3 - Sep 7, 2015
Ten Years Gone brings together six artists whose work engages with the broad… more

Octavia Art Gallery -…

Jul 3 - 3, 2015
This summer, Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present new works by Cuban based… more

Purchased Lives: New…

Jul 3 - 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

Red, White, and…

Jul 3 - 5, 2015
In a most unusual salute to Independence Day, Audubon Butterfly Garden and… more

The Foundation…

Jul 3 - 3, 2015
The Foundation Gallery is thrilled to present Sea and Soil a group exhibition… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Jul 4 - 4, 2015
Ashé Cultural Arts Center proudly presents the 15th Annual Maafa… more

Go 4th On The River

Jul 4 - 4, 2015
The Go 4th on the River Dueling Barges Fireworks Extravaganza is the annual… more

Saturday Farmers…

Jul 4 - Dec 26, 2015
We are excited to announce the Saturday Farmers Market at the French Market!… more

St. Bernard Salutes…

Jul 4 - 4, 2015
The St. Bernard Salutes America Committee will host the 31st Annual Celebration… more

The Makeup & Martini…

Jul 4 - 4, 2015
Join us for the 3rd Annual Beauty and Entertainment event The Makeup &… more

Tai Chi/Chi Kung

Jul 6 - 6, 2015
NOMA, in collaboration with the East Jefferson Wellness Center offers wellness… more

LIVE BAND KARAOKE…

Jul 7 - 28, 2015
Rock out on stage with Mixed Nuts as your band! All ages and free each Tuesday… more

Lydia's Purple Cloth…

Jul 7 - 28, 2015
Quilting continues! We're excited to have more time to work on creations… more

Octavia Art Gallery -…

Jul 7 - 25, 2015
This summer, Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present new works by Cuban based… more

Ogden Museum Book…

Jul 7 - 7, 2015
Join us at the Book Club for  Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale… more

The Sweat Social…

Jul 7 - Dec 20, 2015
Designed for wellness travelers visiting New Orleans, the Sweat Social offers… more

Gambit’s 2015…

Jul 8 - 8, 2015
Gambit's 2015 Emerging Chefs Challenge recognizes the next generation of… more

ESSENCE Music Festival

Jul 3 - 5, 2015
The ultimate party weekend is highlighted by performances from a variety of… more

LIVE REINDEER AT FAMILY DAY ON DECEMBER 22!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jim Mulvihill, Communications and Pari-Mutuel Marketing Manager, 504.948.1233, james.mulvihill@fgno.com 

  • Photos with Santa Claus in the Trackside Tent
  • Cookie Decorating, Ornament Making, Face Painting and More
  • Food Trucks: Rue Chow, Woody's, Freshjunkie, Bratz Y'all

NEW ORLEANS (Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012) - Bring your kids and grandkids to Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Dec. 22 for an unforgettable afternoon of holiday fun with live reindeer and creative activities like cookie-decorating, ornament-making and face-painting! Family Day runs from Noon to 4 p.m. in the Trackside Tent. You won't find a better family bargain this holiday season, as children 12 and under are free and admission for everyone else is only $5!

With their majestic antlers, the live reindeer - named Dancer and Baby Rudy - are sure to mesmerize kids and adults alike. Also known as the caribou in North America, the reindeer is a species of deer native to Arctic and Subarctic regions.

Whenever reindeer are around you know Santa Claus can't be far behind. The jolly fat man will be available to entertain gift wishes, take photos (printed on the spot to take home for $5 apiece), and maybe even give dad a tip on a horse.

Supplies for all of the family-friendly activities - cookie-decorating, ornament-making, face-painting and coloring - will be provided by Fair Grounds.

Guests can enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, along with hot dogs, soft drinks, red and green Kool-Aid and more. A few of the city's most popular food trucks and pop-up vendors will also be on hand with their inventive fare, including Rue Chow (changing menu could have anything from cheeseburger sliders to Korean barbecue), Woody's Fish Tacos (shrimp and fish tacos), Freshjunkie (salads and wraps) and the new Bratz Y'all (sausages).

Family Day coincides with Santa Super Saturday Presented by Lee Tractor Company & Kubota Tractors, an afternoon of high-quality racing with three stakes on the turf. First post for the 12-race program is 1 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).

About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation's third-oldest racetrack, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 10 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The 141st Thoroughbred Racing Season runs through March 31, 2013, highlighted by the milestone 100th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby for Kentucky Derby hopefuls on March 30, 2013. More information can be found online at http://www.fairgroundsracecourse.com/.