Christmas in St. Tammany Parish
Photo by Bobby Gilboy

10 Ways to Holiday in St. Tammany Parish

Whether you're craving an old-fashioned Christmas with Santa, the sweet sounds of a holiday concert, or a dazzling display of twinkling lights, Louisiana's Northshore has plenty of ways to celebrate the season.
Settle in with a steaming cup of cocoa and plan your Yuletide getaway with these
10 Ways to Holiday in St. Tammany Parish, only forty minutes from
New Orleans' world famous French Quarter.

You'll find lots more to do in our events calendar, so be sure to have a look!


Holiday Shopping in Old Mandeville
1. 'Tis the Season to Shop

When it's the time of year to shop 'til you drop, our Northshore communities host cheerful events to make your excursions festive and memorable. Shop local for unforgettable treasures at December events around St. Tammany, especially during Local Artists Week. Head to Olde Towne Slidell for the Carey Street Crawl block party. In Covington, check out the St. Tammany's Holiday Festival of Arts or Christmas in the Country, and Mandeville's Maison Lafitte Holiday Market. See more shopping events in our event calendar.

Dew Drop at Christmas

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2. Sounds of the Season

From live performances to caroling, the Northshore has all the sweet sounds of holiday music. Pontchartrain Vineyards heralds in the festivities with its annual Holiday in the Vines concert at the end of November. In December, The historic Dew Drop Jazz & Social Hall in Mandeville hosts an annual show-stopping holiday musical performance that's not to be missed. Beethoven and Blue Jeans, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra's Yuletide classic is a tradition in Slidell. The Northlake Performing Arts Society, the Holiday of Lights, and the cities of Covington and Mandeville host holiday caroling events for all ages.

Steinhauer Productions' Christmas Extravaganza
3.  Christmas Extravaganza Arts and Crafts Expo

Louisiana’s annual three-day arts and crafts festival returns to the St. Tammany Fairgrounds in Covington the first week in December with Steinhauer Productions' Christmas Extravaganza Arts and Crafts Expo. Over 500 uniquely creative artists and craftspersons from a multi-state radius travel to the Northshore and exhibit every style of art you can imagine. You're sure to find the perfect gift for that special someone at this holiday shopper’s paradise. Twenty mouth-watering food booths, too.

Holiday of Lights
4. Light Up The Town

Nothing makes your inner holiday joy shine more than the shimmer of twinkling lights sprinkled along the streets, Tammany Trace trailheads, and parks of St. Tammany Parish. Bring the entire family to Covington to experience the magic with Deck the Rails at Covington Trailhead, and to Slidell's Bayou Christmas in Heritage Park. You'll also find lots of family fun at the Annual Holiday of Lights in Mandeville and Christmas Under the Stars in Slidell.

Tea at the Southern

Photo courtesy The Southern Hotel

5. Santa’s Tea Party

Santa’s switching his drink of choice from milk to hot tea this year! Children and parents have multiple opportunities to sip a spot of tea, share their wish lists with Santa, and listen to Christmas classics  at some of our favorite retreats including The Southern Hotel, Maison Lafitte, and  at The English Team Room in Covington (visit them online for all dates). Book early, because these fill up fast!

Sip and Stroll
 6. Sip and Stroll

Holiday strollers revel in the holiday spirit as they meander through the streets of Old Mandeville at the lakefront town's annual Sips of the Season. The event is modeled after the German Christkindlmarkt tradition, in which revelers wandered the town squares with mugs of warm, spiced wine called gluhwein. Purchase a mug in advance (they sell out quickly) at participating shops and join in the fun. Shoppers enjoy special sales, warm cider and signature spirits from our local shopkeepers.

Folsom Parade
7. Holiday Parades

The Northshore has several fun holiday parades, and boy, does Santa know how to make a grand entrance. The jolly elf arrives by boat at the Winter on the Water parade in Mandeville and Merry Madisonville in Madisonville, and via horse and buggy at the Folsom Horse and Wagon Parade!

A Christmas Past Photo
8. A Christmas Past Festival

Spend your Saturday waxing nostalgic through the charming streets of Old Mandeville on Lake Pontchartrain with the annual A Christmas Past Festival, followed by the Winter on the Water lighted boat parade. Enjoy an old-time holiday atmosphere with arts and crafts, jewelry vendors, food and beverage booths, a Children's Village, train rides, pet adoptions, and of course, Santa. Local musicians will be delighting guests with cheerful charm for the entire family.

On the Stage

Photo courtesy the Slidell Little Theatre

9. On the Stage

Settle in for a show; the Northshore has numerous theaters throughout the parish that create a spectacular experience for all. Talented local performers present a broad spectrum of well-loved Christmas classics and new debuts for the whole family to enjoy. Check out Playmakers Theater, Slidell Little Theatre, Cutting Edge Theatre, and 30 by Ninety Theatre for their holiday show schedules.

Live Nativity at Mandeville's First Baptist Church
10. Live Nativities and more...

Santa can be seen all over the Northshore during the Holiday season, with story readings and hot chocolate at the Cajun Christmas at Big Branch, and even accompanied by his very own reindeer at Folsom’s ZOO 2 U Petting Zoo Christmas Extravaganza. You may find a live Nativity, hayrides, bonfires and opportunities to mingle with many rescued animals at the Holiday Ho Ho Ho Down  in Folsom at Big Sky Ranch.  Mandeville's First Baptist Church hosts A Mandeville Christmas: Live Nativity, with ten scenes that depict the life of Jesus Christ from birth, through life, to death and Resurrection.