The holidays are a special time of year when we gather with loved ones to celebrate joy, compassion, and the giving spirit. From baking cookies to festive lights and ornaments, every family has traditions that put a unique personal touch on their holiday experience. We have put together fun ideas for creating a fantastic experience on New Orleans’ Northshore with the holidays approaching. Whether you live in the area or are visiting from out of town, you do not want to miss these annual holiday events in Mandeville, Slidell, Covington, Hammond, and other Northshore Louisiana towns.
Christmas Lights on Front Street in Olde Town Slidell
Slidell’s historic Olde Towne is so quaint and charming that you wouldn’t want to miss it if you are visiting the Northshore. There are annual events all year long, including Oktoberfest, Mona Lisa & Moon Pie Parade, and Antiques Fair, among others. However, the Christmas Light display is perhaps the most remarkable annual event in Camellia City. With breathtaking bright lights along Front Street, the ambiance is transformed into a magical wonderland of cheer and festivity. The lights turn on automatically once the sun sets, so mark your calendar.
Mandeville Holiday of Lights on Koop Drive
For over 20 years, Mandeville has hosted its annual Holiday of Lights, bringing joy and festivity to this quiet Northshore town. This is especially fun for children, as there are Christmas carolers, rides, and a North Pole station with Santa. Performances by school children typically take place on the weekend, providing an opportunity for the whole community to gather in support of local youth choirs. If you are looking for something fun to do this holiday season, the Mandeville Holiday of Lights is a “can’t-miss.”
Holiday Shopping in Historic Downtown Covington
The city of Covington, Louisiana, hosts an annual Christmas shopping, notoriously named “Christmas in the Country.” Starting on Black Friday and running through Christmas, this holiday market features local shops and vendors, live music on the weekends, and an array of holiday lights. Historic Downtown Covington is infamously cute, combining original cottage buildings and modern structures. Enjoy your holiday shopping while spending time with family and friends in the crisp outdoor Louisiana winter air.
Abita Brewing Tour While Sipping Christmas Ale
Nothing is quite like cracking open a delicious brown ale on a cold winter day. Abita Brewing is located in Covington and hosts tours year-round. Many locals know about their famous Christmas Ale, a delicious dry-hop beer blended with caramel and chocolate. The Christmas Ale is only available seasonally, and the best way to experience its deliciousness is by taking a tour of Abita Brewing Company. There are guided tours every day except Tuesday, so be sure to check their website for availability.
Pick Your Own Christmas Tree
Hand-picking your own Christmas tree is a cherished tradition that brings joy and warmth to your home. We don’t usually associate Louisiana with the typical climate for classic Christmas trees such as firs, spruces, and pines. However, numerous tree farms through the Northshore notoriously grow the perfect Christmas tree and allow for hand-picking. After picking the ideal tree for your home, gather the family around to decorate with your favorite ornaments. There perhaps is no better way to embrace the holiday spirit as a family than decorating the tree together!
‘Tis the season to gather with friends, family, and loved ones to celebrate the holidays in joy. We often forget life’s essence, especially in today’s world of technology, material possessions, and instant gratification. However, the holidays constantly remind us that the people in our lives matter above all. We hope the article above provides helpful tips for creating lasting and cherished memories with your loved ones this holiday season. These are just several ideas throughout St. Tammany Parish and the New Orleans Northshore.
If you suspect your elderly loved one is incapable of performing basic activities of daily living or suffers from memory loss, don’t hesitate to contact Peristyle Beau West. We are located in Mandeville, Louisiana, and have been proud to serve our beloved seniors for over a decade. We are looking forward to meeting you and your family!