Christmas on the Northshore {Guide to the Holidays}

Like most things, Christmas in 2020 looks a little different. Despite this, there are still some opportunities for holiday spirit and I’ve gathered up a list as best I can so you can start planning! Because things are in flux this holiday season I recommend checking with the organization holding each event to make sure it is still happening right before you go. I will be updating this page as best I can, but with things changing so rapidly I’m sure I’ll miss some things. Happy Holidays!

December 2nd, 2020

Christmas Storytime. 11AM. Ponchatoula Library. Join Miss Lisa for a Christmas Storytime!

December 4th, 2020

Christmas Extravaganza. 9AM-5PM. Coquille. Crafts and Christmas shopping. Adults $5/person. Kids under 13 get in free. 

21st Annual Holiday of Lights. 5-8:30PM. Koop Administrative Complex. Drive-thru only this year–come and see light displays!

32nd Annual Christmas Under the Stars. 6-9PM. Griffith Park. The City of Slidell celebrates the 32nd annual Christmas Under the Stars in Griffith Park, a celebration of twinkling lights, festive decorations, life-size Christmas Cottages and other family fun. While some activities will need to be adjusted or reduced this year, the 2020 holiday celebration grows from four days to a full month (Fridays and Saturdays), beginning December 4th and continuing through January 3, 2021. Admission to all displays and activities is free. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed at each of these events, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. 

December 5th, 2020

Christmas Extravaganza. 9AM-5PM. Coquille. Crafts and Christmas shopping. Adults $5/person. Kids under 13 get in free. 

Live Music at the Vineyard Featuring Dave Jordan and Friends. Noon-3PM. Ponchartrain Vineyard.  Legendary musician Dave Jordan will be performing on the outdoor stage. We invite everyone to stop by and relax on the patio or grass and enjoy some great live music and wine! Bring your chairs or blanket, pack a picnic, grab a bottle of wine, and relax at the Vineyard! No Admission! Family Friendly! As a reminder, please bring your mask for inside the Tasting Room, no outside alcohol per state law, no smoking (except for designated areas) and no pets allowed.

Home for the Holidays Virtual Family Bazaar. 1-3:30PM. St. Tammany parish Library Facebook Page. The St. Tammany Parish Library cordially invites families to don their ugly sweaters and join us on Facebook Live for some Fa La La! They will be presenting fun holiday DIY crafts for all ages, stories, holiday trivia, caroling, and maybe a visit from the big guy with the red hat? Tune in to their Facebook Live for some or all of the events. See the full schedule here.

A Merry Madisonville Christmas and Santa’s Front Porch. 2:30PM. Madisonville Front Porch. the event will look a little different this year. Instead of the traditional parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will ride through the town and end at the Madisonville Park for Santa pictures in the new gazebo, along with entertainment by local school groups and talent, caroling and Christmas movie in the park. Refreshments will be provided, some for purchase. Family friendly event.

Olde Towne Slidell Community Christmas Parade. 4:30PM. From City Hall to Griffith Park. The old-fashioned parade of decorated golf carts, holiday costumes and Santa & Mrs. Claus starts in front of Slidell City Hall, 2055 Second Street, and travels to Griffith Park, 333 Erlanger Street, for the annual lighting of the Christmas trees and Christmas under the Stars. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. 

Deck the Rails. 4-7:30PM. Covington Trailhead. Free, kid-friendly holiday event at the Covington Trailhead, 4:00pm to 7:30 p.m. Santa Claus, holiday entertainment and other family fun to be announced. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and masks!

Hammond Rotary’s Drive In Christmas Movie. 4-7PM. America’s First Choice Auto Auction.This event is FREE to the public thanks to our Red Carpet Sponsor The Caffeinated Realtor (limited spots available-first come first serve). Parking opens at 4:00pm and the movie will start at 6:00pm. We will have our same great concessions available too like popcorn, candy hamburgers, hot dogs & more. The event features Jack Frost the family-friendly holiday film shown on a 22-foot inflatable outdoor movie screen. Canned Food Items will be collected for the Tangi Food Pantry!

21st Annual Holiday of Lights. 5-8:30PM. Koop Administrative Complex. Drive-thru only this year–come and see light displays!

32nd Annual Christmas Under the Stars. 6-9PM. Griffith Park. The City of Slidell celebrates the 32nd annual Christmas Under the Stars in Griffith Park, a celebration of twinkling lights, festive decorations, life-size Christmas Cottages and other family fun. While some activities will need to be adjusted or reduced this year, the 2020 holiday celebration grows from four days to a full month (Fridays and Saturdays), beginning December 4th and continuing through January 3, 2021. Admission to all displays and activities is free. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed at each of these events, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. 

December 6th, 2020

Christmas Extravaganza. 9AM-5PM. Coquille. Crafts and Christmas shopping. Adults $5/person. Kids under 13 get in free. 

21st Annual Holiday of Lights. 5-8:30PM. Koop Administrative Complex. Drive-thru only this year–come and see light displays!

December 9th, 2020

DIY Ornaments for Ages 6-11. St. Tammany Parish Library Virtual Event. 4:30-5:30PM. Supplies are needed to participate, and you can pick them up at the Slidell, Covington, Causeway, Mandeville, Madisonville, or South Slidell Branches. We recommend calling ahead to verify supplies remain. Supply bags will include past of varying shapes which will be crafted into decorative ornaments. Registration opens November 9th at 9:00am. This program will be presented virtually over the Zoom platform. Participants must provide an email address in order to receive the program link. The link to the program will be sent to all participants one hour prior to the beginning of the program. Registration can be found here. 

December 11th, 2020

Holiday Family Movie Night Featuring Santa Buddies (Masks Required). Ponchatoula Library. 5:30-7:30PM. Join us for an Outdoor Holiday Family Movie Night!  Sit back and relax in our socially distanced outdoor spaces.  Registration is required by one adult to represent your family group.  If your group is too large to fit into a space of 15 feet by 10 feet, please register for an additional slot.  Feel free to bring your own blankets, chairs, snacks and drinks, as we will not be able to provide such items at this time.  This year we will be presenting Disney’s Santa Buddies rated G. There will be a Grab & Go craft ready for you to take home! (Masks Required). Registration is found here.

21st Annual Holiday of Lights. 5-8:30PM. Koop Administrative Complex. Drive-thru only this year–come and see light displays!

32nd Annual Christmas Under the Stars. 6-9PM. Griffith Park. The City of Slidell celebrates the 32nd annual Christmas Under the Stars in Griffith Park, a celebration of twinkling lights, festive decorations, life-size Christmas Cottages and other family fun. While some activities will need to be adjusted or reduced this year, the 2020 holiday celebration grows from four days to a full month (Fridays and Saturdays), beginning December 4th and continuing through January 3, 2021. Admission to all displays and activities is free. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed at each of these events, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. 

Candlelight Caroling. 7-8:30PM. Covington Trailhead. Bring chairs and masks. 

December 12th, 2020

Christmas Past Market. 10AM-4PM. Girod Street, Old Mandeville. The event will feature more than 75 artists, craftsmen and merchants from across the Greater New Orleans area. This year’s theme, “Christmas Past Classics,” will give nod to classic holiday films including The Grinch, The Santa Clause, A Christmas Carol, Elf and Polar Express. Admission to the event is free, and attendees are encouraged to get in the holiday spirit – costumes and holiday attire add to the festive atmosphere! Elements at this year’s event include children’s art and craft activities, local food vendors, and singing/roaming holiday characters. In addition, attendees will enjoy live musical performances by a trio from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

21st Annual Holiday of Lights. 5-8:30PM. Koop Administrative Complex. Drive-thru only this year–come and see light displays!

32nd Annual Christmas Under the Stars. 6-9PM. Griffith Park. The City of Slidell celebrates the 32nd annual Christmas Under the Stars in Griffith Park, a celebration of twinkling lights, festive decorations, life-size Christmas Cottages and other family fun. While some activities will need to be adjusted or reduced this year, the 2020 holiday celebration grows from four days to a full month (Fridays and Saturdays), beginning December 4th and continuing through January 3, 2021. Admission to all displays and activities is free. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed at each of these events, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. 

December 13th, 2020

21st Annual Holiday of Lights. 5-8:30PM. Koop Administrative Complex. Drive-thru only this year–come and see light displays!

December 14th, 2019

Amite Branch Outdoor Family Movie Night. Amite Library. 5:30-7PM. Join the Amite Branch for an Outdoor Family Holiday  Movie Night. Come and relax in our socially distanced outdoor spaces. Please bring blankets, chairs, pillows, etc. We’ll provide popcorn, cookies, and hot chocolate. Registration is required by one adult to represent your family or group. Your group should fit into a space of 15 feet by 10 feet. We will be showing “Tim Burton’s The Night Before Christmas” Rated PG. There will be a Grab & Go craft ready for you to take home! (MASKS REQUIRED)***Note: upon registering call the Amite Branch (985) 748-7151 and ask for one of the programmers (Emma or Brittany) to let them know how many people are in your group. Registration available here. 

December 18th, 2020

Hammond Library Outdoor Family Movie Night. Hammond Library. 5:30PM. The Hammond Branch presents Trolls Holiday, an Outdoor Holiday Family Movie Event! Join us as we kickoff the holiday season with a family fun film. Bring your coziest blankets, chairs, pillows, etc. to cuddle up and relax with your closest family or friends. Leave the snacks and crafts to us! We’ll provide cookies to decorate, hot cocoa, and ornament crafts at each socially distanced outdoor space. Each space will be blocked off, per registrant, prior to the event. Registration is required by one adult to represent your family or group. If your group is too large to fit into a space of 15 feet by 10 feet, please register for an additional space. We will be showing Universal Pictures Trolls Holiday, Not Rated. Spaces are limited, so grab yours now for the holla-day event of the year! Masks are required. **Please let your librarian know of any food allergies prior to event. Popcorn will be provided upon request.**Registration is available here.

21st Annual Holiday of Lights. 5-8:30PM. Koop Administrative Complex. Drive-thru only this year–come and see light displays!

Bayou Christmas Festival. 6-9PM. Heritage Park. Drive thru and see all the holiday light on display!

32nd Annual Christmas Under the Stars. 6-9PM. Griffith Park. The City of Slidell celebrates the 32nd annual Christmas Under the Stars in Griffith Park, a celebration of twinkling lights, festive decorations, life-size Christmas Cottages and other family fun. While some activities will need to be adjusted or reduced this year, the 2020 holiday celebration grows from four days to a full month (Fridays and Saturdays), beginning December 4th and continuing through January 3, 2021. Admission to all displays and activities is free. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed at each of these events, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. 

December 19th, 2019

Holiday Evening Market. 3-7PM. Mandeville Trailhead. This special evening market will have a variety of vendors and local artisans selling art, jewelry, crafts and accessories. Plus, live music, face painting, Santa Claus (don’t forget your camera!) and family fun. Mailboxes will be available to mail letters to Santa.

Bayou Christmas Festival. 6-9PM. Heritage Memorial Park. Drive thru and see all the holiday decoration this year!

21st Annual Holiday of Lights. 5-8:30PM. Koop Administrative Complex. Drive-thru only this year–come and see light displays!

32nd Annual Christmas Under the Stars. 6-9PM. Griffith Park. The City of Slidell celebrates the 32nd annual Christmas Under the Stars in Griffith Park, a celebration of twinkling lights, festive decorations, life-size Christmas Cottages and other family fun. While some activities will need to be adjusted or reduced this year, the 2020 holiday celebration grows from four days to a full month (Fridays and Saturdays), beginning December 4th and continuing through January 3, 2021. Admission to all displays and activities is free. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed at each of these events, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. 

December 20th, 2020

Bayou Christmas Festival. 6-9PM. Drive thru and see all the holiday decorations this year!

21st Annual Holiday of Lights. 5-8:30PM. Koop Administrative Complex. Drive-thru only this year–come and see light displays!

December 24th, 2019

21st Annual Holiday of Lights. 5-8:30PM. Koop Administrative Complex. Drive-thru only this year–come and see light displays!

December 25th, 2019

21st Annual Holiday of Lights. 5-8:30PM. Koop Administrative Complex. Drive-thru only this year–come and see light displays!

32nd Annual Christmas Under the Stars. 6-9PM. Griffith Park. The City of Slidell celebrates the 32nd annual Christmas Under the Stars in Griffith Park, a celebration of twinkling lights, festive decorations, life-size Christmas Cottages and other family fun. While some activities will need to be adjusted or reduced this year, the 2020 holiday celebration grows from four days to a full month (Fridays and Saturdays), beginning December 4th and continuing through January 3, 2021. Admission to all displays and activities is free. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed at each of these events, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. 

December 26th, 2019

21st Annual Holiday of Lights. 5-8:30PM. Koop Administrative Complex. Drive-thru only this year–come and see light displays!

32nd Annual Christmas Under the Stars. 6-9PM. Griffith Park. The City of Slidell celebrates the 32nd annual Christmas Under the Stars in Griffith Park, a celebration of twinkling lights, festive decorations, life-size Christmas Cottages and other family fun. While some activities will need to be adjusted or reduced this year, the 2020 holiday celebration grows from four days to a full month (Fridays and Saturdays), beginning December 4th and continuing through January 3, 2021. Admission to all displays and activities is free. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed at each of these events, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. 

December 27th, 2019

21st Annual Holiday of Lights. 5-8:30PM. Koop Administrative Complex. Drive-thru only this year–come and see light displays!

Januray 1st, 2020

32nd Annual Christmas Under the Stars. 6-9PM. Griffith Park. The City of Slidell celebrates the 32nd annual Christmas Under the Stars in Griffith Park, a celebration of twinkling lights, festive decorations, life-size Christmas Cottages and other family fun. While some activities will need to be adjusted or reduced this year, the 2020 holiday celebration grows from four days to a full month (Fridays and Saturdays), beginning December 4th and continuing through January 3, 2021. Admission to all displays and activities is free. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed at each of these events, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. 

January 2nd, 2020

32nd Annual Christmas Under the Stars. 6-9PM. Griffith Park. The City of Slidell celebrates the 32nd annual Christmas Under the Stars in Griffith Park, a celebration of twinkling lights, festive decorations, life-size Christmas Cottages and other family fun. While some activities will need to be adjusted or reduced this year, the 2020 holiday celebration grows from four days to a full month (Fridays and Saturdays), beginning December 4th and continuing through January 3, 2021. Admission to all displays and activities is free. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed at each of these events, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. 

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2 Comments on "Christmas on the Northshore {Guide to the Holidays}"

  1. December 6,7&8th “cradle to the cross” a live drive thru of the story of Christ from birth to death. In Covington at New Zion Baptist Church
    Info here: http://www.newzion.net/mobile/multipagelvl2.php?ID=9199

  2. All the taxes we pay in st Tammany parish you would think they could put aside some money for Christmas lights at the trailhead on Koop dr. Shame on the president of this parish .Maybe if they went to a few less lunches the kids could of seen some light displays this year
    Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!!!!

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