Northshore Holiday Guide

Christmas Events on the Northshore {Guide to the Holidays}

Hey guys! It’s that time of year again and I’m here with as many different events as I could find. The deal is. . . I will find more. Please bookmark this page or revisit us often because I will be adding events as things more along. Christmas time is always a doozy but it’s…

Christmas Lights on the Northshore

As a kid I remember right after Christmas dinner at my grandma’s house in Jefferson, we would drive to Metairie so we could take a peek at Al Copeland’s house all done-up for Christmas. I feel like maybe over-the-top Christmas lights are a dying art form or something because I certainly don’t see them like…

Seven Louisiana Christmas Tree Farms You Can Visit This Year

Do you have dreams of heading out into the woods and cutting down your own Christmas tree? Well if they aren’t your woods, don’t do that. Instead, head to one of the many Christmas tree farms in our area and cut your own. Or, if you like the idea, but don’t have the brawn for…

South Louisiana Christmas Parades

I’ll admit that I thought that Christmas parades were something that happened in other places. We have Mardi Gras parades–not Christmas, right? WRONG. In fact, Tangipahoa parish alone has five. FIVE. That’s a whole lotta Christmas. So if you decide that you want to catch one of  these moving holiday celebrations, here’s a list of…

Where to Get Santa Claus Pictures on the Northshore

 This post is updated for 2020. If you’re not careful it will be Christmas Eve when you realize that you’ve forgotten to take care of this holiday tradition. Your best bet is to plan ahead and figure out exactly where and when you plan to get that coveted photo of your kids with Kris Kringle.…

Six Holiday Tradition Ideas for Your Family {That You Can Start This Year}

For most of my life I didn’t like Christmas. It felt forced and stressful and not at all magical. Really, it felt more like the biggest to-do list in the world had been handed to me. Recently, however, that’s started to change. I’ve managed to find my version of Christmas spirit and it has made…

Christmas Shows and Concerts {Northshore Holiday Guide}

This guide has been updated for 2021. If you are looking for the Nutcracker Ballet, we have those listed separately. Covington Babes In Toyland Playmakers Theater Mother Goose Land is all astir over the rivalry between miserly, mean-hearted Uncle Barnaby and young, handsome, gentle Alan for the love of Mistress Mary Quite Contrary. Getting in…

Felt Christmas Trees: An Easy Christmas Craft for Kids

It’s December and, while it’s allegedly the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also one of the busiest. I thought I knew what it meant to be busy before I had kids, but having two little ones to entertain on top of all the holiday preparations is a whole new level of busy. Sure…

The Ultimate Guide to Louisiana Christmas Books

Looking for a great Christmas gift that won’t break that bank AND will be cherished by the person who receives it? Look no further than a Louisiana-themed Christmas book. It will be taken out each year and enjoyed for years–and maybe even generations. Sounds great, right?  Well here’s the ultimate list of Louisiana Christmas books…

The Unbelievable Garrett Christmas Village

“How long does does it take to set up?” is the most-common question you hear when sitting in Trisha and David Garrett’s living room this time of year. Other popular questions are “what’s underneath it all?,” “how many houses to you have?” and “when did you start?” You see, each year Trisha and David’s sun…

Recreate the Twelve Nights of Christmas in Downtown Covington!

If you are like me, you’ve driven around downtown Covington and have seen one of two of the light displays with a prominent number. It didn’t take me long to figure out that these represented the twelve days of Christmas but I didn’t know where all twelve days were (I’m just really smart like that…

10 No-Fail Christmas Cookie Recipes

Cookie season is upon us! Whether you’re making them for a cookie exchange, class party, or just for your family to enjoy, cookies hold a firm spot in most of our Christmas traditions. Cookies are a great item to bake with children because there’s almost always a step little hands can help with.  With countless…

The Messenger’s Christmas Land {Know Before You Go}

Nestled in a small, unassuming neighborhood in Denham Springs, one can find a Christmas wonderland that is decades in the making. The Messenger family began hand-building Christmas displays in 1964, with grandson Jeremy Messenger keeping the magic alive for current generations. Here are some reason you might want to take the kids and check out…

City Park Brings Back the Drive Through Celebration in the Oaks and It’s Magical

Perhaps I’m showing my age a little but I remember when Celebration in the Oaks was new. Back then it was called Christmas in the Oaks and I confess that my brain has never fully made the switch (even now as I typed this title I wrote it wrong at first). I have vivid memories…

What You Need to Know About NOLA ChristmasFest {Worth the Drive}

Now in it’s seventh year, NOLA ChristmasFest opened today for the 2019 season. I was lucky enough to preview this event last year and other years in the past. I can definitely say that they have raised the bar each year I have visited with more offerings and activities for the kids. This event is…

Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival {Worth the Drive}

Details in this post have been updated for 2017 As the mom of four small-ish children including one in a wheelchair, I’m very picky about the activities I attend with my entire family. There’s nothing worse than packing up the car, driving forty-five minutes or more, and then finding out that an event is too…

Where to See the Nutcracker {Northshore Parent Holiday Guide}

This list is updated for 2021 Covington Ballet Apetrei  Fuhrmann Auditorium Friday and Saturday, December 10th and 11th. 7PM Sunday, December 12th at 2PM. Tickets go on sale to the public on November 8 at Pineapple Gallery in Mandeville. Tickets are $20-25 reserved seating. Please call 985-624-3622 for more information or visit their website at BalletApetrei.net…

Those Amazing Acro-Cats Really Are Amazing

December in New Orleans is full of events vying for your attention and money so it is completely understandable if you are having difficulty choosing what events to go to. Allow me to help you cut through all of the holiday music and get right to the chase: you should just go ahead and see…

Meet the Man Behind The Miller Family Christmas Lights

It’s that time of year. You know – the time to pile everyone in the car and go look at Christmas lights! Joel and Laurie Miller’s home on Thackery Street in Mandeville hosts an especially grand display of lights and should be on your list of places to drive by this holiday season. We caught…

LUNA Fête in New Orleans

This post was updated for 2018 by the site editor. Get a dose of culture at LUNA Fête 2018 Dec. 6-9 in Lafayette Square in New Orleans. What is LUNA Fête? LUNA Fête is a five-year initiative intended to culminate in New Orleans’ 2018 tricentennial. LUNA stands for “Light Up NOLA Arts,” and LUNA Fête…

The Polar Express New Orleans {And Honest Review}

Yesterday, December 22nd, my four boys, my husband, my parent, my mother-in-law, and I  all climbed aboard the Polar Express in New Orleans for the first time. It’s already kind of a zoo with that many people, but in addition to that, my oldest is in a wheelchair, so doing any kind of activity is…

Handling Grief During the Holidays

  For some, the holiday season is enjoyable for all the common reasons. Driving around and looking at lights, going to parties, decorating, participating in family and spiritual activities, cooking and eating, and giving to others are traditions for many. For others, the season brings with it the duality of experiencing joy while grieving. Sometimes…

Where to Find the Best New Orleans Hotel Christmas Decorations

Each year in the first week of December my husband and I take all three kids down to the city for our Christmas Tree Scavenger Hunt. We came up with this idea a few years back because a lot of the fun things to do at Christmas time are at night and our kids always…

Five Must-Try Holiday Desserts

Christmas is officially in the air and even though I’m not great in the kitchen, I usually do a little baking this time of year. Today I’ve rounded up some super-yummy holiday baking you should definitely try out this year. Addie is blogger who lives near me and she happens to have a degree in…

Holiday Gift Guide for the Pregnant Person in Your Life.

We all like to be pampered, pregnant or not, but especially when we’re pregnant! If  you have a friend, family member, or spouse who is expecting during this holiday season, here are some suggestions that may ease her mind and or body for all the work it’s doing preparing a beautiful new life. Remember, although…

Celebration in the Oaks {Worth the Drive}

This post  is  part of the Holiday of Wonder campaign sponsored by Wonder and Company and Celebration in the Oaks at New Orleans City Park People have certain ideas about New Orleans: they love its historic homes, its gourmet food, and its legendary night life. It’s a pretty great place–I admit it. What most people…

What I Really Want for Christmas {Sunnie Says}

Today one of my children was jumping on the mini trampoline when his diaper fell off (something about all the jumping I guess?). The diaper had poop in it (I didn’t know that at the time) and while he did have pants on, poop bits rained down on the trampoline while he happily continued his…