Holiday Hullabaloo 2020: Festivities on Both Shores

Holiday Hullabaloo 2020: Festivities on Both Shores

Like everything else, the pandemic is making the holidays extra challenging this year, but where there’s a will — and holiday spirit — there’s a way! While some old standard events have been cancelled or altered this year, as you’ll see by this list, there are still many, many ways to celebrate the season on both shores, plus virtual options. 

We’ve divided the list into categories — Santa visits, ongoing events, and single-day events — then, put them in chronological order. Start packing those holiday calendars!

NOTE: Just as we were about to publish this post, climbing coronavirus rates made it necessary for Louisiana to move back into phase two (click here to see what that means), so be sure to visit the links provided to the individual websites to see if this means changes to or cancellations of the events.





Santa & the North Pole Express at Lakeside  

Now through December 24 

This year, Lakeside Shopping Center’s Santa photos will be by appointment only, with a limited number of appointments per day (see link on their website). Buy a photo package in advance on-line and reserve your spot. Santa Photos are available: Monday–Saturday: 10am – 7:30pm; Sunday:  Noon – 6pm. The North Pole Express Train accepts cash only.


Santa at Clearview 

Now through December 24 from 11am-7pm

Santa is available for photos at Clearview Shopping Center. In order to protect Santa and all who wish to visit him, they ask that everyone please review the guidelines, which include wearing masks and maintaining a 6-foot distance in line. Temperature checks will be conducted before being allowed on the photo set.


Santa Photos at Oakwood Mall (Gretna)

Now through December 24

Visit the JCPenney Wing of Oakwood Mall to get your professional pics with Santa taken. Hours are Monday – Saturday from 11am – 7pm; Sunday from noon – 6pm; December 24 from 9am-5pm. Reservations are required.


Virtual Santa

Now through January 7

Choose which experience you’d like to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Options: Visit with Santa live from the North Pole, Storytime with The Clauses, or Pre-Recorded Personalized Santa Videos (Santa will record a video message to your kids based on information you provide in your family profile during your booking.) Reservations required.


Gentilly Santa (In Person & Virtual)

Gentilly Santa serves the New Orleans and surrounding areas during the holiday season. His first date open to the public is December 6 from 3-7pm at 4617 Mirabeau Avenue, or online for storytime. For booking, email or call 504-535-5399.




Celebration in the Oaks (Driving Tour)

Now through January 3 (closed December 24 & 31)

The 2020 season is the 34th anniversary of City Park’s largest fundraiser, Celebration in the Oaks. This year it will be a driving tour with Add-On Activities in Carousel Gardens, too. City Park’s famous oaks are swathed in over a million twinkling lights and breathtaking light displays are scattered throughout the 2.25 mile driving tour of the Park. Proceeds from Celebration in the Oaks benefits the maintenance, care, and beautification of New Orleans City Park. Add-On Activities: Train ride, marshmallow and access to marshmallow roasting area, access to Storyland, access to Children’s Christmas trees, access to photo areas including Mister Bingle & Santa Gator (you take your own photos with your phone) Sunday – Thursday 6pm to 10pm and Friday & Saturday 5pm to 11pm; Christmas night abbreviated hours: 5pm to 10pm.


Holiday Tea at Windsor Court

November 27 – December 30 from 10am-3pm

If you’re looking to truly experience the seasonal grandeur, there’s no better time than during the traditional pastime of Holiday Tea in Le Salon.  Don’t miss this elegant holiday tradition complete with delicate tea sandwiches, and holiday-themed scones and desserts.Reservations are required. Seating times are between 10am-3pm daily, except for December 1,2,7,8 & 14.


Teddy Bear Tea at the Roosevelt 

November 28, 29 & December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 23, 24

Santa and Mrs. Claus will welcome guests of all ages while you enjoy a presentation of delicious holiday food, specialty teas, and tasty pastries, as well as sparkling wine and mimosas for Mom and Dad. They will follow all local and state guidelines. Tables will be socially distant from one another and masks will be required throughout the hotel.  Please note that pictures with Santa will also be taken to avoid contact but still create a great souvenir of this occasion. Plan on arriving one hour before your seating to avoid crowding situations. Seatings at 10am, 1pm & 4pm (only 10am on the 24th).


Christmas in the Country (Covington)

November 28 through December 25

Every Saturday until Christmas (and the Friday after Thanksgiving), historic downtown Covington will host special shopping events, along with live music and refreshments. Holiday shoppers can enjoy an old world shopping experience in a romantic setting, while discovering everything from couture fashions to original fine art, home furnishings, and antique treasures in dozens of boutiques and galleries, plus entertainment in the Covington Cultural District.  Most shops are open 9am-5pm. Restaurant and bar hours vary. Recurring weekly on Saturdays, plus the Friday after Thanksgiving.


Kenner Christmas Village

November 28 – December 26 from 6-9pm

The Annual Christmas Village will light up Kenner this holiday season with beautiful Christmas lights and animated scenery. Due to COVID, there will be no organized activities like performances, vendors, Santa photos, but Heritage Park will be open every day and evening for people to wander through on their own to view the display.


12 Days of LPO

December 1-12

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is delivering FREE daily performances as their gift to the community this holiday season. From brass quintets to viola duos and additional pop-up concerts, there’s something for everyone. Visit the website for the daily schedule.


The English Tea Room Christmas High Tea (Covington)

December 1 – January 9, Monday- Saturday 10am-5pm

The English Tea Room is going to host their traditional Christmas High Teas for adults and children the entire month of December through the first week of January 2021. They will feature an array of holiday goodies- special finger sandwiches, hot and cold appetizers and Christmas desserts, fresh baked scones and assorted holiday tea blends. Reservations highly recommended by calling 985-898-3988.


New Orleans Reveillon Dinners  (New Orleans)

December 1-31

A Creole tradition from the mid-1800s, dozens of New Orleans’ finest restaurants serve up decadent four-course holiday feasts with all the trimmings for the month of December. Reveillon Dinner menus and specials typically begin following Thanksgiving Day. Make sure to reach out to individual restaurants for participation dates and offers.


Holiday of Lights (Mandeville)

December 4-27 from 5-8:30pm

The annual Holiday of Lights on Koop Drive in Mandeville typically features entertainment from local schools and area performance groups, but a modified version of the 21st annual event will go forward this Christmas season as a drive-thru only event.


A Very Merry Christmas Spectacular (Mandeville)

December 4-6 & 11-13

Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la…. Bring the whole family to 30 by Ninety Theatre’s spirited celebration of the holidays featuring a variety of acts by local performers of all ages. Singing, dancing, comedy and so much more will certainly get you ready for the holidays. See website for various showtimes.


Christmas Under the Stars (Slidell)

December 4-January 2, Fridays & Saturdays from 6-9pm

This annual holiday celebration at Griffith Park in Olde Towne Slidell is 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.


Rivertown’s Charlie Brown Christmas

December 4-6, 12 & 13

Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts’ all-new production of A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage! Adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story of the spirit of Christmas, the show features whole Peanuts gang and the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi. All audience members must wear a face mask upon entry and during the performance. Dec 4 & 5 – 7pm; Dec 6 & 12 – 2pm; Dec 13 – 11am & 1pm.


Lafreniere Christmas in the Park 

December 4 – 30

Lafreniere Park sparkles for the holidays with millions of twinkling lights and displays. Constructed with over 10 million LED lights, the exhibit features elaborate decorations and festive lighted displays. New displays this year include a Hot Wheels display, a Hello Kitty figure and new animal hanging ornaments along with old favorites like a lighted 60-foot Sea Serpent in the lagoon, a princess and her magical castle and the gingerbread man.


Prytania’s Crafts, Cookies, & Classic Christmas Cinema

December 5-20, Saturdays & Sundays at noon 

Join the Prytania Theatre for 3 full weekends of the great Christmas Classic Films and crafts, cupcake decorating, and snow. December 5 & 6- The Year Without a Santa Claus & How the Grinch Stole Christmas; December 12 & 13- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & Frosty the Snowman; December 19 & 20- Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town & A Charlie Brown Christmas.


Cookies with Santa & the Belles at WWII Museum

Saturdays & Sundays from December 5-20

The National World War Young guests will be entertained by the Victory Belles, holiday games and a visit from Santa with a special teddy bear gift for all children in attendance. Seatings at 10am & 3pm.


Deutsches Haus Christmas Market 

December 5 & 12 from Noon – 5pm

Deutsches Haus is hosting its 2nd annual Christkindl Markt (Christmas Market). This outdoor event will feature visits from the Christkind and St. Nicholas, arts and crafts for sale, and German treats and beverages.


Ritz Carlton Holiday Tea 

December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 at noon

The hotel’s French Quarter Balcony Room will be the site of this festive annual holiday tradition. Credit card required to guarantee the reservation. Includes unlimited Champagne for the adults.


Santa’s Pajama Party at Restaurant R’evolution 

December 5-20, Saturdays & Sundays at 9:30am & 12:30pm

Restaurant R’evolution & the Royal Sonesta host this celebration where children can wear their favorite holiday pajamas, deliver their wish list, and visit with Santa and the Sugarplum Fairy Princess in stay safe with Sonesta style. Guests will sip only the best house-made hot chocolate and warm apple cider, and enjoy a stellar menu (and cocktails for adults) while decorating their own cookies (Chef John Folse’s famous recipe of course)!


La Petite Holiday Teas 

December 6 & 20 at 10am & noon

La Petite Palace in Metairie hosts multiple holiday teas, and they sell out quickly, so don’t delay in placing reservations. The theme for Dec 6 is Who-liday Tea and Dec 20 is Teddy Bear Tea. Each feature storytime, crafts, photo ops, and tasty treats.


Supernova on the Greenway 

December 9-20, Wednesday – Sunday from 5-9pm 

Experience a new lights exhibit this holiday season on Lafitte Greenway, the 2.6-mile long linear park and trail running through the heart of New Orleans. This free, safe, and socially distanced outdoor experience is in partnership with LUNA Fete. From Wednesday to Sunday, 5-9 p.m., head to 3200 Lafitte Ave. to see the lights and celebrate the Greenway’s 5th birthday.


Holiday Movies at the Prytania Theatre

December 11-24

The Prytania Theater has scheduled back to back Christmas movies all month long. In addition to their weekend kids’ Christmas classics, they’re screening: Elf from December 11 -17 at 2:30 & 5pm; Die Hard on December 11-17 at 7:30pm; and  The Muppet Christmas Carol from December 18 -24  at 2:30 & 5pm.


NOLA ChristmasFest (Virtual)

December 11-18

This year, NOLA ChristmasFest is a completely virtual event with online activities throughout the month of December. Here’s what you can expect at ChristmasFest 2020, the digital series.Santa’s little helpers can participate in activities over Zoom including but not limited to: Storytime featuring Mrs. Claus, Nutcracker Ballet Fundamentals, Family Elf-ercise, Baking Spirits Bright, Cool Yule Crafts, Seasonal Science, and Move Ya Mistletoes. All virtual events are between 20 and 60 minutes long and are free of charge.


Twisted Christmas (Slidell)

December 11-13 & 18-20, Friday & Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm

This spoof of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is set in a little barbecue joint in west Texas. This production is a fundraising event, not a regular season show. Reservations will be accepted through Thursday, Dec 10 for Weekend One and Thursday, Dec 17 for Weekend Two. After that, any available tickets may be purchased starting one hour before show time. Social distancing and masking guidelines will be followed.


Festival of the Bonfires (Lutcher)

December 11-13

njoy great food, live entertainment, crafts, Santa’s Very Merry Forest and carnival rides throughout the weekend. Each night will be highlighted with a single bonfire lighting! Come out and experience a prelude to the famous Christmas Eve Bonfires. Friday 4-10pm; Saturday 9pm-midnight; Sunday 8:30am-6pm.


12 Days of Christmas Displays (Covington)

December 11 – January 6

From a partridge in a pear tree to twelve drummers drumming, downtown Covington will be aglow with holiday images this month “Covington’s Twelve Days of Christmas” returns for a second year. The tableau features twelve lighted silhouettes depicting larger-than-life images from the traditional Old English Christmas carol, exhibited at various locales in the downtown historic district. The public is invited to stroll through the city to view “four calling birds, three French hens,” and other familiar images from the well-known Christmas carol.


Preservation Resource Center Holiday Home Tour (Virtual)

December 12 & 13

The PRC’s 45th annual Holiday Home Tour, presented by McEnery Residential, will be a virtual experience this year. Tour six stunning private New Orleans homes through a series of festive holiday video programs. Join the PRC’s Danielle Del Sol and Susan Langenhennig as they step inside these exquisite houses filled with amazing art collections, historic architectural details, and masterful interior design. With the homeowners as our guides, these exclusive video tours will showcase the incredible diversity of New Orleans historic neighborhoods and architecture, with fascinating details about the history of each house and the community around it.


Pirates & Princesses Swamp Tea (Jean Lafitte)

December 12 & 13

Kids of all ages will love this unique outdoor event hosted by Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours, featuring live entertainment, story time, a magic show, photos with Papa Noel himself, and of course a tour of the surrounding swamplands via traditional flat-bottom boat.  A Cajun feast will include Caesar salad, gumbo, red beans & rice, chicken tenders & fries, and crawfish eggrolls, plus beignets and bread pudding.


Nutcracker Tea at Copeland Tower

December 12 & 13 from 12:30-2:30 pm
Enter a world of whimsy in Copeland Tower’s Mardi Gras Ballroom where characters from The Nutcracker celebrate the defeat of the Mouse King with a fanciful afternoon tea party. This memorable affair will include a delicious buffet of appetizers and desserts including coffee, tea and hot cocoa. Throughout the afternoon, children will mingle with costumed Nutcracker dancers, enjoy crafts and collect autographs. Guests will have the opportunity to take photographs with the Sugar Plum Fairy or Clara and her Nutcracker. Guests are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture these special moments.


Ritz Carlton Gingerbread House Build 

December 12, 13, 19, and 20 at 1pm

Children of all ages are invited to build a festive gingerbread house at The Ritz-Carlton. Price includes one gingerbread house with all of the decorating essentials, a chicken fingers/fries station, house wine/champagne for adults, and hot chocolate, sodas, and juices for kids. Adult supervision and reservations are required. There will also be a cash bar and cheese/charcuterie plate for adults.


Zoo 2 U Christmas on the Farm (Folsom)

December 12 & 13, 19 & 20 from 11am-4pm

Join Santa and his reindeer Comet for Zoo 2 U’s annual Christmas on the Farm extravaganza. Kids will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with all of their farm and exotic animals including camels, wolves, coatimundi, fox, tortoises, snakes, bobcats, bunnies, goats, horses, donkeys, chickens, baby piglets and their very own two-toed sloth. Bring your camera for many great pictures opportunities. There will also be games, face painting, horseback rides and the Creole Tomateaux food truck on site.


Santa Brunch at The Lakehouse (Mandeville)

December 13 & 20 from 10am-2pm

Enjoy brunch overlooking Lake Pontchartrain while Santa strolls around the dining room bringing cheer. Guests are welcome to bring their own cameras/phones to snap photos with him in front of the festive tree and balloon arch. They’re offering their regular a la carte brunch menu, and reservations can be made via their website or by calling 985.626.3006. 


Slidell’s Bayou Christmas

December 18-20 from 6-9pm

Presented by the Boys and Girls Club and  located at Heritage Park in Slidell, this event will have light displays animated to holiday music, food and drinks prepared by local restaurants, live entertainment from local groups, churches and schools, handcrafted gifts, and photos with Santa.


Holiday Concert Series (Virtual) 

December 20-25

This year’s annual concerts at St. Louis Cathedral and St. Augustine Church are virtual and can be watched from anywhere, cultivating new fans around the globe who can make plans to attend the free shows in person next year.

  • December 20, 6pm-7pm – Rachel Van Voorhees  (filmed at St. Louis Cathedral)
  • December 21, 6pm-7pm – Tim Laughlin  (filmed at St. Augustine Church)
  • December 22, 6pm-7pm – Amanda Shaw (filmed at St. Louis Cathedral)
  • December 23, 6pm-7pm – Don Vappie  (filmed at St. Augustine Church)
  • December 24, 6pm-7pm – Irma Thomas (filmed at St. Louis Cathedral)
  • December 25, 10am-3pm – *All concerts


Sugar Plum Celebration (Mandeville)

December 21 – 23 from 10am-noon

Join Children’s Museum of St. Tammany for a special holiday opening of the museum, featuring holiday activities, coffee/cocoa bar, science presentations, and cookie decoration.





La Petite Enchanted Holiday Tea 

November 29 from 3-4pm

Enchantment awaits as La Petite Palace kicks off the Holiday season with an Enchanted Holiday Tea. The NOLA Pixie Dust Holiday Beauty & Enchanted Prince will be visiting for story time, crafts, photos & tea time. Sign your child (age 2 and older) up for an all-inclusive spot at the Tea Party. Activities include storytimes, activities, crafts, and photo ops, plus tea party beverage snacks & beverages.


Benny Grunch & The Bunch at the Fuhrmann (Covington)

December 3 at 7pm

Get into the Christmas spirit with Benny Grunch and the Bunch in the finale of the 2020 OnSTAGE at the Fuhrmann cultural season. Note: because seating will be very limited due to social distancing requirements, tickets will be very limited. Most seats may be claimed by season ticket holders. Details on seating and ticket availability will be announced by the City of Covington’s Office of Cultural Arts and Events. For more information, please call the City of Covington’s Office of Cultural Arts and Events at (985) 892-1873 or visit


Madeline’s Christmas, The Musical (Covington)

December 3 & 4  at 7pm; December 5 & 6 at 2pm

Join Playmakers, Inc. Community Theater for Madeline’s Christmas, The Musical, onstage. Directed by Jennifer Patterson. Book and Lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby. Music by Shirley Mier. Based on the book by Ludwig Bemelmans. In order to keep patrons, volunteers and cast members safe, special Covid procedures have been implemented.


A Merry Madisonville Christmas & Santa’s Front Porch

December 5 from 2:30-7:30pm

The 12th annual Merry Madisonville 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 a Christmas-themed movie in the park.  Refreshments will be provided, some for purchase.


Krewe of Krampus Drive-Thru Parade

December 5 at 7pm

Take a scenic drive from New Orleans to the Alps this holiday season. Just beware that you are driving into the land of Krampus and his punishing Krewe. If you have been naughty you just not make it past his lair. The Krewe of Krampus has worked hard putting together a plan to bring you a safe alternative to their popular parade this year. Viewers will drive through a designated route in the safety of their car and with their family or pods of friends. The performers will entertain all while maintaining social distance in the outside space after completing stringent COVID-19 check-in procedures. To experience this unique holiday performance, just purchase a ticket for your vehicle, grab your pod and drive to the Alps.


The Nutcracker Live Screening at Lafon Arts Center (Luling)  

December 5 at 7:30pm

The River Region Ballet, Inc.’s The Nutcracker was filmed in November and is ready for you to see it like you’ve never seen it before!  We are presenting the filmed staged ballet on our giant movie screen two weeks before the streaming link is released.  Filmed in HD with 5 cameras and even onstage shots, you’ll be in the middle of all the beauty, the magic, and the adventure of The Nutcracker!



Covington Holiday Art Market

December 5 from 10am-2pm

St. Tammany Art Association, in partnership with the City of Covington, presents the holiday version of the Covington Art Market,  a juried market of visual arts and crafts held ten times per year on the first Saturday of the month. The event features a variety of work from local and regional artists, including jewelry, photography, paintings, woodworking, fiber art, pottery and more.


Improvisations Virtual Gala 

December 5 at 7pm

This courtyard event will feature an exciting lineup of talent performing live from the Museum, with the option to view from home on Facebook, and will be a culminating celebration of jazz music in New Orleans during the holiday season. Get your tickets soon, as tickets are limited! Despite being greatly affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the Museum has continued to employ local musicians by producing free virtual content every week. Funds raised from this event will directly benefit the Museum, musicians, students, and educators–working together to support the New Orleans cultural community through the pandemic. The Improvisations Gala will stream virtually on with a limited in-person courtyard party.


Breakfast with Santa (Covington)

December 5 from 8am-12pm

Hosted by Lakeview Regional Medical Center, this event, designed to bring holiday cheer to the children served by Youth Service Bureau, features breakfast, train rides, a Christmas movie showing, holiday crafts, face painting and the much anticipated visit and photos with Santa. Open to the public, it also provides opportunities for guests to learn more about and support the invaluable services offered by YSB programs.


Deck the Rails (Covington)

December 5 from 4-6pm 

This kid-friendly holiday event includes carolling by NPAS, crafts, pictures with Santa, and holiday treats.


Candlelight Caroling at Covington Trailhead

December 11 from 7-8:30pm

All are invited to join the fun for music and sing-along at the second annual Candlelight Caroling at the Trailhead, where families can listen and sing along with favorite holiday tunes performed by local musicians and singing groups and more. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating at the open-air pavilion. Masking and social distancing will be expected.


Caroling with NPAS: An Old Fashioned Christmas (Mandeville)

December 11 from 7:30-9pm

Hosanna Lutheran Church will host as Northlake Performing Arts Society performs familiar carols. Past caroling events have featured such classics as “Silent Night,” “Carol of the Bells” and “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Deck the Halls”, “Silver Bells” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” Admission is free, with donations encouraged. Reserve your tickets at


Ballet Apetrei’s Nutcracker (Covington)

December 12 at 7pm & 13 at 2pm

Ballet Apetrei presents its 32nd annual performance of Nutcracker: The Kingdom of the Sweets at Fuhrmann Auditorium in Covington. Tickets available at Apetrei Dance Center.


Merry Market at Longue Vue

December 12 at 1pm; December 12 at 4pm

Celebrate the Holidays at Longue Vue House and Gardens’ Merry Market outdoor marketplace. Enjoy outdoor shopping with local vendors, crafts, photos with Santa, and snacks from Edith and Edgar’s Museum Cafe. Facial coverings are required and photos with Santa are not included in ticket price.


Santa on Trails 5K Run/Walk (Mandeville)

December 12 at 9am

Participants in this 5K run/walk to benefit New Orleans Mission shelter are invited to wear a Santa suit and bring a toy for the children of the shelter. The event takes place on the beautiful, flat trails of Fontainebleau State Park. Refreshments provided. All ages welcome, and all participants will get a Santa suit and handmade medal. Registration closes on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Check in 7 am–8:30 am, race begins at 9 am.


Christmas Past Market (Mandeville)

December 12 from 10am-4pm

This festive event will take place on Girod Street in Old Mandeville and will feature more than 75 artists, craftsmen, and merchants from across the Greater New Orleans area. The festival theme “Christmas Past Classics” will give nod to classic holiday films including The Grinch, 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.


St. Tammany’s Holiday Festival of Arts (Covington)

December 12 from 10am-2pm

The event will include two blocks and more than 40 booths featuring local artists and arts organizations with offerings in a variety of media including paintings, etchings, pottery, sculpture, photography, jewelry and hand-made accessories.Admission is free. For more information and a complete listing of the week’s events, visit


Deck the Park with Pyrotechnics (Covington)

December 12 from 3-7pm

Visitors are invited to Coquille Parks & Recreation for an epic Geaux Pyro’s Christmas Fireworks Musical Display.


Cajun Christmas at Big Branch (Lacombe)

December 12 from 9am-4pm

Each year Santa and Mrs. Claus make a special visit to the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center. Kids of all ages are invited for story time, cookies and hot cocoa. For more information call (985) 882-2025 or email


Breakfast with Santa at Pelican Park (Mandeville)

December 12 from 9-11am

Pelican Park invites you to make this holiday season special for your child (ages 2-10 years old). Each registered child will be served a free breakfast in the Castine Center, meet Santa, and create holiday crafts. Parents are invited to take pictures and may purchase additional breakfast(s) for $5 each when registering their child online through Tuesday, December 8th or on the morning of, directly from the caterer (cash required). Register for this event at


Christmas on the Northshore Concert (Mandeville)

December 17 at 3pm & 7pm

The annual musical celebration of the holidays is hosted by the Big Easy Award-winning St. Timothy Choir at St. Timothy on the Northshore United Methodist Church. The concerts will include exciting arrangements of well-loved Christmas favorites. Performances in previous years have featured O Little Town of Bethlehem, Pat-a-Pan, The Little Drummer Boy, What Child is This, and the beautiful Dan Forrest arrangement of Silent Night, as well as contemporary favorites like Michael W. Smith’s Christmastime.


The Nutcracker at Home Screening

December 18 at 7:30pm

Watch River Region, Inc’s Nutcracker from the comfort and safety of your living room. This holiday family favorite is always on everyone’s to do list! Gather together and watch the ballet you can your family dream about year after year.


Holiday Evening Market at Mandeville Trailhead

December 19 from 3-7pm

Experience holiday fun for the whole family at this special evening market, featuring 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. This event is free and open to the public.


Caroling in Jackson Square

December 20 at 7pm

This treasured holiday tradition continues, a la pandemic. Per Phase 3.3 gathering restrictions, ticketed admission will be available on an extremely limited basis to ensure mindful distancing. Songbooks will be provided, and masks will be required. Those who cannot attend may join in virtually via live streaming on where songbooks may be downloaded. Families, restaurants, hotels and businesses are encouraged to have their own simultaneous Caroling festivities for even greater virtual participation. An online ticket lottery will be conducted immediately prior to the event, based on availability.


Live Nativity at St. Timothy’s (Mandeville)

December 20 from 8am – 12:30pm

St. Timothy on the Northshore UMC presents a live Nativity. Admission is free. For more information, contact Susan Crowton at or call (985) 626-3307.


The Nutcracker Live Screening at Lafon Arts Center (Luling)

December 20 at 2pm-3pm 

The River Region Ballet, Inc.’s The Nutcracker was filmed in November and is ready for you to see it like you’ve never seen it before!  We are presenting the filmed staged ballet on our giant movie screen two weeks before the streaming link is released.  Filmed in HD with 5 cameras and even onstage shots, you’ll be in the middle of all the beauty, the magic, and the adventure of The Nutcracker!  NOTE: This is the hour long Sugar Plum version.


Nutcracker Ballet at Rivertown

December 20 at 1pm, 2:30pm & 4pm 

Sugar Plum, Clara and her Nutcracker have reserved a seat for you to attend an exclusive live performance of this whimsical ballet at Rivertown Theatre for the Performing Arts. Your personal invitation to this one of kind event awaits you at the tea party celebration. The theatre has limited seating due to Covid-19 restrictions and showtimes will fill to limited capacity on a first come, first purchased basis. Please make sure to follow prompts to select your preferable showtime. Ticket to the performance are not sold separately and are exclusively for our Nutcracker Tea Guests.


English Tea Room Breakfast with Santa (Covington)

December 24 from 10am-noon

A visit from Santa and a wonderful Christmas Tea brunch, complete with hot chocolate and holiday teas – will be served. Reservations and pre-pay are required. Call early to get your dates and times 985-898-398.


Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise on the Creole Queen (New Orleans)

December 24 at 7-9pm 

Creole Queen Paddlewheeler invites guests to spend an enchanting Christmas Eve enjoying unparalleled views of the city from the elegant, garland-adorned dining rooms or from the open air of the upper deck. They will also create a New Orleans style experience with a delicious Creole dinner and a live jazz band playing New Orleans and holiday favorites. Boarding begins at 6pm at the Riverwalk/Canal Street dock, boarding starts at 6pm, departure is 7pm, returning at 9pm.


Christmas Eve Bonfires (St. James Parish)

December 24 at dusk

These bonfires, erected on the river levees by the keepers of this old tradition, are intended to light the way for “Papa Noël,” the Cajun Santa Claus, on his airborne journey to the area. Or, according to some sources, the bonfires may have also been a way of lighting the path to the nearest Catholic church for Midnight Mass.


Christmas Eve on Riverboat City of New Orleans

December 24 from 7:30-9:30pm

This Christmas Eve Celebration on the Mississippi River will feature a holiday dinner buffet, reserved seating, and live music. Boarding will begin at 6:30 pm, cruising from 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Reservations are required and holiday attire is recommended.


Camp Curiosity – New Years Edition (Mandeville)

December 28 – 31 from 9am – noon 

Children’s Museum of St. Tammany invites you to register your 1st – 4th graders for their special holiday camp, where campers will investigate the stars, take a nature hike, create art, explore our live animal collection, conduct science experiments, and more during their day at the Children’s Museum. Space is limited.


New Year’s Eve Gala  on Riverboat City of New Orleans

December 31 from 10pm-12:30am

Ring in the New Year and view the spectacular New Orleans skyline at night aboard the Riverboat City of New Orleans and the community sponsored “Symphony in the Sky” fireworks display.  The cruise will feature a holiday dinner buffet, reserved seating, and live entertainment. Boarding will begin at 10:00pm, cruising from 10:30pm until 12:30am. Reservations are required and holiday attire is recommended.


Creole Queen New Years Eve Cruise (New Orleans)

December 31 from 11pm-1am

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in New Orleans aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen with a front row seat to the fireworks extravaganza over the Mississippi River. Enjoy a variety of hors d’oeuvres, a tasty buffet, and call-brand drinks at the open bar. Dance your way into 2021 as live bands play an assortment of musical styles on each of their three levels. Toast the New Year with Champagne and festive party favors. Boarding begins at 10pm. Reservations are required and holiday attire recommended.