Jolly Ol' St. Nick and more...

Santa Claus can be sighted at select places all across Northshore during the 2023 holiday season, especially for photo ops with the kiddos.

Get photos with Santa Claus at The Candy Bank in Mandeville

Santa listens to Christmas wishes at The Candy Bank in Mandeville

Shopping + Santa

On Saturday, Nov. 25, for Small Business Saturday, HJ Smith & Sons Hardware Store & Museum in downtown Covington will have Santa on the porch swing for free photos, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. -- just bring your camera. Also that day, in Mandeville, get a professional, 4"x6" print with Santa at The Candy Bank, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ($25). No reservation needed.

Santa lends a festive air to your shopping on Friday, Dec. 1, 6-9 p.m., at Christmas at TerraBella's Tree Lighting and Holiday Marketplace, and at the Mandeville Trailhead's extended Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

And, although it's not on his busy schedule of appearances, you can see his likeness in many forms at the Christmas Extravaganza Arts & Crafts Expo at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds in Covington, Dec. 1-3, and on Saturday, Dec. 9; in old Mandeville for the Christmas Past Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and in downtown Covington that evening for Christmas under the Oaks art market, featuring handmade artisan crafts (plus a cocktails booth by Del Porto) under the light-adorned live oaks at the corner of Boston and New Hampshire Streets, 6-9 p.m.


Santa Claus visits Don's Seafood in Covington each December.Free photos with Santa Claus at Don's Seafood in Covington

Santa + Food

Families can support a good cause while brunching with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Youth Service Bureau's Your Santa Breakfast, 8-11 a.m. at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, or the Northshore Mandeville Kiwanis Club's Pancake Breakfast with Santa, 8-11 a.m. in the Fontainebleau High School cafeteria.

Santa makes two stops at Don's Seafood Covington this year: Sunday, Dec. 3 and Tuesday, Dec. 12 for Cajun brunch and free photos.

Tchefuncte's in Madisonville welcomes Santa on Friday, Dec. 8 at their Very Merry Luncheon, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Meet Santa at Abita Brew PubDec. 8, 15 and 16, 4-7 p.m. each night, by the 19-ft. tall Christmas Tree and check out the Brew Pub's dazzling light show while you enjoy a tasty burger. 

On Saturday, Dec. 9, entertain the kiddos in Mandeville with Santa and holiday treats at Pelican Park's Breakfast with Santa, 9-11 a.m., or later in the day at Merry Mande Holiday Tea, where Santa will pose for professional photos and shake it with the Mande Milkshakers, 2-5 p.m. at Mandeville Trailhead. Santa will also visit Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Slidell, who appeals to Saint Nick's sweet tooth with Cookies and Milk with Santa, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 

On Sunday, Dec. 17, Covington Country Club hosts an unlimited brunch buffet with their Santa Brunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Includes a hot cocoa & Christmas cookie station and photo op with Santa. $55 adults, $25 kids.

Note: register in advance for dining events!


Mayor Greg Cromer along with Santa and Mrs. Claus toast the season for the Olde Towne Slidell Community Christmas Parade.Santa rolls in the Olde Towne Slidell Community Christmas Golf Cart Parade

Santa on Parade

On Sunday, Dec. 3, Madisonville celebrates the season with Merry Madisonville, starting with a parade at 2 p.m. Santa, Mrs. Claus and Ms. Christmas will welcome everyone to "Santa's Workshop" at the Ball Park pavilion for free photos after the parade. Then, they fly the sleigh to Slidell for the Olde Towne Slidell Community Christmas Golf Cart Parade from Slidell City Hall to Griffith Park, where they will participate in the annual lighting of the trees at Christmas Under the Stars, 5-7 p.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, Santa will journey over the river and through the woods to Folsom to drive his horse-drawn wagon in the Folsom Horse & Wagon Christmas Parade at 1 p.m. He'll also appear at the Covington Trailhead for Christmas in Covington Parade & Tree Lighting, 4-6:30 p.m. 

Note: We didn't forget Mandeville's Winter on the Water! Unfortunately, the parade along the Mandeville lakefront had to be canceled due to rain. 


Folsom Horse and Wagon Christmas ParadeFolsom Horse and Wagon Christmas Parade


Santa Photo Op Extravaganza

In addition to seeing thousands of lights at the 24th annual Holiday of Lights, you can visit with Santa on special event nights, Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night. 

Working his everywhere-at-once magic on Saturday, Dec. 9, the Jolly Old Elf wants to be in all your holiday pictures, frankly, so he's flying all over St. Tammany Parish to do it. And, because some events on the first weekend of December were postponed due to weather, you'll have even more opportunities to snap a sweet Santa pic for sharing this holiday season. 

Santa starts his day off posing with Mrs. Claus at The Book and The Bean's Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus, 11 a.m.-12 noon.

From 1-3 p.m., he'll be at Pelican Park for Santa-Paws Pics at the Castine Center

From 2-4 p.m., he'll be at the Mandeville lakefront for free pictures by the old fireplace in the Jean Baptiste Lang House (bring your own camera and your family, including the furry ones). At the same time (how does he do it??), he stops by the Bayou Lacombe Visitor Center for Cajun Christmas, where admission, photos, refreshments and wildlife crafts are all free. Be sure to check out the interactive wildlife displays at the center and explore the trails and grounds of the historic Bayou Gardens.

Santa on Trails Q50 Trail Run at Fontainebleau State Park"Santa on Trails" Q50 trail race in Fontainebleau State Park

You can see Santa's many doppelgangers on the run on Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Santa on Trails 5K Run/Walk in Fontainebleau State Park. Witness a flurry of red caps and white beards bobbing by as runners cruise through the park in full Santa suits. (Runners, register by Nov. 25 to get race swag!)

Santa also makes stops at The Majestic Dog Boutique in Mandeville for pictures with your pups on Sunday, Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 10 and 17 so you can have a digital photo of your furry friend with the merry old elf (11-4 p.m. each day, $15 per family) and on Friday, Dec. 22, you'll find him  back in downtown Covington at Heritage Bank of St. Tammany for Santa at the Bank, 1-3:30 p.m.

The Majestic Dog Boutique in Mandeville offers pictures with "Santa Paws".Photos with "Santa Paws" at The Majestic Dog Boutique in Mandeville


He'll also spend some time in Heritage Park for free photos with your fam during Slidell's Bayou Christmas, Dec. 15, 16, 22 and 23.

Santa and Mrs. Claus at Slidell's Bayou Christmas

Find more holiday fun in our event calendar.