View the Holiday of Lights at Koop Drive in Mandeville, Louisiana


Visitors from all over see the lights from I-12 as they drive through St. Tammany Parish, a seemingly 20’ – 30’ “Christmas Tree” which is constructed by lights hanging from the top of a structure in the St. Tammany Parish government complex off of Koop

Drive in Mandeville, Louisiana.  This is the northshore’s version of the Celebration in the Oaks, which is an annual display of Christmas lights and lighted sculptures in City Park in New Orleans, LA which can be walked or driven by visitors in the week leading up to Christmas Day.

The light show on the north shore is called The Holiday of Lights and is paid for and sponsored by the Tammany Trace Foundation and the St. Tammany Parish Government.  The event, which will be lit up on December 6th and 7th and December 13th and 14th from 6pm – 8:30pm, offers a full-featured light display, as well as theatrical and musical events featuring local drama troupes and artists from the Greater New Orleans area.  The light display will be available for viewing by all visitors from 5pm – 8pm in the weeks before and during the holidays.

Entertainment performances are planned for the following dates:

  • December 6, 2013: Mandeville Show Choir, Marigny Elementary School, Mary Dees Dance Studio and Mandeville High Choir.
  • December 7, 2013: Northlake Academy of Music Choir, Fifth Ward Junior High, and Woodlake Elementary School.
  • December 13, 2013: Abita Springs Children’s Academie, Abita Springs Elementary Third-grade Choir; Abita Middle School Warrior Band; and Creative Arts of St. Tammany.
  •  December 14, 2013: Covington High Talented Theatre, Mother Goose’s Christmas Cooking Spectacular; The Singstions, and Fontainebleau High Talented Music.

A cause for celebration this year, which is also being promoted by the Holiday of Lights show sponsors is the commencement of the new construction of Kids’ Town, which is being described by the Tammany Trace Foundation and the St. Tammany Parish Government as a historical experience through the eyes of a child. This construction for Kids’ Town is scheduled to begin early 2014.

If you are looking for something to do over the holidays in Mandeville, Louisiana, come out and view the Holiday of Lights with your family in St. Tammany Parish.


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