MANDEVILLE, La (press release) – Get ready for one of the Northshore’s premier holiday shopping events – the Old Mandeville Business Association’s 17th annual Christmas Past Market! The market will take place on Girod Street in Old Mandeville on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Rain Date: Dec. 13). The event will feature more than 75 artists, craftsmen and merchants from across the Greater New Orleans area. The theme “Christmas Past Classics” will give nod to classic holiday films including The Grinch, Santa Clause, A Christmas Carol, Elf and Polar Express. Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to get in the holiday spirit – costumes and holiday attire add to the festive atmosphere!

“Local artists and merchants need our support now more than ever. The Old Mandeville Business Association encourages patrons to invest back into their community by shopping locally for their holiday gifts,” says Old Mandeville Business Association Board Member Rikki Gallup. “As one of the Northshore’s most beloved holiday shopping events, Christmas Past Festival is a fantastic way to get the whole family in the holiday spirit while supporting local.”

Elements at this year’s event include local food vendors; pictures with Santa Paws and pet adoptions at Mandeville Animal Hospital, in cooperation with St. Francis Animal Sanctuary; and roaming holiday characters. In addition, attendees will enjoy live musical performances by UMPHY Music and a trio from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

So that patrons can enjoy a safe holiday shopping experience, this year’s open-air market will follow Parish COVID guidelines and social distancing.

For additional information, be sure to follow the Old Mandeville Business Association on Facebook.