• 11TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY TRUNK SHOW: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Shaw Center, 100 Lafayette St. Pottery, artwork, jewelry and crafts will be sold. Free gift wrapping.
  • CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd. During the Festival of Lights, participants can take pictures with Santa and enjoy Christmas arts and crafts.
  • SAGA OF THE ACADIANS: 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd. Last chance to view George Rodrigue’s original series.
  • ARTISTS’ RECEPTION AT FRAMEWORKS GALLERY: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Shaw Center, fourth floor, 100 Lafayette St. Andrea Pramuk’s work will hang through Feb. 12. For more information, visit
  • THE UNDERPASS: READINGS BY THE LSU MFA PROGRAM: 7:30 p.m., Chelsea’s CText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Colorafé, 2857 Perkins Road. The lineup is first-year fictioneer Garrett Hazelwood, third-year poet Muriel Leung, and poets/authors Leslie and Donney Rose, who’ll be selling books. Free admission.


  • HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Baton Rouge River Center. Family Pops concert led by Timothy Muffitt featuring the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus and guest performers and musical groups from across the city. $22-$56.


  • RED STICK FARMERS MARKET AND BATON ROUGE ARTS MARKET: 8 a.m., Main Street Market, Fifth and Main St. Shop for fresh food and locally sourced holiday gift options. Local food blogger and TV personality Jay Ducote will be the featured chef for Saturday’s Fresh from the Market cooking demonstration.
  • LPB’S FAMILY FUN FEST: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., John M. Parker Coliseum, LSU. Featuring Thomas & Friends, Super WHY!, Princess Presto, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Curious George. More than 45 booths, freebies and activities for the whole family. $5; under 1 year of age, free. Tickets may be purchased online at, or at the door. (225) 767-4276.
  • RUNNING OF THE SANTAS: 2 p.m., “South Pole”, Draft House, 421 3rd St. A holiday extravaganza that challenges participants to think outside the box to put a twist to favorite Christmas costumes. Race begins at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $20-$75. For more information or to register, visit
  • CONTRA & SQUARE DANCE: 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., St. Alban’s Chapel, corner of Highland and Dalrymple. Live music by the Kitchen Session. $6 No experience or partner necessary. All ages welcome. Beginners basics at 4:45 p.m. For more information, contact (225) 803-9194.
  • SANTA ROAD SHOW: 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Lovett Road Park, 13443 Lovett Road. Bring cameras to take family photos as children tell Santa what they want for the holidays. Enjoy holiday games, crafts, marshmallow roasting and other fun activities for all ages. For more information, call (225) 261-9861.
  • FAMILY DINNER COMEDY TROUPE IMPROV COMEDY NIGHT: 7:30 p.m., Manship Theatre, Hartley/Vey Studio. This show is the equivalent of an R rating.
  • UNCOMMON THREAD WEARABLE ART SHOW: 8 p.m., Main Library at 7711 Goodwood Blvd. The show returns with live music from Ship of Fools. Tickets start at $20. For more information, visit


  • A RURAL LIFE CHRISTMAS: 12:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., LSU Rural Life Museum, 4560 Essen Lane. Ring in the Christmas season with a 19th century Louisiana celebration. Children 10 and under are free. For more information, call (225) 765-2437.
  • FIRST SUNDAY: 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Louisiana Art and Science Museum, 100 River Road South. Enjoy free general admission and visit with Santa Claus as he hands out candy canes.
  • BROADMOOR CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m., starts at Broadmoor High School 10100 Goodwood Blvd. and continues to S. River Oak Drive. Spectators are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to a food pantry and not to park along the parade route.
  • ‘THE SHOEMAKER AND THE CHRISTMAS ELVES’: 2 p.m., Manship Theatre. Two Christmas Elves are sent to work for a poor cobbler until he does something nice for them. When he does, the elves will become true Christmas Elves and be sent to work for Santa at the North Pole. Admission is $15.
  • BATON ROUGE CONCERT BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 3 p.m., St. Joseph Cathedral, 412 North St. Free.


  • LUNCH WITH LEANNE FEATURING MICHAEL ROBERT HENDRICK: 11:30 p.m.-1 p.m., City Club of Baton Rouge, 355 N. Blvd. Admission is $65, lunch and concert included.


  • COOL WINTER NIGHTS AND HOT JAZZ WITH BRIAN SHAW, WILLIS DELONY, AND BILL GRIMES: 7:30 p.m., Manship Theatre. A program of new arrangements and holiday favorites, including the classic Duke Ellington arrangement of The Nutcracker Suite. The band will be joined by guest vocal soloists Sasha Masakowski and The Rev. Greg Daigle.


  • CAROLS IN THE COURTYARD: 6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, 708 S. Irma Ave., Gonzales. Sing some of your favorite holiday songs and then warm up with cookies and hot chocolate.
  • ECLECTIC TRUTH POETRY SLAM & OPEN MIC: 7:30 p.m., Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, inside The Firehouse Gallery, 427 Laurel St.


  • DISNEY LIVE! THREE CLASSIC FAIRY TALES: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts. Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy guide audiences on a journey through the timeless tales of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast $15-$60. Tickets can be purchased at


  • HOLIDAY SHOP HOP: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Various locations throughout downtown Baton Rouge will host over 30 local artists, designers and purveyors of fine Louisiana made goods. Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText ColorFor complete list of locations, go to
  • EXHIBITION PREVIEW : 6 p.m.-8 p.m., LSU Student Union Gallery. “The Carnival, the City and the Sea: Haitian Art From The Perry Smith Collection Of The New Orleans Museum Of Art.” Admission is $10 for non-members.


  • CAAWS CAT ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Acadian Village Petco, 3535 Perkins Road.
  • CAAWS DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive.

Capitol Park Museum: 660 N. Fourth St. “Keeping Time:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color Extraordinary Images from Louisiana’s Musical PastText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color.” Through May 31. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Cat adoptions: Noon-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Cat Haven Adoption Center, 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. (225) 636-2680.

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’: West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. An exhibit to mark five decades of the beloved cartoon characters. The exhibit continues through Jan. 3.

  • ELIZABETHAN GALLERY: 680 Jefferson Highway. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
  • FRAMEWORKS GALLERY: 8501 Highland Road. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (225) 769-0582 or visit

International Folk Dancing: 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Fridays (except holidays), Huey P. Long Field House on LSU campus (by the Indian Mounds), Room 120. Beginners welcome, no partner needed. Contact James Burke at (225) 766-0517 for more information. Free.

Tattered Covers exhibit: Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Runs through Dec. 8. Features the children’s books that spawned generations of readers. It pays homage to the children’s books of yesteryear, like the Little Golden Books, The Hardy Boys series, Zorro, and Curious George. Free and open to the public

The Gallery at Manship Theatre: 100 Lafayette St.

  • THE PORTRAIT, THE ARTIST AND THE PATRON: West Baton Rouge Museum, Port Allen. Runs through Jan. 17. The exhibit looks at 19th century portraiture in Louisiana with works from statewide galleries and private collections.

25 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Runs through Jan. 16. Displays some of the most intriguing images taken by the telescope of far-away stars, galaxies, and nebulae over the past 25 years.

  • JONES WALKER FOYER: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, and 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Free. (225) 346-5001.

The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley: LSU Student Union Gallery. Runs through Dec. 12. The exhibition features 45 vibrant photographs, documenting the current state of Dan Kiley’s most significant designs.

Louisiana Art & Science museum: 100 River Road S. “Capitol City Contemporary 2 — The Landscapes,” through Jan. 10. The annual display spotlights the age-old tradition of landscape painting. (225) 344-5272 or

Louisiana’s Old State Capitol: 100 N. Blvd. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. (225) 342-0500.

lsu museum of art: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St.

  • LSU SCHOOL OF ART’S ALFRED C. GLASSELL JR. GALLERY: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (225) 389-7180.
  • PET ADOPTIONS: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Companion Animal Alliance, 2680 Progress Road. (225) 774-7701.
  • PET ADOPTIONS: 11:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, PetSmart, 8660 Airline Hwy. Kittens, cats, puppies and dogs are available from the Northside Humane Society. (225) 964-6992.

Pet adoptions: 11:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Friends of the Animals Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road.

Sun Light/Star Light — Contemplations on the Solar Orb: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Multi-media exhibition, explore the scientific, aesthetic, and spiritual dimensions regarding the moon and sun. Through Jan. 3.

  • WINE WALK: 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Restaurant IPO, 421 Third St. Taste wines and enjoy foods in downtown Baton Rouge. $10 for a wine bracelet and a wine card for the list of venues and the number of tastings. Must be 21 years old.
  • YELP! BR PET ADOPTIONS: Noon-4 p.m. Sundays, and 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Petco Acadian Village, 3535 Perkins Road. Applications accepted for adoption approval. (225) 485-9200 or

Compiled by Whitney Christy