FRIDAY

  • INNER ARTIST WORKSHOP: 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Rue Cou Cou, 1857 Government St. Led by New Orleans Academy of Art instructor Anne Cicero, patrons will be taught to use acrylic texture and gold leaf to create a holiday inspired bird painting. $125, includes all supplies. (225) 343-9722
  • 45TH ANNUAL RIVER ROAD SHOW AWARDS RECEPTION: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Louisiana State Archives Gallery, 3851 Essen Lane. A juried exhibition featuring 67 works chosen from 384 paintings submitted nationally. Through Dec. 29. laag-site.org
  • CLASSIC HOMES AND COCKTAILS: 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. An evening of architecture and art while touring Baton Rouge’s Garden District. Wear your tackiest holiday sweater for a chance to win a stay at Hotel Indigo. $60, or $40 for Foundation for Historical Louisiana members. fhl.org
  • CITY OF ZACHARY CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Zachary Historical District, downtown Zachary. Food, music, games and Santa.
  • CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES - HOLIDAY BRASS: 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph Cathedral, 412 North St. With members of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestera.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

  • “THE SNOW QUEEN, OR WHEN CHRISTMAS FREEZES OVER”: 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Reilly Theatre, Tower Drive, LSU. A Playmakers of Baton Rouge production. $20, adults; $15, children ages 2-11. (225) 578-6996 or PlaymakersBR.org
  • “THE ONLY CHRISTMAS PAGEANT IN TOWN”: 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jefferson Baptist Church, 9135 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge. A production in which a fictional church’s Christmas pageant is drastically changed due to a blizzard. (225) 926-0902

FRIDAY-DEC. 21

  • “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday and Saturday, Dec. 13, Main Stage, Theatre Baton Rouge, 7155 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge. The Charles Dickens classic featuring special effects. $25. (225) 924-6496 or theatrebr.org

FRIDAY-DEC. 24

  • REFLECTIONS OF THE SEASON: West Baton Rouge Tourist Information and Conference Center, Port Allen. Christmas light display on the grounds, wagon rides, ice fishing, snow nights, decorated holiday displays, crafts and Santa and his elves. westbatonrouge.net

FRIDAY-DEC. 30

  • ZOO LIGHTS: 5:30 p.m., BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, Baker. A mile-long trail through the zoo, with more than 50 illuminated light sculptures. Various special activities during display. Admissions gate closes at 8 p.m., zoo grounds at 9 p.m. $5, adults/teens; $4, seniors; and $3, ages 2-12 and Friends of the Zoo members. brzoo.org

SATURDAY

  • OPERA LOUISIANE BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKFAIR: 2590 Citiplace Court. Opera Louisiane will perform with proceeds from purchases to benefit the group. Shopping online also benefits; BN.com/bookfairs enter ID 11500659 at checkout.
  • RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Fifth Street between Main and Laurel streets, downtown. Homegrown produce and other homemade products. (225) 267-5060
  • THE BATON ROUGE ARTS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Fifth and Main streets. Holiday items. Rain location: Galvez Parking Garage, 500 Main St. Also Dec. 20. artsbr.org
  • CHRISTMAS AT CAPITOL PARK: 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m., 660 N. Fourth St. There will be performances by area schools and world-renowned violinist Dr. Lin He. crt.state.la.us/museum
  • ZACHARY ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE: 10 a.m., Zachary Historical District, downtown Zachary.
  • HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Circa 1857, 1857 Government St. Shopping and refreshments.
  • MERRY MUSIC RED KETTLE: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., in front of Cinemark Perkins Rowe movie theater, Bluebonnet Boulevard at Perkins Road. Holiday fund drive to benefit area relief programs. Free live music by local artists.
  • “YULETIDE GIFT OF THE SPIRIT”: 4 p.m., F.G. Clark Activity Center, Southern University. Featuring Southern’s Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir and Everrett Parker’s Mass Community Choir and Ministers’ Choir. Free.
  • HONORS ORCHESTRA WINTER CONCERT: 4 p.m., Christian Life Fellowship Sanctuary, 2037 Quail Drive. Presented by Kids’ Orchestra. Free. kidsorchestra.org
  • 3RD ANNUAL OAKS KIWANIS SANTA FUN RUN: 5 p.m., 200 Government St., downtown Baton Rouge. Hundreds of Santa run through downtown in this 1.25-mile fun run.
  • 2014 CORTANA KIWANIS CHRISTMAS PARADE: 5:30 p.m., downtown Baton Rouge. Marking its 64th year, the family-friendly parade features around 80 entries, from marching bands to local businesses.
  • REFLECTIONS OF THE SEASON SNOW PATCH: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., West Baton Rouge Tourist Information & Conference Center Grounds, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen.
  • CONTRA DANCE: 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., St. Alban’s Chapel, corner of Highland Road and Dalrymple Drive. Music by High Cotton. No experience necessary. $6. (225) 803-9194
  • BREC’S TOYS FOR TOTS OLLIE CHALLENGE: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Perkins Road Extreme Park, 7122 Perkins Road. Annual toy drive to benefit Toys for Tots. (225) 272-9200

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

  • CARRIAGE RIDES: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Perkins Rowe. Free.

SUNDAY

  • CATMAS ADOPTION PAWTY: 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Cat Haven Adoption Center, 11130 N. Harrels Ferry Road. Adoptions available. Wear an ugly holiday sweater for a chance to win a cat lover’s gift basket. (225) 636-2680 or cathaven.org
  • “VICKI LAWRENCE AND MAMA, A TWO WOMAN SHOW”: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., BREC’s Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd. $35 and up.
  • HERB SOCIETY OF AMERICA CHRISTMAS PARTY: 3 p.m., Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane. Tour, silent auction and pot luck dinner.
  • BATON ROUGE CONCERT BAND: 3 p.m., St. Joseph Cathedral, 412 North St. (225) 223-8773
  • CREOLE CHRISTMAS: 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Magnolia Mound Plantation, 2161 Nicholson Drive. Annual event featuring decorations, songs, crafts and a bonfire. (225) 272-9200

TUESDAY

  • RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 8470 Goodwood Blvd. (parking lot of Unitarian Church).
  • THE ECLECTIC TRUTH SLAM AND OPEN MIC POETRY READING: 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Firehouse Gallery, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. $7.

WEDNESDAY

  • RED STICK MOBILE FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Scotlandville Branch Library, 7373 Scenic Highway; and 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., Star Hill Church, 1400 N. Foster Drive. Weather permitting.

THURSDAY

  • FRESHHH HEAT TEEN OPEN MIC AND POETRY LOUNGE: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. (entrance on North Boulevard). Presented by Forward Arts. William Brian Sain will be the featured poet. $5. forwardarts.org

ONGOING

  • CAAWS CAT ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Acadian Village Petco, 3535 Perkins Road. CAAWS.org
  • CAAWS DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive. CAAWS.org
  • CAFFERY GALLERY: 4016 Government St. “Love Letters, Fairy Tales, and Things that Used to Be” by Therese Knowles, through Dec. 31. (225) 388-9397
  • CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM: 660 N. 4th St. “Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn,” exhibit of art and history spanning the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including Napoleon Bonparte’s death mask. Through March 1.
  • CAT ADOPTIONS: noon-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Cat Haven Adoption Center, 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. The society also holds adoption events 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the PetSmart in Siegen Marketplace and the Acadian Village Petco. (225) 636-2680
  • DOG ADOPTIONS: Noon-4 p.m., Petco, 3535 Perkins Road. $125 adoption fee. Sponsored by Yelp! BR. (225) 485-9200
  • BAKER BRANCH LIBRARY: 3501 Groom Road, Baker. “Profile of a Black Woman,” exhibit by Antoine “Ghost” Mitchell, through December. Hours: 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (225) 274-4440.
  • LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM: 100 River Road S. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Main Gallery feature: “Art in Action: Inflate. Draw. Pour,” an exhibit presented in honor of Prospect 3+, an international contemporary art biennial. Soupcon Gallery features “Peter de Francia: An Italianate in Britain,” an exhibit to showcase the distinctive paintings of the British writer and teacher. Through Jan. 4.

lsu museum of art: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Installation of Silas Breaux, through Jan. 25. “LeRoy Neiman: Action!,” exhibit of work by the American artist and sports illustrator, through Jan. 17. “Rooted Communities” by Nari Ward, through Jan. 18. “Accalia and the Swamp Monster” by Kelli Scott Kelley, through Jan. 25. lsumoa.org

  • LSU STUDENT UNION ART GALLERY: LSU campus. “Louisiana State of Mind”. The exhibit features art by only local artists. Until Dec. 19. (225) 578-5162 or lsu.edu/union
  • PET ADOPTIONS: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Companion Animal Alliance, 2680 Progress Road. Prices include spay/neuter, microchip and all vaccinations. The society also offers adoptions 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Acadian Village Petco. For more information, call (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 Highway. Kittens, cats, puppies and dogs available from the Northside Humane Society. (225) 964-6992
  • PET ADOPTIONS: 11:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, The Friends of the Animals Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road. The organization also offers adoptions noon-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Orvis in Perkins Rowe. friendsoftheanimalsbr.org
  • RUE COU COU: 1847 Government St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Amy Anderson exhibit of Gemeaux stained glass, acrylics and mosaics, through December. ruecoucou.com
  • VANGUARD GALLERY AT STEPHEN WILSON STAINED GLASS: 1469 Laurel St. “Birds of a Feather,” benefit exhibit for Bethany Centre Primary School, Jjungo, Uganda. (225) 343-2211
  • WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson, Port Allen. “War of 1812 Quilts,” until Jan. 1 and “War of 1812 Quilt Challenge” until Jan. 11. (225) 336-2422, ext. 15

Compiled by Leslie D. Rose