- ‘A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS’: 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Reilly Theatre, 105 Dalrymple Drive. Charles M. Schulz’s classic televised special comes to life, thanks to some help from Playmakers of Baton Rouge. For more information, visit playmakersbr.org.
‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’: 7:30 P.M. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, 2 P.M. SUNDAY, THEATRE BATON ROUGE, 7155 FLORIDA BLVD. THE LOCAL THEATRE COMPANY CELEBRATES ITS FIFTH ANNIVERSARY TELLING CHARLES DICKENS’ CLASSIC TALE. TICKETS ARE $25, $20 FOR STUDENTS. THE SHOW IS RATED G. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THEATREBR.ORG.
- ‘THE HERITAGE’: 7:30 p.m., The Dunham School, 11111 Roy Emerson Drive. A play about five women in the lineage of Christ. Tickets are $10 at the door.
- THE BLUES ...IT’S WHAT’S FOR LUNCH: 11:30 a.m., Beauregard Gallery & Bistro, 715 Europe St. A special acoustic afternoon show with blues, covers, originals and maybe a Christmas tune or two.
- ICE SKATING ON THE RIVER: 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center, 275 S. River Road. A holiday tradition, enjoy 75-minute ice skating sessions, nearly every day, until Jan. 3. Tickets are $12. Group prices are available. Times vary daily. For more information, call (225) 389-3030 or visit brrivercenter.com.
ART POP UP — FIRST EDITION: 8 P.M., THE STATE BAR, 209 W. STATE ST. COME OUT AND SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS, DO SOME HOLIDAY SHOPPING, AND ENJOY A NIGHT WITH FRIENDS. NO COVER. FOOD AND DRINKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE.
- 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.
- YMCA GINGERBREAD JOG: 8:30 a.m., 1442 City Park Ave. Join for this one-mile family fun run/dog walk and 5K. There will be an ugly sweater contest for participants and their dogs also food, music, kids activities, and gingerbread cookie decorating.
- ALL WRAPPED UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS: 10 a.m., Ascension Parish Library Dutchtown Branch, 13278 La. 73, Geismar. Enjoy hot cocoa, Christmas cheer, and any of your last minute gift-wrapping needs. For more information, please call (225) 673-8699.
MISS TRUDY’S TRAVELING TRUNK SHOW: 11 A.M., ADALIÉ BRENT AUDITORIUM, 100 RIVER ROAD S. SING, DANCE, AND SHARE STORIES IN THIS INTERACTIVE PROGRAM FOR YOUNG CHILDREN THAT EXPLORES THE ART AND SCIENCE OF THE SEASONS.
CHORALE ENSEMBLE ‘HERITAGE’: 11 A.M., THE BEREAN SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH, 4555 FAIRFIELDS AVE. A FREE CONCERT TO EDUCATE, ELEVATE AND ENHANCE THE CULTURAL LEVEL AND APPRECIATION FOR THE NEGRO SPIRITUAL.
BLUEBONNET SWAMP DOG DAY: NOON, BREC’S BLUEBONNET SWAMP NATURE CENTER, 10503 N. OAK HILLS PKWY. OWNERS AND THEIR LEASHED DOGS ARE INVITED TO WALK THE PATHS.
DOCTOR SPARK, THE ROVING EXPLAINER: NOON-2 P.M., LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM, 100 RIVER ROAD S. CELEBRATE THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LIGHT WITH DR. SPARK. DISCOVER WHAT’S INSIDE HER BACKPACK OF SURPRISES AS SHE MAKES THE GALLERIES COME ALIVE WITH LEARNING, LAUGHTER AND “LIGHT.”
SOULFUL SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS: 2 P.M. AND 7:30 P.M., INDEPENDENCE PARK THEATRE, 7800 INDEPENDENCE BLVD. ENJOY A HOLIDAY SHOW FROM NEW VENTURE THEATRE. TO PURCHASE TICKETS, CALL THE BOX OFFICE AT (225) 588-7576, OR VISIT NVTARTS.ORG.
SANTA ROCKS THE ROWE: 5 P.M., PERKINS ROWE, 10000 PERKINS ROWE. AN EVENING OF FREE FAMILY FUN WITH CARRIAGE RIDES, BALLOON TWISTERS, STILT WALKERS, SNOW MACHINES, STROLLING CAROLERS AND A FREE PHOTO BOOTH.
- DINNER AT STROUBES: 11 a.m., 107 Third St. Stop by Stroubes before or after “The Nutcracker — A Tale From the Bayou” for a special prix fixe menu. Tell your server you are there to support the Ballet, and Stroubes will donate a percentage of your bill to Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre. Call (225) 448-2830 to make your reservation today.
- ‘THE NUTCRACKER — A TALE FROM THE BAYOU’: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center Theatre, 220 St. Louis St. Incorporating local landmarks and accompanied by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. For more information, call (225) 766-8379 or visit batonrougeballet.org/nutcracker.html.
- FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS: 5 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 205 N. 4th St. A Christmas service of readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols in the format of King’s College, Cambridge, England.
- CHRISTMAS CONCERT CAROLS & CANDLELIGHT: 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd. Join for a night of carols, cocoa and cookies. For more information call (225) 383-4777 or visit firstmethodist.org.
- WINTER ARTS BLAST: 8 a.m., Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. Explore different holiday cultures and traditions through dance, visual art, theatre and music. For more information, call (225) 344-8558.
- 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
- CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM: 660 N. Fourth St. “Keeping Time: Extraordinary Images from Louisiana’s Musical Past.” Through May 31. Hours are 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. elizabethangallery.com
- 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 fwgallery.net.
- ‘FINDING THE FORGOTTEN…IN THE SHADOWS OF THE MIND’: The Gallery at Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. This exhibition highlights the need to remember, relate to and reawaken the countless minds shuttered by dementia in the community.
- 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.
- ‘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.
- 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 lasm.org
- 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 a.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. friendsoftheanimalsbr.org
- 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. restaurantipo.com
- 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 email@example.com
Compiled by Marchaund Jones