Addis

Sunday

Holiday MarchÉ: Noon to 6 p.m., Addis Community Center, 7520 La 1 South. The Holiday Marché marketplace will feature vendors and holiday celebrations with entertainment, musical groups and food. stalmabc.org, (225) 627-9914 or (225) 202-4279.

Alexandria

Friday-Dec. 22

Youth Conference: 6 p.m., Maranatha SDA Church, 4517 S. MacArthur Drive. Workshops on topics concerning young people, music, talent showcase, guest presenters and more. It will also have a trip to the Natchitoches Christmas Festival Saturday night. Registration is $30 and includes T-shirt, workshop materials and bus ride. maranathala.com.

Baton Rouge

Saturday

Advent Retreat — The Liberating Stories of Jesus: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Joseph’s Academy, 3080 Kleinert Ave., in Mother Alice Hall, Commons. Learn about Jesus’ parables and prayer exercises that will personalize each parable point. Francis Vanderwall will be the presenter. The fee is $50, which includes lunch. Email contact@stjocenter.org or call (225) 383-3349.

Victory International Ministries Leadership Luncheon: Noon, Kizzy’s Kitchen, 10450 Florida Blvd. Luncheon is for church leaders and aspiring church leaders. Bishop Ewart Forde will be the leadership expert.

Shimmy for the Shelter — Jingle Bell Raqs: 6-8 p.m., University Presbyterian Church, 3240 Dalrymple Drive. Performance by local belly dancers to help raise money for the Baton Rouge Battered Women’s Shelter and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Admission is $10 or $8 with canned food donation. Free for children ages 12 and younger.

Saturday-Sunday

The Living Nativity: 7-9 p.m., Florida Boulevard Baptist Church, 10915 Florida Blvd. Journey through 12 scenes depicting the prophecy, birth and life of Jesus Christ featuring live sheep and Bubbles the Camel. (225) 272-3740 or fbbc.org.

Sunday

Grief During the Holidays: 9:45 a.m., Center for Spiritual Formation, First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd. A program to help those who are having a difficult time during the holidays after losing a loved one. Kathy Vilas, director of the Grief Recovery Center, will facilitate. Susie@firstmethodist.org or (225) 383-4777.

Christmas Cantata: 10:45 a.m., Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, 9340 Florida Blvd. “Christmas Canticles” will be directed by Luis Rodriguez, an LSU graduate student who will be accompanied by pianist Judy McGehee.

Holy Communion Service: 11 a.m., New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 318 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive. Pastor Green will deliver the Communion message and the Senior choir will provide music. (225) 939-8827 or newsalembatonrouge.org.

Youth Pre-Christmas Service: 11 a.m., Beechgrove Baptist Church, 9455 Elm Grove Garden Drive. The Rev. Emma N. Woods will be the guest speaker.

Baton Rouge Concert Band Christmas Concert: 3 p.m., St. Joseph Cathedral, 412 North St. The band will perform selections from The Nutcracker Suite, music from the movie “Home Alone” and Sleigh Ride.

Las Posadas: 3:03 p.m., St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 17510 Monitor Ave. Meet at the church and join Mary and Joseph as they search for a room in an inn. Our journey will take us back to campus in the Friendship Building where we will enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. (225) 752-2903.

Four Piano Concert: 7 p.m., Broadmoor Baptist Church, 9755 Goodwood Blvd. The concert will feature organists/pianists Bernadette FitzPatrick; Dr. Fancisco Silva; Paul Henderson, the minister of music; and Donna Toney, a piano instructor. The concert will mix a bit of Bach with traditional Christmas music. (225) 927-5454 or broadmoorchurch.com.

Israeli Folk Dance Class: 7 p.m., Congregation B’nai Israel, 3354 Kleinert Ave. All experience levels are welcome. Open to everyone. (225) 756-5291.

Sunday-Monday

“JOY!” A Chapel Christmas Celebration: 7 p.m., The Chapel in the Oaks, 9611 Siegen Lane. The two-day celebration will feature collegian and adult Worship Bank members from both chapel locations, the 40-voice Chapel Choir and Orchestra. The Chapel Choir will perform carols, worship songs and new anthems. (225) 766-7000 or thechapelnet.com.

Wednesday

Mid-Week Advent Service: 6 p.m., St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 17510 Monitor Ave. After the Advent Communion service, the church will hold an optional Advent Study. (225) 752-2903.

Thursday

Lessons and Carols: 7 p.m., University United Methodist Church, 3350 Dalrymple Drive. “Lessons and Carols” will feature an orchestra accompaniment and complimentary childcare. (225) 344-0343.

Friday

Trinity Lutheran Church’s Christmas Cantata: 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 10925 Florida Blvd. The Adult Choir will present its free Christmas Cantata titled “Christ was Born for This.” The choir will be accompanied by an instrumental ensemble. (225) 272-3110 or tlcbr.org.

Friday-Dec. 22

Community Christmas Festival: 6 p.m., Bethany World Prayer Center, South Campus, 11107 Honore Lane. The three-night festival will feature a white light display, horse-drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo and a trackless train ride. Each night will feature a special event, including live jazz music, real snow and a Christmas movie on the lawn. Admission is free. (225) 774-1700 or christmasatthecrosses.com.

Dec. 21

Toy and New Clothing Giveaway: 9 a.m., Greater Mount Canaan Baptist Church, 5820 Evangeline St. The event will continue until all items have been distributed. Each child who is present will receive a gift. Items can also be donated. (225) 229-0762.

Clothing Giveaway: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Greater Beulah Baptist Church, 955 E. Polk St. The Greater Beulah Baptist Church Outreach Ministry will host its monthly clothing giveaway, which includes clothing for children and adults in all sizes. (225) 343-5610.

Jazz Concert: 11 a.m., Berean Seventh-day Adventist Worship Center. The concert will feature gospel jazz saxophonist Mark Bunney, of Leicester, U.K. Free. (225) 356-4052.

Annual Christmas Extravaganza: 6 p.m., St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1334 Napoleon St. The youth of the church will host a free, family program. (225) 389-3039, ext. 150.

Dec. 22

Christmas at Camphor: 4 p.m., Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, 8742 Scenic Highway. The Zion Travelers will give a special performance.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: 5 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 205 N. Fourth St. The Christmas service will have readings, choral anthems and congregational carols in the format of King’s College, Cambridge.

Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Services: 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., Bethany World Prayer Center, South Campus, 11107 Honore Lane; 5 p.m., Bethany World Prayer Center, North Campus, 13855 Plank Road. The candlelight service will include a choir performance. Seating is limited. To make reservations, visit christmas.bethany.com.

28th Annual Christmas Concert: 3 p.m., Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 2250 Main St. The concert will feature traditional and contemporary music. The parish children’s choir will perform several selections. Vigil Mass follows at 4 p.m. (225) 387-6671 or sacredheartbr.org.

“The Other Wise Man”: 5 p.m., Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, 9340 Florida Blvd. The play is a dramatization of a classic Christmas story. Carols will also be included.

Christmas Eve Services: 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 17510 Monitor Ave. The church will have candlelight and communion services. Childcare is provided.

Dec. 24-25

Christmas Eve & Day at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church: 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 8833 Goodwood Blvd. A nursery will be available during Eucharist services. Christmas Day Holy Eucharist will be at 10 a.m. (225) 926-5343 or stlukesbr.org.

Dec. 25

Christmas Service: 7 a.m., New Beach Grove Baptist Church, 4420 Crown St. New St. Luke Baptist Church will hold its Christmas service.

Central

Dec. 21-22

Journey to Bethlehem: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Blackwater United Methodist Church, 10000 Blackwater Road. The drive-through Nativity will feature live actors and animals. (225) 261-4646.

Clinton

Sunday

147th Year Church Anniversary: 1:30 p.m., Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 11920 Parker St. Keno Spurlock, pastor of Greater Beech Grove Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, will be the speaker. (225) 588-4235 or (225) 654-3739.

Denham Springs

Saturday

Holiday Fashion & Jewelry Show: 6 p.m., New Zion Baptist Church, 126 East St. Models of all ages will walk the runway. Exposure Spotlight Magazine, Tracilynn Jewelry and Step In & Step Out Clothing Store will sponsor. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. 1 (866) 971-0444.

Gonzales

Sunday

Guest Preacher: 8 a.m., Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1420 S. Darla Ave. The Rev. David J. Campbell, Jr., presiding elder of the Western New Orleans Baton Rouge District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will preach. He has more than 50 years of experience ministering and shepherds 22 congregations.

Hammond

Thursday

Christmas! Celebrating the Music of John Rutter: 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 2200 Rue Denise. Northlake Performing Arts Society will perform its holiday concert featuring John Rutter’s arrangements of favorite carols and lesser-known Christmas songs. Tickets are $15. fumc-hammond.org.

Dec. 21

Christmas Vacation Bible School: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Crossroads Church, 1006 N. Oak St. The one-day school is for ages 4-11 and will include story time, crafts, songs and lunch by Chick-Fil-A. It is centered on the true meaning of Christmas.

Lafayette

Saturday

Bag Mat Ministry workshop: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church, 518 Roselawn Blvd. The workshop will provide instruction for making sleeping bags for the homeless from recycled plastic shopping bags. mats4homeless@gmail.com.

Maringouin

Sunday

Christmas Musical: 3 p.m., Sweet Home Baptist Church, 10300 Church St. The Christmas Musical will feature the North Iberville Male Chorus, Reginald Patterson, Dyria Moore and more. The program will be held in memory of Elsie Isaac. (225) 625-2769.

Patterson

Sunday

Trevor Thomas Drama Ministries: 5 p.m., Patterson United Methodist Church, 1204 Main St. A love offering will be taken up.

Plaquemine

Sunday

Pastor Appreciation: 11 a.m., St. Matthew Baptist Church, 22910 Warren St. The church will celebrate the Rev. Nolon C. Carlin’s 29th pastor anniversary. The theme is “Honoring a Man of Good Steward-God’s Chosen One.” The Rev. Marques A. Braggs, of New St. John Baptist Church in Plaquemine, will be the guest speaker.

Ponchatoula

Friday-Dec. 22

Ignite Retreat: 5 p.m., Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Road. Teens and young adults, ages 16 and older, are invited to a retreat that answers Pope Francis’ call for a “New Evangelization.” It will begin at 5 p.m. Friday and end at 11 a.m. Dec. 22 at the center. The cost is $100. Scholarships are available by emailing sdavis@oppeace.org or by calling (225) 294-5039.

Port Allen

Saturday

choir concert: 6 p.m., Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 950 Seventh St. The West Baton Rouge Parish Mass Choir will be in concert. For more informatio, call Binky Jackson at (225) 308-1261.

Prairieville

Saturday-Sunday

Living Nativity: 6-8 p.m., Little Prairie Baptist Church, 40497 La. 42. Admission is free for the living Nativity, which has drive-through viewing. (225) 647-1454.

Slaughter

Sunday

Lord Supper: 11:30 a.m., St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 10151 Noel Thomas Lane. Pastor Huddleston will deliver the message.

Weyanoke

Sunday

Christmas Program: 6 p.m., Magnolia Baptist Church, 7329 Magnolia Road. Greater Hollywood Baptist Church’s Christmas program will at the church.

Dec. 21

Annual Christmas Program: 11 a.m., Magnolia Baptist Church, 7329 Magnolia Road. The church invites youth and congregations to join the service, which will include activities and worship service.