Registration for BREC’s winter holiday camps ends Dec. 11. Camps will be held for ages 6 to 12 at Independence Community Park and ages 4 to 5 at Milton J. Womack Park from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 21-31, with half days on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. There will be no camp on Dec. 25.

Children ages 4 to 5 must be potty trained. Cost is $98 per child or $14 per day. Call (225) 272-9200 or visit for details.

Festival of Lights

Baton Rouge’s oldest holiday tradition brightens up North Boulevard from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday with the annual Christmas lighting, a 35-foot Christmas tree in Town Square, Bethlehem Village where children can craft ornaments and decorations and a train ride on the Mansion Express at the Old Governor’s Mansion. The evening of visual, culinary and performing arts also features Santa’s Gift Shoppe and holiday music.

Kidd Classic Christmas

The USS Kidd Veterans Museum will kick off its Classic Christmas Celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Museum Theater.

Enjoy favorite holiday films such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” daily through Jan. 2. Movie entrance is free with paid admission to the museum.

Teen Christmas Party

The Main Library’s Teen Christmas Party featuring games, prizes and refreshments will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the library’s Teen Room.

Holidays with LASM

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s Special Holiday First Sunday will feature a free ornament workshop from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Santa Claus and the Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the holiday music show “Let it Snow” at 3 p.m. Planetarium shows, including “Let it Snow,” are available at a reduced admission price of $5 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.

Movie at the library

River Center Branch Library will show “A Christmas Story” to adults from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday in the fourth floor auditorium.

Zoo & Me Mornings

“Reindeer Games” is the theme of this month’s Zoo & Me Mornings at Baton Rouge Zoo, slated for 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The program is designed by zoo staff for children ages 3 to 5, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Activities include a train ride, animal encounters, art projects and snacks.

Cost is $18 per child with one parent or guardian or $30 for two children with one parent or guardian. Space is limited and preregistration is required; call (225) 757-3877.

Mrs. Claus is coming

Mrs. Claus and the Holiday Clown will stop by River Center Branch Library for a visit from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday. The Holiday Clown will entertain for about 20 minutes, then Mrs. Claus (and maybe even an elf) will sit with the children to hear what they want from Santa.

This program is for children ages 2 to 9. For information and to register, call (225) 389-4959.

Contact Mid City Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1998, or email,