BREC’s Santa Road Show stops at Gus Young Avenue Park from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. There will be holiday games, crafts, marshmallow roasting and other activities for all ages. Bring your camera to take family photos with Santa. Call (225) 926-5848 for information.

‘The Nutcracker,’ bayou style

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, accompanied by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, presents “The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou” at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the River Center Theatre.

Tickets are $45 for orchestra (floor level), $38 for balcony rows A-C, $25 for balcony rows D-J and $20 for balcony rows K-O. Ballet VIP members can buy VIP tickets for $55. Visit

Holiday movies on the plaza

The Main Library will show free, family-friendly movies on the big screen in the Outdoor Plaza. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. No smoking is allowed. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

SATURDAY: 6 p.m., “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966); and 6:45 p.m., “Home Alone”

WEDNESDAY: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., “Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas”; 11:30 a.m., “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”; and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., various holiday movies

In case of bad weather, movies will relocate indoors to the large meeting room.

Something for teens

The Main Library has a number of events in store for teens.

CHRISTMAS COOKIE CONTEST: 2:30 p.m. Saturday; show off your cooking skills, decorate your sugary creations, then vote for the best-looking cookie.

SCRUMPTIOUS SUGAR SCRUB: 2:30 p.m. Monday; make a sugar scrub to keep your skin soft during the winter months or give away as a gift.

RAINBOW LOOM BRACELET: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday; make bracelets using Rainbow Looms to keep or give as gifts.

CHRISTMAS MOVIE: 2:30 p.m. Wednesday; watch “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell.

Holiday tennis camps

Registration deadlines are approaching for BREC holiday tennis camps:

JINGLE BELL TENNIS CAMP: ages 6 to 17, $89.99 per person, deadline is Saturday. Camp is 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Capital One Tennis Center, City-Brooks Community Park. Call (225) 343-3767.

CHRISTMAS JUNIOR TENNIS CAMP: ages 5 to 16, $140 per person, deadline is Thursday. Camp is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Independence Community Park Tennis Center. Call (225) 923-2792.

Winter Wonders Camp

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center will hold its Winter Wonders Camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Early drop-off is at 7:30 a.m. and late pickup at 5:30 p.m.

The camp, for ages 7 to 12, focuses on animal and plant adaptations for surviving winter, migration and hibernation.

Cost is $46 for East Baton Rouge Parish residents, $55 for out-of-parish residents and $10 extra for early drop-off and late pickup. Call (225) 757-8905.

Santa Drop-n-Shop

Parents in need of some time to finish holiday shopping or just take a break can bring their children to Jackson Park or Womack Park for BREC’s Santa Drop-n-Shop from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday.

The program, for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, is $14 per child and includes snacks, drinks and a dinner. There will be recreation games, socialization, crafts and more.

Call (225) 272-9200 for information.

Closed for Christmas

The Carver, Eden Park, Main and River Center libraries will be closed Dec. 24-25 in observance of Christmas.

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