Festival of Lights

Celebrate Baton Rouge’s oldest holiday tradition, the Festival of Lights, downtown at 4 p.m. Friday. Activities include the lighting of the 35-foot Christmas tree and fireworks in North Boulevard Town Square, free ice skating, 10 tons of real snow at the Snow Village, holiday performers, face painters, a balloon artist, stilt walkers, a visit from Santa and more.

Free parking is available in the garages at the Raising Cane’s River Center.

Reindeer Ride

Enjoy the Reindeer Ride up the levee from Skip Bertman Drive to downtown’s Festival of Lights celebration at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The nighttime family bike ride will leave the levee trailhead to parade through downtown for the holiday festivities and return together. Participants must be ages 8 and older.

Email outdooradventure@brec.org for details.

Food for Fines

Through Dec. 31, East Baton Rouge Parish Library patrons who owe fines can have $1 deducted from their account for each nonperishable food item or canned good they donate at any library’s Circulation Desk. The deal only applies to charges for overdue fines.

All food items go to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Library patrons donated 11,886 pounds of food during last year’s Food for Fines promotion.

Call (225) 231-3740 to learn more about Food for Fines.

Paper poinsettias

River Center Branch Library is offering a paper poinsettia craft, hot chocolate and holiday music for 20-something adults from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The poinsettias can be used for a variety of projects. Supplies will be provided.

Adult coloring

Take a break from the stress of the holiday season with coloring for adults from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Main Library’s large conference room 102. Coloring pencils, colors and coloring sheets will be provided.

Christmas cheer

Teens can decorate Christmas cookies while enjoying hot chocolate and a holiday movie in the Main Library’s Teen Room from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Old-fashioned Christmas

Step back in time with A Rural Life Christmas at the LSU Rural Life Museum from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The 19th century Louisiana holiday celebration features musical groups, artisan demonstrations, storytellers, costumed re-enactors and at the end of the day, a bonfire and visit from Papa Noel.

Cost is $10 per person. Admission is free for children ages 10 and younger.

Bicentennial Sundays

BREC’s final Baton Rouge Bicentennial Sunday at Magnolia Mound Plantation includes free guided tours at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tours include special programs of traditional crafts, informative lectures and family activities.

Call (225) 343-5955 for more information.

Discovery Dome

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s Discovery Dome makes its return to Eden Park Branch Library from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. The dome features full-dome animation, laser imagery and special effects, all set to a variety of festive classic songs and a multimedia finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra.

Children of all ages are welcome. Four shows are available with a running time of 30 minutes each. Call (225) 231-3260 for information or to register.

Christmas ornaments

Christmas ornament crafting for adults in their 20s is available in Eden Park Branch Library’s meeting room from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Christmas at Southern

Southern University President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton and his wife invite the community to the university’s annual Christmas celebration at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the F.G. Clark Activity Center on campus.

Enjoy performances by the Southern University Wind Ensemble and Concert, Gospel and Laboratory School Choir.

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