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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center is offering a swamp bird walk at 7 a.m. Saturday. A Baton Rouge Audubon Society member will lead the hike while identifying bird species and sharing bird-watching techniques and identification tips.
Field guides and binoculars are optional but recommended. Beginners are welcome.
General admission applies; Baton Rouge Audubon Society members and Bluebonnet Swamp pass holders get in free.
Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library’s program for children ages 3 to 11 at 10:30 a.m. Saturday includes “Mouse’s First Christmas” by Lauren Thompson, “The Mouse Before Christmas” by Michael Garland and a mouse ornament craft.
Call (225) 763-2260 to register.
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.
Twenty-something adults can make festive holiday wreaths out of book pages from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library. All materials, hot chocolate and Christmas treats will be provided.
The Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s Discovery Dome makes its return to Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday in meeting room 2. 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, though kids younger than 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Four shows are available with a running time of 30 minutes each. Call (225) 763-2260 for information or to register.
Anime and ramen
Teens can enjoy anime and ramen noodles from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library.
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.