The West Baton Rouge Museum is kicking off its holiday season Dec. 7 with a Louisiana-themed holiday Open House.

Visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy warm open-hearth fragrances coming from the Allendale Cabin during open-hearth cooking demonstrations from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. that day.

They also can visit the historic Aillet House and observe a traditional 19th century holiday tableaux.

Santa’s Workshop will be open with hands-on craft activities and storybook readings featuring classic tales with a Cajun twist.

And back by popular demand: Children are welcome to help Papa Noel find his mischievous elves hiding all around the grounds at the West Baton Rouge Museum.

Kids, with their accompanying adults, will have loads of fun sleuthing around the museum’s gardens, barn and grounds looking for such clues as elf-size footprints, cookie crumbs, half-finished toys and other historical evidence to discover the elves’ hiding places.

Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras and take pictures with Papa Noel and his elves while listening to traditional holiday music and enjoying hot apple cider and gingerbread.

The event is free and open to the public.

Plaquemine food drive

The city of Plaquemine has kicked off its annual food drive, which residents can join by dropping off nonperishable food to City Hall during business hours from now until Dec. 15.

Food collected will be donated to Our Brother’s Keeper in Plaquemine.

A barrel is located in the lobby of the first floor of City Hall.

Christmas on the Bayou

The Iberville Parish Welcome Center will host Christmas on the Bayou on Dec. 7 at its facility, at the corner of I-10 and La. 77, in Grosse Tete.

The event will start with a street parade at noon and be followed with craft vendors, food and lots of activities for children.

The special holiday affair will conclude that night with a fireworks display.

Plaquemine Christmas fest

The city of Plaquemine’s Main Street Program is celebrating Christmas a little early this year by sponsoring its annual Christmas Festival from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park.

Craft vendors and artists are invited to display and sell their wares.

A full slate of activities are planned for children, including a magic show, balloon twister, strolling magician, cupcake decorating and live music by local artists.

A nonmotorized children’s parade is among the special attractions this year. Children under the age of 12 are welcome to participate, either walking or being pulled in wagons by an adult.

Christmas decorations on the wagons and costumes are encouraged.

For vendor information and parade entry, contact Plaquemine Main Street Manager Kristine Hebert at (225) 687-3116 or visit http://theadvocate.com/news/police/5427125-123/br-police-struggle-with-diversityhttp://www.plaquemine.org/">www.plaquemine.org.

Submit news to Terry Jones by phone, (225) 326-6627; fax, (225) 344-0099; or email, tjones@theadvocate.com.