• RED STICK REVELRY: 11 a.m., North Boulevard Town Square, Baton Rouge. 2016 is coming fast. Enjoy this downtown Baton Rouge New Year’s Eve party, which includes a Red Stick Rising ceremony at 11 a.m., followed by performances starting at 7 p.m. and concluding with fireworks over the Mississippi River. VIP tickets are available. For more information, visit


  • ZOOLIGHTS: Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. This annual zoo event features a mile-long trail of 50 illuminated displays of animals. Open through Wednesday. Gates to the event will be open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and teens, $4 for seniors, and $3 for ages 2-12 and Friends of the Zoo members.

NOLA CHRISTMASFEST: Noon, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. Enjoy an ice skating rink, holiday characters, amusement rides and much more. General admission tickets are $5. Group rates and all-access passes are available. For more information, visit This event runs through Sunday.

REFLECTIONS OF THE SEASON: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. West Baton Rouge Tourist Information & Conference Center Grounds, 2750 N. Westport Drive. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, children’s carnival rides and Trevor the singing reindeer. Entrance fee is $1. (800) 654-9701 or

Holiday Light Festival: 6 p.m., New Orleans Botanical Garden, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and Storyland, 7 Victory Ave., New Orleans. Tickets are $8 per person. Children under 3 and Friends of City Park get in free. Purchase tickets on or at the ticket trailers at the event. Call (504) 483-9415 for more information. Event runs from through Jan. 2.

Compiled by Advocate staff