POINSETTIA SALE: 8 a.m. to noon, Burden Museum & Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane. Annual one-day sale. Free.

CAJUN NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Old Governor's Mansion, 502 North Blvd. Featuring Papa Noel, ornament and card crafting. (225) 387-2464.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Louisiana Arts & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Catch "Let It Snow: A Holiday Music Journey" or make an ornament with a donation of a new toy., (225) 344-5272.

PINT NIGHT FUNDRAISER: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tin Roof Brewing Company, 1624 Wyoming St. Proceeds benefit Dose of the Coast. (225) 377-7022.

REINDEER RUN 5K & JINGLE BELL JOG: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., downtown Baton Rouge. Runners and spectators are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy to donate at the race site (no weapon toys). $25-30 at

PUBLIC STAR PARTY: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Landolt Astronomy Observatory, rooftop of Nicholson Hall, LSU. Check out closeup views of the Full Moons 'lunar seas' and mountains. Free. (225) 578-2261,

FAMILY DINNER IMPROV SHOW: 7:30 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Hang out with the comedy troupe and enjoy improv games. For ages 17 and up. $6 plus fees., (866) 451-2787.

"HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS": 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Raising Cane's River Center Theatre, 220 St. Louis St. Featuring The Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus and other local artists. $52-62 at


NEW WAVE RODEO FINALS: 7 p.m. Friday night, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. $10 for adults, $5 for children; children ages 5 and under get in free.

"THE GIFT OF MAGI AND 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REINDEER REVIEW": 7:30 p.m. each night, Theatre Baton Rouge, 7155 Florida Blvd. Enjoy all of your favorite carols and a heartwarming Christmas story. $19 at or (225) 924-6496.

SHAKESPEARE: LIVE & THRIVE: 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Studio Theater. A performance based on workshops with students at Thrive Academy.


BATON ROUGE BEACH HALF MARATHON: 7:30 a.m., 901 Stanford Ave. Happy's Running Club's annual event passes through LSU, the surrounding lakes and the Garden District. $85 to register at

BATON ROUGE ARTS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Lottery Lot on Fifth Street between Laurel and Main streets. Featuring a variety of handmade arts, furniture, jewelry, soaps and sculptures. Free.

A VERY MONKEY CHRISTMAS: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Boudreaux's Catering, 2647 Government St. Featuring photos with Santa and Curious George, carolers and breakfast. $30 at

FALL STUDENT SHOWCASE: 9 a.m. to noon, Baton Rouge Community College Magnolia Building, 201 Community College Drive. Showcasing future entrepreneurs in photography and coding. 

STORY TIME IN THE GARDEN: 9 a.m. to noon, Burden Museum & Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane. Mixing storytelling and imagination with hands-on craft activities for children. Free. For ages 3-8.

2017 YEAR-END PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., LSU Hilltop Arboretum, 11855 Highland Road. The year-end plant sale featuring trees, bulbs and shrubs. Availability list at Free. (225) 767-6916.

HANDS-ON HAPPENINGS: HOLIDAY ORNAMENT WORKSHOP: 10 a.m. to noon, Louisiana Arts & Science Museum, 100 River Road S. Get creative crafting your own holiday keepsake., (225) 344-5272.

CHRISTMAS FOR OUR TEENS CAR & CRAFT SHOW: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Drew & Willie's Sports Bar, 6865 Magnolia Bridge Road, Suite C, Denham Springs. Featuring cars, crafts and pictures with Biker Santa. 

PANCAKES AND PAJAMAS: 10 a.m. to noon, Galatoire's Bistro, 3535 Perkins Road, Suite 400. With build-your-own pancake stations and photos with Santa. $30-$45 at

LET'S MAKE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE:  10:30 a.m. to noon, The Royal Standard, 16016 Perkins Road. A hands-on class led by bakery Les Amis Bake Shoppe. Ages 8 and up. $40 at

PICTURES WITH PAPA NOEL: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cabela's, 2200 W. Cabela's Parkway, Gonzales. Each child will get one free photo with Papa Noel; also featuring crafts and activities for children of all ages. (225) 743-3400.

SWAMP LIFE WITH BREC'S BLUEBONNET SWAMP: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cabela's, 2200 W. Cabela's Parkway, Gonzales. Learn about Papa Noel's home in the swamp and conservation. This hands-on experience with live animals is fun for all ages. (225) 743-3400.

10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY: 11 a.m., Jasmines on the Bayou, 6010 Jones Creek Road. The restaurant celebrates a decade of being in business with specials and face painting for the kids. 

DREAM DAY 2017: noon to 3 p.m., East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Honoring children with disabilities. 

MY FEST LOUISIANA: noon to 4 p.m., Family and Youth Service Center, 1120 Government St. Featuring music, art, entertainment and youth empowerment. Free.  

MERRY MAKERS MARKET: noon to 4 p.m., Cane Land Distilling Company, 760 St. Philip St. Get in the holiday spirit with this local arts market.

CHRISTMAS PARADE TAILGATE: noon to 4 p.m., Broadmoor Baptist Church, 9755 Goodwood Blvd. Featuring free food, fun and activities before the annual Broadmoor Christmas Parade. 

OGDEN PARK PROWL: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Ogden Park Neighborhood, Mid City Baton Rouge. An art hop through the neighborhood with music, art vendors and more at house lawns and surrounding businesses. Free.

BROADMOOR CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m., beginning at Broadmoor High School. Spectators are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to a food pantry. No parking on parade route. or (225) 926-9829.

GHOST COAST AT TIN ROOF BREWING: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tin Roof Brewing, 1624 Wyoming St. Featuring a performance from the New Orleans surf rock band. 

CHRISTMAS ON THE BOULEVARD: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Mall of Louisiana, 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd. Featuring seasonal activities and the music of Ned Fasullo and his Fabulous Big Band. 

LSU CANDLELIGHT CONCERT "A FEAST OF CAROLS": 7:30 p.m., LSU Student Union Theater. A holiday celebration featuring the LSU A Cappella Choir. Cost $17-10 at

MISS MARY CHRISTMAS: 8 p.m., Splash Nightclub, 2183 Highland Road. Supporting the Krewe of Apollo Baton Rouge. Entry for contestants is $35.


TIGER 10K: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tiger Stadium, 15 S. Stadium Drive. Featuring a 10K, 5K and kid's mile. 

BOUDREAUX'S FIRST SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Boudreaux's, 2647 Government St. Including a brunch buffet and live music from the Nick Abraham Quartet. $22 per adult, $8 per child ages 10 and under. 

KIDS CULINARY CLASS: Noon and 2 p.m., Renaissance Baton Rouge, 7000 Bluebonnet Blvd. Make and decorate a gingerbread house. For ages 3-12. 

A RURAL LIFE CHRISTMAS: 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Burden Museum & Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane. A 19th-century Louisiana Christmas celebration featuring live music, storytelling, a bonfire and Papa Noel. $10; free for ages 10 and under.

FIRST SUNDAY: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, USS Kidd, and LSU Museum of Art in downtown Baton Rouge. Free admission to the galleries, $6 unlimited admission to planetarium shows at the museum, and a variety of art and science exhibitions and activities for all ages. and

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Highway, Port Allen. Featuring live performances, ornament making and a scavenger hunt., (225) 336-2422. 

DIALOGUE BETWEEN SURREALIST POETS AND PAINTERS: 2 p.m., LSU Museum of Art, 100 Lafayette St., Fifth Floor. Featuring a lecture from Adelaide Russo. Free. 

"MOOSELTOE THE MOOSICAL": 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Mooseltoe, the moose with a dream, and his friends come to life in this holiday production. $20 plus fees., (866) 451-2787.

JUBAN'S TEDDY BEAR TEA: 2 p.m., Juban's, 3739 Perkins Road. Enjoy a delicious brunch menu, chat with St. Nick and hear carols during this event. $55 per child, $65 per adult.

BATON ROUGE CONCERT BAND CHRISTMAS SHOW: 3 p.m., St. Joseph Cathedral, 214 North St. A free concert to get you in the holiday spirit.


GONZALES CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Jambalaya Park, 1013 E. Cornerview St., Gonzales. Visit with Santa, and enjoy hot chocolate, jambalaya and entertainment.

LIP SYNC BR: 6:30 p.m., Varsity Theater, 3353 Highland Road. Local celebrities battle it out to benefit the American Cancer Society. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

THE END OF PROHIBITION CELEBRATION: 7 p.m., Hayride Scandal, 5110 Corporate Blvd., Suite B. A period celebration with food from Bouillababes. 


COOL WINTER NIGHTS & HOT JAZZ: 7:30 p.m. both nights, Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Featuring performances from Willis Delony, Bill Grimes, Brian Shaw and many others. $30-40 plus fees at, (866) 451-2787.


BIKES AND TACO NIGHT: 6 p.m., SOMOS Bandidos, 303 North Blvd. Start off with a bike ride on the levee at 6 p.m. Enjoy tacos and good times after. (225) 330-4546,

ROBERT MONDAVI FAMILY WINE DINNER: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rouses Market, 14635 Airline Highway, Gonzales. Enjoy five delicious courses paired with wines from Napa Valley. $55 at

FIRST WEDNESDAY OPENING RECEPTION: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Baton Rouge Gallery for Contemporary Art, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Featuring work from Scott Finch, Ross Jahnke and Christopher Brumfield., (225) 383-1470.


"MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET": 7 p.m. nightly, Ascension Community Theatre, 823 Felicity St., Gonzales. The play is based on the holiday classic movie. $10-15 available at Through Dec. 16.


HOLIDAY SHOP HOP: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St. Featuring over 30 local vendors with jewelry, clothing, food products and art. Free.

RED STICK REVELRY CHAMPAGNE STROLL: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Red Stick Revelry, North Boulevard. Stroll and ride the trolley through downtown to see the lights and stop in the hotels for a glass of Champagne. $25 at

VENISON DINNER BY CHEF RYAN ANDRÉ: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Red Stick Spice Co., 660 Jefferson Highway. $65 at

TOURÉE DE FLAMBÉE CAFÉ: 7 p.m., Cane Land Distilling Company, 760 St. Philip St. Featuring live music, spirits and delicious French Fired Fare from Flambée Café. 21 and up. $23 at

"BUDDY — THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY": 7:30 p.m., Raising Cane's River Center, 275 S. River Road. A musical on the life and career of Buddy Holly. $35-60 at


AT BLUE BAYOU WATER PARK: 18142 Perkins Road. "Christmas at Blue Bayou" Louisiana's newest and largest computerized drive-thru Christmas light display. $28 per car, $40 for vans and small buses, $80 for school buses. Tickets at the gate. Runs through Jan. 7.

AT BATON ROUGE DISTILLING: 11616 Industriplex Blvd., Suite 21. 7 p.m. Fridays. A guided tour of the distillery and sampling of strawberry brandy. Ages 21 and up.

AT LAMAR-DIXON EXPO CENTER: 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. "Shadrack Christmas Wonderland," dusk to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday & dusk to 11 p.m. Friday-Sunday. A drive-through LED Christmas show synchronized with music. $25 per car, $40 for vans and small buses, and $80 for school and tour buses. Through Jan. 7.

AT THE USS KIDD VETERANS MUSEUM: 305 S. River Road. Featuring "Voices from the Lost Generation" on display through Dec. 2018.

AT THE LOUISIANA STATE ARCHIVES BUILDING: 3851 Essen Lane. Featuring the 48th National River Road Art Show and Sale.

AT WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson Highway, Port Allen. Featuring "Over Here & Over There: Americans at Home and Abroad in WWI" on display through Jan. 8; "Raw Sugar: Harvest in Black and White" on display through Dec. 31.

AT LSU MUSEUM OF ART: Fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Featuring "Bonjour: Au Revoir Surréalisme" on display through March 25; "Broken Time: Sculpture by Martin Payton" through Feb. 11; and "Art in Louisiana: Views into the Collection."

AT LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM: 100 S. River Road. Featuring "The Art of Chaos & Order: Sam Losavio" on display through Jan. 7; "The Red That Colored the World" on display through Jan. 14; "Alyce Simon: Atomic Art" through Dec. 3; and Miss Trudy's Traveling Trunk Show 11 a.m. Saturdays.

AT CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 660 N. Fourth St. Featuring selections from the permanent collection.

Compiled by Kristie Bihm.