Decorations done? Shopping finished? Presents wrapped?

Reward yourself by taking in one of the area's remaining holiday events. Here are some suggestions for happenings around Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Just remember to wear your mask and social distance. Note that all in-person events have instituted coronavirus protocols.


NOEL ACADIEN AU VILLAGE: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Acadian Village, 200 Greenleaf Drive, Lafayette. Festival fundraiser with half a million lights, displays, food, entertainment and holiday shopping. $10 at the gate; $8 in advance. (337) 981-2364 or


THE MESSENGERS' CHRISTMAS LAND: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 9481 Prince Charles St., Denham Springs. A longtime Christmas tradition for the Messenger family featuring a sprawling display of lights, animated scenes, a timeline, the North Pole, you name it. Free. Parking at North Park, Eden Church Road, only.


ZOOLIGHTS, PRESENTED BY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL NEW ORLEANS:  Admission gates open 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., grounds close at 9 p.m., BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, Baton Rouge. A milelong trail through the zoo featuring more than 50 illuminated display sculptures of animals and traditional holiday scenes; special events each weekend night. Adults and teens, $5; seniors, $4; ages 2-12 and Friends of the Zoo members, $3; 50% discount with nonperishable food item for the Greater Baton Food Bank.


HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT BATON ROUGE GENERAL: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Bluebonnet Boulevard at Picardy Avenue, Baton Rouge. Twinkling, singing and musically synchronized light display with 12-foot walk-through Christmas ornament, walk-through Christmas present, 40-foot tree and two 25-foot trees synchronized to music; eight singing trees; more than 100,000 lights, including candy canes, snowmen and gingerbread people; and a 9-foot Cajun alligator light display. Free.


ICE SKATING ON THE RIVER: Various times, Raising Cane’s River Center Arena, 275 S. River Road, Baton Rouge. Seventy-five-minute sessions nearly every day. $12-$14 per person with group packages for parties of more than 10 people. Number of skaters at one time limited, so advance tickets recommended at or (800) 745-3000. For more info, call (225) 389-3030. While downtown, check out the holiday lights and giant tree in North Boulevard Town Square and along North Boulevard.


CHRISTMAS TREE EXTRAVAGANZA: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Parc International, 200 Garfield St., Lafayette. Fifty-plus live decorated Christmas trees throughout the park.

WINDOW WONDERLAND: downtown Lafayette. A fine art installation in commercial display windows in downtown Lafayette showcasing creative talents in an artistic, family-friendly and festive format.


CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR CONCERT: 6:30 p.m., Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 15615 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge. Featuring pianist Michael McDowell. Seating is general admission and limited to 250 because of social distancing. Tickets are $15. (225) 752-6230 or


"IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY": 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Baton Rouge Little Theatre, 7155 Florida Blvd. The beloved American holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. An ensemble brings a few dozen characters to the stage. The show also will be streamed online Dec. 22-24. $25.75-$30.75. (225) 924-6496 or


OLD-TIME WINTER AT VERMILIONVILLE: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette. The historic village brings to life the winter traditions of yesteryear. Visitors can meet Papa Noël, learn how to make wax candles, sing along to Christmas carols, watch popcorn stringing and get a taste of apple cider. $10, adults; $8, seniors; $6, students; and free, children 6 and under. (337) 233-4077, ext. 199 or


HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE: 7 p.m., River Terrace on the fourth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. Featuring C.J. Solar, David Borne and Rhett Anthony. $48.  (225) 344-0334 or

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