• KIDD KEYNOTES: SPIRIT OF GIVING: 1 p.m., USS Kidd, 305 S. River Road. Lecture focusing on the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for a needy child. (225) 342-1942
  • LAUREL STREET LAGNIAPPE: 3 p.m.-8 p.m., Laurel Street between Third and Lafayette streets. Shopping, food and fun. Donations of unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items requested.



  • SANTA ROAD SHOW: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, BREC Lovett Road Park, 13443 Lovett Road and 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, BREC Gus Young Park, 4200 Gus Young Ave. Games, crafts, marshmallow roasting and photos with Santa.


  • “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Main Stage, Theatre Baton Rouge, 7155 Florida Blvd. The Charles Dickens classic featuring special effects. $25. (225) 924-6496 or


  • REFLECTIONS OF THE SEASON: West Baton Rouge Tourist Information and Conference Center, Port Allen. Christmas light display on the grounds, wagon rides, ice fishing, snow nights, decorated holiday displays, crafts and Santa and his elves.


  • ZOO LIGHTS: 5:30 p.m., BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, Baker. A mile-long trail through the zoo, with more than 50 illuminated light sculptures. Various special activities during display. Admissions gate closes at 8 p.m., zoo grounds at 9 p.m. $5, adults/teens; $4, seniors; and $3, ages 2-12 and Friends of the Zoo members.


  • ICE SKATING ON THE RIVER: Baton Rouge River Center. 75-minute sessions most days. $12 per person, with special group or birthday packages. (225) 389-3030 or


  • RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Fifth Street between Main and Laurel streets, downtown. Homegrown produce and other homemade products. (225) 267-5060
  • THE BATON ROUGE ARTS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Fifth and Main streets. Holiday items. Rain location: Galvez Parking Garage, 500 Main St.
  • GINGERBREAD TEA FOR CHILDREN: Noon-1 p.m., Theatre Baton Rouge Social Room, 7155 Florida Blvd. Participants will be given gingerbread cookies, punch and all the necessities needed to decorate the cookies prior to performance of “A Christmas Carol.” For reservations, call (225) 924-6496.
  • REFLECTIONS OF THE SEASON SNOW PATCH: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., West Baton Rouge Tourist Information & Conference Center Grounds, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen.
  • BATON ROUGE CONCERT BAND: 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., Magnolia Park, Perkins Rowe, 10202 Perkins Rowe. (225) 223-8773
  • SANTA ROCKS THE ROWE: 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Perkins Rowe. An evening of family entertainment and children’s activities. There will be a snow machine, carolers and a photo booth. There will also be free carriage rides from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Free.


  • “THE NUTCRACKER - A TALE FROM THE BAYOU”: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center Theatre, 275 St. Louis St. An original production of the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre featuring guest artists. $20-$55.
  • HOLIDAY MIX: 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. The Cangelosi Dance Project’s 10th holiday dance concert. $15-$35.
  • Sunday
  • FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS: 5 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 205 N. Fourth St. A one-hour Christmas service of readings, choral anthems and congregational carols. (225) 387-5141 or
  • FRIST UNITED METHODIST CAROLS AND CANDLELIGHT: 6 p.m., North Boulevard Town Square. The America Street band performing contemporary Christmas worship songs. Guests should bring a folding chair or blanket.
  • LIGHTING OF THE LUMINARIES: 6 p.m., Kenilworth Subdivision.


  • RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 8470 Goodwood Blvd. (parking lot of Unitarian Church).
  • BONFEST: 2 p.m.-10 p.m., Port Allen levee. The stage will be in front of City Hall on Court Street, and bonfires will be lit on the levee. There will be a toy give-away, live music performances, fireworks and Santa. Free.
  • THE ECLECTIC TRUTH SLAM AND OPEN MIC POETRY READING: 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Firehouse Gallery, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. $7.


  • CAAWS CAT ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Acadian Village Petco, 3535 Perkins Road.
  • CAAWS DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive.
  • CAFFERY GALLERY: 4016 Government St. “Love Letters, Fairy Tales, and Things that Used to Be” by Therese Knowles, through Dec. 31. (225) 388-9397
  • CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM: 660 N. 4th St. “Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn,” exhibit of art and history spanning the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including Napoleon Bonparte’s death mask. Through March 1.
  • CAT ADOPTIONS: noon-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Cat Haven Adoption Center, 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. The society also holds adoption events 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the PetSmart in Siegen Marketplace and the Acadian Village Petco. (225) 636-2680
  • DOG ADOPTIONS: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3535 Perkins Road. $125 adoption fee. Sponsored by Yelp! BR. (225) 485-9200
  • BAKER BRANCH LIBRARY: 3501 Groom Road, Baker. “Profile of a Black Woman,” exhibit by Antoine “Ghost” Mitchell, through December. Hours: 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (225) 274-4440.

Louisiana art & science museum: 100 River Road S. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Main Gallery feature: “Art in Action: Inflate. Draw. Pour,” an exhibit presented in honor of Prospect 3+, an international contemporary art biennial. Soupcon Gallery features “Peter de Francia: An Italianate in Britain,” an exhibit to showcase the distinctive paintings of the British writer and teacher. Through Jan. 4.

Louisiana State Archives: 3851 Essen Lane. Louisiana Art and Artists’ Guild’s 45th annual juried national “River Road Show,” Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Colorthrough Monday, Dec. 29. Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. the first Saturday of each month. Free. (225) 922-1000

  • LSU MUSEUM OF ART: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Installation of Silas Breaux, through Jan. 25. “LeRoy Neiman: Action!,” exhibit of work by the American artist and sports illustrator, through Jan. 17. “Rooted Communities” by Nari Ward, through Jan. 18. “Accalia and the Swamp Monster” by Kelli Scott Kelley, through Jan. 25.

Livingston parish children’s choir open enrollment: Enrollment for the spring semester. $150. Winter choir camp registration now open. Camp runs Jan. 5-8. $50. (225) 247-8555 or

LSU student union art gallery: LSU campus. “Louisiana State of Mind.” The exhibit features art by only local artists. Until Friday. (225) 578-5162 or

  • PET ADOPTIONS: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Companion Animal Alliance, 2680 Progress Road. Prices include spay/neuter, microchip and all vaccinations. The society also offers adoptions 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Acadian Village Petco. For more information, call (225) 774-7701.
  • PET ADOPTIONS: 11:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, PetSmart, 8660 Airline Highway. Kittens, cats, puppies and dogs available from the Northside Humane Society. (225) 964-6992
  • PET ADOPTIONS: 11:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, The Friends of the Animals Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road. The organization also offers adoptions noon-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Orvis in Perkins Rowe.
  • RUE COU COU: 1847 Government St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Amy Anderson exhibit of Gemeaux stained glass, acrylics and mosaics, through December.
  • VANGUARD GALLERY AT STEPHEN WILSON STAINED GLASS: 1469 Laurel St. “Birds of a Feather,” benefit exhibit for Bethany Centre Primary School, Jjungo, Uganda. (225) 343-2211
  • WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson, Port Allen. “Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting,” through Jan. 7; “War of 1812 Quilts,” until Jan. 1 and “War of 1812 Quilt Challenge” until Jan. 11. (225) 336-2422, ext. 15

Compiled by Leslie D. Rose