• DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: 4 p.m.-9 p.m., North Boulevard Town Square. Lighting of the tree and lights along North Boulevard. Ice skating, sledding, music, open house, art openings, shopping and more. Free.
  • OLD GOVERNOR’S MANSION HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: 5:30 p.m., Old’s Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd. Mr. and Mrs. Claus, treats. (225) 387-2464
  • SANTA IN THE SENATE: 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd. (225) 342-0500
  • REFLECTIONS OF THE SEASON PREMIER LIGHTING CHRISTMAS PARTY: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., West Baton Rouge Tourist Information & Conference Center Grounds, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen.


  • 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.


  • 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, 5th at Main St. Holiday items. Rain location: Galvez Parking Garage, 500 Main St. Also Dec. 13 and 20.
  • BROADMOOR CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m., starting from the Broadmoor High School parking lot, Goodwood Boulevard. The parade will head east and then turn north on Woodhaven Street, west at South River Oaks, south at Cora Drive, and return on Goodwood to the high school. Sponsored by the Broadmoor Residents’ Association. Spectators are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Southeast Ministries food pantry. (225) 926-9829
  • NEWV AWARDS GALA: Cocktail hour, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.; awards ceremony, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. An awards show to recognize New Venture Theatre cast and crew of 2014. $25.
  • “WANDERLUST SONGS OF THE OLD AND NEW WORLD”: 6 p.m., Magnolia Theater, Baton Rouge Community College, 201 Community College Drive. An evening of music with Zuly Inirio and Sean Matassa. Free. (225) 216-8401
  • GREATER BATON ROUGE CHILDREN’S CHORUS CONCERT: 7 p.m., Brown-Holt Auditorium on the Dunham School campus, 111 Roy Emerson Drive. Free.


  • HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, 8772 Quarter Lake Road, Building 13. Homemade items and services for sale, also a raffle and silent auction. Ten percent of the proceeds to benefit families in the Baton Rouge area. (225) 287-8887
  • HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Upstage Theatre, 1713 Wooddale Blvd. A stage play about the fictional Clayton family who has forgotten their Christmas spirit. $20. (225) 924-3774 or
  • REFLECTIONS OF THE SEASON ICE FISHING: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., West Baton Rouge Tourist Information & Conference Center Grounds, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen.


  • 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.


  • A RURAL LIFE CHRISTMAS: 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m., LSU Rural Life Museum, Essen Lane. Decorations with natural trimmings representative of special times of long ago will be displayed throughout the museum’s grounds. Seasonal activities such as musical groups, demonstrating artisans, open hearth cooking, storytellers, and costumed re-enactors. $9 per person; 10 years and under, free. The event will conclude with a bonfire and a visit from Papa Noel.
  • “TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS”: 2 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. A musical inspired by the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”
  • HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: 2 p.m.-4 p.m., West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Cooking demonstrations, hands-on craft activities and storybook readings. Free. (225) 336-2422 or
  • LEROY NEIMAN - ACTION! HALFTIME SHOW RECEPTION: 3 p.m., LSU Museum of Art, 100 Lafayette St. The Education Wall dedicated to the artwork of Baton Rouge students will be unveiled. Juice and cookies will be served. Free.
  • HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS CONCERT: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center Theatre. With the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and featuring baritone Jonathan Beyer. Instrument Petting Zoo will be held at 2 p.m. in the lobby.
  • LSU A CAPPELLA CHOIR’S ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., LSU Union Theater, Raphael Semmes Drve on campus. $20, public; $15, seniors, faculty and staff; and $10, LSU students with ID. (225) 578-5128 or


  • LUNCH WITH LEANNE: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Ralph and Kacoo’s, 6110 Bluebonnet Blvd. Opera Louisiane Community Chorus will perform. $55.
  • “CREOLE CHRISTMAS”: 7:30 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. A performance by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.


  • RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 8470 Goodwood Blvd. (parking lot of Unitarian Church).
  • CAROLS IN THE COURTYARD - WHITE CHRISTMAS: 6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales. Led by Linda and Larry Schexnaydre of Center Stage Performing Arts Academy. (225) 647-3955
  • 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.


  • RED STICK MOBILE FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Scotlandville Branch Library, 7373 Scenic Highway; and 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., Star Hill Church, 1400 N. Foster Drive. Weather permitting.
  • AROUND THE WORLD AT LUNCH: Noon-1 p.m., LSU Museum of Art, 100 Lafayette St. John La Farge in Japan. $10 or $5 for members.
  • DISNEY JUNIOR LIVE! ON TOUR: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center, 275 S. River Road. $15 and up. (800) 745-3000 or


  • CREATIVE CORRIDOR: 6 p.m., LSU Museum of Art, 100 Lafayette St. An adult art class hosted by Ellene Stampley-Whiley using the museum as inspiration. $50 or $40 for members. (225) 389-7209


  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • LSU STUDENT UNION ART GALLERY: LSU campus. “Louisiana State of Mind”. The exhibit features art by only local artists. Until Dec. 19. (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. “War of 1812 Quilts,” until Jan. 1. (225) 336-2422, ext. 15

Compiled by Leslie D. Rose