THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM: 7:30 p.m., Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. LSU physics professor Brad Schaefer will give his last lecture on the Star of Bethlehem. Free. 15 and up. hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/special4.html.
NIGHT OF MIRACLES — WE LOVE YOU BR FOUNDATION: 8:30 p.m., Varsity Theatre, 3353 Highland Road. A performance by January Noise benefiting The Miracle League at Cypress Mounds and Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge. $15 general admission, $50 VIP at ticketweb.com.
"SESAME STREET LIVE! LET'S PARTY!": 6 p.m. Friday, and 10:30 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday. Raising Cane's River Center Arena, 275 S. River Road. See an all-new interactive "Sesame Street" show. Tickets start at $15 at ticketmaster.com.
CANGELOSI DANCE PROJECT COMMUNITY LEADERS PERFORMANCE: 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. The group will perform a variety of works by Cangelosi including Broadway, jazz, tap and couple dances surrounding the Christmas holidays. $30-60 plus fees. manshiptheatre.org, (866) 451-2787.
RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m., 501 Main St. Get fresh produce, meats, breads and cheeses at this open-air market. breada.org.
SCIENCE ACADEMY SATURDAYS: 10 a.m., Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. Explore gravity, simple machines and more with hands-on demonstrations, crafts and experiments. Ages 8-12. $5 per in-parish cadet, $6 per out-of-parish cadet. hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/academy.html.
BASF KIDS' LAB: A HAIR-RAISING EXPERIMENT: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Explore the chemistry of a product that helps keep you looking your best. For ages 6-12 with accompanying adults. lasm.org, (225) 344-5272.
"STAR WARS: THE WORLDS WITHIN": 2 p.m., Louisiana Arts & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. A 40-minute planetarium show that takes audience members on a journey through the "Star Wars" galaxy. lasm.org, (225) 344-5272.
CHRISTMAS CAROL SING-ALONG SPECIAL WITH RYAN HARRIS & FRIENDS: 6 p.m., Curbside, 4158 Government St. Featuring hot toddies, hot chocolate and a burger special.
TRIVIAL OBJECTIONS: 8 p.m., Hartley/Vey Theatres, 100 Lafayette St. Local comedians try to outsmart others in a series of quizzes and debates. Ages 16 and up. $7. manshiptheatre.org.
CHRISTMAS PAJAMA PARTY: 9 p.m., Splash Nightclub, 2183 Highland Road. Featuring a best Christmas pajama contest and performances by KoKo Valentine.
TEDDY'S CHRISTMAS EVE PARTY: 7 p.m. to midnight, Teddy's Juke Joint, 16999 Old Scenic Highway, Zachary. Head to the classic juke joint and bar for an evening of dancing and good music.
"LADY BIRD": 7 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. A coming-of-age drama from writer-director Greta Gerwig. $9.50 plus fees. Discounts available. manshiptheatre.org, (866) 451-2787.
ANOTHER SHOW: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Spanish Moon, 1109 Highland Road. Weekly comedy open mic presented by No Show Comedy. Hosted by O'Mar Finley and Terence Delaine. Free.
QUARTERS NIGHT: 10 p.m. to midnight, Laser Tag of Baton Rouge, 5871 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd. Pay $10 and enjoy laser tag and arcade games for a quarter per game. Also valid Wednesday night.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: 7 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. The eighth annual concert features singer-songwriters from Louisiana as well as Firefly Moonshine and Champagne cocktails. $25 plus fees. manshiptheatre.org, (866) 451-2787.
COMEDY NITE: 8 p.m., The Station Sports Bar & Grill, 4608 Bennington Ave. Delete Comedy's open mic show, hosted by Bruno Millalaf.
BOOZE AND BINGO: 8:30 p.m., Bar Louie, 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd. Each round, a winner is awarded one of several great prizes. Ages 18 and up.
THROUGH DEC. 30
ZOOLIGHTS: 5:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. This mile-long trail through the zoo features more than 50 illuminated displays of animals. $5 for adults and teens; $4 for seniors; $3 for ages 2-12 and Friends of the Zoo members. brzoo.org.
THROUGH JAN. 5
HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT BATON ROUGE GENERAL: 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Baton Rouge General Medical Center, corner of Bluebonnet Boulevard and Picardy Avenue. The hospital's lawn transforms into a twinkling, singing and musically synchronized light display for the family. Free. facebook.com/brglights.
THROUGH JAN. 7
CHRISTMAS AT BLUE BAYOU: 6 p.m. Blue Bayou Dixie Landin', 18142 Perkins Road E., Baton Rouge. Drive through more than a mile of custom lights synchronized to music. $28 at the gates, per car, up to eight passengers. facebook.com/christmasatbluebayou.
SHADRACK'S CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND: Dusk to 10 p.m. Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. Featuring more than 2 miles of custom-made displays that dance to music played over the car radio. $25 for cars and family vans. $40 for activity vans, limos and mini/half buses. $80 for tours and school buses. lamardixonexpocenter.com.
ICE SKATING ON THE RIVER: Raising Cane's River Center Arena, 220 S. River Road. The Baton Rouge tradition where the River Center turns into a winter wonderland for ice skaters. Various times. 75-minute sessions. $12, group rates available. raisingcanesrivercenter.com.
AT BATON ROUGE GALLERY: 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Featuring works from Christopher Brumfield, Scott Finch and Ross Jahnke. On display through Thursday. batonrougegallery.org.
AT THE USS KIDD VETERANS MUSEUM: 305 S. River Road. Featuring "Voices from the Lost Generation" on display through December 2018.
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." lsumoa.org.
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; and Miss Trudy's Traveling Trunk Show 11 a.m. Saturdays. lasm.org.
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. louisianastatemuseum.org/museums/capitol-park-museum.
Compiled by Kristie Bihm.