This column is normally filled with activities from around the Feliciana parishes. This week it is not. But that doesn't mean there isn't anything to do.

Make plans to attend a church service. Area churches have them at various times of the day on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Find a group still accepting donations for Christmas gifts and help people who are still recovering after the 2016 floods, or reach out to people in Houston who suffered similar losses in Hurricane Harvey.

Check on people in your neighborhood or at work who don't have family nearby or may not be able to do something special for the holidays.  

Invite people to share Christmas Day in your home or offer to drop off a meal for someone who can't get out. Find a group that is helping feed people and join them for a few hours. 

Get some rest. Play games with your family. Go for a walk, by yourself or with loved ones. Remember that things don't have to be perfect.

Most importantly, enjoy your holiday.

New Year's Eve

Magnolia Full Gospel Baptist Church, 7910 U.S. 61 North, invites everyone to a New Year’s Eve worship service, 10 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 31. For additional information, call (225) 635-5422.

Discounted tickets

Through Dec. 31, a discounted price for tickets to the 2018 Writers and Readers Symposium is being offered by A Celebration of Literature and Art, the sponsoring organization. The Symposium will be held at Hemingbough in St. Francisville on Feb. 17. Participants will hear noted authors and enjoy a lunch at Hemingbough. Through Dec. 31, tickets are available for $45. After Jan. 1, the ticket price goes up to $55, and on the day of the Symposium, it will be $65.

For tickets, visits

Ongoing Christmas

  • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site is decked with 19th-century Christmas décor in the house and in the garden. The site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Guided tours are provided on the hour, beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m. Closed on Christmas Day. Visit for information.
  • Through Jan. 7, Zachary's historic district has a drive-through holiday LED light show. Set the radio to 105.9 FM when entering to hear the music as your family experiences the lights between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • ZooLights at the BREC Zoo runs through Dec. 30 but is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the grounds closing at 9 p.m. The milelong trail has more than 50 illuminated displays. Special activities include ornament crafting on Dec. 22-23 and Ugandan Kids Choir performances at 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Dec. 23. Admission is $5 for adults and teens, $4 for seniors and $3 for children ages 2 to 12 and for Friends of the Zoo members.

Send news and events for East and West Feliciana parishes to by 10 a.m. Monday or call (225) 388-0215.