2018 Holiday Events, Lights & More!

This holiday season now more than ever there's plenty of activities to do with friends and family! Check out some events happening in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas to put you in the Christmas spirit.

Nov. 16th- Jan. 6th: Shadrack Christmas Wonderland

Lamar-Dixon – Gonzales
Time: Mon-Fri: Dusk – 10pm
Sat – Sun: Dusk-10pm or later
(including holidays, even
rain!)

Cars or Family Vans: $25
Activity Van, Limo, or Mini/Half Bus: $40
Tour/School Bus: $80
*cash and credit accepted*

The world’s largest drive-through, fully computerized, LED light and music show of its kind! The Shadrack Christmas Wonderland is only set up in 5 other cities across the country. It’s over 2 miles of custom made displays synchronized to the music played over the radio in your car.

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Nov. 16th -Jan. 1st: Holiday Lights at Baton Rouge General

Bluebonnet Blvd.
Time: Every night 5:30pm – 11:00pm for free!

Drivers can tune their radio dials to 122.4 FM and hear the lights sync to music! Family Nights will be held Dec. 6th and 13th from 6 – 8 p.m. Santa Claus will even be there visiting with kids and taking pictures.

Nov. 23rd -Dec. 30: Zoo Lights

It’s become an anticipated Christmas event every year in Baton Rouge. This year’s BREC Zoo Lights promises all the lights, fun and Christmas cheer as ever before. It all kicks off Friday with a big celebration with the big guy himself, Santa Clause. Click the link below for a sneak peak of what to expect.

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Photo Courtesy: LSU

Nov. 27th: LSU Holiday Spectacular

LSU Student Union
Time:Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.

There will be season’s Readings, Holiday Performances, and the LSU Christmas Tree Lighting are free and open to the Baton Rouge community.

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Nov. 30th: Forum 35's Reindeer Run & Jingle Bell Jog

Lafayette Street and North Boulevard
Time: 7:00 PM
Price: $20-$25

The annual Reindeer Run & Jingle Bell Job happen in conjunction with the Festival of Lights. Runners and spectators are also encouraged to bring a NEW, unwrapped toy to donate to the race site for the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots program.

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Nov. 30th: Festival of Lights

Join us at the Downtown Festival of Lights on Friday, November 30. Experience the magic of the holiday with the lighting of the 35-foot Christmas Tree and fireworks at North Boulevard Town Square.

Enjoy FREE ice skating, play in 10 tons of real snow at the Snow village, see holiday performers, face painters, a balloon artist, stilt walkers, and of course…SANTA!

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Nov. 24-Dec. 22nd: The Polar Express

Every Saturday bring your family to enjoy this beloved holiday movie in the planetarium theater at the Louisiana Arts & Science Museum, and warm up with complimentary hot chocolate before each show.

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Dec. 1st-Dec. 10th: Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Shows

The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra will be holding several Christmas Concerts this year:

Home for the Holidays December 2nd @ 7:00 pm – The Holiday Season would not be complete without the Family Pops annual Home for the Holidays concert!

Lamar Holiday Brass December 6th @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. This concert takes place at St. Joseph Cathedral and has become a family tradition of the Lamar Holiday Brass concert.

Holiday Brass – Houmas House Plantation December 9th @ 4:30 PM.

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Santa Claus in the Christmas parade in Central Louisiana near Baton Rouge on December 6 2008

Dec. 1st: 32nd Annual Christmas in Central Parade

Time: 10:00am

The parade will start at 10:00am at Zoar Baptist and will go down Joor & Hooper to Joor & Lovett.

Dec. 2nd: A Rural Life Christmas

Rural Life Museum
Time: 12:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Admission:$10.00 per person with children ages 10 and younger admitted at no charge.

Come step back in time and enjoy the Christmas season in the 19th century.
There will be musical groups, demonstrating artisans, storytellers and costumed re-enactors at the event. The day concludes with a bonfire and visit from Papa Noel.

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Dec. 6th: Red Stick Revelry Champagne Stroll

Experience a special night in Downtown Baton Rouge by riding the Holiday Trolley to participating Downtown hotels to discover where you want to stay overnight for New Years Eve!

Enjoy caroling on the Trolley, spectacular holiday lights, stopping at Downtown Hotels for a glass of Champagne and a chance to win Red Stick Revelry VIP tickets!

This year, the Champagne Stroll begins at Visit Baton Rouge at 5:30 pm. Purchase $25 tickets for the Champagne Stroll

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Dec. 6th: Christmas Wonderland-Holiday Spectacular

Tickets are $20 – $60 and will be held at the Raising Canes River Center.

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Dec. 7th: Iberville Christmas Bonfire Festival

Time: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Price: $5 per car. Admission begins at 5:00 PM.

It’s time for Nottoway’s annual Iberville Parish Bonfire Christmas Festival at Nottoway! The event will include music, food, bonfires, fireworks, Santa and much more!

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Dec. 7th: Christmas in the Village in Zachary

Zachary Historic District (located on Virginia Street, behind City Hall).
Time:6:00-9:00pm

The village comes alive with synchronized Christmas light displays, Christmas performances, music, a visit from Santa, tours of beautifully decorated historical homes and a whole lot more.

Dec. 7th-9th: Christmas in the Country in St. Francisville

Come enjoy a weekend in the country!
Christmas in the Country is an event for the whole family with breakfast with Santa, Christmas Tour of Homes, live music, vendors in the park and much more.

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Dec. 8th: Cortana Kiwanis Christmas Parade

Time: 5:30pm

The 66th Annual Cortana Kiwanis Downtown Christmas Parade will roll through Downtown Baton Rouge. Enjoy marching bands, celebrities, dance troupes, non-profit organizations, and local businesses in seasonal themes.

Dec. 9th: Creole Christmas

Magnolia Mound Plantation
Time: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Creole Christmas is an annual event featuring seasonal decorations in the historic house, traditional songs in French and Spanish sung by local school children, period demonstrations, folk crafts and the annual bonfire to welcome Papa Noel.

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Dec. 14th-16th & 20th-23rd: Reflections of the Season- West Baton Rouge

West Baton Rouge Conference Center
Admission: $5 per car

Santa will arrive on Friday and Saturday Nights and 15th there will be ice fishing for $5.00 per person.

Dec. 22nd is snow night for $5.00 per person

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Dec. 15th & 16th: The Nutcracker- A Tale from the Bayou

Raising Cane’s River Center
Time: 2pm and 6pm
Admission: $22-$58

Created by Molly Buchmann and Sharon Mathews in 1992,The Nutcracker – A Tale from the Bayou has become one of the most highly-anticipated events of the holiday season. A Baton Rouge holiday tradition for 25 years, this treasured production continues to thrill children and adults alike. Featuring world-class guest artists, live accompaniment by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and a cast of over 300 community children and local dancers, BRBT’s Tale from the Bayou transports audiences to a magical world of dancing azaleas and snow-covered oak trees that only our Cajun Clara could imagine.

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Dec. 21st-31st: Ice Skating at the River Center

Raising Cane’s River Center
Time: Varies

enjoy a winter wonderland as the Raising Cane’s River Center transforms into an ice skating rink. Admission is $12.00

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