2020 Holiday Guide: Lights, Santa Sightings and more in Baton Rouge

The holiday season is finally here! Although this season looks very different than previous years, there’s still so much to do. Here at Louisiana Weekend, we rounded up a list of Santa sightings, holiday lights and other festive events happening around the Baton Rouge area. 

Happy Holidays! 

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* Holiday Lights 

Now – Dec. 30, 2020 

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo “ZooLights” 

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is back with its annual ZooLights. ZooLights will feature a mile-long trail of over 50 twinkling displays including traditional and animal-themed sculptures.

Now – Dec. 31, 2020 

Holiday Lights at Baton Rouge General 

Over 100,000 lights are shinning bright at Baton Rouge General this holiday season. This free event will run each night from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., until Dec. 31. Free parking is also available on-site.  

Now – 2021 

Downtown Festival of Lights 

The Downtown Festival of Lights hosted its annual event on Dec. 4, but the holiday lights are shinning into 2021. Head over to the North Boulevard Town Square where you can view the 35-foot Christmas Tree and other holiday decorations. Guests can even snap a socially distanced photo with the Christmas Tree. 

* Santa Sightings 

Now – Dec. 24, 2020 

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop and Cabela’s 

Santa Clause is making appearances at Bass Pro and Cabela’s this holiday season. From now through Dec. 24, bring your family to the re-imagined free Santa’s Wonderland experience. Santa will appear behind a glare-free clear protective barrier to allow for pictures with families. 

Santa Comes to Perkins Rowe 

Santa is making a special appearance at Perkins Rowe this holiday season. Guests can take a professional photo with Santa and share their holiday wishes. Each visit will have a contactless barrier between Santa and families.  Reservations are strongly encouraged. 

Photos with Santa at the Mall of Louisiana 

The Mall of Louisiana is hosting Santa this holiday season. Guests can take a professional photo with Santa himself. Reservations are required to secure a spot. To reserve your spot, click here. 

* Other Holiday Events 

Now – Dec. 29, 2020 

Miracle on Bennington at The Station

The Station Sports Bar and Grill has turned into a full-on winter wonderland this holiday season. Now – Dec. 29, guests can visit Miracle on Bennington at The Station. This holiday-themed pop-up bar offers exclusive cocktails served in  festive Christmas-themed glasses. To take a tour of Miracle on Bennington at The Station, click here. 

Now – Jan. 3, 2021

Ice Skating on the River 

Ice Skating on the River is back at the Raising Cane’s River Center for its 30th Anniversary. For $12-$14 per person, you can have a 75-minute ice skating session. The last day to take part in Ice Skating on the River is Jan. 3, 2021. 

Dec. 21, 2020 

Saturn, Jupiter aligning for “Christmas Star’ this month

On Dec. 21, a winter solstice will occur and the two largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, will appear at their closets. The lineup of the two largest planets will create the “Christmas Star” or “Star of Bethlehem” due to its brightness and proximity to Dec. 25.