2017 Baton Rouge Family Friendly Holiday Events Guide

Disclosure :: this guide is brought to you courtesy of our sponsors Associates in Pediatric Dentistry and Manship Theatre.

As the Baton Rouge holiday season is upon us, we want to shop, see lights, make gingerbread houses and so much more! Make sure to add these exciting events happening in and around the Baton Rouge area to your family’s calendar this year. Some event details are still unfolding, so check back often for the most up-to-date information for celebrating the holidays in Baton Rouge. Happy Holidays!

Holiday Events In and Around New Orleans

Holiday Events In and Around Lafayette


Baton Rouge Family Friendly Holiday Events 

Don’t miss this holiday performance from our sponsors at Manship TheatreMooseltoe the Moosical with showings at 2:00pm & 6:00pm on December 3. MOOSELTOE, the Moose with a Dream, and his friends come to life in this colorful, magical and whimsical musical tale. Follow our hero as he pursues his seemingly impossible dream while learning many valuable lessons along the way – lessons which are important for us all. Al Roker narrates the story while celebrities from Broadway, TV, and the movies provide the voices of MOOSELTOE and his friends in this charming production. Click here to purchase tickets.

Did you know you could be a part of the Manship Theatre’s Kids Club? Designed for children from Pre-K to 5th grade, the Kids Club offers a variety of benefits and activities just for kids, including pre and post-performance events with snacks, backstage tours, visits with actors from the shows, and special activities with Knock Knock Children’s Museum! For more information about joining, click here. Kids Club Members receive one (1) child ticket and one (1) parent ticket to the Kids Club event. 


Baton Rouge Family Friends Holiday Events

Baton Rouge Area Holiday Shopping & Art 

Holly Jolly Market :: November 5, 11:00am-5:00pm

Come shop til you drop at the first ever First United Methodist Church of Gonzales’ Holly Jolly Market! Admission is $2 or 2 non-perishable food items for the Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry. We’ll have an abundance of vendors from crafts and handmade goods to direct sales! You do not want to miss this!

Mistletoe Market :: November 11-12

Come find a few of your favorite things this fall! We’ve heard people say that Mistletoe Market helps kick off their holiday shopping, and we couldn’t be more proud. Our unique collection of vendors helps cure the conundrums for gift shopping. We would like to give thanks to our longest standing vendors Sassy & Classy and Stacey Blanchard Designs; thank you for your loyalty to our market and your excellent product offering! Also, check out our newest vendors including Lolipop Cakes, The Art of Wood, and Tias – we are so happy to have you. So, come on out, let’s kick off the season, and have a happy fall, y’all!

White Light Night :: November 17, 6:00pm

White Light Night is an annual Mid-City art hop. Circa 1857 will boast over 20 artists/craftsmen who will be selling their one-of-a-kind things. We’ll also have live music featuring Jonathon “Boogie” Long and more. Come enjoy the best night in Baton Rouge at Circa 1857! Free Admission, Free Parking, Free Food and so much fun!

Holiday Market at the Mill in New Roads :: November 17-19

Join us for the 6th Annual Holiday Market at the Mill at the Cotton Seed Oil Mill, a cultural icon in the City of New Roads. For many years, the nearly 40,000 square foot building lay idle until 4 years ago when our Mayor decided it needed to be put back to use. The wide open floor plan lends itself perfectly to many type of events. Thus, in the Spring of 2011, Market at the Mill was born. In only its first year, the Market was a resounding success and continues to grow each year by leaps and bounds.

LASM Museum Store Sunday :: November 26, 1:00-4:00pm

Take the stress out of your holiday shopping by joining us for our first annual Museum Store Sunday. Holiday shoppers will enjoy special suprises and choose from carefully curated, quality gifts filled with inspiration and educational value, with all proceeds benefitting the museum.

Poinsettia Sale :: December 1, 8:00am-12:00pm

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden poinsettias are special! Our Poinsettias are selected from years of research and buyers’ favorites. They are carefully nurtured and are assured to be sturdy and healthy plants to last your holiday season. Stock up to decorate your home or office. Poinsettias also make wonderful holiday gifts!

Christmas in the Country (St. Francisville) :: December 1-3

Christmas in the Country is a great event with fun for the whole family! There are store specials, shops are open late, breakfast with santa, Christmas Tour of Homes, live music, vendors in the park, Christmas parade, live nativity, Christmas on the Run 1 mile and 5k benefiting Relay for Life….. AND SO MUCH MORE! Make it part of your family’s Christmas tradition! For more information visit www.stfrancisvillefestivals.com or call St. Francisville Main Street 225-635-3873.

Baton Rouge Area Holiday Festivals & Outdoor Fun 

Santa CAWWS :: November 5, 10:00am-4:00pm

Bring your dogs and cats to have their picture taken with Santa! Preregistration is available online at www.caaws.org/purchase through Nov. 2. Preregistrants may take pictures at 9 a.m. and receive 10% off of their photo package with promo code SANTA. Free microchipping is available for participants from 1 to 4 p.m. at the event. There will be food, games and helpful pet information as well!

Gingerbread House Decorating :: November 10, 6:00pm

Have an evening of family fun that can be shared over and over again throughout the holiday. Create a gingerbread masterpiece with lots of graham crackers, icing and candy trims at BREC’s Plank Road Park. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $5 per person; military veterans and active military will receive complimentary admission. 

Shadrack Christmas Wonderland – A Drive Thru Christmas Light Show :: November 17-January 7

A 1.5 mile drive-through LED Christmas show at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center that is a combination of synchronized elements that move with music being transmitted through your car stereo & large animated displays. Open dusk-10:00pm Monday-Thursday, and dusk-11:00pm Friday-Sunday.

Chocolate Santa Pictures :: November 18 & 19, December 2 & 3, 11:00am-6:00pm

Pictures will be taken at Jewel J. Newman Community Center by Dennis Photofinish Ltd., don’t miss it! No appointments needed and get your pictures while you wait. Merry Christmas!

Holiday Lights at Baton Rouge General Hospital :: November 22-January 5, 5:30-11:30pm

A 40-foot mega tree and eight singing trees atop twinkling lawn lights are the center of attention as drivers and passengers hear synchronized music on their car radio when passing by. Candy canes, snowmen, gingerbread kids and more fill the lawn adding to the more than 10,000 lights that are sure to dazzle the young and the young at heart.

Celebration in the Oaks (New Orleans) :: November 24-January 1 (closed Christmas Eve & New Years Eve)

Celebration in the Oaks in City Park is one of the most spectacular holiday lights festivals in the country, with more than 165,000 visitors pouring into the Park to see the magical winter spectacle. City Park’s famous oaks are swathed in hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights and breathtaking light displays are scattered throughout 25 acres of the Park, including the Botanical Garden, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. Purchase tickets here!

Christmas at Blue Bayou-Drive Thru Light Show :: November 24-January 7

Come start a new family tradition and drive thru over a mile of custom lights synchronized to music for you to listen to through your own car radio! Tickets are sold at the gate with cash, credit card and debit card for $28.00 (tax included) per car (up to 8 passengers).

ZooLights :: November 25-December 30, 5:30-8:00pm (closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)

Celebrate the holiday season with a mile-long trail through BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo and enjoy more than 50 illuminated display sculptures of animals and traditional holiday displays. Check special dates for the Coca Cola Santa Visit & Ugandan Kids Choir Performances, ornament crafting, Safari Santa and Art Gone Wild! Admission ranges from $3 – $5.

Family Night-Holiday Lights at Baton Rouge General Hospital :: November 30, December 7, 14 & 21, 6:00-8:00pm

Start a new family tradition this holiday season with Family Nights at Baton Rouge General’s Holiday Lights display! Thursday evenings our #BRGLights display transforms into a winter funderland with a live DJ, local school choirs, I Heart Radio, real snow, Santa and much more!

Hohenshee Family Christmas Lights (Central) :: TBD

We began our Christmas Light adventure in 2007, gathering Christmas lights from all over town on the after Christmas sales. Each year we have upgraded some technology and added new items to make each year special. Along with our lights show we like to take the time to help a child in Central, who is ill and needs help and special prayers. We accept donations, in our Soldier House, so everyone can “pay it forward” to the family we choose that year.

Downtown Festival of Lights :: December 1, 5:00-9:00pm

Come join us for a holiday celebration featuring: local art vendors, a star canopy hanging from the oak trees, snow village at River Center Plaza, music, Bethlehem Village (a real life village set in Biblical times where children can craft ornaments and decorations), ride the magical train ride on the Mansion Express at the Old Governor’s Mansion, Movies and Santa at the the Old State Capitol, Holiday Music Magic at LASM, Art Sales at Brunner Gallery, Reindeer Run and much more! 

Christmas in the Village (Zachary) :: December 1, 6:00-9:00pm

Come kick-off each holiday season by joining Zachary Mayor David Amrhein as he welcomes families to the “Annual Zachary Christmas in the Village!” The annual event takes place in the Zachary Historic District, located on Virginia Street, behind City Hall. The village comes alive with synchronized Christmas light displays, Christmas performances and music, special entertainment for children, a visit from Santa, tours of beautifully decorated historical homes, booths of arts and crafts, and popular gourmet food trucks.

Festival of Lights at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum :: December 1, 5:00-8:00pm

Your Downtown Festival of Lights experience isn’t complete without a trip to the Art & Science Museum! Experience special showings of Let It Snow: A Holiday Music Journey in the planetarium at 5 & 7 PM, and get creative with our hands-on Holiday Ornament Workshop where you can create fun and fanciful crafts that are yours to keep. Admission is free with the donation of one new toy per person that benefits Toys for Tots; otherwise regular admission prices apply. Toys may be purchased in The Museum Store. 

Reindeer Run and Jingle Bell Jog :: December 1, 7:00-10:00pm

Downtown Baton Rouge will be the place to be on Friday night, December 1st! There will be 2 races and the Festival of Lights featuring Santa Claus, live music, fireworks, free outdoor ice skating and much more. Bring your family out for the run and enjoy the holiday fun! In keeping with the holiday spirit, we are partnering with the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots program. Runners and spectators are encouraged to bring a NEW, unwrapped toy to donate to the race site. Please, no weapon toys. All toys collected will benefit children in the Baton Rouge area. Last Minute Registration Prices are $35 (6-17) and $40 (18+), payable via cash or credit card.

Live Nativity at First Presbyterian Church :: December 1 & 17

The Live Nativity tradition is back again with two evening performances: Friday, December 1 at 6:00pm and 7:00pm and Sunday, December 17 at 5:30pm and 6:30 pm. Come see the re-enactment of the birth of Jesus and experience a live performance with camels, donkeys, goats, sheep and cows. You never know what is going to happen when the animals perform and this night will definitely be uplifting with beautiful music, dancing angels, children’s choirs and narrated drama. Appropriate for all ages. Each show lasts 25-30 minutes. Come early or stay late to the December 1 performance to enjoy the petting zoo!

Noel Acadien au Village (Lafayette) :: December 1-23, 5:30-9:00pm weather permitting

Acadian Village hosts its 23 night Noel Acadien au Village, a festival fundraiser held annually in December to benefit LARC, a local 501c(3) non-profit organization benefiting persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It features half-a-million lights, including the fully lit Chapel, new displays for our Acadian home porches, lighted holiday displays, live entertainment, carnival rides, local cuisine, photos with Santa, holiday shopping in the Christmas Store and much more! Admission ranges from $8 to $10, children 4 and under are free.

31st Annual Christmas in Central Parade (Central) :: December 2, 10:00am

Come celebrate the holidays in Central! The parade will start at 10:00am at Zoar Baptist and will go down Joor & Hooper to Joor & Lovett.

Holiday Hustle 5K :: December 2, 7:00am-12:00pm

We are so pleased to invite you to the inaugural Holiday Hustle 5K in Zachary, LA. It will be a day full of good friends, music and food all while supporting a great cause, the American Cancer Society. Registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. with the 1 Mile beginning at 8:00 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m. Tacky sweaters encouraged!!! Be sure to bring a lawn chair so you can hang around and enjoy the festivities that the day will bring after the run. There will be music from “After 8”, food by BRQ and the Zachary High girls soccer team will be hosting a “Kickin’ Cancer” game. We hope to see you all there!

A Rural Life Christmas :: December 3, 11:30am-6:00pm

Ring in the Christmas season with a 19th century Louisiana celebration. Musical groups, demonstrating artisans, storytellers and costumed re-enactors set the holiday spirit. The day concludes with a bonfire and visit from Papa Noel. Admission: $9.00 per person with children ages 10 and younger admitted at no charge.

Festival of the Bonfires (Lutcher) :: December 7-10

Enjoy great food, live entertainment, crafts, Santa’s Very Merry Forest and carnival rides throughout the weekend. Each night will be highlighted with a single bonfire lighting! Come out and experience a prelude to the famous Christmas Eve Bonfires: A tradition unique to St. James Parish and all the world!

Reflections of the Season (Port Allen) :: December 7-23

Drive through the grounds of the West Baton Rouge Conference Center and view the spectacular lights. Come inside the conference center to visit the talking reindeer. Walk through the holiday decorated rooms. Enjoy carnival rides for the children or buy those last minute gifts from our crafters. Take your holiday pictures with Santa and his elves on Friday and Saturday nights only. December 9th & 15th will be ice fishing for $5.00 per person. December 16th is snow night for $5.00 per person. December 17th is kids craft night. HORSE & BUGGY RIDES December 14-17 & 21st-23 by Pegasus Carriage Company. Cuddle up in a blanket next to your friends and loved ones and take a ride through the lights in a horse drawn wagon for $5.00 per person.

Caroling in the Park :: December 8, 5:30-8:30pm

Mark your calendars for BREC’s annual Caroling in City Park at City-Brooks Community Park featuring a park lighting ceremony, candlelight caroling, roasting marshmallows and a host of other family activities for all ages to enjoy. Food vendors will be on site for this event.

Messengers Christmas Land :: December 8-27, 6:00-8:30pm

Visit the famous Messenger family Christmas display any evening at 9481 Prince Charles Street in Denham Springs to relive old memories and make new ones! 

Denham Springs Christmas Parade :: December 9, 2:00-5:00pm

Parade begins at Denham Springs High School and travels down Range Ave. through the Antique District, turning right onto Florida Blvd. and ending at Veterans Blvd.

Iberville Parish Bonfire Christmas Festival (White Castle) :: December 9, 5:00-9:00pm

It’s time for Nottoway’s annual Iberville Parish Bonfire Christmas Festival at Nottoway! For just $5 per car, you’ll experience a night filled with music, food, vendors, bonfires, fireworks, Santa and even more!

Kiwanis Downtown Baton Rouge Christmas Parade :: December 9, 5:30pm

Every year, more than 75,000 people watch the parade live and thousands more enjoy it on television through the holiday season. The Parade is a celebration and a great way to connect with the community. The parade is open to everyone. Typically the parade includes about 80 entries. These entries are a mix of marching bands, celebrities, dance troups, non-profit organizations, and local businesses in seasonal themes.

Zachary Christmas Parade :: December 9, 10:00am

Celebrate the season with Zachary as the parade rolls down Main Street. Sing and dance along to Jingle Bell Rock, All I Want for Christmas and more with this year’s theme “Songs of Christmas.”

Toys for Tots Challenge :: December 9, 12:00-4:00pm

BREC Extreme Sports partners with Toys for Tots on their annual toy drive to make sure as many kids as possible enjoy the holidays! This event features the highest ollie and highest BMX bunny hop contests along with more! Entry to participate is one unopened, unwrapped toy.

Creole Christmas & Holiday Fair :: December 10, 1:00-6:00pm

An annual event featuring seasonal decorations in the historic Magnolia Mound Plantation house, traditional songs in French and Spanish sung by local school children, period demonstrations, folk crafts and the annual bonfire to welcome Papa Noel.

Holiday Brass at Houmas House Plantation :: December 10, 4:30-6:30pm

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens serves as the magnificent holiday back-drop for this family event. The decorations and festivities are abundant during the Christmas Season in this historic setting. Arrive early and stroll through the gardens, and make a dinner reservation for after the concert. Join Associate Conductor David Torns and the BRSO Brass, Percussion and Harp as they perform all of your holiday favorites.

Movie Night: Elf (Main Library) :: December 15, 7:00-9:00pm

Get in the holiday spirit and join us at the plaza of the Main Library for a free showing of the movie Elf!

Outdoor Living Nativity at Florida Blvd. Baptist Church :: December 15-16

We have an outdoor theater this year! Park your car and sit in our outdoor theater and watch a drama of the very first Christmas. Afterwards, join us for refreshments and a Christmas puppet show. Showtimes are 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30. As always, this is our gift to our community and is free.

BREC’s Santa Road Show :: December 16, 12:00-2:00pm

Experience the holidays as Santa makes his annual stop at BREC’s Gus Young Park. Bring your cameras to take memorable family photos as you tell Santa what you want for Christmas. Enjoy holiday games, crafts and other fun activities for all ages.

Christmas Carols Sing-Along :: December 17, 3:00-4:00pm

A one-hour Christmas Caroling sing-along at Perkins Rowe in front of the Movie Theater, led by a music director, song sheets and background music provided. Open to all ages to participate. 

Red Stick Revelry :: December 31, 11:00am-12:00pm

Bring the kids early to enjoy hands-on activities with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge; sing Auld Lang Syne as the Red Stick rises to 60 feet above Town Square where it will sit until the countdown begins.

Baton Rouge Area Holiday Indoor Fun

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro (Denham Springs) :: November 11-December 24

Head over to Bass Pro for Santa’s arrival on November 11! Get a free photo with Santa and photo frame, and enjoy free crafts, games & activities in their magical wonderland setting. 

Legend of Papa Noel/Gingerbread House Decorating :: November 17, 5:30-8:30pm

Enjoy an evening of fun at BREC’s Perkins Road Community Park starting with Papa Noel’s grand entrance! Listen to him read The Legend of Papa Noel: A Cajun Christmas Story, decorate a gingerbread house and more activities in preparation for the holiday season! $5 per person. For More Information: 225-766-5209 or [email protected]

Kidz Movie Day-The Star :: November 18, 1:30pm

Join Broadmoor Kidz of Broadmoor Methodist Church for a fun movie day to see the new movie “The Star” about the Christmas Story at the Mall of Louisiana AMC 15. It’s a great movie that kids and adults will love. It is the Christmas story told from the perspective of the animals. You must register and pay in advance by November 13th. Cost is $8.50 per adult and $7.00 per child. One adult must stay with their child.

The Polar Express at LASM :: November 25-December 16

All aboard The Polar Express! Bring your family to experience this beloved holiday movie in the planetarium theater every Saturday, November 25-December 16. Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa before each show beginning at 2:15 PM, and after the show, visitors can pick up their very own sleigh bells to take home. Sponsored by Baton Rouge Coca-Cola

Crafts and Cookies with Santa :: November 26, 1:00-5:00pm

Ticket price will includes (1) 5×7 photo with Santa, cookies to decorate, a fun craft, and goodies to take home! Choose from three seatings: 1:00pm, 2:30pm or 4:00pm.

LSU’s Holiday Spectacular :: November 28

Join LSU for a spectacularly fun night of holiday entertainment for LSU students, faculty, staff, families, and community members. Celebrate the spirit of the season with this seven-hour, festival lineup of activities on Tuesday, November 28.

Christmas Tree Ornament Craft (Greenwell Springs Library):: December 1, 10:00am-8:00pm

Children ages 3-11 are invited to decorate a paper Christmas ornament to hang on the tree in the Children’s room.  The event will last from Sunday, December 1-Saturday, December 23. Limited to 50 persons. Registration is required. Please  call 225-274-4460 to register.

A Very Monkey Christmas :: December 2, 9:00-11:00am

Join Curious George as he gets ready for the holiday season at LPB’s A Very Monkey Christmas Breakfast. You will get to take photos with Curious George and Santa Claus. The unmistakable sounds of carolers will fill the air while you enjoy a delicious breakfast. Create a memorable holiday experience! Tickets are $30 (Kid’s Club Members $20), children 12 months and younger do not need a ticket.

LASM Holiday First Sunday :: December 3, 1:00-4:00pm

Spend some time with your friends or family at this special Holiday First Sunday at the Art & Science Museum! Explore the galleries, strike a pose in front of the famous Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan, and meet Santa Claus! Free admission to the galleries, $6 reduced admission to planetarium shows.

Rockin’ & Rhythm with Holiday Music (Bluebonnet Regional Library) :: December 9, 11:30am-12:30pm

We are excited to have members of Lagniappe Dulcimer Society playing modern and traditional holiday songs. The audience will sing along and play rhythm instruments. Fun for the whole family. Please call to register.

“Homemade” Christmas Cards for Zachary’s Nursing Home Residents (Zachary Branch Library) :: December 11-20

Spread some cheer this Christmas by making a special Christmas card for the nursing home residents at Zachary Manor. We will have paper and various other craft supplies available to help you create a cheerful card for these residents. Ages 5-11. No registration required. While supplies last.

Winter Snow Man Craft (Greenwell Springs Library) :: December 16, 2:00-3:00pm

Children will make a standing paper snowman following the story, The Biggest Snowman Ever, by Stephen Kroll, and the wordless story, Snowman’s Story by Will Hillenbrand. For ages 7-11. Limited to 10 persons. Registration is required. Please call 225-274-4460 to register.

Ice Skating on the River :: December 16-January 4

The Raising Cane’s River Center will once again magically transform the arena into a “Winter Wonderland” just in time for you to create your holiday memories. The Raising Cane’s River Center presents Ice Skating on the River, a holiday tradition, which will kick off the ice skating season on Friday, December 16, 2016 with an Opening Night session sponsored by WAFB. For one night only, the Coca-Cola Santa Truck will be at the Baton Rouge River Center, spreading the joy of the season. If you’d like the opportunity to spread the joy of the season, the Raising Cane’s River Center will be accepting unwrapped gifts, during opening weekend, for the National Guard’s Christmas Angel program, benefiting local families in need. Party Packages and Group Rates available! Call 225-389-3030. Sessions: 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, Tickets are $12.

Santa’s Sensational Seasonal Storycraft (Main Library) :: December 19, 10:00-11:00am

Come listen to A Creature Was Stirring by Carter Goodrich and make a fun holiday wreath featuring those two holiday icons, Santa and Mrs. Claus. All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required and limited to 10 children.

Candy Cane Christmas (Carver Branch Library) :: December 21, 3:00-3:30pm

After hearing the story of I Love Christmas by Anna Walker, we’ll decorate candy cane shaped ornaments to hang on our Christmas trees. Come get your glitter on! Ages 6-8. Limited to 8 participants. Call to register, 389-7460.

Baton Rouge Area Holiday Theatre Events  

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Lafayette) :: November 28, 7:00pm

The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL.

K-Love Christmas Tour 2017 :: November 29, 7:00pm

K-LOVE Christmas 2017 features Steven Curtis Chapman, Plumb, We Are Messengers, and Marc Martel. Experience a night of Christmas favorites and top hits from the artists you love! Celebrate the reason for the season with your family and friends on this unforgettable night. 

Cool Winter Nights and Hot Jazz :: December 5-6, 7:30pm

Cool Winter Nights and Hot Jazz will feature Brian Shaw, Willis Delony, and Bill Grimes in a program of new arrangements and holiday favorites including the classic Duke Ellington version of the Nutcracker Suite – along with guest vocalists Sasha Masakowski and Fr. Greg Daigle, backed by a big band made up of some of the finest jazz musicians from Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Click here to purchase tickets. 

Handel’s Messiah at First Presbyterian Church :: December 7, 7:00pm

“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.”

So begins the famous oratorio, Messiah, written by George Frederic Handel. From the very beginning to the final triumphant chorus, the Gospel is woven into a musical tapestry consisting of orchestra, soloists and chorus. It is a message of hope and good news—our Savior has come and is worthy to be praised. While many churches present only the Christmas portion of this renowned work, First Presbyterian Church will offer the whole Christ story in an inspired presentation of Messiah on December 7 at 7:00pm. Multiple levels of musicians come together in this performance: local orchestra members, LSU students and the Chancel Choir work together in an ultimate collaboration. Messiah has enraptured audiences and made kings leap to their feet for over 200 years. Please join us as we present it as most heartfelt worship this Advent. Admission is free.

Playmakers of Baton Rouge presents: Jingle ARRGH the Way :: December 8-10, 16&17

The “How I Became a Pirate” crew is back! A mysterious message left in the crow’s nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs, and a trip to the North Pole to find “you know who” – makes “Jingle ARRGH the Way!” a wonderful holiday show for the whole family. Based on a story by Melinda Long, author of “How I Became a Pirate.” Whether a fan of the original “How I Became a Pirate” musical, or taking a trip across the seas with the pirate crew for the first time, you’re guaranteed to have a swashbucklingly good time! Performances at the Reilly Theatre on Tower Drive on LSU’s Campus. House opens 30 minutes prior to show time. Click here to purchase tickets.

A Christmas Carol at Theatre Baton Rouge :: December 8-17, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

This holiday tradition continues at TBR with the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Capture the magic and joy of the Christmas season as the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future lead miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a powerful journey of transformation and redemption. TBR’s production celebrates the timeless spirit of Christmas and is a beloved holiday treat for the whole family. You won’t want to miss this wonderful experience! Click here to purchase tickets.

Amahl and the Night Visitors :: December 9, 7:30pm

When a mysterious group of Kings arrives on the doorstep of a poor mother and her son, the mother is faced with a life-changing decision. Opéra Louisiane brings together a community of voices for an exceptional performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors. Opéra Louisiane and Roy O’Martin are thrilled to present Menotti’s classic, Amahl and the Night Visitors. This heartwarming tale of family, charity, and miracles will be the perfect start to the holiday season. Parents and children alike can enjoy world-renowned singing, spectacle, and the moving story of one boy’s selfless gift. After the performance, families can stay to enjoy cookies and photo opportunities with none other than Santa Claus! Join us Saturday, December 9, 7:30pm at The Church – Baton Rouge, located behind Pennington Biomedical Center.

Festival of Lessons & Carols :: December 13, 6:30pm

Don’t miss this very sweet and special program at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for a series of readings and anthems that point to the coming of Christ presented by students of St. Luke’s Episcopal School. 

BRBT: Nutcracker: A Tale From the Bayou :: December 16-17, 2:00pm & 6:00pm

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. Click here to purchase tickets. 

The Longest Night Service :: December 21, 6:30

Join us at St. Lukes Episcopal Church for a service designed to honor and recognize “a loss of some sort, whether it’s a person, a dream, no matter the cause,” says Becky Williams, the pastoral care facilitator. Open to the public.

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