2019 Baton Rouge Family Friendly Holiday Events Guide
‘Tis the season 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!
Baton Rouge Family Friendly Featured Holiday Events
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Don’t miss this holiday performance from our sponsors at Manship Theatre! Angelina Ballerina:: The Very Merry Holiday Musical takes you on an adventure as Angelina and her friends are planning an absolutely positively spectacular holiday dance pageant; the best in all of Mouseland! When a mix-up prevents the pageant from going on, Angelina and her friends must use their creativity to save the show. By working together, Angelina, Grace, Alice, AZ, Marco and Angelina’s little sister, Polly discover the true spirit of the holidays. It’s not about things you receive, but the holiday cheer you share. With dancing, singing and festivities, this heart-warming musical is perfect for everyone’s holiday season! Join us December 15, 2019 at 2:00PM, ticket are $23.00!
Guide to Holiday Events In and Around Baton Rouge
Check out our event categories included below and jump straight to that section by clicking below to see all of the family friendly holiday events in and around Baton Rouge this year!
Baton Rouge Area Holiday Shopping & Art
Holly Jolly Market
November 2, 3:00-8:00pm; November 3, 9:00am-5:00pm
Come see all our vendors and get ready for holiday shopping at First United Methodist Church of Gonzales! Food will be available for purchase. Entry fee is $2.00. Children under 12 are free. You do not want to miss this!
November 9, 9:00am-6:00pm
November 10, 10:00am-5:00pm at Lamar Dixon
Come find a few of your favorite things this fall at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center! 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. So, come on out, let’s kick off the season, and have a happy fall, y’all! Cost: $6.00.
White Light Night
November 22, 6-10pm in Mid City
White Light Night In the Mid City Art & Cultural District is an evening to celebrate local art, food and music. Meet the artists behind some of the latest trends in the city, enjoy live music while you shop and eat in the best establishments the area has to offer.
Holiday Market at the Mill
November 22nd, 10:00am-7:00pm
November 23rd, 10:00am-5:00pm
November 24th, 11:00am-4:00pm
Join us for the 8th 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. Entry fee is $5.00.
Agape’s Family Christmas Market
December 6, 6:00PM
December 7, 10:00AM
Join us for Agape’s Family Christmas Market where the whole family can shop local makers and vendors as well as a Children’s Market for young shoppers. You can expect pictures with Santa, raffle items, and much more!
Christmas In the Country
December 6-8, 10:00am-5:00pm in St. Francisville
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!
Poinsettia Show and Sale
December 7, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm at the LSU AGCenter Botanic Gardens
It’s not Christmas in South Louisiana without coming to the poinsettia display and sale at the Botanic Gardens. Join us for our annual, one day only Poinsettia Show and Sale! The Botanic Gardens is one of the nationwide trial locations for new and classic poinsettia varieties. We rely on our customers to take part in the evaluation process to help poinsettia breeders to decide which poinsettias hit the shelves next Christmas season!
Dashing through the Rowe Bingo
December 7, 2019, 11AM-2PM at Perkins Rowe
***$1000 Shopping Spree Giveaway***
Join us for Dashing through the Rowe Bingo – the biggest shopping event of the season!! There will be exclusive discounts from stores, holiday-themed activations, and more!
Grab your “Bingo” card (limited number of cards available) from our Perkins Rowe table, located in Town Square, and visit each store on the card to get Bingo! Play to win a $1000 shopping spree to the Rowe! The more stores you visit = extra entries! The more you purchase during the event = extra entries!
Plus, the first 50 attendees will receive a Perkins Rowe goodie bag inclusive of gift cards, additional discounts and more!
**Once all stores have submitted their promotions, we will post the “Bingo” card in advance so you can make your game plan!
**We will add all promotions/discounts as we receive them!
A Dickens of a Christmas
December 14, 6:00pm-8:00pm at Audubon SHS
The plantation comes to life during the holidays, as it shows off its seasonal decorations. Costumed guides to accompany the visitor on a trip into the past through the candlelit Oakley House. Take a taste of what’s cooking in the kitchen, or just enjoy the yearly Christmas dance or listen to live period music.
Baton Rouge Area Holiday Festivals & Outdoor Fun
Creole Christmas & Holiday Fair
December 1, 1:00pm-6:00pm at BREC’S Magnolia Mound Plantation
Joyeux Noël! Celebrate Christmas with French Creole Traditions at our annual Creole Christmas and Holiday Fair.
This holiday event features seasonal decorations in the historic house, songs in French and Spanish sung by local school children, period demonstrations, folk crafts and the annual bonfire welcoming Papa Noel.
10th Annual Bonfire Festival
December 7, 5:00pm-9:00pm at Nottaway Plantation
Admission Fee: Join us for food, music, family-friendly fun, and of course — Santa, Fireworks, and Bonfires! Cost: $10.00 per car!
November 29- December 30 at the Baton Rouge Zoo
Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
A mile-long trail through the Zoo with more than 50 illuminated display sculptures of animals and traditional holiday displays! Cost: Adults/Teens: $5; Seniors: $4; Ages 2-12: $3, Friends of the Zoo Members: $3 per person
Celebration in the Oaks
November 29- January 1
Closed 12/24 & 12/31
Celebration in the Oaks in City Park is the most spectacular holiday lights festival 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 over a million twinkling lights and breathtaking light displays are scattered throughout 25 acres of the Park, including the Botanical Garden, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. Cost: $10- $28
StoryTime in the Garden
December 7, 9:00am-12:00pm at LSU AGCenter Botanics Garden
StoryTime in the Garden is a creative way of mixing storytelling and imagination with hands-on craft activities for children. The program meets one Saturday a month September through April. Children ages 3-8 can enjoy storybook readings and imagination-themed activities every half hour. All children participating in the program must be accompanied by an adult. The last reading begins at 11:30.
33rd Annual Christmas in Central Parade
December 7, 7:00am-12:00pm
Join us to celebrate the start of the Holiday season!
Christmas In the Village
December 7, 6:00pm-9:00pm
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
Cost: Children 10 and under are free, all others $10.00 a person
A Rural Life Christmas
December 8, 8:00am-5:00pm at Rural Life Museum
Ring in the Christmas season with the 19th century Louisiana celebration. Musical groups, demonstrating artisans, storytellers and costumed re-enactors will be present to set the holiday mood. The event will conclude with bonfire and a very special visit from Papa Noel.
Cost: Children 10 and under are free, all others $10.00 a person
Kiwanis Downtown Baton Rouge Christmas Parade
December 14, 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.
30th Annual Festival of the Bonfires
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!
Holiday Movies on the Plaza!
December 13th, 7:00pm at the Goodwood Plaza
In this 1993 animated film, The Nightmare Before Christmas, the king of Halloween Town Jack Skellington finds Christmas Town. When he tries to bring Christmas Town’s cheer to his own home, it causes some confusion. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit comfortably while they watch. The film also will be simulcast in the Large Meeting Room for those who prefer this option. Local vendor the Lemonade Bus will be on site for the purchase of refreshments. Please note that the Library closes for business at 6 p.m. this day.
Holiday Movies on the Plaza!
December 20th, 7:00pm at the Goodwood Plaza
Join us for a double feature: How The Grinch Stole Christmas and The Year Without Santa Clause. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit comfortably while they watch. The film also will be simulcast in the Large Meeting Room for those who prefer this option. Local vendor the Lemonade Bus will be on site for the purchase of refreshments. Please note that the Library closes for business at 6 p.m. this day.
Holiday Cookie Decorating Class
November 23, 1:30-3:00PM
at the Arts Council of Livingston Parish
HOLIDAY COOKIE DECORATING CLASS
The Arts Council of Livingston Parish is hosting a Holiday Cookie Decorating Class on November 23rd from 1:30 pm till 3 pm with instructor Shelly Frederick. The fee is $35 for you and one child (ages 6 & up) and includes all supplies. You will leave with 8 decorated cookies. For an additional child add $10; this will include an additional 4 cookies and decorating supplies. Registration is required as seating is limited. Deadline to register is November 20th.
Marbled Nail Polish Holiday Ornament Craft
December 2, 4:00pm at The Carver Branch Library
Adults are invited to the Carver Branch at 4 p.m. Monday, December 2, to make adorable marbled ornaments using nail polish! You’ll
enjoy creating this unique and easy-to-make craft. Give it away as a gift or keep it to adorn your own holiday tree! All supplies will be
Holiday Penguin Story/Craft
December 3, 4:00pm at The Fairwood Branch Library
It’s penguin weather! Join other children ages 4-7 at the Fairwood Branch at 4 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, to hear a reading of My
Penguin Osbert by Elizabeth Kimmel. Later, each child will make a holiday penguin craft with flappable wings. Registration is required
and limited to 12 participants.
My First Kwanzaa Story/Craft
December 5, 3:00pm at The Eden Park Branch Library
Join other children ages 3-6 at the Eden Park Branch at 3 p.m. Thursday, December 5, to enjoy a reading of My First Kwanzaa by Karen
Katz. After the story, each child will make a kinara (which is Swahili for candleholder) craft using popsicle sticks and construction
LPB’s Very Merry Christmas Breakfast
December 7, 10:00am-1:00pm at the Raising Cane’s River Center
Santa will welcome you and your children while you enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, Christmas stories, carolers and special appearances from Daniel Tiger, Curious George, Luna, Super Why and Princess Presto. Make your children’s Christmas dreams come true this holiday season!
Tickets are $50 for LPB members and $60 for non-members. Children under the age of one do not need a ticket and must be seated on a parent or guardian’s lap.
Tables seat up to ten guests. To be seated together, please make one pledge for all tickets.
Strollers will not be permitted inside the ballroom due to space. A stroller check in will be available at registration. High chairs/booster seats will not be provided. If a person in your party requires handicap accessible seating, please contact our office at (225) 767-4214 after you reserve your seats.
Elf-tacular Pajama Party
December 7, 11:00am-1:00pm
Let your littles wear their best PJs to this exciting pajama party! Little ones will decorate cookies, sip on hot chocolate with extra marshmallows, enjoy a dance party, and hear a story read by our spunky elf that flies in straight from the North Pole! Also, they even get to write a Christmas wish list to Santa Clause that our elf will bring back to the North Pole!
Music String Orchestra & Choir Concert featuring Area High School Students
December 7, 4:00pm at the Goodwood Library
The East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Talented Music Choir and String Orchestra with more than 70 students from Baton Rouge Magnet
High, McKinley High, and Woodlawn High Schools will hold a FREE concert for all ages at the Main Library at Goodwood at 4 p.m.
Saturday, December 7! The concert will feature the district Talented Music students of Dr. YongHao Pan and Kimberly Costanza. The
program will include Cello Sonata by Vivaldi, String Quartet by Haydn, String Symphony No. 1 by Mendelssohn, Elegischer Gesang by
Beethoven, Ave Maria by Brahms, and selections from Christmas Oratorio by Saint-Saens.
Music Solos & Ensembles Concert featuring Area High School Students
December 8, 3:00pm at the Goodwood Library
Everyone can come to the Main Library at Goodwood at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 8, for a FREE concert performed by area high school
musicians. The show will last about one hour and will feature a mix of solos and small ensembles including piano, woodwinds, World of
Music drumming pieces and holiday songs.
December 7, 8:30am-3:30pm
Sessions are at 8:30am, 10:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm and 3:30pm
SANTA’S KITCHEN is a fun-filled holiday themed culinary experience for children (recommended ages 3-10.) Families will purchase tickets to attend a Santa’s Kitchen session. Each child will receive an apron and chef’s hat, then be escorted through three culinary experience stations. Due to varying age ranges, no actual cooking will occur. However, children will enjoy participating in food-centered crafts.When the session is complete, the family will go home with a bag full of their hand-decorated holiday treats to enjoy. Proceeds benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and LCI Foundation. Cost: $50.00.
Evergreen Trees Story/Craft
December 14th, 11:00am at the Bluebonnet Library Branch
Join other kids ages 7-10 at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 14, to hear a reading of Night Tree by Eve
Bunting. Later, each child will create a layered picture of evergreen trees in the snow with multiple colors of construction paper.
DIY Ornaments Craft for 20-Somethings
December 17th, 6:00pm at the Fairwood Branch Library
Let us help you make a fun holiday décor item! Gather with other adults ages 18-30ish at the Fairwood Branch at 6 p.m. Tuesday,
December 17, to create fancy snowflake ornaments using a variety of patterns and your very own imagination. All supplies will be
Runaway Dreidel Story/Craft
December 19, 3:00pm
Come enjoy a Hannukah celebration with other children ages 5-11 at the Eden Park Branch at 3 p.m. Thursday, December 19! We’ll read
Runaway Dreidel by Leslea Newman together, and then make and decorate dreidel characters with movable arms and legs.
Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s
The Nutcracker – A Tale from the Bayou
December 14 & 15th, 2:00 & 6:00pm
At the Raising Cane’s River Center Arena
Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s holiday classic returns to its new realm on the stage of the Raising Cane’s River Center Arena. Bringing together internationally acclaimed guest artists, local children, professional and pre-professional performers, and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, The Nutcracker, A Tale from the Bayou, is sure to delight audiences with its lavish choreography and costumes and creative new twists.
Purchase at: Ticketmaster.com or by 225-766-8379
Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical
December 15, 2:00pm
Angelina and her friends are planning an absolutely positively spectacular holiday dance pageant; the best in all of Mouseland! Cost: $23.00
The Doo Wop Project Holiday Show
December 2, 7:30pm at the Manship Theater
With their new holiday show The Doo Wop Project bring their album “Merry Christmas from The Doo Wop Project” to the stage singing holiday favorites such as “Last Christmas”, “Have Yourself A Merry Christmas”,”Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”, and “White Christmas”, alongside the doo wop and Motown classics DWP are known for. Featuring stars from the Broadway hits Jersey Boys, Motown: The Musical, and A Bronx Tale, The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate—and in some cases entirely reimagine—the greatest music in American pop and rock history. Cost: $38.00-$68.00
The Wood Brothers
December 3, 7:30pm at The Manship Theater
“It’s the freest album we’ve done, the most independent album we’ve done, and was the most fun we’ve ever had making a record,” says Oliver Wood. “And most importantly, this is the most purely Wood Brothers’ album we’ve ever made.” Cost: $38.00-$68.00
Holiday Chef’s Evening and Wine Tasting
December 5, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Come stroll through the Antique Village while it is lit up for Christmas and enjoy food from wonderful restaurants and phenomenal wines that are served in the stores. This is a night to remember. Cost: $25
Gatlin Brothers Country & Christmas
December 12, 7:30pm at The Manship Theater
Bringing you a holly mix of Christmas music and gospel, all with country roots. Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brother’s show will evoke nostalgia and a bit of southern comfort. Cost: $38.00-$68.00
The Family Dinner Improv Comedy Show
December 13, 7:30pm at The Manship Theater
Hang out with Baton Rouge’s premier comedy troupe in our Hartley/Vey Theatre’s Studio side for some live, interactive improv games. We have no idea what to expect, but there is only one way to find out. Plus, there is a full bar in the room serving great drink specials! Cost: $6.00
(Capacity is 100 and seating is first come first serve)
Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis’ Holiday Shindig
December 20, 7:30pm at The Manship Theater
Kelly & Bruce have performed their annual holiday show for two decades but have seldom taken it outside of Texas. Their show will be opened by Baton Rouge’s power couple, Clay Parker and Jodi James.
Cost: $39.95-$59.95, plus taxes and fees
The 10th Annual Home for the Holidays
December 26, 7:30pm at The Manship Theater
Featuring CJ Solar, Brent Anderson, Benjy Davis, David Borne’, Rhett Anthony and more. Singer-songwriters from Louisiana will perform while “home for the holidays” – celebrate their successes and see what’s coming up next in their careers!