Guide to Baton Rouge Holiday Events

The 2023 Guide to Baton Rouge Holiday Events

Are you visiting Baton Rouge with kids or looking for fun things to do with kids in the Baton Rouge area? The holiday season in Baton Rouge is beyond joyful for families; there are dozens of holiday events for families in the area!

‘Tis the season to shop, see lights, build gingerbread houses, and so much more in Baton Rouge! Make sure to add these exciting Baton Rouge holiday events 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.
If you are looking for the best Christmas light displays or Baton Rouge area neighborhoods with spectacular holidays lights, we have you covered there, too.

Baton Rouge Holiday Guide Featured Sponsors

Children’s Hospital New Orleans 

The Children’s Hospital New Orleans specialty clinic is now relocated to a new, expanded multi-specialty clinic, located in the heart of Baton Rouge’s medical district on the campus of Baton Rouge General Medical Center. The new clinic features 24 exam rooms, 2 treatment rooms and a dedicated room for echocardiograms. The expanded clinic will allow for increased capacity, expanded provider coverage for our pediatric subspecialties, and the addition of mental and behavioral health services. From the CHNOLA BR family to yours we wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season!

Rapid Urgent Care

Rapid Urgent Care is open every day of the year to meet your urgent care needs – even holidays! All locations include X-Ray and Lab services on site. Rapid Urgent Care commonly treats ailments such as the flu and flu-like illnesses. These include colds, sore throats, bronchitis, asthma, and strep throat. They will also treat sprains, minor trauma, and fractures. Their on-site X-Ray facility helps to determine if you have a broken bone or perhaps just a sprained muscle and their lab can provide many tests with immediate results.

Guide to Baton Rouge Holiday Events

Check out our event categories 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! If you have kids in Baton Rouge, you won’t want to miss all the festivities!

Holiday Shopping & Art | Holiday Outdoor Fun | Holiday Indoor Fun | Holiday Entertainment


Holiday Arts & Crafts Market at the Oasis

November 4-6

Join us November 4th – 6th for our first annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Market!
Discover original art, handmade crafts, custom and personalized gifts, holiday decor, live music, food vendors and more. Plus take advantage of onsite gift wrapping services.
Free Parking and Admission.
*Holiday Market Hours*
Friday November 4th: 5:00-9:00pm
Saturday November 5th: 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday November 6th: 9:00am-5:00pm

Merry Market at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center 

November 12-13

Merry Market is proud to present one of the Largest Christmas markets in LA. Come check off your Christmas list with local vendors and some from across the country. Come shop til’ you drop!

Merry Museum Store Holiday Shopping

November 17, 4:00-8:00pm

Mark your calendars, make your lists, and head to the LASM Museum Store on Thursday, November 17th, between 4 PM and 8 PM for Merry Museum Store Holiday Shopping!
The LASM Museum Store is the perfect destination for a curated selection of exceptional gifts, perfect for all ages and price points. Come shop, enjoy a glass of something bubbly, try your luck at special discounts and giveaways, get your purchases gift-wrapped, and complete your holiday gift shopping list!
We are also excited to welcome local portrait artist Cora Barhorst of Cora B. Gallery, with a selection of works to offer during this show only (discounts do not apply).
And as a special lagniappe, the Main Art Gallery will be open for you to enjoy our current exhibition, DIAMONDS OF HISTORY: MIGHTY WOMEN BY ASHLEY LONGSHORE.
Your purchases do double duty because proceeds from the LASM Museum Store serve to support the programs offered at your favorite Art & Science Museum.

White Light Night 

November 18, 6:00-10:00pm in Mid City

White Light Night is Mid City’s largest art festival featuring Louisiana’s best artist, makers, and more. Its free to attend and the best way to kick off your holiday shopping! Revel under the white lights adorning the streets, meet local artists, enjoy live music, and eat at Mid City’s exceptional unique restaurants.
Check out the map for parking and a list of all the participating shops and businesses along the routes:

Holiday Market at the Mill 2022

November 18-20

The market is a three-day shopping event held at the refurbished Cotton Mill in downtown New Roads.
Shoppers can expect a variety of vendors, craftsmen and artisans selling hand-crafted items, such as pottery, garden items, jewelry, glassware, wooden furniture and Christmas gifts for everyone. You can also find decorative items, live plants, antiques, and many unique, hand-crafted items. We also have clothing for the whole family.
The hours for Holiday Market at the Mill are as follows:

FRIDAY EARLY BIRD | 9:00-11:00

FRIDAY | 11:00-5:00

SATURDAY | 10:00-5:00

SUNDAY | 11:00-4:00

Poinsettia Sale

November 26, 9:00am-12:00pm

It’s not Christmas in Louisiana without our Burden Poinsettias! Over 20 varieties of locally-grown Poinsettias will be on display and available for sale at the Botanic Gardens greenhouse. The botanic gardens evaluates Poinsettia varieties developed by breeders worldwide and they will be exclusively sold at the annual show and sale. A limited number of each variety are available so arrive on time so that you don’t miss out on these rare varieties of Poinsettias!

Christmas Open House at Denham Springs’ Antique Village

November 26, 10:00am-4:00pm

Come and enjoy stress free shopping in the village. Its no telling what character you will see running around the village to take pictures with. Special sales in the stores, FREE amusement rides behind Old City Hall, and stores will have great refreshments to share with you. Shhh…did we say pictures with Santa Claus?

Creole Christmas and Holiday Fair

November 27, 12:00-5:00pm

Magnolia Mound’s popular, annual holiday event returns this year. Come visit us for this annual holiday event featuring seasonal decorations in the historic house. We will have traditional songs in French and Spanish sung by local school children, period demonstrations, folk crafts, and booths from local vendors. We’ll close out the event with the annual bonfire to welcome Papa Noel!
Admission to Creole Christmas is FREE.

Christmas in the Country in St. Francisville

December 2-4

Christmas in the Country is held on the first full weekend in December every year. It features a small-town parade, peep-show of Christmas decorated homes, breakfast with Santa, shopping and much more!

Agape’s 4th Annual Family Christmas Market

December 3, 4:00-8:00pm

We would love for you to join us on Saturday, December 3rd from 4-8pm for this one night, outdoor event! We pray this is a blessing for Agape families and the community, as we celebrate the Christmas season! Our desire is to provide an exciting and joyful night for families where both adults and children can enjoy food, fun, and shopping with local vendors and makers! All proceeds from the market help to further Agape’s mission to teach the whole child- spiritually, emotionally, and cognitively with a strong understanding that they are deeply loved by our Heavenly Father. The market is open to the public and there is no admissions fee to enter.

St. Jean Vianney Christmas Market

December 8, 4:00-8:00pm

Get ready to shop! St. Jean Vianney Catholic School will hold its first annual Christmas Market on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 4-8 p.m. in the school gymnasium. This is a great way to get your holiday shopping done in a fun and festive setting!

There will be over 50 booths featuring popular boutiques and artists including Forever Lillies, Texture, Giggles, Messengers Gifts, Tina Lahaye Jewelry and HTG Earrings. The Tipsy Gypsy Traveling Bar will also be on hand selling specialty drinks and wine. The market is open to the public and admission is $10 at the door.

Christmas Marché in North Park

December 11, 11:00am

Come out December 11th, 11am-4pm for Denham Springs Big Christmas Market! Come check out Christmas Marché in North Park! 100+ Vendors, Santa Pictures, Face Painting, Bounce House, Free children’s craft corner, Food Trucks and More!!

December MidCity Makers Market

December 17, 5:00-9:00pm

Christmas is only a week away!  With over 70 makers, live music, Santa, and lots of other fun activities, you don’t want to miss this Saturday Night in Mid City!


StoryTime in the Garden

November 12, December 3

Join us on Saturday morning to listen to storybook readings and flex your creative muscles! Young children will have a blast interacting with other kids, making arts and crafts, and listening to stories. Little ones also receive a book to take home with them. Every half hour, we switch between stories and crafts to keep young children interested and engaged. Best suited for children ages 3-8, but children of all ages are welcome!  Admission is free. No registration is required.

Holiday Lights at Baton Rouge General

November 19 – December 31

Stroll through this dazzling lights display on the corner of Bluebonnet and Picardy nightly until December 31.

Running of the Elves 5k

November 19, 7:00am

The race will BEGIN and END at the Central Wildcat Stadium 50-yard line
The Running of the Elves is a competitive AND family-friendly event.
This costume-friendly run takes place through Central City on a crisp fall morning.
We also have 1 mile timed run for ALL KIDS Up to age 10. All the kiddos will get a t-shirt, elf hat and a finisher dog tag. Additional prizes will be awarded to the top overall male and female finisher.
The 1 mile and 5k runs are chip-timed races with timing services provided by Cajun Timing. Winners will be awarded by age group with overall male and female winners.
Stick around for the fun after at our FREE community pancake breakfast!
Immediately following the race:
FREE pancakes and coffee for EVERYONE
Pictures with Santa Claus
FREE Ice Cream
Make reindeer food
Fire truck and Sparky the Dog
Kid activities

Baton Rouge Turkey Trot 2022

November 24, 7:30am

Celebrating its 36th year, the Turkey Trot returns to Downtown Baton Rouge on the morning of Thanksgiving 2022. This race is a local thanksgiving tradition – one that serves the community by keeping them active and fit through racing and by partnering with the March of Dimes as a fund-raiser to help their organization both financially and by spreading the word about the work they do.
Come run, walk or jog the 5K or the 1 mile fun run with your family and friends and #earnyourturkey

Celebration in the Oaks in New Orleans

November 24- January 1
(closed December 24th and 31st)

City Park’s largest fundraiser, Celebration in the Oaks, is THE New Orleans holiday family tradition. This incredible light festival has enchanted Park visitors since the 1980s and is vital to the Park’s maintenance, care, and beautification year round. Make memories with your loved ones in City Park this holiday season.


November 25- December 30 at the Baton Rouge Zoo
Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Adults/Teens: $5
Seniors: $4
Ages 2-12: $3
Zoo Members: $3 per person​
We are partnering with The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank again this year! Every guest presenting a non-perishable food item during the hours of Zoolights, will receive a 50% discount from the regular admission price. All food donations will go directly to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. In 2020, just over 7,000 pounds of food were collected during this drive.


A trail through the Zoo
More than 50 illuminated display sculptures of animals and traditional holiday displays
A festive family activity, adding to the quality of life for residents throughout the region

Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival

November 25 – December 31

Beginning in 2015, Island View Casino & Resort and The City of Gulfport collaborated to bring a Winter Holiday Festival to the Mississippi Gulf Coast unlike any other holiday show in the State of Mississippi. Visitors can enjoy carnival rides, visit with Santa Claus, and hop on a train at the Train Station. Join us for a magical coastal holiday experience filled with memories to last the whole family a lifetime!

Snow & Glow at Holiday Lights

December 1 & 15

Join us at Baton Rouge General’s Holiday Lights for our exclusive family-friendly event, Snow & Glow, featuring snow, glow-in-the-dark performer, a chance to jingle and mingle with Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves and more. Food trucks will also be on site with food available for purchase.

Noel Acadien au Village

December 2-23

LARC’s Acadian Village in Lafayette hosts its 23 night Christmas festival fundraiser annually in December to benefit LARC, a local 501c(3) non-profit organization benefiting persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Noel Acadien au Village features half-a-million lights, including the fully lit Chapel, NEW ANIMATIONS, lighted holiday displays, live entertainment, carnival rides, local cuisine, photos with Santa, holiday shopping in the Christmas Store and much more!

Coca-Cola Santa Truck visits Rouses – Zachary

November 26, 2:30-3:30pm

Coca-Cola Santa Truck visits Rouses – Denham Springs

November 27, 4:00-5:00pm

Coca-Cola Santa Truck visits Rouses – Baton Rouge, Arlington Creek Centre

November 30, 4:30-5:30pm

Coca-Cola Santa Truck visits Rouses – Prairieville 

December 2, 3:00-4:00pm

Sensory Santa at North Sherwood Forest Community Park

December 2, 6:00-8:00pm  

Come right down to Candy Cane Lane and take your picture with the Santa Clause! Children and adults with intellectual, developmental or sensory processing disorders have an opportunity to enjoy activities and have one on one time to take a picture with Santa, without the hassle of standing in long holiday lines.

Zachary Christmas Parade

December 3, 10:00am  

The cool temps have us dreaming of Toys, Trains, & Candy Canes! The train leaves the station Saturday, December 3rd at 10am.

City of Walker Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Park

December 3, 11:00am

Parade: Rolls at 11am from the Burgess Side of Walker High School. Will turn right on Florida Blvd.
Park: 1pm to 3pm. Includes Farmer’s Market, live music, photos with Mr. and Mrs. Clause and children’s games and activities provided by local churches and businesses.
For more information contact: [email protected] or call 225.665.3755.

36th Annual Christmas in Central Parade

December 3, 11:00am

The parade starts at 11:00am!

Let it Sneaux at Perkins Road Community Park

December 10, 1:00-5:00pm

Come and celebrate the holiday season with us! Join us as we celebrate at Let it Sneaux. There will be live entertainment, free photos with Santa, smores, hot chocolate, and so much more! So come out and enjoy a day filled with family fun entertainment.

2022 Cortana Kiwanis Christmas Parade

December 10, 5:30-7:30pm

The parade is a family friendly event, and provides merriment and joy in each element of the evening. Cortana Kiwanis supports many worthy causes with the proceeds from the parade, including Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital; the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; defibrillators for local organizations serving children; and the Bringing Up Grades program in elementary schools, just to name a few.

Carols in the Garden

December 17, 6:30-8:00pm

Jingle and mingle at the Ascension Parish Library Gonzales location’s annual caroling! There may even be a special guest for all the good boys and girls.

Bring your family and friends to listen and sing with the crowd of carolers in our festive winter wonderland.

Erin Perdue, choir director at East Ascension High School, will lead us in singing some of the season’s classics.

You’d better not pout or cry – we hear Santa might be making a special trip from the North Pole to make sure his naughty and nice list is correct. Afterward, grab a treat from Sweet Melissa’s Confectionery and warm up with some hot chocolate from Louisiana Lemonade.

Community Forest Decorating

December 21, 5:30-7:30pm

Join us on this festive night to make wildlife-friendly ornaments and garlands before we venture out by lantern light to hear about the astronomical winter solstice and the role of trees in seasonal rituals. We will sing a couple of tree-themed carols and adorn our community forest with handmade decorations local birds are sure to love. Take home some outdoor ornaments for your own neighborhood trees!
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Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro

November 5 – December 24

Experience the magic of Christmas at Santa’s Wonderland at your local Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s!

Santa CAWWS 

November 6, 10:00am

Join us for the 29th Annual Santa CAAWS on Nov. 6 at BREC’s Perkins Road Community Park! Bring yourself, the kids and the pets for a photo with Santa taken by professional photographer Julie Amador. Register online by Nov. 1 to receive 10% discount on photo package (excluding all-digital package) AND line up at 9 a.m. instead of 10. Registration is also available at the event starting at 10 a.m. Visit

Winter Wreath Making Class at Anna T. Jordan

November 20

Join us for a few hours of crafting and creating as we make wreaths to celebrate winter. Participants will receive guided instruction and all art supplies to complete your masterpiece.
$45 per class

Christmas Star Story/Craft at the Zachary Library

November 30, 10:30am-11:00pm

To start the holiday season, we’re reading Bear’s Christmas Star, by Mireille D ‘Allance, then making a simple, but beautiful, star ornament.  Ages 2-5.

Spiral Tree Story & Craft at the River Center Library

December 1, 4:00-4:30pm

We’ll read Pick A Pine Tree by Patricia Toht. Then, decorate your own spiral paper Christmas tree with colorful paper ornaments!

Gingerbread Christmas Tea

December 4 & 18, 2:00-4:00pm

Conscious Moms will be hosting a Gingerbread Christmas Tea to benefit Maternal Mental Health!

We have so many exciting things in store and can’t wait for you to experience our magical Christmas experience! You’ll want to make this an annual event with your family and friends.


We will have:

Christmas dance production by For the Love of Dance Studios

Complimentary picture with Santa

Hot chocolate bar for kids

Mimosa & Mockmosa bar for adults

Gingerbread house decorating

Christmas music to sing & dance by the Baton Rouge Kids Orchestra

Sweet and savory bites

And more, stay tuned!

So bring your family, don’t leave the boys out, invite your friends as we will have the best Christmas experience but also raise awareness and funds for Maternal Mental Health. The funds raised for this event will go towards supplementing coverage for birthing persons to receive mental health therapy, a trauma specialist, and/or pelvic floor therapy, if necessary. We’re hoping to expand our coverage as we grow and continue to get feedback from birthing persons, the community and medical providers.

Hankies2Hope Christmas Mothers Tea

December 11, 2:00pm

Christmas tea is a time for mothers who have lost a child to come together to celebrate their childs life and receive Hope found in Jesus.
Join us for tea and refreshements as we hear an encouragement from other mothers who have lost a child, special music and a candleight ceremony remembering our child/children.

Louisiana Holiday Pies – Leisure Class at the Louisiana Culinary Institute

December 12, 9:00am-1:00pm

Instructor: Chef Dave Tiner
Price: $150 Per Person
Learn how to make Sweet Potato Boudin Pie topped with cane syrup whipped cream and garnished with crumbled bacon, one of the most unique holiday pies found in South Louisiana. Each person will prepare boudin from scratch for the pie. Afterwards you will make Bourbon Chocolate Pecan and Coconut Chess. All pie crust will be made from scratch.
All leisure classes include hands-on instruction from our ACF Certified Chef Instructors, food materials, apron, and recipe booklet.

Ice Skating on the River

December 16 – January 3

The Raising Cane’s River Center will once again magically transform into a “Winter Wonderland” just in time for you to create your holiday memories. Ice Skating on the River is an annual holiday tradition that will kick off on Friday, December 16, 2021. A fun filled holiday event for all ages, Ice Skating on the River will have 75 minute sessions nearly every day from December 16, 2021 until January 3, 2022.

Louisiana Art & Science Museum – A Very Merry Museum

December 17, 10:00am-5:00pm

Celebrate the holidays on December 17th from 10 AM – 5 PM with LASM’s 4th Annual A Very Merry Museum event, sponsored by Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Company. We will offer hands-on activities, present holiday-themed shows in the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium, and offer photos with Santa in the Bert S. Turner Family Atrium while his Coca-Cola truck makes an appearance outside the museum from 1:30 PM until 4 PM.
The festive day will feature engaging activities, including hands-on ornament making, Sneaux to Geaux science experiments (sponsored by BASF), and a museum-wide scavenger hunt. The first 100 children to arrive will receive stuffed Coca-Cola Polar Bears donated by Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Company, the event’s sponsor.

BRBT presents Land of the Sweets Nutcracker Tea

November 27, 2:00pm

The Land of the Sweets Tea is an interactive experience geared toward pre-school and elementary-aged children and their families. At the tea, guests enjoy sweets and finger foods while interacting with characters from BRBT’s holiday favorite, The Nutcracker—A Tale from the Bayou, including Clara and the Nutcracker. Children participate in fun activities (Nutcracker Bingo!), photo opportunities, and dance lessons alongside of their favorite Nutcracker characters. Guests are encouraged to bring their cameras.

Cool Winter Nights and Hot Jazz

November 29 & 30, 7:30pm

The 11th Annual Cool Winter Nights and Hot Jazz will feature Brian Shaw, Willis Delony, Fr. Greg Daigle, Sasha Masakowski, Bill Grimes, and a 15 piece jazz ensemble in a program of new arrangements and holiday favorites.

Chamber Series Holiday Brass 2022

December 1, 7:30-9:00pm

This special concert featuring the full BRSO brass and percussion is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. The glorious St. Joseph Cathedral provides the perfect setting for brass renditions of holiday favorites. This is the only location where you can experience the famous cathedral organ accompanying some of the most beloved traditional carols.

George Bell and Friends: “10TH Annual Evening of Holiday Jazz”

December 2 & 3, 7:30pm

Please join George Bell and Friends as they return to the Manship Theatre for their 10th Annual Evening of Holiday Jazz performance. After two sold-out performances last year, this year’s much anticipated show has finally arrived.

This year George is joined by GB & Friends veterans Herman Jackson, drums; Harry Anderson, bass; Andy Bourgeois, piano and keyboards; Ray Mouton, guitar; Greg Ward, percussion and harmonica; Betsy Braud, sax and flute; Aaron Fletcher, sax; and Hilda Trenise Gautier, harp. In addition, returning by popular demand are, Alaina Richard and James Clinton, vocals; young Miles Sam, guitar; and first-time guest and Baton Rouge native, Zahria Sims, sax.

Lastly, George is especially delighted to have Quiana Lynell, winner of the 2017 Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocalist Contest, return this year. Quiana’s emotionally moving performance on “O Holy Night,” accompanied by Trenise Gautier on harp, showcased her classically trained, four octave range, and created one of the most memorable musical moments of the entire evening. Please join us for what promises to be an unforgettable musical experience.

Baton Rouge Symphony’s Home for the Holidays

December 3, 2:00-4:00pm

Holiday favorites for the entire family!

Holiday favorites for the entire family! Join your BRSO and BRSO Chorus at the River Center Theater for this family favorite!

This concert will feature seasonal melodies and music from favorites like Polar Express, Home Alone, The Nutcracker, and Sleigh Ride. Ring in the season with the biggest carol sing-along in Baton Rouge, and make this concert an annual tradition for the whole family!

Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime

December 9 & 10, 7:30pm

Everyone loves Christmas, especially the holiday music we all know and love! Holiday standards are excellent and help to make the season bright but what about the Christmas hits from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s? If songs like “This Christmas” by Donnie Hathaway or “Christmas All Over” by Tom Petty get you in the holiday spirit, you won’t want to miss this show!

We all have memories of growing up listening to these great songs on the radio! Here is your chance to start the holidays off with some of your favorite tunes and hear them LIVE by top-notch performing artists in your community. This is a Manship Theatre Production created in collaboration with Emmy winner composer and Grammy recognized arranger, Mike Esneault.

The Nutcracker – A Tale from the Bayou

December 17 & 18, 2:00 and 6:00pm each day

Get ready to relive the magic of Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s annual holiday production, The Nutcracker – A Tale from the Bayou!   The show returns to its home stage, the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for Performing Arts, and we are so very excited for this “Homecoming”!  Once again, you’ll be enchanted by the full sets of Nels Anderson, our favorite magical moments like the rising of the hot air balloon, and of course, the beautiful dancing of the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre and guest artists, Madison Keesler and Francisco Estevez as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier!   These tickets are sure to be a hot seller so don’t wait too long to purchase yours!

Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland

December 20, 7:00pm

Cirque Musica: Holiday Wonderland is a must-see holiday event to usher in the magic of the season. Igniting joy and wonder to the River Center Theatre on Tuesday, December 20, “Wonderland” is an all-new musical journey that will transport audiences to a magical land far away for a fun-filled, unforgettable holiday-themed show experience.

Featuring the talented cast of Cirque Musica, spectators will be dazzled by the acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer. The show blends the spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with a musical mix of timeless seasonal favorites played LIVE.
Cirque Musica: Holiday Wonderland is an unforgettable experience for the entire family to enjoy a world-class circus experience infused with the holiday classics we all love. Treat your family and create memories you will cherish forever at Cirque Musica: Holiday Wonderland!


  1. St. Jean Vianney is having a Holiday Market on December 8th. Over 50 vendors $10 at the door. It’s the first annual Holiday Market.

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