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 Events
Photo credit (left to right) : Raising Canes River Center, Cortana Kiwanis Christmas Parade, Christmas on the Pointe and Downtown Development District.

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!

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


Baton Rouge Art Market

November 4, 8am-12pm

Join the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge on Saturday morning from 8 to noon and get a jump on your holiday shopping. Their amazing vendors offer one-of-a-kind jewelry, pottery, woodwork, textiles, photographs, glass, paintings and sculpture, as well as some hand-made soaps and toys. BRAM is held in conjunction with the Red Stick Farmers Market, corner of 5th and Main in downtown Baton Rouge.

Merry Market at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center 

November 11-12

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!

White Light Night 

November 17, 6:00-10:00pm in Mid City

White Light Night is Mid City’s most prominent art festival featuring Louisiana’s best artists, makers, and more. It’s free to attend and the best way to kickoff 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 2023

November 17-18

The market is a two-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 the Holiday Market at the Mill are as follows:

FRIDAY EARLY BIRD | 9:00-11:00

FRIDAY | 11:00-7:00

SATURDAY | 10:00-5:00

Christmas Open House at Denham Springs’ Antique Village

November 25, 10:00am-4:00pm

Come and enjoy stress-free shopping in the village. It’s 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?

Christmas at Coteau

November 30-December 2

Head down to Grand Coteau, LA for a full market experience. Christmas at Coteau features a preview party, makers’ market, breakfast with Santa and a gumbo cookoff. Purchase tickets here:…/chris…/tickets-and-reservations

Christmas at Conway

December 2, 9am-2pm

Join us for “Christmas at Conway”, a spectacular Holiday Market on Saturday, December 2nd, from 9 am – 2 pm. This delightful event is open to all and absolutely FREE to attend!

Promising a day that’s as sparkly as the tinsel on the Christmas tree, we’ll have treasures galore. From face painting to balloons, and pop-up shopping to food trucks – there’s something for everyone.

Sway to live music as you browse unique holiday gifts 🎶, and don’t forget to say hello to Mrs. Claus! Yes, she’ll be there, ready to spread Christmas cheer.

Whether you’re capping off your Christmas shopping or just soaking in the festive vibes, this event is sure to stir up a jolly holiday mood!

So come along, invite your friends and family & let’s make Christmas at Conway an event to remember!

Baton Rouge Arts Market – Festival of Lights

December 1, 4:00-8:00pm  

Come check out the best gift items for less than $50- such as Jewelry, Ceramics, Fiber arts (ie: clothes), wood vendors that have kitchen items, child-themed items, holiday keepsakes, etc. Admission is $30.

Christmas in the Country in St. Francisville

December 1-3

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!

Christmas Marché in North Park

December 2, 10:00am-4:00pm

Come out December 2nd, 10am-4pm for Denham Springs Big Christmas Market! Come check out Christmas Marché in North Park! 100+ Vendors, The Cajun Ninja and Mrs. Cajun Ninja, Santa Pictures, Face Painting, Bounce House, Free children’s craft corner, Food Trucks and More!!

Agape’s 5th Annual Family Christmas Market

December 2, 2:00-6:00pm

We would love for you to join us on Saturday, December 2nd from 2-6pm 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 admission fee to enter.

Jingle Jeepin’ Parades & Market

December 2, 12:00-10:00pm

This annual event in West Baton Rouge Parish will feature a market that starts at noon, a parade at 5:30, and a live performance by Wayne Toups. Santa Clause will also be there for pictures.

Gonzales Holiday Market

December 8-10, 10:00am-5:00pm Friday and Saturday, 10:00am-4:00 Sunday

The debut of the new public holiday market will take place December 8-10, 2023, at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The special holiday market will feature booths for shoppers to browse the newest and hottest trends in jewelry, home décor, women’s apparel, and holiday merchandise all under one big roof.

Tickets for the holiday market are $10 per day or $25 for a weekend pass and can be purchased online at or at the Lamar-Dixon Expo ticket office. Hours for the market are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 10.

The special holiday market is open to all ticketed attendees ages nine and above, and those ages nine to 15 must be accompanied by an adult. All infants must be carried in a front or back carrying pack.

For more information on the Gonzales Holiday Market, visit or call 630-320-6720.

St. Jean Vianney Christmas Market

December 9, 9:00am-6:00pm

Get ready to shop! St. Jean Vianney Catholic School will hold its second annual Christmas Market on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 9am-6 pm 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

Creole Christmas and Holiday Fair

December 10, 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.


Running of the Elves 5k

November 18, 8:00am

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

Pancakes with Santa and Mrs. Clause at Barn Hill Preserve

Saturdays and Sundays between November 18th and December 17th, 9am-11am and 11am-1pm

Pancakes with Santa and Mrs. Clause at Barn Hill Preserve is a perfect chance to snag holiday photos with your kiddos and Santa. The event will feature a petting zoo, crafts, wagon rides, a letter to Santa, and much more. Tickets are $25 a person and children under 2 years old are free.

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. It is closed December 1st and 15th for Snow and Glow.

Baton Rouge Turkey Trot 2023

November 23, 7:30am

Celebrating its 37th year, the Turkey Trot returns to Downtown Baton Rouge on the morning of Thanksgiving 2023. 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 23- December 30

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

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo will light up your nights this holiday season!
Step into the enchanting world of Zoo Lights, presented by Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital! This year, the lights are bringing a new level of magic, for an enchanting experience for the whole family.
Save the Dates: Nov 24 – Dec 30 (Closed on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)
Santa Claus Sighting: Catch him on Fridays & Saturdays before Christmas in the Otter Cabin
Admission Prices:
Adults / Teens: $5
Seniors: $4
Children (2-12): $3
Kids under 1: FREE
Members: $3 per person
SPECIAL OFFER: Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and enjoy 50% off admission.
Let’s spread holiday joy across our community!

Round up your crew, bundle up, and dive into a winter wonderland like never before. Head to for more details

Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival

November 24 – December 31, 5:30-10:30PM

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!

CKPC Holiday Express Train

November 30 from 4-8pm, December 1 4-8PM

The CPKC Holiday Express will stop in Gonzales on November 30th from 4-8pm. The Gonzales stop will be along railway tracks at Felix Avenue and East Ascension street.

The train will be in Baton Rouge on December 1st from 4-8pm along the railway tracks of Government and S. 15th street.

Uptown Scotlandville Christmas Tree Lighting

December 1st, 6-9PM

Join the Uptown Scotlandville Christmas Tree Lighting for food trucks, fenders, activities for the kids, games, and more. THis Baton Rouge community event is free and open to the public.

StoryTime in the Garden

December 2

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.

Christmas on Pointe

December 2, 10:00am

Pointe-Marie’s annual event Christmas on Pointe will feature food trucks, crafts, a Christmas Market, games, a DJ, and pictures with Santa. This year they are partnering with CAAWS, offering on-site cuddles and adoption. Children under 12 are free. Pre-sale tickets for $20 for all other attendees and $25 at the door.

A Rural Life Christmas

December 3, 10:00am-5:00pm

Ho! Ho! Holidays begin with this yearly 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 a bonfire and a very special guest.

Advance tickets are available to purchase at

Ticket prices:

Age 0 – 3: Free

Age 4 – 11: $10

Age 12+: $12

Snow & Glow at Holiday Lights

Dates TBA

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 1-23

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!

Reindeer Ride – BREC’s Farr Park

December 1, 6:00-8:00PM

Welcome the holiday season with a unique, 8-mile nighttime family bike ride. Ride up the levy from Farr Park campground to downtown Baton Rouge to be a part of Baton Rouge’s Downtown Christmas Lighting Celebration. Participants will leave the levy trailhead and join in a colorful bike parade through the downtown area, participate in the many fun activities, and return together. Bring your own bike or rent one of ours! The price to participate is $10 and this is for children 8 years old and up.

City of Walker Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Park

December 2, 11:00am-3:00PM

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.

A December to Remember: A Christmas Tree Lighting Festival

December 2, 5:30pm-8:30PM

Join us for ‘A December to Remember’ at the Park Forest Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy an enchanted evening with tree lighting, Santa photos, storytime with Mrs. Claus, snow fun, free food, the Polar Express Train, and more. Bring your festive spirit and join the celebration at the corner of N. Sherwood Forest and Big Bend.

37th Annual Christmas in Central Parade

December 3, 11:00am

The parade starts at 11:00am!

Santa Rocks the Rowe

December 9, 5:00-8:00pm

Santa Rocks the Rowe will feature pictures with Santa by Cherry Hill, live music, face painting, crafts, games, and more! This event is free and open to the public.

Sensory Santa at North Sherwood Forest Community Park

December 9, 9:00am-12:00pm  

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 in partnership with Families Helping Families, without the hassle of standing in long holiday lines.

Zachary Hometown Christmas Parade

December 9, 10:00am  

The cool temps have us dreaming of Toys, Trains, & Candy Canes! The train leaves the station Saturday, December 9th at 10am.

Let it Sneaux at Perkins Road Community Park

December 9, 5:00-8:00pm

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.

2023 Cortana Kiwanis Christmas Parade

December 9, 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.

2023 Denham Springs Kiwanis Christmas Parade

December 9

Join the Denham Springs Kiwanis Club for this family-friendly event.

Magnolia Mound Creole Christmas + Holiday Fair

December 10, 12:00-5:00pm

Visit historic Magnolia Mound for this yearly Christmas fete. It will feature seasonal decorations in the historic house. THey will have traditional songs in French and Spanish, period demonstrations, folk crafts, and booths from local vendors. We’ll close out the event with the annual bonfire to welcome Papa Noel!

Holly Jolly Family Day in the Park

December 10, 2:00-5:00pm

Reindog Run

December 16, 9:00am-1:00pm


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 5, 10:00am

Join us for the 30th Annual Santa CAAWS on Nov. 5 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

Louisiana Holiday Pies – Leisure Class at the Louisiana Culinary Institute

November 18, 9:00am-1:00pm

Learn how to make Sweet Potato Pie, Coconut Cream Pie, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. Participants will prepare the pie dough for each pie.

Christmas Craft Kookie Decorating Class

December 1st, 6:30 PM

December 8th, 6:30 PM

December 15th , 6:30 PM

Decorate holiday KOOKIES with your Christmas crew! The December 1st class will be a Grinch class. The December 8th class will be traditional cookies, and the December 15th class will be a Cajun Christmas cookie.

Gingerbread House Making – North St.

December 2, 6:00-8:00pm

Make a gingerbread house and enjoy a movie and hot chocolate while you’re at it. The price to participate is $5 and this is for children 3 years old and up.

Charlie Brown Christmas

December 2, 7:00-10:00pm

The holiday classic based on Charles Schmidt’s timeless story hits the big stage.

Hankies2Hope Christmas Mothers Tea

December 3, 2:00-5:00pm

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

Santa Pictures

December 6, 2:00-6:00pm, Pennington Biomedical Research Conference Center

Join Krowned Photos and Chocolate Santa for pictures. This event is free and open to the public. No appointment is necessary.

Gingerbread House Making – Saia

December 9, 6:00-8:00pm

Make a gingerbread house and enjoy a movie and hot chocolate while you’re at it. The price to participate is $5 and this is for children 3 years old and up.

Mingle with Kringle

December 9, 10:00am-12:00pm

Santa’s coming to town! Gift your little elves the experience of a lifetime with a North Pole-approved wishlist station, customary hot cocoa, festive treats and FREE pictures with Santa, brought to you by Eye Wander. We’ll be making spirits bright, one photo at a time! Visit us at Lake Urgent Care Kids.

Candy Land Christmas

December 10, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Get ready for an unforgettable holiday celebration that will fill your heart with joy and your senses with delight! Join us at Ashley Manor for Candyland Christmas on December 10. This event with feature pictures with Santa, family games and activities, and delicious food. The all-inclusive tickets cover the full experience.
Ticket Prices:
Parent and Child: $65
Individual: $35
Special Needs Children (50% Discount): $15
Act Quickly! The ticket deadline is December 5, and spots are filling up fast. Don’t miss the chance to make this magical event a part of your holiday traditions.

Meet Papa Noel

December 16, 1:00pm-3:00pm

HEAUX HEAUX HEAUX! Papa Noel is coming to town! Join us during the best time of the year and meet Papa Noel, make cajun-inspired Christmas ornaments, decorate cookies, and listen to the famous story, A Cajun Night Before Christmas by James Rice.
Due to space registration is limited to only 30 kids.
Pictures are included in the $20 registration fee.
Date: Saturday, December 9th
Time: 1pm-3pm
1pm-1:45pm, Pictures with Papa Noel
1:45pm-2:30pm, Crafts and cookie decorating.
2:30pm-3pm, A Cajun Night Before Christmas Story Time and Questions.

2nd Annual Christmas at Tractor Supply

December 16, 9:00am-2:00pm and December 17, 1:00-7:00pm

This two-day market on beautiful False River is free and open to the public. Bring your chair and heaters, and come enjoy the fun! The 2AM Band will be returning this year as entertainment.

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.

Gingerbread House Making – Kernan

December 19, 6:00-8:00pm

Make a gingerbread house and enjoy a movie and hot chocolate while you’re at it. The price to participate is $5 and this is for children 3 years old and up.

Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland

December 21, 7:00pm

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!


BRBT presents Land of the Sweets Nutcracker Tea

November 26, 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.

Chamber Series Holiday Brass 2023

November 30, 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 Our Lady of Mercy Church 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: “11TH Annual Evening of Holiday Jazz”

December 1, 7:30pm

Please join George Bell and Friends for one night only at the newly renovated River Center Performing Arts Theatre for their 11th Annual Evening of Holiday Jazz performance. After years of mostly sold-out multi-night performances at the Manship Theatre, this year’s much-anticipated show will take place over one special evening in the larger River Center Performing Arts Theatre. Once again, George is joined by GB & Friends veterans Herman Jackson, drums; Harry Anderson, bass; Andy Bourgeois, piano and keyboards; Dr. Greg Ward, percussion and harmonica; and a host of other supporting artists from his past shows. George is especially delighted to have recording artist Quiana Lynell, winner of the 2017 Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocalist Contest, return this year. Quiana’s soul-stirring performance on O Holy Night, accompanied by Trenise Gautier on harp, showcased her classically trained, four-octave range.

Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas

December 3, 2:00-3:00pm

Brighten your holiday with this electric production about family, friendship, and hope for all ages. Songs from Mariah Carey, Nat King Cole, and others will be featured.

Cool Winter Nights and Hot Jazz

December 5 & 6, 7:30pm

The 12th Annual Cool Winter Nights and Hot Jazz will feature Brian Shaw, Robin Barnes, Willis Delony, Fr. Greg Daigle, and a Cool Winter Nights jazz ensemble in a program of new arrangements and holiday favorites.



D‍ecember 8, 7:30PM

The Dailey and Vincent Christmas Show is a heartwarming holiday musical event that showcases the talents of Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, renowned bluegrass and country musicians. Through their exceptional vocal harmonies, instrumental prowess, and festive repertoire, the duo brings the spirit of Christmas to life.

Baton Rouge Symphony’s Home for the Holidays

December 9, 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!

Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas

December 10, 2:00pm and 4:30pm

What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles – and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can’t wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? This show is recommended for children 2 years old and up.

The Nutcracker – A Tale from the Bayou

December 16 & 17, 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 21, 7:00pm

Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland is a must-see holiday event to usher in the magic of the season. “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 today’s greatest circus performers’ spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism with a musical mix of timeless seasonal favorites. 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!
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  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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