Carolers and candy, parades and parties, “Nutcrackers” and night lights, ah, the pretty lights. The holiday season has arrived in southern Louisiana. However you celebrate, make time to enjoy the winter wonders of the holiday.
Here’s a great place to start planning for the next few weeks, our annual Christmas calendar. Is an event not listed? Send us the information to [email protected]
THURSDAY, DEC. 1
LSU A CAPELLA CHOIR: 10:30 am, The Woman’s Club Clubhouse, 259 TJ Jemison Blvd. Doors open at 10 a.m. Free and open to the public. Reply to (225) 953-0260 or (225) 383-8748.
CHRISTMAS AT THE LAFAYETTE MUSEUM HISTORICAL HOUSE & GARDENS: 6:30 p.m., 1122 Lafayette St., Lafayette. Opening night with food, drinks and entertainment. $50. lafayettemuseum.com.
HOLIDAY BRASS: 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph’s Cathedral, 401 Main St. Featuring the full Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra with brass and percussion instruments performing brass renditions of holiday favorites. Conducted by David Torns. $30. brso.org.
HOLIDAY CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 S. College Road, Lafayette. With opera star André Courville and Sweet Cecilia. Part of Performing Arts Serving Acadiana’s ’22-’23 season. $25 and up. pasaonline.org.
FRIDAY, DEC. 2
LIGHT FESTIVAL: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. along North Boulevard downtown. Official lighting of the street’s 500,000 twinkling lights, a 25-foot Christmas tree in North Boulevard Town Square, free ice skating, and six tons of real snow to play with at the Snow Village. downtownbatonrouge.org.
LIVE NATIVITY PERFORMANCE: 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church Terraced Garden, 763 North Blvd. See the story of Jesus’ birth as recorded in the Gospels come to life.
JINGLE JEEP PARADE: 6:00 p.m., West Baton Rouge Convention & Visitors Bureau, 2750 N Westport Drive, Port Allen. The route is east on Court Street, north on North 14th Street, east on Louisiana Avenue, south on North Jefferson Avenue, west on Avenue A, south on Whitehead Boulevard, east on Oaks Avenue, north on South River Road and ends at Port Allen City Hall. westbatonrouge.net.
A SOUTHERN CHRISTMAS: Main Street, Clinton. Christmas tree lighting, carol singers, movies, fun run, photos with Santa and the Grinch and more. townofclintonla.com.
GEORGE BELL AND FRIENDS 10TH ANNUAL NIGHT OF HOLIDAY JAZZ: 7:30 p.m., Manship Theater, 100 Lafayette St. $45. manshiptheatre.org.
FRIDAY, DEC. 2- SUNDAY, DEC. 18
“AN ACADIANA CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday 2nd-3rd December, 8-10 and 15-17; and 2 p.m. December 4, 11 and 18, Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St., Lafayette. Opening Gala, $45; other performances, $20; Students with ID, $10. quotesarts.org/tickets.
SATURDAY, DEC. 3
CHILDREN’S BOOKS AND MUSIC SERIES WITH THE CHILDREN’S ORCHESTRA: 10 a.m., Goodwood Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Share your holiday traditions as you learn about percussion instruments, sing a song, learn a Wassail dance, and play a game inspired by a book in the library. For children from 5-11 years. Registration required at (225) 231-3760.
BROADMOOR CHRISTMAS PARADE: 11:00 am from Woodhaven Street, left on South Riveroaks Drive, left on Cora Drive, left on Goodwood Boulevard, to South Woodhaven Street. [email protected]
CHRISTMAS PARADE: 11 a.m., Chaneyville Parish (Zachary). Bike raffle and food. Sponsored by American Legion Post 416. (225) 301-5142.
HOUSE FOR HOLIDAYS: Noon, Raising Cane’s River Center Performing Arts Theatre, 396 St. Louis St. Family favorites with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. $24 and up. brso.org.
A JANE AUSTEN CHRISTMAS: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oakley House, Audubon State Historic Site, 11788 La. 965, St Francisville. Costumed guides take visitors on a journey back in time through the candle-lit plantation. Christmas dance by the Lagniappe Historic Dance & Pastime Society and music by the Lagniappe Dulcimers. Chestnuts are roasted and watersails are served. (225) 635-3739.
MOVIE NIGHT “POLAR EXPRESS”: 6 p.m., West Baton Rouge Convention & Visitors Bureau Grounds, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen. Watch Polar Express outdoors on the lawn amidst the Reflections of the Season Christmas lights or in the decorated Convention Center. Balloon artist, face painter and Santa Claus. concessions available; Doors open at 5:30pm. Gold tickets are on sale now, $10. westbatonrouge.net.
SATURDAY NIGHT BALLROAD DANCE PARTY: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., 38 American Legion Post, 151 S. Wooddale Blvd. The theme is “A Very Merry Christmas Dance”. $10 (cash only). (225) 252-8307.
SUNDAY DEC 4
FOOD FESTIVAL “WINTER WONDERLAND”: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 15710 La. 16, French Settlement. Homemade food and dishes from local restaurants, cookies, cakes and sweets. Also, Father Jason’s Chrismas Village, a craft show from 10am to 4pm, the Justin Cornett Band from 2:30pm to 4:30pm, free children’s activities and a classic car and truck show from 10am to 2pm watch
A HOLIDAY HIT DOWN THE MAIN STREET AND BEYOND: 1pm to 4pm, seven local small businesses in Gramercy and Lutcher. The shopping spree includes stops at Bead Bloom, Ferry Landing II and Makers Market, Flower Basket of Lutcher, Furniture and Mattress Depot, Lagniappe Decor and Gifts, Lauri L. Photography Studio and Roussel’s Fine Jewelry and Gifts. The St James Welcome Center Christmas Day Open House lasts until 5pm
HOLIDAY BRASS: 4:30 p.m., Houmas House Gardens, 40136 La. 942, Darrow. Featuring the full Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra with brass and percussion instruments performing brass renditions of holiday favorites. Conducted by David Torns. $50. Optional post-concert dinner; Reservation needed. brso.org.
FRIDAY, DEC. 9
MOVIES IN THE PLAZA: “HOME ALONE”: 7 p.m., Plaza at the Main Library in Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Subtitles Provided. Bring beach chairs and blankets. ebrpl.com.
HOLIDAY BRASS: 7:30 p.m., Hemingbough, 10101 La. 965, St Francisville. In the outdoor setting of the Greek Amphitheater overlooking Lake Audubon, the brass and percussionists of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra will perform popular holiday hits with brass instruments. Conducted by David Torns. $30. brso.org.
FRIDAY, DEC. 9-SUNDAY, DEC. 18
THE CHRISTMAS CAROL BY CHARLES DICKENS: Friday, Saturday and Thursday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m.; and 2 p.m. Sundays, Baton Rouge Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. $27-$32. theaterbr.org.
SATURDAY, DEC. 10
CHRISTMAS MAGIC WORKSHOP: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Central Branch Library, Joor Road. Make Christmas polymer clay tags including gift boxes, ball ornaments, mints and a snowman. ebrpl.com.
CORTANA KIWANI’S CHRISTMAS PARADE: 5:30 PM Start at River Road on North Boulevard, proceed to Convention, Fourth, Laurel, Sixth, North and finish in Lafayette. Around 80 entries.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 10-11
“HOLIDAY NUTCRACKER”: 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dunham School’s Brown-Holt Chapel Arts Center, 11111 Roy Emerson Drive. A Cangelosi Dance Project production. $15-$25. cangelosidanceproject.com.
“THE NUTCRACKER”: 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 S. College Road, Lafayette. The annual holiday production of the Lafayette Ballet Theatre. $27 and up. ticketmaster.com.
TUESDAY, DEC. 13
CAN YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR? — A CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 S. College Road, Lafayette. Featuring the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and guest artist Chris Burris. $24 and up. ticketmaster.com.
FRIDAY, DEC. 16-TUESDAY, JAN. 3
ICE SKATING ON THE RIVER: at various times, Raising Cane’s River Center Arena, 275 S. River Road. $20; Group rates available. raisingcanesrivercenter.com.
SATURDAY, DEC. 17
WREATHES THROUGH AMERICA DAY: 11 a.m., Louisiana National Cemetery, 303 W Mount Pleasant Road, Zachary. Laying of ceremonial wreaths and roll call with the names of the veterans. Wreaths are also laid at Port Hudson National Cemetery. Hosted by Daughters of the American Revolution chapters. The closing date for sponsoring a $15 Balsam Fir Wreath is Monday. [email protected]
“VOICES”: 3 p.m., Goodwood Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. The Civic Orchestra of Baton Rouge Winter Concert features holiday-themed works and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite. ebrpl.com.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 17-18
“THE NUTCRACKER – A STORY FROM THE BAYOU”: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Raising Cane’s River Center Performing Arts Theatre, 396 St. Louis St. A Baton Rouge Ballet Theater Production. $30-$90. ticketmaster.com or (225) 766-8379.
“AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Manship Theater, 100 Lafayette St. Presented by Opera Louisiane. The Story of Kings is told from the perspective of a small handicapped boy. Also dancers from the Dance Center & School of Performing Art with variations from “The Nutcracker”. $10-$35. operalouisiane.com or (225) 377-2029.
SUNDAY DEC 18
LUMINOUS NIGHT: after sunset, Kenilworth neighborhood. Local residents illuminate the sidewalks with candle-lit lights and a panel of judges selects the winners for the light exhibition competition. Many residents throw Christmas parties and walk around the neighborhood; drive slowly. [email protected]
TUESDAY, DEC. 20
CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAPPING PARTY FOR TEENAGERS: 4 p.m., Central Branch Library, 11260 Joor Road. Packing accessories are provided; plus cocoa, cookies and holiday games. (225) 262-2640.
CIRQUE MUSICA: HOLIDAY WONDERLAND: 7:00 p.m., Raising Cane’s River Center Performing Arts Theatre, 396 St. Louis St. An all-new musical journey of acrobats, aerialists, hilarious exuberance and holiday cheer. $25-$160. raisingcanesrivercenter.com.