Christmas "Baton Rouge" Checklist

Christmas "Baton Rouge" Checklist

As the holiday season approaches, Baton Rouge welcomes you to a myriad of festive events and traditions to make your Christmas truly special. Here's your Christmas "Baton Rouge" checklist to ensure you don't miss out on the enchanting experiences the city has to offer.

1. Zoo Lights at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

When: November 24 to December 30, 5:00 pm–9:00 pm (Closed on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)

Where: BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Embark on a mesmerizing journey through the dazzling Zoo Lights, presented by Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health. From November 24 to December 30, witness thousands of lights transforming the zoo into a magical wonderland. Don't forget to bring a non-perishable food item for a 50% discount on admission, with all donations benefiting The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

For more info: Zoo Lights

2. Santa and Perkins Rowe Events

Ugly Sweater Night with Santa

When: December 12, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where: Perkins Rowe

Join the festive Ugly Sweater Night with Santa at Perkins Rowe on December 12. Wear your quirkiest holiday sweater and capture memories with Santa Claus. The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra will add a musical touch to the evening, making it a joyful and spirited occasion.

PJ Night with Santa

When: December 19, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where: Perkins Rowe

Experience a cozy holiday celebration at PJ Night with Santa. Come dressed in your comfiest PJs, and enjoy a delightful evening of festive pajama fashion for photos with Santa.

For more info: Perkins Rowe Events

3. Red Stick Revelry Countdown to the New Year

When: December 31, 8:00 pm – Midnight

Where: Davis Rhorer Plaza and North Boulevard Town Square

Ring in the New Year at the heart of Baton Rouge with the Red Stick Revelry. Enjoy live music by DJ Marquis and the much-loved performance by The Molly Ringwalds. The celebration culminates with a midnight countdown and the iconic Red Stick drop over the Mississippi River.

For more info: Red Stick Revelry

4. The Nutcracker – A Tale From the Bayou

When: December 16-17, 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm each day

Where: Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for Performing Arts

Experience the magic of Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre's annual holiday production, The Nutcracker – A Tale from the Bayou. Immerse yourself in the enchanting sets, captivating moments, and the beautiful dancing of over 100 community dancers and professional guest artists.

For more info: The Nutcracker

5. Baton Rouge General Holiday Lights – Snow & Glow Event

When: Various dates from November 18 to December 31

Where: Baton Rouge General – Bluebonnet

Step into the enchanted Baton Rouge Holiday Lights tradition hosted by Baton Rouge General. Wander through illuminated walking paths, enjoy dancing-light mega trees, and experience the magic of the holiday season. Don't miss the Snow & Glow event for a snowy adventure, pictures with Santa, music, and more.

For more info: Baton Rouge Holiday Lights

6. Ice Skating On The River

When: December 18 to 31 (75-minute sessions)

Where: Raising Cane's River Center

Feel the joy of the holiday season at "Skating on the River" by Raising Cane's River Center. Lace up your skates and indulge in the festive atmosphere while creating cherished winter memories with family and friends.

For more info: Ice Skating on the River

7. Zydeco BR Hockey

When: Every Weekend

Where: Raising Cane's River Center

Experience the excitement of Zydeco BR Hockey with thrilling matches and a vibrant atmosphere.

For more info: Zydeco BR Hockey

8. Bonfires on the Levee

When: Christmas Eve

Where: Along the Great River Road from New Orleans to Baton Rouge

Discover a unique Louisiana Christmas tradition as the earthen levees along the Mississippi River illuminate with flaming pyramids of burning logs. The bonfires, resembling various shapes and cultural symbols, create a spectacular display along the Great River Road from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.

For more info: Bonfires on the Levee

Baton Rouge is ready to enchant you with its festive spirit. Embrace the magic, create lasting memories, and celebrate the joy of the holiday season in the heart of Louisiana.