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Weekend Events!
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Check out our Weekend Events list to keep tabs on what's hot downtown each week! For more info, visit our site at the link below!

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2014 Festival of Lights
Join us under downtown's historic oaks to commemorate Baton Rouge's oldest holiday tradition. Transforming the winter sky into a wonderland, North Boulevard will be lit with half a million sparkling lights. Experience the magic beneath the 35-foot Christmas tree in North Boulevard Town Square. Enjoy FREE ice skating and sled down 10 tons of real snow at the Repentance Park Snow Village. Visit Santa's Gift Shop and listen to holiday music during an evening of visual, and performing arts. Don't miss the many downtown holiday open houses and art showings.
Friday, December 5th, 4PM - 9PM
North Boulevard Town Square

Reindeer Run & Jingle Bell Jog
Forum 35's 2014 Reindeer Run 5k and Jingle Bell Jog 1 mile fun run will take place Friday, December 5, 2014 in downtown Baton Rouge. Both runs will start and finish at Lafayette Park on the corner of Lafayette Street and North Blvd. Reindeer Run is held in conjunction with the Downtown Festival of Lights featuring Santa Claus, music, fireworks, FREE outdoor ice skating and much more. Bring your family out for the run and the holiday fun!

Friday, December 5th, 7PM
Lafayette Park

Rudolph Ride
Be the brightest bike on the road. Depart City Park Gallery at 5:30 p.m. Arrive Old Governor's Mansion 5:45 p.m. Parade on North Boulevard ending at Bike Carrol at Town Square in time for the lighting of the tree.

Friday, December 5th, 5:45PM
502 North Boulevard

Live Nativity at First Presbyterian
First Presbyterian brings the nativity story to life through scripture, readings, music, live animals, and actors from their recent musical. It transports you many years into the past to experience the birth of Jesus first hand. First Presbyterian Church 763 North Boulevard, 225-387-0617.

December 5th and 6th, 7PM
763 North Boulevard

Old Governor's Mansion Holiday Open House
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus, enjoy cookies and other treats for children, in the beautiful holiday-decorated Old Governor's Mansion. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be posing with children for photo. Old Governor's Mansion, 502 North Blvd. For more information call 387-2464.

Friday, December 5th, 5:30PM
502 North Boulevard

Trees of Light
Trees of Light: A Night of Music will be held on Wednesday, December 3 at the Old State Capitol at 6PM to benefit The Hospice of Baton Rouge, the oldest hospice in Baton Rouge and the only non-profit hospice serving the Baton Rouge community. Join The Hospice of Baton Rouge for an evening of music, dance and fine food. Father Greg Daigle, in his best tenor voice, will present a selection of favorite holiday songs ranging from sacred to celebratory. Dance to the music of the Fantastic Big Band Orchestra of Ned Fasullo as you start your holiday season. Hors d'oeuvres created by Heirloom Cuisine will be a highlight of the evening.

Thusday, December 3th, 6PM
100 North Boulevard

Santa in the Senate: Old State Capitol
The Old State Capitol's decorations will highlight Fresh Christmas greens, berries, and garlands of fresh fruit. Garland and ribbon adorn the historic fence. Two 15-foot Christmas trees will glow with Victorian ornaments from long ago. Dozens of Poinsettia plants will fill the first and second floors and winding staircase. The Old State Capitol is open to the public free of charge. Santa in the Senate includes pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 6:30PM-9PM. A professional picture will be taken by Party Box Photo Booth for $10.00 in the Senate chamber. Your holiday pictures are printed immediately.

Friday, December 5th, 6:30PM-9PM
100 North Boulevard

LASM Holiday Shows and Shopping
Enjoy hands-on activities with Santa's elves, shopping in The Museum Store, and special planetarium showings of Let It Snow at 5:00, 7:00, and 8:00PM. Admission is FREE with the donation of one new toy per person that benefits Toys for Tots. Toys may be purchased in The Museum Store. LASM, 100 River Rd. South. For more information call 344-5272.

Friday, December 5th, 5PM, 7PM, 8PM
100 River Road South

Ms. JJ Johnson at Poor Boy Lloyd's
Poor Boy Lloyds presents a holiday special with Native American Soul Artist, Ms. JJ Johnson. Ms. Johnson is a regular performer at the restaurant and can be found singing on most weekends! This show begins at 7PM.

Friday, December 5th, 7PM
201 Florida St.

Holiday Market
Celebrate the start of the holiday season at the Red Stick Farmers Market this Saturday. Enjoy music by the John Gray Jazz Trio and face painting will be available for young market go-ers. Farmers and food artisans will offer holiday gift baskets and fresh local produce. The 10AM Fresh from the Market cooking demonstration will feature Anne Milneck, owner of Red Stick Spice Co., with tips for pairing local produce and spices for seasonal menus.

Every Saturday, 8AM-12PM
Corner of 5th and Main Streets

'Twas the Night Before Christmas Live at the Manship Theatre
Inspired by the timeless poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" and by the real life of its author, Clement Moore, this hilarious musical introduces Santa in a particularly beneficent light. This classic from Theatre IV has been charming audiences nationwide for many years.

Sunday, December 7th, 12:30PM & 2PM
100 Lafayette St.

Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra: Home for the Holidays
Join the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra for a heartwarming evening of seasonal favorites and orchestral renditions of holiday classics! Dan Borne returns for a second year with his crowd-pleasing narration of "A Visit From St. Nicholas."

December 4th, 7:30PM
December 7th, 3PM and 7PM
275 River Road South

Sothern University SWAC Championship Game
Calling all Jag fans! Come out to watch the Southern Jaguarsply in the SWAC Championship on the North Boulevard Town Square Media Beacon this Saturday!

December 6th, 3PM
North Boulevard Town Square

For a full listing of upcoming events, visit our website.

247 Florida St.  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70801  |  (225) 389-5520 Office (225) 389-5523 Fax  |  8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F

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