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2009 Downtown Festival of Lights Rescheduled for this Friday!
Join us on Friday, December 11th, 2009 from 4PM - 9PM under downtown's historic oaks to commemorate Baton Rouge's oldest holiday tradition. Transforming the winter sky into a wonderland, the Mayor will light North Boulevard with half a million sparkling lights. Experience the magic beneath the snow at the 35-foot Christmas tree, where Third Street meets North Boulevard. Enjoy free ice skating and play in six (6) tons of real snow at the Snow Village. Visit Santa's Gift Shoppe or listen to holiday music during an evening of visual, culinary, and performing arts. Don't miss an illuminated Miracle on Third Street and visit the many holiday open houses. Follow the link below to view a schedule of events for the Festival of Lights and the rest of the holiday season!

59th Annual Kiwanis Downtown Christmas Parade
The Greater Baton Rouge Downtown Christmas Parade typically features eighty-plus entries. These entries include floats, cars, marching bands, horse and walking groups. This Baton Rouge tradition is sure to be good, clean, fun for the whole family!

Saturday, December 12th, 4:30PM
Click for parade route map

Downtown Signalization Ceremony
Mayor-President Melvin L. "Kip" Holden invites you to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Green Light Plan's Downtown Signalization and Synchronization Improvements Project. The Downtown Signalization and Synchronization Improvements Project included signal upgrades to twenty-seven (27) intersections. Signal equipment upgrades, interconnected signals, and handicap sidewalk ramp construction were all components of this project.

Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 10:30AM
Intersection of Third and Main Streets
(Parking available at the Welcome Center Garage at the intersection of North Street and Lafayette Street)

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

Manship Theatre presents
A Gift for Lyman Bourke
Jamie Wax's holiday masterpiece returns this season to help remind us what Christmas is all about. Both heart warming and hilarious, A Gift for Lyman Bourke is a holiday tradition not to be missed!

December 11, 7:30PM
Performances held throughout the month of December. Check the website below for show times.

Dave MatthewsTribute Band
Their name says it all: The Dave Matthews Tribute Band. Many go to their live shows with reservations, high expectations, and the burning question, "Do these guys sound like the real Dave Matthews Band?" Almost always the answer is, "Yes!" The Dave Matthews Tribute Band has worked hard to bring musical expertise and an energetic stage presence to remake and provide fans with a true 'DMB experience'. "The whole basis of the band is to put on a musical play," says Clifford. "We try to recreate the experience you may get from the real band."

The Roux House
Friday, December 11 @ 10PM

Papa Noel and Plenty of Holiday Shopping @ MSM This Weekend!
This week at the Market, Papa Noel from 10 AM to 12 noon, courtesy of LA Capitol Credit Union. Holiday music performed by the Broadmoor High and Middle School bands. Seasonal Chef Demo and face painting by Liz Lopes. Lots of last minute gift suggestions -- Holiday baskets, specialty arts and crafts, seasonal produce, candy and baked goods, native wines, plants -- anything you need for the hard to find person on your holiday shopping list! And plenty of frozen soups, gumbos, entrees, etc for your convenience during the hectic holidays (these also make great gift items.) Holiday Market Bag and gift wrap available at the Farmers Market Coffee Booth!

Disney LIVE! Rockin' Road Show
Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and your favorite Disney friends for a hilarious talent search in the all-new Disney Live! Rockin' Road Show! Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy set out on a zany road trip where audiences join in and help find the coolest acts around. Grab your family for a fun-filled getaway at this live, show-stopping adventure jam-packed with unexpected twists, turns and hijinks- right in your hometown!

Dec. 10 @ 6:30 pm & Dec. 11 @ 12:30 & 6:30

Art Lounge @ Boudreaux & Thibodeaux's
Art Lounge is a weekly art show taking place every Tuesday night in downtown Baton Rouge at 3rd Street Gallery, located inside Boudreaux & Thibodeaux's upstairs bar & patio and sponsored by ICON Studios. Each week they feature a talented artist from the Baton Rouge area. Shows start at 7:00 PM and there is NO COVER! The restaurant will be open until 10pm and serving it's full menu upstairs and downstairs.

Walk this Way in History!
Hear stories of Third Street, Baton Rouge's old shopping and nightlife center. Guides John Sykes and Susan Moreau of the State Museum give an interesting look at Baton Rouge's history. Tours begin at 9:00 am at the Louisiana State Museum, 660 N. Fourth Street. Walks may be cancelled for inclement weather. Patrons are advised to dress comfortably for the 45-minute tours. Convenient street parking is free on Saturdays..

Ceramics Exhibition and Sale
The Artful Holiday Ceramics opening features ceramic works by Barbara Donovan, Denise Greenwood-Loveless, Fairleigh Cook Jackson and Cara Kearns. The Arts Council's Community Gallery is located at 427 Laurel Street on the Second Floor and is open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday - Friday and is free to the public. November 30th - December 23rd. Reception - Friday, December 11th 6PM-9PM.

Dont forget, On Saturdays, December 12 and 19 at 5th and Main Streets from 8:00 a.m. to noon, over 80 artists will gather to display their work and celebrate the season.

Special Holiday Gift Shops
Don't miss the many Special Holiday Gift Shops downtown! For all of your Holiday Shopping needs please visit one of the many shops in the downtown area! Specialty items and gift certificates available at local coffee shops, spas, and other area merchants. For contact information please check out our merchant listing!

Downtown Merchant Listing

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

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