By Tara Bennett
The holidays are quickly approaching, and Baton Rouge is rife with holiday activities this year. Whether you’re looking for a Christmas parade, holiday-themed performance or lights display, the Capitol City has something to offer everyone. Here’s your quick guide to several holiday events.
Cortana Kiwanis Christmas Parade
The 64th Annual Cortana Kiwanis Downtown Christmas Parade will roll through Downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. The route begins on River Road and North Boulevard, winds through downtown and finishes near the State Capitol. As Baton Rouge’s only nighttime Christmas parade, it includes over 80 participants including marching bands, celebrity guests, dance troupes and truck floats. Due to being broadcast live on television, this event draws out a crowd of over 70,000 people.
Holiday Skating on the River
It might not be snowing in Baton Rouge, but you can still have fun on the ice at the Baton Rouge River Center with its holiday tradition, “Ice Skating on the River.” The event runs from Friday, Dec. 19 through Jan. 4 and will kick off the ice skating season with a free session sponsored by WAFB on opening night. Tickets are on sale now at $12 per person with special group packages for parties over 10 people.
Downtown Festival of Lights
One of the oldest holiday traditions in Baton Rouge is spending an evening in downtown as the historic oaks light up and downtown is transformed into a wonderland. On Dec. 5 from 4-9 p.m. an evening of visual, culinary and performing arts will be offered including a grand fireworks display, carolers, Santa’s Gift Shop and free ice-skating. There’s also the must-do Reindeer Run 5K and 1 Mile fun run.
TBR’s “A Christmas Carol”
Most everyone knows the story of Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who gives up his miserly ways to embrace the spirit of Christmas after a life-changing Christmas Eve journey with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. From Dec. 12-21, celebrate the spirit of the Christmas season with this beloved classic at the Theatre of Baton Rouge.
LSU Holiday Spectacular
LSU will hold its annual Candlelight Celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 5-8 p.m. to honor the holiday traditions of Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. The celebration will include music and dance performances performed by students and faculty as they count down to the LSU Christmas tree lighting.
Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra
The BRSO will perform their annual celebration “Home for the Holidays,” featuring orchestral renditions of favorite holiday classics. Two performances will be held on Sunday, December 7 at the River Center Theatre with a matinee performance at 3 p.m. and an evening performance at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at tickets.brso.org/.
The Nutcracker, A Tale from the Bayou
This traditional holiday ballet receives a southern twist by the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre at the River Center on Dec. 20 and 21 with shows at starting at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the River Center. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.