If you’re looking for something to do over the Christmas Holidays and into the New Year, check out this list my friend Barbara Anne Eaton compiled. There is so much to do in this great city, go check it out.
The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou December 17 & 18, 2PM & 6PM
World-class guest artists and newly-married couple Hiroko Sakakibara-Sliva and Simon Sliva will return to the River Center Theatre stage this December with award-winning pre-professional corps and soloists, area celebrities and over 300 local children to present the annual production of “The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou.” Baton Rouge River Center batonrougeballet.org.December 17 & 18, 2PM & 6PM
Skating on the River Opens Tonight
Skating on the River is back! Single ticket includes skate rental, 90 minute skating session, small drink and small candy, $12. The Discover Downtown package includes skating session at the River Center, admission to the USS Kidd Veteran’s Museum and LASM for only $18. Baton Rouge River Center, December 16 – January 2 – ticketmaster.com.
Last Saturday at the Farmer’s Market for December
Enjoy fresh food, local art, music and more this Saturday downtown at the Markets. It is the place to be for unique, locally made holiday gifts this season. Red Stick Farmers and Main Street Market vendors will offer a great selection of artisan food and handmade gift items as well as plants and greenery to decorate for the holidays. Enjoy music by The John Gray Jazz Trio and the East Baton Rouge Parish Talented Musicians throughout the morning. The Fresh from the Market cooking demonstration will feature Pat Higgins of The Chimes Restaurant & Bar on Highland Road. Stop inside the North Street entrance to Main Street Market at 10AM to watch the demo and sample the completed dish. The Red Stick Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 8AM-12PM at Fifth and Main Streets. Main Street Market
Saturday, December 17
Arts Market for the Holidays
The Baton Rouge Arts Market normally takes place every first Saturday of the month from 8:00AM until 12:00 noon at 5th and Main Streets in Downtown Baton Rouge. The Arts Market is running throughout the month of December and there is only one chance left. Shop for Christmas with over 60 artists from Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Florida who will present original works of art in a variety of mediums including, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, textiles, photographs, glass, paintings, sculpture, hand-made soaps and so much more. The Arts Market regularly features free children’s art activities from 9:00AM until 12:00 noon at the Arts Market’s Kids Booth. The Baton Rouge Arts Market is held in conjunction with the weekly Red Stick Farmers Market and the Main Street Market. Main Street Market
Saturday, December 17
Christmas in the Atrium
More than 100,000 Christmas lights decorate the Atrium while Santa’s Elves help children create Christmas cards for our troops. Holiday videos and music play continuously on the dazzling Christmas stage. Visitors can join Mrs. Claus in her “Cookie Kitchen” for free cookies and lemonade and also take free photos with Santa on his throne as he hears Christmas wishes (bring your camera). There will be a laser and light spectacular choreographed to the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Price of admission for the Santa’s Workshop is; adult $10, children $5, (2 and under free), Santa’s Workshop & Laser Show for adults $15, children $8 (2 and under free) The Atrium at the Belle of Baton Rouge
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 3PM- 8PM
USS KIDD Christmas Movie Classics
Visit the USS KIDD Veterans Memorial this holiday season. Classic Christmas movies will be shown in the Museum theater for free with paid admission to the museum. Also, watch Baton Rouge’s USS KIDD and Red Jacket Firearms light up the riverfront on national television. Tonight’s episode of Discovery Channel’s “Sons of Guns” will feature the USS KIDD and Baton Rouge’s annual July 4th air show. USS KIDD
December 17 – January 5
Saturday & Sunday: THUNDERBIRD BY MOONLIGHT, St. Francisville: From the folks at Forge Racing comes another brace of ways to test your mettle. The THUNDERBIRD Moonlight Runs are a pair of trail running events taking place through the woods surrounding the West Feliciana Sports Park. Saturday The Thunderbird Moonight Trail 6K begins at 6 pm. $35. The Thunderbird Half Marathon starts at 3:30 am Sunday. $55. It’s all in pursuit of Forge’s time-tested motto: “Run Off The Grid.” forgeracing.net.
• Saturday: YOUNG BAND NATION WINTER JAM: Actor/poet/musician Xero Skidmore hosts this Manship Theatre event—a “Tonight Show” style format featuring nine of Baton Rouge’s best up-and-coming bands jamming original songs and popular favorites. Nine bands in a colorful show that promises a professional showcase of BR’s talented youth musicians. 5 pm at 100 Lafayette Street. $15. manshiptheatre.org.
• Sunday:IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Through December 22, The Manship Theatre will show some of the most cherished holiday films on the big screen including White Christmas, Home Alone, The Gremlins, Polar Express, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vactation. What better way to kick-off this film series than with the heart-warming favorite, It’s A Wonderful Life. 7 pm at 100 Lafayette Street. $5 per film or $10 to pick a three-movie package. manshiptheatre.org.
Saturday & Sunday: A BAYOU CHRISTMAS, Larose: The bayou-side setting adds a little extra sparkle to this Larose tradition that includes a beauty pageant, fireworks, tree lighting, singing groups, photos and lunch with Santa, and sleigh rides through the park. 307 E. 5th Street. bayoucivicclub.org.
12/16,17 & 18Jingle Bells, Batman Smells presented by Playmakers, LSU Reilly Theatre www.playmakers.net
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12/17 & 18A Christmas Carol, Baton Rouge Little Theatre www.brlt.org
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12/20-21Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! River Center www.brrivercenter.com
Sunday – 12/18Christmas Zydeco Blues Bash, River Center, 7pm, $35
Through the holidays,Natchitoches Christmas Festival www.christmasfestival.com
College Football Bowl Games begin tomorrow, Saturday 18 at 1:00 PM with constant football until the end of the bowl games on Monday, January 9th in New Orleans, LA whenLSU playsAlabama It’s the rematch everybody has been talking about and it’s going to be one big SEC party in New Orleans with the two best defensive teams in college football slugging it out one more time. See the schedule of all the bowl games at http://espn.go.com/college-football/overview/_/week/17