Happy Holidays! December is PACKED with Christmas festivities happening around the city — including lots of Christmas lights shows that are open daily until January. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland at Lamar-Dixon, Christmas a Blue Bayou, Zoolights at the Baton Rouge Zoo, and Holiday Lights at Baton Rouge General are all open now, plus don’t forget about taking yourself on a Baton Rouge Christmas Tree Crawl! Check out the full list of 30+ Things To Do This December in Baton Rouge below!

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Downtown Baton Rouge Festival of Lights fireworks at the Old State Capitol

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Friday, December 1

Downtown is kicking off December with the annual Festival of Lights tonight at starting at 4PM. They will light the 35-foot Christmas tree, have FREE ice-skating 10 tons of REAL snow and lots of entertainment. Get more info here.

Forum 35 is also hosting their annual Reindeer Run & Jingle Bell Jog downtown coinciding with the Festival of Lights events. The races start at 7PM. Runners and spectators are encouraged to bring a NEW, unwrapped toy to donate to the Toys for Tots program. Get more info here.

Geaux Downtown BR’s Dog Days of Christmas Giveaways starts TODAY! Each day for the ENTIRE month, the @geauxdowntownbr Instagram page will feature a different downtown business and prize. All participating businesses will donate $1 for every “like” their post gets to local dog adoption agencies. Last year, they raised $2600! Go follow @geauxdowntownbr here!

If you want to win even MORE prizes, Perkins Rowe is starting its 21 Days of Giveaways today too! Here’s how it works: (1) Follow Perkins Rowe on Instagram (2) View their “Elfie” post of the day each day (like Elf on the Shelf) (3) Solve the jingle and find Elfie in the store (4) Take a selfie with Elfie and tag #ShowYourRowe on Instagram (5) You’re entered to win a $50 gift card. Go follow them on Instagram here.

Saturday, December 2

The Ogden Park Prowl — a neighborhood art festival in Mid-City — is today from 1-6PM. It’s a collection of open houses and yards featuring arts, crafts and entertainment made fresh and hyper-local across 8 blocks. Visit their website here.

Sunday, December 3

The first ever Tiger10K is today! This 6.2 mile race finishes on the 50 yard line of Tiger Stadium. Get the race details here.

Ring in the Christmas season with a 19th century Louisiana celebration at the Rural Life Museum from 12:30 – 6PM. The event will include musical groups, demonstrating artisans, storytellers and costumed re-enactors. The day concludes with a bonfire and a visit from Papa Noel. Admission is $10. Get more info here.

Join a FREE 30-minute yoga class on the LSU Lakes and discounted mimosas at Kalurah Street Grill after. The beginner level yoga class is taught by Megan Gabriell starting at 12PM. All you need is water and a towel or mat. Get more details here.

Monday, December 4

It’s National COOKIE Day! Celebrate by placing an order with one of our favorite Baton Rouge cookie gals – Shelly from Southern Deaux. Find her on Instagram here.

I’m hosting a LOCAL Stocking Stuffer LOOP Giveaway on Instagram tonight at 7PM with a few of my favorite local boutiques + jewelry designers. The prize will be ALL local stocking stuffers from shops like SFT, Kat Noel Designs, Southern Sophisticate, Sosis, Elohim + Nim & MORE! Follow along on Instagram here so you don’t miss it!

Tuesday, December 5

Movie Tavern is hosting a Retro Cinema Night at 7:30PM with all oldie Christmas movies. Get more info here!

The Acadian House Kitchen + Bath Design is hosting a Sip & Sautee ‘Not So Christmas’ Revisited at 5:30PM. At this cooking class, you’ll make pecan crusted roast pork chops, panko crusted mashed potato cakes (YUM!), and a bourbon peanut butter milkshake! Register up here.

Wednesday, December 6

Simply Chic is hosting a Holiday Open House & Personal Shopping Event from 10AM – 8PM. There will be drinks, holiday treats and lots of holiday new arrivals and gift ideas! Plus, Jules Kae and Pink Stitch will both host in-store trunk shows during the event. Follow them on Facebook for updates here.

The Renaissance Hotel is hosting a Girl’s Night Out from 6-8PM with Court & Layne, Kismet Cosmetics, Wanderlust, Social Hour BR and more! Get the details here.

The Melting Pot is hosting a Christmas Sweater Girl’s Night Out starting at 5PM. Wear your favorite Christmas sweater and get a FREE champagne toast with your dessert. $19.99 for four courses — more info here!

Thursday, December 7

Visit Baton Rouge is hosting their 3rd annual Holiday Shop Hop downtown — all in ONE location this year — at the Capitol Park Museum from 11AM – 8PM. See a list of local vendors here.

Following the Holiday Shop Hop is the annual Champagne Stroll benefiting the annual Red Stick Revelry New Years’ Eve Celebration. This year’s Champagne Stroll will begin and end at the Capitol Park Museum and more information on that event can be found here.

Friday, December 8

BREC’s annual Caroling in the Park is from 5:30 – 8:30PM in City-Brooks Park. There will be a park lighting ceremony, candlelight caroling, roasting marshmallows along with other activities + food trucks. Get more info here.

Saturday, December 9

The First Holiday Edition of Mid-City Makers Market is from 4-8PM. This is actually one of two markets happening this month! More info here.

The Village at Hun’s Grove is hosting its holiday market, Jingle, Jingle Let’s Mingle from 11AM – 4PM. Merchants will include Sosis, Rotolo’s Pizzeria, CC’s Coffee and more! Christmas carols, pictures with Santa and more! See the event here.

Sunday, December 10

The Southern Flair Happy Hour Club is collaborating with Southern Sophisticate Boutique for a special volunteer opportunity this month — it includes giving back, hanging out and shopping! Mark your calendar for this date + join us in our private Facebook group so you don’t miss the details! Join us here.

Yoga x Goats! It’s happening next door in Livingston Parish — Jingle Jolly Yoga with Goats at 7PM! Check out their Facebook event here.

Monday, December 11

It’s a Give Back Night at Bistro Byronz! 20% of ALL food sales will go to support Youth Oasis children’s shelter from 5-9PM. Reserve your spot here!

Tuesday, December 12

Every Tuesday is Trivia Night at The Pelican House! Grab dinner and put all that random knowledge to good use! Check out their new dinner menu here.

Wednesday, December 13

It’s National Cocoa Day! Keep it Louisiana-themed with my Cajun Spiked Hot Chocolate recipe!

Head to the Highland Road Observatory for the Geminids meteor shower from 9PM – 1AM. This is one of the major meteor showers of the year — the only one caused by an asteroid. More details here.

Thursday, December 14

BJ’s Brewhouse is hosting Bites Barks and Brews from noon – 9PM. Show this flier and 20% of your bill will go to the Companion Animal Alliance. More info here.

Friday, December 15

It’s National FREE SHIPPING DAY! Get some last-minute shopping done to get it in time for Christmas. Plus, keep it local with these discounts/deals in the Baton Rouge Holiday Shopping Guide.

Saturday, December 16

Head to Perkins Rowe for Santa Rocks The Rowe from 5-9PM. There will be carriage rides, a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus, holiday carolers, giveaways and more. Check out the event here.

The Baton Rouge Arts Market added dates for December — including today. This is an open air market held on the first Saturday of each month (and today) in conjunction with the weekly Red Stick Farmer’s Market, located at 5th and Main Street from 8AM – 12PM. Shop with local artists and find a variety of hand-made arts including pottery, cast & blown glass, jewlery, metal sculpture, hand-bound books, soaps, mixed media, hand-made garments, furniture, wood carvings, mosaics and MORE! See the details here.

Sunday, December 17

The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou is both Dec. 16 -17 with shows at 2PM and 6PM. This has been a Baton Rouge holiday tradition for 25 years! Get your tickets here.

Monday, December 18

ONE week till Christmas! If you haven’t yet head out to Blue Bayou for drive-thru Christmas lights! Enjoy over a mile of custom lights synchronized to music for you to listen to through your own car radio! Tickets are sold at the gate with cash, credit cards and debit cards for $28.00 (tax included) per car, (up to 8 passengers). More details here.

Tuesday, December 19

Twine Market & Deli is hosting their Holiday Wine Tasting and Charcuterie Board Round 2 from 5:30-7PM. Taste a selection of wines to make sure you have the perfect pairing at your next event. This tasting will have a focus on NYE bubbles and heavier reds to complement your meaty meals. Grab your tickets here.

Wednesday, December 20

It’s National Sangria Day! Word on the street is Velvet Cactus, Olive or Twist and Superior Grill all have delightful options for you!

Thursday, December 21

The River Room downtown is hosting their 3rd Annual Christmas Party at 7PM. Enjoy hand-crafted cocktails, delicious food, and good company. Bring a toy for a child to the party and recieve a FREE drink and a wristband to enjoy free food from Kalurah Street Grill! See the event here.

Friday, December 22

The Raising Canes River Center is transforming into an iceskating rink starting today for Ice Skating On The River! It will be open for $12 per person now until January 7. See available times here.

Saturday, December 23

It’s the LAST Saturday before Christmas! Shop for last minute gifts at local favorites like Hey, Penelope (Jefferson), Southern Sophisticate (Jefferson), Simply Chic (Highland), The Royal Standard (Perkins/Highland), Bombshell Boutique (Central), Sosis (Port Allen), The Purple Rack (Prairieville) and Court & Layne (Gonzales).

p.s. get local deals in the Holiday Shopping Guide here. 

Sunday, December 24

It’s Christmas Eve! It’s also National Eggnog Day – grab a Cajun Eggnog Daiquiri at New Orleans Original Daiquiri.

Monday, December 25

Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 26

It’s National Candy Cane Day — but you know what’s probably better anyway? Curbside’s White Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake. Basically, the same thing but WAY better. In fact, don’t even wait until today to have it.

Wednesday, December 27

It’s National Visit the Zoo Day – Lucky us ZooLights17 is still happening until Dec. 30! Click here to get the details on times and admission fees.

Thursday, December 28

It’s Ladies Night at The Pelican House! Get $5 wine + martinis, including the Pink Lady Martini and the Vintage Peach! Check out their full cocktail list here.

Friday, December 29

If you still want a bit of Christmas season in your life, then head out to Lamar-Dixon Expo Center for the Shadrack Christmas Wonderland – a drive thru Christmas light show happening till 1/7. It’s a 2 mile drive-through LED Christmas show that is a combination of synchronized elements that move with music being transmitted through your car radio & large animated displays. It’s open dusk till 10pm Monday-Thursday and dusk till 11pm Friday-Sunday. More info here.

Saturday, December 30

Galatoire’s Bistro has happy hour all day! Consider this your New Year’s Eve prep!

Start your New Year’s Eve partying a little early with The Molly Ringalds at L’Auberge at 9PM. Get your tickets here!

Sunday, December 31

Happy New Year’s Eve!!

The Red Stick Revelry is happening downtown with the drop of the Red Stick on top of the Town Square Beacon at midnight. Before the countdown, enjoy live music at the Crest, Baton Rouge’s newest stage in Galvez Plaza with Bread Pudd’n from 7pm -8:30PM and listen to the sounds of Phat Hat from 9pm till midnight. For more info, click here.

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