You can see the FULL list of 30+ Things going on in Baton Rouge this December here, but if you’re looking for something extra festive, check out these 5 Baton Rouge Holiday Date Ideas below!

Baton Rouge Louisiana Holiday Date Ideas

1- Lights + Hot Cocoa

Is it just me or did the number of Christmas light options quadruple for us this year?? We have so many ticketed Christmas light shows that popped up this season here in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas.

My FAVORITE holiday tradition growing up was getting in the car with my mom, dad, grandmother, cousin, aunt and uncle (now that I think about it — how were we all in the same vehicle?) and driving around West Monroe looking at ALL the Christmas lights. We would go for hours and it would be the best night ever.

I feel like people don’t decorate their houses like they did in the 90s, so I’m glad to see Baton Rouge is bringing back the fun with all the holiday light displays around town.

Get in the car with some hot chocolate (Here’s a spiked cajun recipe if you wanna have a really good time) and enjoy the lights!

Shop Hot Cocoa Mugs:

Baton Rouge Christmas Lights:

  • Christmas at Blue Bayou – The waterpark has turned into one of the state’s newest and biggest computerized Christmas light displays. They’re open 7 days a week now through January 7. Tickets are sold at the gate for $28. Get more info here.
  • Shadrack Christmas Wonderland – There are eight locations of this lightshow across the US and Lamar Dixon in Gonzales happens to be one of them! There are 2 miles of thousands of lights synched to the radio in your car. Word on the street is there are GIANT all LED displays. Tickets are $25. Get info here.
  • ZooLights – Enjoy a mile long trail through the zoo and see more than 50 illuminated display sculpture animals and holiday displays. The gates are open 5:30 – 8 and tickets are $5 per person. Get more info here.
  • Holiday Lights At Baton Rouge General – If you’re driving down Bluebonnet, you won’t miss this one. And this one is FREE! The hospital’s lawn has been transformed into a twinkling, singing and musically synchronized light display. Plus if you go on a Thursday, you can play in 3 tons of real snow, sip on hot cocoa, see Santa and more!

2- Christmas Tree Crawl

Last year Conrad and I went to all the big Christmas trees around town for a Christmas Tree Crawl where we just took photos and whatnot. Plus, lucky for me MOST trees are in shopping places like Perkins Rowe or the Mall, so I got to shop too lol.

The biggest trees are Downtown in Galvez Square, Perkins Rowe, Mall of Louisiana & LSU’s Union — you can see my full Christmas tree crawl here!

3- Holiday Cocktail Hop

When it’s cold outside, sometimes it’s nice to cozy up inside with a good cocktail. If you regularly get drinks together on the week or hit up Happy Hour, mix it up with holiday-themed cocktails. Lots of local restaurants and bars are offering special holiday drinks like…. Roux 61’s Spiked Hot Chocolate or The Crown Bistro’s Pomegranate Paloma!

4- Ice Skating On The River

We don’t often get to ice skate in Baton Rouge, but when we do it’s at the River Center! It’s open from Dec. 22 – Jan. 7 for $12/person. Talk about a cheap date! Conrad and I went a couple years ago and it was a ton of fun — even as uncoordinated as I am at iceskating. Luckily, everyone else was falling down too. Get more info on tickets + times here.

5- Make + Eat Gumbo

Tis the season for gumbo! Have a date night and go to a local restaurant for some good ole fashioned Louisiana gumbo! The Chimes, Juban’s, Parrains and Roux 61 are all good options!

Or make your own gumbo at home, put on a Christmas movie and decorate a gingerbread house!

Shop Gumbo:

You can totally cheat like me and make your gumbo straight from a box.. no judgement here! Or here are some possible recipes:

Make Gumbo Like a True Cajun

Smokey Creole Gumbo

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Another Chicken Andouille Sausage Gumbo

Green Gumbo

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