Clarence's info on Baton Rouge Christmas parades and Christmas events in Baton Rouge La
This is Clarence's list of Baton Rouge Christmas events. I have included information about various events in Baton Rouge La. The Baton Rouge Christmas parade is a lot of fun. Also, Baton Rouge ice skating is a favorite activity. In addition to ice skating in Baton Rouge, I have included information about the Baton Nutcracker. One of the popular christmas events in Baton Rouge is the Festival of Lights near North Blvd and the Baton Rouge River Center. A lot of the Christmas events are located in downtown Baton Rouge. There are also bonfires in nearby Port Allen and in Lutcher Louisiana. This is located at www.cajunradio.org/batonrougechristmasparadesevents.html
1) Baton Rouge Cajun Christmas Dance Dec 17 (Fri), 2010 featuring Paul Daigle & Savoir Faire Cajun band
sponsored by the Baton Rouge Cajun French Music Association www.batonrougecajundance.com, at the UCT Hall, 11175 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70815 Admission $10, 8:00PM to 10:30PM Cajun dance lesson from 7pm - 7:45pm
2) Baton Rouge Ice Skating
will be from Dec 17, 2010 thru Jan 3, 2010 at the Centroplex River Center Downtown
3) The LASM Planetarium, Museum and Imax type theatre
presents a couple of christmas shows called "Star of Bethleham" and "Holiday Music Magic" from November 28, 2010 thru January 6, 2010.
www.lasm.org (225) 344-5272
4) 2010 Downtown Festival of Lights is at the River Center Plaza Friday, Dec 3rd, 2010 4pm-9pm.
Free Parking in River Center Parking Garage!
Join us 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 35-foot Christmas tree where Third Street meets North Boulevard. Enjoy free ice skating and play in six tons of real snow at the Snow Village. Hop aboard the Snowball Express trackless train to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays along North Boulevard. Roaming performers will be on hand including a magician, a balloon artist, stilt walkers, and more. 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 the many holiday open houses and art showings. Below is a list of events for you to celebrate the season with us!
Free Parking in River Center Parking Garage Celebrate the Holiday Season!
Friday December 3, 2010 4:00 – 9:00 pm
✴✴ Lighting Ceremony & Christmas performances
Capital One Bank’s Skating on the River Outdoor Ice Skating (4:00 pm – 9:00 pm) Free River Center Plaza
Community Stage (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm) River Center Plaza Featuring: Ascension Ballet, Baton Rouge Music Studio, EBRP Children’s Choir, Of Moving Colors, Sweet Adelines, and more….
✴✴ Mayor’s Stage (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm) Galvez Plaza Featuring Phat Hat www.phathatband.com
✴✴ Lighting of the Christmas Tree (6:15 pm) Fireworks immediately following
✴✴ Classic Christmas Movies (6:30 pm – 9:00 pm) Showing in River Center Plaza
✴✴ Swing Into Christmas Street Dance (6:15 pm – 9:00 pm) Galvez Plaza Featuring Ned Fasullo and his Fabulous Big Band Orchestra playing holiday and big band favorites. For more info visit www.nedfasullo.com
✴✴ Festival of Lights Snowball Express (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm) The Festival of Lights Snowball Express trackless train will be traveling up and down North Blvd to view the sights and sounds of the Festival of Lights. Hop aboard the Snowball Express from 5 pm - 9 pm!
✴✴ Santa’s Gift Shoppe (4:00 pm – 9:00 pm) River Center Plaza Shop early for the holidays at Santa’s specialty shops. Find innovative, handcrafted gifts from talented local artisans at Baton Rouge’s most unique shopping experience! Coordinated by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.
✴✴ Free Snow Village (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm) River Center Plaza Experience six (6) tons of real snow and enjoy “snow ice cream” after fun in the snow. East Baton Rouge Parish Library Book Mobile (4:00 pm - 9:00 pm) Come by and visit the newest addition to the Baton Rouge Library family and help give it a name. Children of all ages are invited to write and drop off their letters to Santa and enjoy the classic “The Night before Christmas” with Mrs. Claus.
Miracle on Third Street (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm) Third Street restaurants and shops open for this special evening. Stroll the street from North Boulevard down to North Street and view the many activities occurring along this historic path.
Holiday Art Walk (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm) A number of Downtown galleries and businesses will be hosting art showings featuring work from some of the area’s finest artists for this unique and festive downtown art event. The Holiday Art Walk is a great resource for one-of-a-kind gifts and a great opportunity for the community to show its support for the arts in Baton Rouge.
Le Baton de Noel Storefront Christmas Decorations Contest Businesses and merchants in the Downtown Development District will get into the spirit and compete for the best decorated storefront. Mayor Holden will present Le Baton De Noel, designed by nationally recognized artist Denise Greenwood, to the winner of the Storefront Christmas Decorations Contest on the Downtown Festival of Lights main stage following the tree lighting on Friday, December 3.
Music and Reflection St. James Episcopal Church will be open from 6 to 8 pm, offering visitors an opportunity to enjoy a moment of quiet reflection and listen to music of the season. Located at Fourth and Convention, St. James was founded in 1844 as the first Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge and the fourth in Louisiana. The historic English Gothic Revival structure is a landmark in our great capitol city.
Louisiana Art & Science Museum 100 River Road South (225) 344-5272 Join LASM for holiday activities with Santa’s elves, a special planetarium show and festive shopping. Catch the 5:00, 7:00, and 8:00 pm showings of Season of Light, which explores traditions practiced throughout the world during the winter solstice. Get a jump on holiday shopping at the Museum Store and join Santa’s elves in his workshop to make a special ornament for your tree. Finally, view the fireworks from the comfort of LASM’s atrium, and enjoy seasonal refreshments. Admission is free with the donation of a new toy that benefits Toys for Tots (only one toy per person). Toys are available for purchase in the Museum Store.
Free Hot Chocolate and Music (begins at 5:30 pm) First Baptist Church, 529 Convention Street
Foundation for Historical Louisiana (4:00 – 9:00 p.m.) Join us at the Old Governor’s Mansion for a magical train ride on the Mansion Express headed to the North Boulevard Pole. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their PJ’s. Have your picture taken with Huey, Santa and Mrs. Claus at the North Pole of the Old Governor’s Mansion. Don’t forget to bring your Christmas wish lists as we will have goodies and gifts sold in our Museum Shop. Enjoy live music in the Ballroom provided by the St. Aloysius Choir. www.fhl.org (225) 387-2464. There will be a nominal cost for the pictures and train ride. All proceeds will go to the Foundation for Historical Louisiana
Old State Capitol The Old State Capitol’s decorations will highlight fresh Christmas greens, berries and fruit. A 16-foot Christmas tree will glow with Victorian ornaments from long ago in the Senate chamber. Experience “The Ghost of the Castle,” shop and buy your “Ghost” tickets in the Museum shop – $3.00/ticket. All other exhibits on the first and second floors can be viewed for free. Hear the Baton Rouge Jazz Band play in the first floor rotunda from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. “Santa in the Senate” includes pictures with Mrs. Claus in the Senate chamber from 6:30 – 9:00 pm with Professional Pictures taken by Party Box Photo Booth ($10.00 charge). Create Victorian Ornaments for free and enjoy free cookies and punch. From 6:30 – 8:00 pm, sing along Christmas Carols with Kenny Kleinpeter on the piano, Jennifer and David Ellis, vocalist and bass, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Also, view a model of the Old State Capitol standing at 18” tall and measures 16” wide on each side and contains 5,000 Lego pieces. Lego Rita will be on site to visit with guests from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. The Baton Rouge Area Youth Symphonic Band will play in the House Chamber from 8:00 – 9:00 pm.
Rudolph Ride Sponsored by the Capital Region Planning Commission Bicyclists are invited to participate in the “Rudolph Ride” to promote bicycle safety when riding at night. Depart City Park at 5:00 p.m. and ride Downtown with lights and reflective gear leading the way. Judging will take place along North Boulevard with the most reflective and brightly lit bicyclist invited on stage and recognized by Mayor Holden prior to the lighting of the Christmas tree, so make sure you light the way like Rudolph!
Forum 35’s Reindeer Run and Jingle Bell Jog Sponsored by All Star Automotive Group For the more motivated, a Fun Run and 5k will turn hundreds of joggers loose through the streets of downtown! Registration at 6:00 pm. Fun Run begins at 7:00 pm and 5k race at 7:20 pm. For more information visit www. reindeer-run.com
LSU Museum Store Holiday Gift Shopping (until 8:00 pm) 100 Lafayette St. (225) 389-7210 www.lsumoa.com 6th Annual Christmas Trunk Show, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Receive 25 % off one item (sale items excluded) DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
5) The Downtown Baton Rouge Christmas parade
is on Saturday December 11, 2010 at 5:30pm in downtown Baton Rouge.
6) The BREC French Creole Christmas Candle Light Tour and Bonfire at Magnolia Mound
is on Sunday Dec 12, 2010 from 3pm-6pm. Free.
7) Historical Holidays At BREC's Magnolia Mound
Magnolia Mound will provide tours throughout the month of Dec. during regular operating hours to show off traditional holiday celebration practices. This includes house decor, songs and other celebratory rituals. Christmas Exhibit- Creole Christmas: An Exploration of Foreign Influences on Southern Christmas Celebrations Exhibit will explore the traditions, customs, and practices associated with Christmas in African Diaspora communities around the world especially those practiced in the southern United States and Louisiana. Admission charged. For admission and hours of operation, please contact BREC's Magnolia Mound Plantation at (225)343-4955 or email@example.com.
8) The Festival of the Bonfires on the Mississippi River
between Baton Rouge and New Orleans are on Fri, Sat, Sun Dec 10-12, 2010. These bonfires are located on River Road through the towns of Lutcher, Paulina, and Convent. www.festivalofthebonfires.org
SCHEDULE BY DATES:
December 1 Justin Townes Earle 7:30 pm Manship Theatre 100 Lafayette St. 225.344.0334 www.manshiptheatre.org
December 2 & 4 B.R. Symphony Orchestra – Masterworks Series: Home for the Holidays featuring soloist Ellen Wieser Dec 2: 7:30 pm Dec 4: 8:00 pm www.brrivercenter.com
December 3 Downtown Festival of Lights See front for details LSU Museum Store 6th Annual Christmas Trunk Show 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Receive 25% off one item 100 Lafayette St. 225.389.7210 www.lsumoa.com Christmas Carols in the Manship Studio Theatre Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre 100 Lafayette St. 225.344.0334 www.manshiptheatre.org Free Hot Chocolate & Music Begins at 5:30 pm First Baptist Church 529 Convention Street 225.343.0397 www.fbcbr.com Reindeer Run & Jingle Bell Jog Registration: 6:00 pm Fun Run Start: 7:00 pm 5k Start: 7:20 pm City Plaza at the corner of North Blvd. and 4th Street 225.819.7095 www.reindeer-run.com Holiday Music Magic 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm showing in the planetarium 4:30 – 8:00 pm Free admission with Toys for Tots donation; holiday ornament workshop; refreshments. LA Art & Science Museum 100 River Road S. 225.344.5272 www.lasm.org Old State Capitol Santa in the Senate 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm includes pictures with Mrs. Claus. Professional Pictures taken by Party Box Photo Booth for a $10.00 charge Senate chamber Baton Rouge Jazz Band 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm House Chamber Create Victorian Ornaments for Free 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Senate chamber Enjoy Free Cookies and Punch 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Sing Along Christmas Carols 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm with Kenny Kleinpeter on the piano, Jennifer and David Ellis, vocalist & bass Second floor rotunda View a Model of the Old State Capitol 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm measuring 18” tall & 16” wide on each side and containing 5,000 Lego pieces. Lego Rita will be on site to visit with guests. Rotunda first floor Baton Rouge Area Youth Symphonic Band 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm House chamber Foundation for Historical Louisiana Mansion Express Train Ride 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm Old Govenor’s Mansion
December 4 Classic Holiday Movies 3:00 pm Manship Theatre 100 Lafayette St. 225.344.0334 www.manshiptheatre.org
December 4, 11, 18 The B.R. Arts Market 8:00 am – Noon 5th and Main St. www.artsbr.org St. Joseph Cathedral Vigil Masses 4:00 pm 412 North Street 225.387.5928 www.cathedralofstjoseph.org
December 4, 5 Children’s Christmas Movies 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Price is included in regular admission USS Kidd, First Floor Theatre 225.344.1942 www.usskidd.com
December 5 LA Art & Science Museum: First Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 pm Free admission and reduced prices for planetarium shows and holiday ornament workshop. 100 River Road S. 225.344.5272 www.lasm.org USS KIDD: First Sunday Exhibition galleries are now open to the public and free of charge on the first Sunday of each month! Standard admission applies for touring the ship. 225.342.1942 www.usskidd.com
December 7 Baton Rouge High Christmas Concert 7:30 pm St Joseph Cathedral 225.387.5928 Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Service 11:55 am A memorial service will be held aboard the USS KIDD (DD-661) to honor the memory of the approximately 2,400 servicemen killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on this date in 1941. Among their number were 45 sons of Louisiana and RADM Isaac C. Kidd, Sr., after whom the USS KIDD is named. The service is open to the public. 225.342.1942 www.usskidd.com USCGC WHITE ALDER Memorial Observance (time to be announced) A memorial service will be held for the 17 crewmen lost aboard the Coast Guard buoy tender USCGC WHITE ALDER (WLM-541). On this date in 1968, the WHITE ALDER and all but three of her crew were lost in a collision with the Taiwanese freighter M/V HELENA on the Mississippi River near White Castle, Louisiana, just south of Baton Rouge, leaving most of her crew entombed on the bottom of the river. The service is open to the public. Louisiana Memorial Plaza 225.342.1942 www.usskidd.com USS KIDD Amateur Radio Club 9:00 am – 4:45 pm The USS KIDD Amateur Radio Club (ARC) will be monitoring frequencies aboard the ship, so grab your headsets, fire up your radios, get ready to “guard the fox” and collect a new QSL card from the KIDD. 225.342.1942 www.usskidd.com
December 10 Artful Holiday: Reception 6:00 – 8:00 pm Exhibition Dates 11/19/10 – 12/31/10 The Art Council’s Community Gallery 427 Laurel St. 225.344.8558 www.artsbr.org
December 10, 11 A Christmas Carol (in association w/ Playmakers) Dec. 10, 11: 7:30 pm Dec. 11: 2:00 pm Manship Theatre 100 Lafayette St. 225.344.0334 www.manshiptheatre.org
December 11, 12 Children’s Christmas Movies 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Price is included in regular admission USS Kidd , First Floor Theatre 225.342.1942 www.usskidd.com
December 11 KIDS’ Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Free admission for children 12 and under with a ticketed adult. Planetarium not included. LA Art & Science Museum 100 River Road S. 225.344.5272 www.lasm.org Scale Modeling Demonstration 9:00 am to 12:00 pm The Baton Rouge Scale Modelers Association will conduct a workshop focusing on various modeling techniques including painting, gluing, weathering, decals, air brushing, etc. Learn not only how to do it, but how to do it better! Write down your questions and then come ask the experts. USS KIDD Veterans Memorial 225.205.6633 (David Campbell) firstname.lastname@example.org Baton Rouge Symphony Holiday Brass Concert 8:00 pm St Joseph Cathedral 225.383.0500 www.brso.org The 60th Annual Cortana Kiwanis Christmas Parade (held in Downtown B.R.) 5:30 pm 225.717.4551 www.christmasinbr.com
December 12 Baton Rouge Concert Band Christmas Concert 4:00 pm 412 North Street St Joseph Cathedral 225.751.6430 www.batonrougeconcertband.org Christmas with Aaron Neville 7:00 pm Manship Theatre 100 Lafayette St. 225.344.0334 www.manshiptheatre.org First Baptist Church Christmas Program 6:00 pm 529 Convention Street 225.343.0397 www.fbcbr.com
December 16 – 19 A Christmas Carol (in association w/ Playmakers) Dec. 16, 17, 18: 7:30 pm Dec 18, 19: 2:00 pm Manship Theatre 100 Lafayette St. 225.344.0334 www.manshiptheatre.org
December 17 – 31 Capital One Bank’s Ice Skating on the River Multiple Sessions Daily Indoor Ice Skating, Admission $12 River Center Arena 225.389.3030 www.brrivercenter.com
December 18 Christmas Hang Ups Children’s Program 5:00 pm Wesley United Methodist Church 544 Government St 225.343.8421
December 18, 19 The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm daily River Center Theatre 275 South River Road 225.389.3030 www.brrivercenter.com
December 18, 19 Children’s Christmas Movies 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Price is included in regular admission USS Kidd, First Floor Theatre 225.344.1942 www.usskidd.com
December 19 Service of Advent Lessons and Carols 5:00 pm St. James Episcopal Church 208 North Fourth Street 225.387.5141 www.stjamesbr.org Christmas Carol Pilgrimage 6:00 pm Begins at Mt. Zion Baptist Church 356 East Blvd 225.383.5401 www.mtzionfirstbaptist.com Magnify: A Soulful Christmas Celebration 6:00 pm Wesley United Methodist Church 544 Government St. 225.343.8421
December 22, 23 A Gift for Lyman Bourke 7:30 pm Manship Theatre 100 Lafayette St. 225.344.0334 www.manshiptheatre.org
December 24 St. Joseph Cathedral Christmas Masses Vigil: 4:00 pm Midnight Mass St. Joseph Cathedral 225.387.5928 www.cathedralofstjoseph.org Christmas Eve Services 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm First Presbyterian Church 763 North Blvd. 225.387.0617 www.fpcbr.org
December 25 St. Joseph Cathedral Christmas Day Masses 8:00 am and 10:00 am St. Joseph Cathedral 225.387.5928 www.cathedralofstjoseph.org
December 26 Children’s Christmas Movies 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Price is included in regular admission USS Kidd, First Floor Theatre 225.344.1942 www.usskidd.com
December 26 – 28 A Gift for Lyman Bourke Dec. 26: 2:00 pm
Dec. 27, 28: 7:30 pm Manship Theatre 100 Lafayette St. 225.344.0334 www.manshiptheatre.org
December 27 – 30 Community School for the Arts: Winter Arts Blast 225.344.8558 www.artsbr.org
December 29 Beau Soleil Avec Michael Doucet 7:30 pm Manship Theatre 100 Lafayette St 225.344.0334 www.manshiptheatre.org
January 1 & 2 Children’s Christmas Movies 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Price is included in regular admission USS Kidd, First Floor Theatre 225.344.1942 www.usskidd.com
Through January 2, 2011 LA Art & Science Museum Holiday Music Magic Season of Light Showing in the Planetarium 100 River Road S. 225.344.5272 www.lasm.org
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