30+ holiday events in Baton Rouge—and others that are worth the drive

The holiday season is in full swing. And from ornament making to orchestra performances, Santa photo opps and magical light displays, Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas are ready to celebrate.

Whether you plan to stick close to home or want to escape BR on a holiday-themed day trip, there are dozens of events this season that fit the bill. Below are some of the many displays and celebrations in the Capital Region along with a number of other Louisiana traditions that are worth the drive.

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Holiday events and displays in the Capital Region

Holiday Lights at Baton Rouge General

Nov. 18-Dec. 31

Baton Rouge General Hospital-Bluebonnet: 8585 Picardy Ave.

Sleigh Bells and Cocktails

Nov. 24-Jan. 1

13 Social: 350 Third St.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop Denham Springs–Free photos with Santa

Nov. 5-Dec. 24

Bass Pro Shop – Denham Springs: 175 Bass Pro Blvd.

Zoo Lights

Nov. 24-Dec. 30

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo: 3601 Thomas Road

Courtesy CPKC Holiday Train.

CPKC Holiday Train’s Stop in Baton Rouge

Dec. 1

Railway tracks at Government Street and South 15 St.

Ice Skating on the River

Dec. 18-31

Raising Cane’s River Center: 275 South River Road

Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland

Dec. 21

River Center Performing Arts Theatre: 396 Saint Louis St.


Louisiana holiday events and displays worth the drive

Celebration in the Oaks

New Orleans

Nov. 23-Dec. 30

City Park: 4 Friederichs Ave. (driving tour), 7 Victory Ave. (walking tour)

Christmas in Roseland


Nov. 24-Dec. 23

The American Rose Center: 877 Jefferson Paige Road

Christmas at Coteau

Grand Coteau

Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Academy of the Sacred Heart: 1821 Academy Road

Noel Acadien au Village


Dec. 2-23

Acadian Village: 200 Greenleaf Drive

Stock photo

St. Nick Celebration

New Orleans

Dec. 2

French Market: 1100 N. Peters St.

Children’s Hospital New Orleans Holiday Parade

New Orleans

Dec. 2

Begins at the French Market and ends downtown

3rd Annual Dasher, Dancer, Prancer 5K


Dec. 2

Carencro Community Center: 5115 N. University Ave.

Sonic Christmas Parade


Dec. 3

Downtown to the Oil Center

Chanukah @ Riverwalk

New Orleans

Dec. 7

Spanish Plaza: 2 Canal St.

Annual Festival of the Bonfires


Dec. 8-10

Lutcher Recreational Park: 2545 Louisiana Ave.

The Mobile Menorah Parade

New Orleans

Dec. 16

Chabad House: 7037 Freret St.

NOLA ChristmasFest

New Orleans

December 21-30

New Orleans Convention Center: 900 Convention Center Blvd.