Baton Rouge holiday activities: How to make the most out of the most wonderful time of the year

Celebrate the season with our Baton Rouge-themed holiday calendar, counting down with much merriment from the first of month to New Year’s Eve. We compiled some of the 225 editorial team’s favorite ways to celebrate, inviting you to take advantage of the many ways to get jolly in Red Stick.

Dec. 1

Pick out a fragrant Fraser fir tree from Louisiana Nursery

Photo by Kristen Selle

Dec. 2

Head downtown for the Festival of Lights

Dec. 3

Choose a handmade gift at the Baton Rouge Arts Market at Fifth and Main streets

Baton Rouge General Holiday Lights. Photo by ARIANA ALLISON

Dec. 4

Stroll through a twinkling tunnel at Baton Rouge General’s Holiday Lights

Dec. 5

Drop off a gift at a Toys for Tots donation site

Dec. 6

Order a turkey and sides from Bergeron’s City Market

Dec. 7

Steal away for a Sweater Weather Latte at Reve Coffee Lab

Dec. 8

Exchange presents with coworkers over drinks at Olive or Twist followed by dinner next door at SoLou

Dec. 9

Hit opening night of Playmakers’ A Christmas Story

Dec. 10

Yell, “throw me something, Santa!” at the downtown Kiwanis Christmas parade

Dec. 11

Feel the nostalgia at Theatre Baton Rouge’s A Christmas Carol

Dec. 12

Pick up artisan smoked andouille for gumbo at Iverstine Farms Butcher

Dec. 13

Spoil a teacher with a gift from Bites & Boards

Dec. 14

Donate to your favorite local charity

Dec. 15

Buy Louisiana sweet potatoes for everyone’s favorite candied side at the Thursday Red Stick Farmers Market

Dec. 16

Pick up an “ugly Christmas sweater” from local brand Queen of Sparkles

Photo courtesy BRBT

Dec. 17

See The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou at the renovated River Center Theatre

Dec. 18

Light the menorah for the first night of Hanukkah

Dec. 19

Source last-minute stocking stuffers from The Royal Standard

Dec. 20

See Cirque Musica: A Holiday Wonderland at the Raising Cane’s River Center

Dec. 21

De-stress with an evening at Civil Axe Throwing followed by holiday pie at Elsie’s

Dec. 22

Restock the wine rack or grab last-minute goodies at Martin Wine Cellar

Dec. 23

Prep a holiday dip or appetizer with fresh seafood from Heads & Tails

Dec. 24

Attend your favorite worship service

Dec. 25

Merry Christmas, Baton Rouge! After opening presents, unwind with a flick at the Cinemark in Perkins Rowe

Dec. 26

Mark the beginning of Kwanzaa with soul food or African cuisine

Dec. 27

Walk off those holiday indulgences with your pooch at a BREC dog park

Dec. 28

Splurge on a fresh NYE look from Edit

Dec. 29

Book a mani-pedi at Bumble Lane

Dec. 30

Pick up Champagne from Calandro’s

Dec. 31

Count down to midnight at the Hilton’s Gatsby New Year’s Eve party

This article was originally published in the December 2022 issue of 225 magazine.