This week in Baton Rouge: ‘Book of Mormon,’ Holiday Hoopla, Zoo Lights and more

Head to the Zoo for Christmas lights all season long

Zoo Lights at the Baton Rouge Zoo transforms the animal haven into a dazzling winter wonderland, adorned with vibrant holiday lights now through Dec. 30.

Families can stroll through enchanting displays of illuminated animals and festive decorations, creating a magical atmosphere. The event offers a unique blend of festive cheer and wildlife, making it a joyful experience for visitors of all ages. Explore the zoo after dark as it comes alive with the spirit of the season, creating cherished memories against a backdrop of twinkling lights.

Gates are open from 5:30-8 p.m., and the grounds close at 9 p.m. BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is at 3601 Thomas Road. Find more information here.

Experience Book of Mormon this week

The Book of Mormon delivers an entertaining and thought-provoking theatrical experience in Baton Rouge this week, with performances this Tuesday, Nov. 28, and Wednesday, Nov. 29.

This acclaimed Broadway musical, known for its witty humor and catchy songs, takes the audience on a comedic journey that satirizes various aspects of religion and cultural beliefs. Set against the backdrop of vibrant performances, the show combines clever storytelling with lively musical numbers. Attendees can expect an evening filled with laughter, sharp social commentary and impressive musical talent.

The shows begin at 7:30 p.m. at Raising Cane’s River Center, at 300 Saint Louis St. Find tickets here.

Immerse yourself in history on Wednesday

“Journey of Hope: The Louisiana Orphan Train Story” invites listeners to delve into a captivating history behind the orphan train movement that shaped the destinies of more than 200,000 children from 1854 to 1929.

Hosted by The Louisiana Orphan Train Museum this Wednesday, Nov. 29, this lecture focuses on the children sent from New York to Louisiana to escape the harsh realities of extreme poverty, disease and challenging working conditions. Attendees can anticipate a thought-provoking journey through history while discovering the compelling stories of those who sought refuge and new beginnings.

This event will take place at Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St. from noon to 1 p.m. Find more information here.

Have yourself a holiday hoopla Thursday

Texas-based band Old 97’s will head to Chelsea’s Live this Thursday, Nov. 30, to kick off the holiday season.

Jam out to some of your favorite seasonal tunes in addition to the band’s standard alt-rock sound as part of its touring Holiday Hoopla act. Expect onstage inflatables, ugly sweaters and a spirited good time. Austin-based band Good Looks will also perform.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music begins at 8 p.m. This is event is for those ages 18 and up. Click here for tickets. Chelsea’s Live is at 1010 Nicholson Drive.