Calendar of events for December 2021 in Baton Rouge

Calendar of events for December 2021 in Baton Rouge – [225]



More than 50 illuminated animals and holiday exhibits will line a mile-long trail at this year’s ZooLights exhibit at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo. Illuminated and animated sculptures of animals, snowmen and more will be on display at the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans through December 30.



Ice skating on the bayou is not something you see every day. Louisiana might not have a lot of ice cream, but that’s where the Raising Cane’s River Center comes in. Bring your family to downtown Baton Rouge from December 17 to January 3 for a day of skating around the rink and the chance to feel like you are in a winter wonderland.

Courtesy of Baton Rouge Ballet Theater

18 + 19


Bring your pointe shoes and your holiday spirit to the Raising Cane’s River Center Ballroom, as the Baton Rouge Ballet Theater takes you on a journey with The Nutcracker – A Bayou Tale. The company will be joined by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra for a magical evening and a triumphant return after the pandemic canceled the show last year.

Fireworks at Red Stick Revelry



Celebrate the New Year with an iconic celebration of the capital. At L’Auberge Hotel & Casino Baton Rouge, dance the night away with an open bar at the events center. If downtown and fireworks are more your style, head to Red Stick Revelry for live music and laser light shows at Rhorer Plaza followed by fireworks over the river. and


all the month

When shopping for holiday dinner supplies, consider supporting local farmers at the Red Stick Farmers Market, stocked with freshly made meats, vegetables and goodies. Shop for gifts at the Baton Rouge Arts Market, which takes place in the downtown market on the first three Saturdays of the month. Find the schedule on

Now to December 21

Meet at the Mall of Louisiana to take photos with Santa Claus. And on December 5 and 12, Autism Speaks is hosting its sensory experience of Santa Claus, when photo purchases support the organization.

December 7 14 + 21

Settle in with a good book at the West Baton Rouge Library for its storybook series for all ages. Register your child at

December 7

Does your teenager want to take their game to a new level? Head to the North Sherwood Forest Community Park for a gaming tournament, where they can show off their skills on Madden NFL, Super Smash Bros, Rocket League, and more.

December 11

Mid-City Artisans presents young artists, musicians and chefs at the Kids Makers Market Winter. Come to the Square 46 boutique to support young designers.

December 11

Celebrate the season with family fun at the Let it Sneaux event at Perkins Road Community Park. Take photos with Santa Claus, play snails, make gingerbread houses and more.

18-19 Dec

Enjoy the magical holiday song and dance as Cangelosi Dance Project presents its Holiday Nutcracker at the Dunham Theater.

20-23 Dec.

At the Grand Baton Rouge Arts Council’s “Arts Around the World” winter vacation camp, campers can explore visual arts, dance and music.

On the road

New Orleans

Now until January 2 (closed December 24 and 31):

Celebration in the Oaks, neworleanscitypark.comDec. 11:

Pink Sweat $: Pink Moon Tour,

17-22 Dec. + 25-30 dec. :

NOLA Christmas Party,


December 3:

Ginuwine at the Heymann Center,

December 11-12:

Nutcracker at the Heymann Center,



If you want to fully immerse yourself in Bayou State, go to the Louisiana Art & Science Museum for its “Our Louisiana” exhibition, presented until January 14. The exhibit features works by artists born or based in Louisiana, including Lin Emery, Hunt Slonem, Margaret Jones, and others.


There are six occasions to see the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra present holiday-themed shows this month. It starts with Holiday brass, performing at Saint Joseph’s Cathedral on December 2; Whimsical Alley in Zachary on December 4; Maison Houmas December 5; Hemingbough Guest House December 10; and the downtown Denham Springs train depot on December 11. Home for the holidays at the Istrouma Baptist Church on December 12.


Do you remember when you used to play with your dollhouse after school? Until January 15, you can view the Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s permanent collection of these adorable little houses and other collectible miniatures in “Play at home.” You can even find out how minis got into making movies like Godzilla and Star wars.


Ensemble Baton Rouge presents “Towards greater freedom”, a new exhibit at the Cary Saurage Community Arts Center of the Grand Baton Rouge Arts Council. The exhibit features local and state leaders who inspired change. Visitors can listen to oral accounts of the leaders and see portraits taken by Lily Brooks, assistant professor of photography at the University of Southeast Louisiana.


The Baton Rouge gallery presents the works of four of its member artists: multimedia artist John alleyne, glass sculptor Paulo dufouranimal painter Mary lee eggart and multimedia artist Nonney oddlokken. The exhibit will be celebrated with the reception on the first Wednesday on December 1 and with an ARTiculate Artist Talk on December 12.

DEC. 5

the Baton Rouge Orchestra marks the season with a free Christmas concert at downtown St. Joseph’s Cathedral, featuring holiday favorites from The Nutcracker Suite at Polar Express.

DEC. 10-19

The Baton Rouge Theater continues its holiday tradition with a production of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. The production is based on a new adaptation by John Mortimer.

DEC. 18

Come one, all come to “The legends of Christmas” presented by Circus Louisiana at the Manship Theater. This 12-act circus show will tell the story of how Krampus takes two children to the city of the Night Goblins and how they escape to Christmastown.


DEC. 3

Relive the 70s with Grand Funk Railway, live at L’Auberge Casino & Hôtel. The hard rock band will have you feeling “Some Kind of Wonderful” by the end of the night.

DEC. 8-9

In the 10th annual Cool winter nights and hot jazz, the Manship Theater will host the sounds of Brian Shaw, Greg Daigle, Bill Grimes and others in this 15-piece jazz ensemble performance of new arrangements and holiday favorites.

DEC. ten

Monique, a Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum artist with over 25 million albums sold, and Keke wyatt, a chart-topping R&B singer, will knock the house down with her powerful vocals at “Laughter & Ladies Night Out” at Raising Cane’s River Center.

DEC. 17

The Texas Club welcomes singers Easton Corbin with Chris Bandi, bringing their traditional country style to the capital.

DEC. 23

Clay Parker and Jodi James take the stage at La Divina Italian Cafe to perform and celebrate their new album, The loneliest sound that can sound.

DEC. 28

Louisiana-born songwriters, many of whom work on the Nashville recording scene, return to Baton Rouge for 12th edition Home for the holidays showcase at
Manship Theater.

This article originally appeared in the December 2021 issue of 225 magazine.

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