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Holiday Guide: Local events, deals, donation drives

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

It's time to give thanks and celebrate another holiday season. There are many events, donation drives, and entertainment opportunities throughout the holiday season.

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We will add events to this list when they are announced. All events are organized by date. Please check back. 

DONATION DRIVES/FUNDRAISERS

Food for Fines: The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is teaming up with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for their annual Food for Fines holiday initiative. From December 1 to 31, library patrons who owe fines may have $1 deducted from their account for each canned good or non-perishable food item they donate to the circulation desk at each library location. All donated food will go to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. This initiative only applies to fines for overdue items, not for fines for lost or damaged items. For more information, call 225-231-3740 or click here.

Deck the Halls Holiday Donation Drive: Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital is asking the public to donate toys, crafts, and games during a four-day donation drive from December 13 to 16 to benefit children who are in the hospital receiving treatment this holiday season. Donations can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Heart & Vascular Institute circular drive on Essen Lane. All toys donated must be new and in their original packaging. Toys must all be latex-free and easy to clean. Monetary donations can also be made in person or online here. Donors can also purchase toys directly from Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital's wish list on Amazon. For more information, click here.

Livingston Parish Christmas Crusades: The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office is taking monetary donations to purchase toys for needy families this holiday season. Toys for qualifying families will be delivered Friday, December 15 beginning at 8 a.m. Applicants must be home at time of delivery. Donations are being accepted at the following locations:

  • Walmart: Denham Springs, Walker, and Watson
  • Bass Pro Shops: Denham Springs

Donations can be mailed to Sheriff Jason Ard's Christmas Crusades at P.O. Box 1515, Livingston, LA 70754. All donations are tax deductible. For more details, click here.  

Holiday Mail for Heroes: The American Red Cross is collecting message of holiday cheer for our active duty military members, veterans, and their families. They will forward your season's greetings to service members as part of its annual Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign, which runs through December 15. The Red Cross will be accepting unsigned holiday card donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following offices:

  •  Alexandria: 425 Bolton Ave.
  • Baton Rouge: 4655 Sherwood Common Blvd.
  • Madisonville: 300 Ashland Way
  • Monroe: 414 Breard St.
  • New Orleans: 2640 Canal St.
  • Shreveport: 805 Brook Hollow Dr.

Signed cards will also be accepted at these locations, but envelopes must be left blank and unsealed.

Stuff the Truck: The Baton Rouge Association of Minority Firefighters is collecting new, unwrapped toy for kids in need. Toys can be dropped off at the following locations through December 16:

  • Station 7: 5758 Claycut St.
  • Station 9: 4025 Perkins Rd.
  • Station 14: 4121 Harding Blvd.
  • Station 19: 1101 Coursey Blvd.

Christmas Toy Giveaway: The Annual District 10 Christmas Toy Giveaway will be held on Saturday, December 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church, located at 1564 Nicholson Dr. Toys will be given to all pre-registered children. To make a financial contribution to help purchase toys, contact Councilwoman Tara Wicker at 225-389-8720 or 225-317-1849.

Holiday Cleaning Supply Drive for St. Mary Council on Aging: The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office is hosting a cleaning supply drive to benefit the senior citizens of the community through the St. Mary Council on Aging. Cleaning supplies can be given to any St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office deputy, or dropped off at their office in Franklin on the 4th floor of the St. Mary Parish Courthouse, or in Morgan City at 1455 Railroad Ave. The drive will end on Wednesday, December 20. Items being collected include:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish soap
  • All purpose cleaners
  • Bleach
  • Window cleaner
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Mops
  • Brooms and dust pans
  • Buckets
  • Toilet brushes
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Kitchen cleaner
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Floor cleaner
  • Dish towels      

We Love Your BR Foundation Night of Miracles: The We Love You BR Foundation, a new non-profit set up by Baton Rouge musician, Blair Gilley, will host the Night of Miracles benefit concert on Friday, December 22 at the Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge. His band, January Noise, and other local artists will perform beginning at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Varsity Theatre and online here. Tickets are $15 each. All proceeds will support the Miracle League at Cypress Mounds and Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge. These organizations help children with special challenges and disabilities.

"A Christmas Miracle" for BRPD Officer Rickey Faust: Back in March, Officer Rickey Faust was injured in a car wreck while responding to a call. He sustained major injuries to his spine and had to have two surgeries on his spine, as well as several procedures to remove fluid from his lungs. Faust has been moved from hospital to hospital, and received treatment at TIRR in Houston, Texas. He made significant progress, and was released. But he remains wheelchair bound. His family is now asking for help purchasing a handicap accessible van to accommodate him and his family. To donate, mail contributions to 419 N 19th St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802.

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING/EVENTS

Holiday Lights at the General: Baton Rouge General (BRG) is inviting families to their light show and family event on BRG's campus at the corner of Bluebonnet Boulevard and Picardy Avenue. Until January 5, 2018, the front lawn of the hospital will be transformed into a twinkling, singing, musically synchronized display. The light display will feature a 40-foot tree, eight singing trees, candy canes, snowmen, and more then 10,000 lights. On Thursday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there will be the following free family events:

  • Hot chocolate and cookies
  • Music from local choirs and bands
  • Photos with Santa
  • Three tons of real snow
  • Treats and giveaways

CLICK HERE for more information.

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland Drive-Thru Light Show: An award-winning light and music show is coming to the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales until January 7, 2018. The maze of lights will glow in the dark from dusk to 10 p.m. each night. Guests will be able to drive through hundreds of thousands of brilliant LED light displays dancing in synchronization with music. Large, custom displays of the 12 Days of Christmas will be featured. The Lamar Dixon Expo Center is located at 9039 S St. Landry Ave. in Gonzales. Tickets are $25 per car, $40 for a mini bus, limo, or activity van, and $80 for school or tour buses. For more details, click here.

Christmas in the Village: Christmas in the Village at the Historic Denham Springs Antique Village will be held from November 24 through December 23 and will include an open house, caroling, Christmas parade, live nativity scene, and much more. Visit their Facebook page here for the full line up of events.

Christmas at Blue Bayou: The event is a new, interactive Christmas display that utilizes cutting edge technology and classic Christmas decorations to create a fun, family friendly event. The display features several hundred thousand channels of pixels to create more than 16 million colors. The display is a drive-thru tour more than a mile long that takes you through five tunnels of lights. Guests can tune in to Blue Bayou's radio channel to have Christmas music play that is synchronized with the light display. The event will be held November 24 through January 7 at 6 p.m. nightly. The cost is $28 per car for up to eight people, $40 per activity van or limo, and $80 per school bus. 

ZooLights: The BREC Baton Rouge Zoo invites the public to celebrate the holidays with some great events. ZooLights will continue until December 30, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hours are from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with grounds closing at 9 p.m. There will be lighted displays of peacocks, tigers, elephants, and many other animals, as well as special holiday activities on the weekends. Events schedule for the weekends are as follows:

  • Dec. 15 and 16: Safari Santa
  • Dec. 22 and 23: Ornament Crafting
  • Dec. 23: Ugandan Kids Choir, performances at 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

For more information, click here.

Kids' Orchestra Winter 2017 Neighborhood Concert Series: The Kids' Orchestra will present two weeks of performances as part of its Winter 2017 Neighborhood Concert Series beginning December 4. The series will feature almost 800 students from 24 different public, private, and charter schools in Baton Rouge. Kindergarten through 5th grade students will perform, as well as the Kids' Choir. All concerts are free and open to the public. Performance dates and locations are as follows:

  • Week 2
    • December 13, 6 p.m. - Capitol Elementary
    • December 14, 4 p.m. - St. James Episcopal

For more information, contact Communications Manager Jessica Ottaviano at 225-922-4656 ext. 110 or email jottaviano@kidsorchestra.org.

Theatre Baton Rouge: The theater company is continuing a holiday tradition with performances of A Christmas Carol throughout the season. Performances will be from December 8 through 17. Performances will be Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. There will also be a Saturday matinee on December 16. An additional ASL interpreted performance will be on Sunday, December 17. Tickets are $25 each, $20 for students, and groups of ten or more for $20 each. Call the box office at 225-924-6496 to purchase tickets, or go online here. There will also be a Gingerbread Workshop following the matinee performance on December 10. Children will be able to decorate gingerbread houses, sip on hot cocoa and eggnog, and meet the cast members, as well as get a visit from Santa. Tickets for the workshop are $15 each.

Wreaths Across America Veteran Ceremony: The 7th Annual Wreaths Across America Veteran Ceremony will take place on Thursday, December 14 at the Amite Walmart at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Melissa at 985-286-9324. The ceremony will include the National Anthem, presentation of the colors, a motorcycle escort, and a live band. 

Holiday Movie at Main Library Outdoor Plaza: People of all ages are invited to the Main Library at Goodwood, located at 7711 Goodwood Blvd., on Friday, December 15 at 7 p.m. to enjoy a free holiday movie at the outdoor plaza. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. The movie will be simulcast in the large meeting room for those who would rather sit inside. Food vendors will be on site selling refreshments. The movie shown will be Elf, starring Will Ferrell as Buddy, a man raised at the North Pole as an elf. For more information about the event, call the library at 225-231-3750, or go online here.

Santa Rocks the Rowe: On Saturday, December 16, Perkins Rowe will host its annual Santa Rocks the Rowe event. The event will feature sing-alongs with the Baton Rouge Concert Band, costumed carolers, free carriage rides, entertainment for kids, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The event begins at 5 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m.

South Baton Rouge Christmas Parade: Councilwoman Tara Wicker is presenting the 2017 South Baton Rouge Christmas Parade. This year, the theme is Christmas of Love, Joy, and Peace. The parade will roll on Saturday, December 16 at 10 a.m. The deadline for entries is December 8. The parade will begin and end at McKinley High School. Many local schools will be participating with their ROTC squads, dance teams, cheerleaders, bands, and homecoming courts. Santa will, of course, also be there. 

Entry prices are as follows:

  • Business: $100
  • Non-profit: $40
  • Horses: $50

Money orders should be made payable to South Baton Rouge Christmas. For more information, call Cordia Clark at 225-389-8720.

SPCA of Livingston Holiday Adoption: The SPCA of Livingston is holding a holiday pet adoption event on Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held in the parking lot of PetSmart on Millerville Road in Baton Rouge. Many puppies and dogs will be available for adoption. There will also be food for sale. Adoption screening applications will be required and adoptions donations cover every from spay/neuter surgeries to vaccines. Each adopter will get 30 days of free pet insurance, a puppy pack, a free bag of food, and coupons from PetSmart.

Teddy Bear Tea at Juban's: Juban’s Restaurant and The Red Cake Events have joined together to bring a touch of holiday cheer to the Baton Rouge community. The Teddy Bear Tea is December 16 and 17 with seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Juban’s Restaurant on Perkins Road. Tickets will sell out quickly, so plan on purchasing yours today. Tickets and more information can be found by visiting www.jubans.com.

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker - A Tale from the Bayou: Tickets are now on sale for all performances of BRBT's The Nutcracker - A Tale from the Bayou. Four performances will be held at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre on December 16 and 17 at 2 and 6 p.m. both days. Tickets range in price from $25 to $58 and are available through Ticketmaster, the River Center box office, or by calling the BRBT office at 225-766-8379. For more information about the show, contact Christine Perkins or Christy Benoit at 225-766-8379 or via email at christine@batonrougeballet.org.

Christmas in the Park: The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is hosting their first Christmas in the Park celebration. The events will be held Sunday, December 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hickley M. Waguespack Community Center, located at 1201 Maginnis St. in Donaldsonville. There will be cookies, free pictures with Santa, and goodies.

Livingston Parish Fire District 9 Christmas Parade: The parade will roll on Sunday, December 17, beginning at 2 p.m. near Kevin's on the Diversion. The parade will travel from there to Maurepas High School. For more information, contact Daniella Lassard at 225-931-3982 or email Daniellelessard7@hotmail.com.

Holiday Breakfast and Toy Giveaway: Constituents of District 7 are invited to join Councilman Lamont Cole, the MLK Community Center, and the CEO Mind Foundation for a Holiday Breakfast and Toy Giveaway on Wednesday, December 20 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Capitol Elementary School. Breakfast will be served with Santa and his elves. Toys will be distributed to children and families in need. For more info, contact Twahna Harris, legislative assistant to Councilman Cole, at 225-389-3182 or email tpharris@brgov.com.

Home for the Holidays: Six singer-songwriters from Louisiana will perform while home for the holidays and will celebrate their successes. This year's performers are:

  • CJ Solar
  • Rhett Anthony Glindmeyer
  • David Borne'
  • Nicole Johnson
  • Kylie Frey
  • Lainey Wilson

The event has become a holiday tradition where local musicians working and living in Nashville, Tennessee can come home for the holidays to perform for their families, friends, and the public. The show starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27 at the Manship Theatre. There will be drink specials, including a Firefly Moonshine and champagne cocktail. The lobby bar will open at 6 p.m.


NEW YEAR'S EVENTS

Red Stick Revelry 2017: The event in downtown Baton Rouge will close out a year's worth of celebrations for Baton Rouge's bicentennial. The official New Year's Eve celebration, now in its 5th year, will feature a 9 ft. LED-lighted Red Stick that rises at 12 p.m. on Sunday, December 31 with family friendly activities, and will drop at midnight with fireworks over the Mississippi River. Activities for families will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include arts and crafts for kids with local artists, the dedication of a memorial bicentennial plaque with Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, and a 200th birthday cake for the city. James Linden Hogg, Louisiana State Fiddle Champion, will perform historic songs. John Schneider will also make a special guest appearance with the popular band, Phat Hat. Events for the night will kick off at 7 p.m. on the Crest Stage in Galvez Plaza. Bread Pudd'n will play before Phat Hat, which begins at 9 p.m. For more information, click here.

Blue Year's Eve: Celebrate Blue Year's Eve with Henry Turner Jr. and Flavor at the Listening Room All-Stars on Sunday, December 31 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Blues Room, located at 244 Lafayette St. in downtown Baton Rouge. The cover charge is $10 per person and includes a free glass of champagne. For more information, call 225-334-7663 or go online here.

Fireworks at Old River Landing: On Sunday, December 31, there will be fireworks at Old River Landing, located at 6250 Old River Landing in Batchelor. The show begins at 9 p.m. For more details, call 225-492-3474 or click here.


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