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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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.
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.
Pay It Forward Holiday Blood Drive: United Blood Services is asking people to donate blood this holiday season when donations typically decline 20 percent or more. Anyone who donates blood December 17 through 31 will be entered for a chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card. There will be a drawing every day. Donors will also receive a long-sleeve Pay It Forward t-shirt. For more information, click here. Participants can donate at 8234 One Calais, the service road at I-10 and Essen, in Baton Rouge. Schedule an appointment online here, or call 877-827-4376.
"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.
Kwanzaa Celebration: Africentric Focus/Maat is presenting its 28th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration on Saturday, December 30 at 5 p.m. The event will feature guest speaker, Dr. James L. Conyers. The event will be held at Southern University in T.T. Allain Hall, Room 313 (Global Conference Room).
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 than 10,000 lights.
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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 minibus, limo, or activity van, and $80 for school or tour buses. For more details, click here.
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.
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