December 2012: Parades, events, shows

(WAFB) - If you're looking for something to do in December with your family, you have many options to choose from. We have put together this list of parades, shows, events, etc. If you have an even that is not on this list, please email us at


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Iberville Parish

Nottoway Plantation Champagne and Candlelight Tours
For the first three weekends in December 14, 15, 21, 22, Nottoway Plantation is holding Champagne and Candlelight Tours. Tours are at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and include champagne for adults. There will also be a special Candlelight Tour dinner menu. Reservations required. Admission to the tour is $20 for adults, $6 for children 6-12 and free for children five and under. Dinner is $25 plus tax and gratuity. For more information, call (225) 545-2730 or visit

Holly Jolly Christmas Festival on December 22, 2012 in Plaquemine, LA at COPAC. Selectmen Jimmy Randle and Oscar Mellion are sponsoring the Christmas Festival and Parade. There will be caroling, face painting, a space walk, dancing, art, music, and of course food. Come by to help celebrate the season. It begins at 11 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m.

West Baton Rouge

Get into the Holiday Spirit at the Reflections of the Season Christmas Light Display.  This drive through display is open to the public from December 1st - December 24th.  Open every night except Monday and Tuesday. For just $1.00 per person drive through the grounds of the West Baton Rouge Conference Center and view the beautiful displays of lights.

On Friday and Saturday nights come inside to enjoy special music, vendors, crafters, and visit Santa and his elves. Bears, Penquins and dog sleds make a great backdrop for your holiday pictures in the special holiday decorated rooms.  Cuddle up in a blanket next to your friends and loved ones and take a ride through the lights in a mule drawn wagon for a small fee.

On Saturday, Dec. 15th & 22nd there will be a snow patch 6:00 - 8:30 pm, $3.00 per child. Come have some cool fun in the snow!! Come enjoy a special night and make West Baton Rouge a family Christmas tradition.

Felicianas-Pt. Coupee

Rosedown Plantation, 19th Century Christmas Decorations From Saturday, December 1, 2012  to Monday, December 31, 2012 - 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Plantation will be dressed in historic Christmas decor, consisting of natural greenery, fruit and nut displays, cypress and cedar wreaths, and potted poinsettia blooms.  For more information call 225-635-3110December 15, 2012

IT'S A DICKENS' OF A CHRISTMAS "Ebenezer Scrooge Reindeer Race- teams compete in a zany, unconventional race. Hot chocolate, baked goods, and yummy fudge. Vendors, Dramatic reading of Dickens. Jackson,LA

December 15, 2012 Clinton Market Day- held twice in Nov. and Dec.

December 26 -31, 2012 Pecan Ridge Bluegrass Festival- Camp & Jam- 4225 Hwy 952, Jackson L.A. contact Alvin Havard at 225-629-5852

Livingston Parish

Walker Country Christmas Festival at Sidney Hutchinson Park [December 15 | 4-8 p.m. ]
Take in the sights and sounds of the holidays at our Country Christmas Festival. Take a stroll through our Walker Wonderland, hum along with caroling choirs, hop aboard the Polar Express for a train ride around the park, build a snowman, bounce around or slide down the inflatables, drink hot chocolate and other festival fare, and await the dramatic arrival of Santa Claus. Admission is free. For directions to Sidney Hutchinson Park, click here.

Walker Wonderland [ December 1-30 | 6-9 p.m. nightly ]
Walker Wonderland at Sidney Hutchinson Park
Sidney Hutchinson Park is transformed into a Christmas Wonderland, with more than 1 million colorful lights and inflatable and animated displays. The park is open nightly for free walking tours, and free family-friendly holiday movies are shown each night on the big outdoor screen. For directions to Sidney Hutchinson Park, click here.

Santa's Wonderland- A Classic Christmas at Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops presents its annual Santa's Wonderland, a Christmas village with games, activities and crafts for the whole family, open through December 24th. The fun includes a laser arcade, Nerf gun range, video games, crafts and Santa photos. Admission is free, photo prices depend on packages. For more information, call (225) 271-3100 or visit

Iberia-St. Mary

Christmas on the Cajun Coast - Explore the magic of Christmas on the Cajun Coast. Elegant antebellum homes decked in Victorian holiday finery. Boulevards of live oaks twinkling with white lights. Traditional holiday performances. Festive Christmas parades. Christmas on the Cajun Coast encompasses numerous activities for the entire family as the towns of Franklin, Patterson and Morgan City celebrate a real Louisiana Christmas!

Dec. 1 - 31: Victorian Christmas at Grevemberg House, 407 Sterling Road, Franklin, 10 am to 4 pm; daily, Closed Christmas Eve and Day, $10 per person, $8 for seniors.

Dec. 1 - Jan. 5: Christmas at Oaklawn Manor, 3296 Oaklawn Drive, Franklin, 10 am to 4 pm; Closed Mondays & Christmas Eve and Day, $15 per person, $10 for students.

Dec. 11: 17th Annual Christmas Tree Festival - Open House, Louisiana State Museum, Patterson, 5:30 to 7:30 pm; Free Admission.

Dec. 13: 14th Annual "Love Lights a Tree," MC Bank & Trust, 201 Brashear Ave., Morgan City, 6 to 7 pm.

Dec. 16: Annual Christmas Cantata, Pharr Methodist Church Chapel, Federal Ave., Morgan City, 10 am.

Tangipahoa/St. Helena/Amite Co., MS

Roseland, LA Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. in downtown.

Village of Tangipahoa Christmas parade beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec.15.

East Baton Rouge Parish

ZooLights at Baton Rouge Zoo Dec. 1-30 from 5:30-8 p.m. - ZooLights is a holiday tradition in Baton Rouge. Beginning Nov. 23, visitors will enjoy the lights and displays of all your favorite Zoo animals and holiday traditions. Walk through the Zoo and be amazed by larger-than-life light displays. Bring the whole family and get in the spirit of the season.

Zachary Christmas Parade - December 15th, 4pm - Christmas Parade Downtown Zachary & City Wide Open House following parade

Holiday Golf Scramble at Beaver Creek and Santa Maria

Site Information
Lovett Road Park             Dec. 7          6-8 p.m.              225-261-0126
Forest Community Park   Dec. 15        6-8p.m.               225-752-1853
Gus Young  Park              Dec. 15        10 a.m.-noon      225-926-5848

Caroling in City Park, Dec. 13 from 5-8 p.m.  -  Mark your calendars for BREC's Third Annual Caroling in City Park featuring a Park Lighting Ceremony, Candle Light Caroling and a host of other multicultural family activities for all ages to enjoy. Co-Sponsors: Coburn's Supply Company, LaCare, Perkins Road Historic Merchants District, Friends of City Park, Knock Knock Children's Museum, Mid City Redevelopment Alliance.

The Reindeer Ride at Farr Park Trailhead, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. - Family fun and happy holidays are all part of this festive new nighttime program.  Participants may bring their bikes to the Farr Park Trailhead and chase "Rudolph" 6 miles up the levy to the USS Kidd.  Each rider will get a "holiday" glow stick and a free "blinking safety light." Helmets are required and there will be a turn-around at Skip Bertman Drive for 3-mile riders.  Register online or email or for more information. Sponsored by Capitol Cyclery and Varsity Sports (entries also available at those locations).

Site                                          Date                     Time         Phone
Farr Park Trailhead                 Dec. 14                 7 p.m.        225-272-9200, ext. 435

Annual Christmas Dinner at Alsen Park , Dec. 19 at 10 a.m.  - Take a day off from your holiday cooking or shopping to enjoy this great festive occasion with all the trimming, musical entertainment, prizes, fellowship and fun.

Inclusive Sunshine Holiday Social at Womack Park Dec. 21 from 6-9 p.m.  - Through a partnership with Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, BREC is able to offer monthly socials for adults with disabilities and their friends and family.  There will be a disc jockey, snacks, door prizes, and not to mention socialization and fun.

The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou - The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra presents The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou. This southern twist on the classic includes scenes of majestic Oak Alley, Nottoway Plantation and the Old State Capitol. Performances are Saturday, December 15th and Sunday, December 16th, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day at the River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $20. For more information, call (225) 766-8379 or visit

Reflections of the Season - Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Home for the Holidays. The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Series presents Home for the Holidays. WInvestar Bank Masterworks "Home for the Holidays" featuring soprano Mara Bonde and the BRSO Chorus at the River Center Theatre.  Thursday and Sunday 7:30pm performances will be FULL concerts + intermission. The Sunday 3PM Matinee will be shortened to 1 hour and no intermission. For more information, call (335) 383-0500 or visit

The Istrouma Christmastime- Istrouma Baptist Church will hold its Christmas Celebration on December 16th from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Istrouma Baptist Church Worship Center on Sam Rushing Drive. This special holiday event will feature music from T the Istrouma Worship Choir and Orchestra. Free event. For more information, call (225) 295-0775, email Angie Rumsey at or visit