2014 Downtown Festival of Lights
Friday, December 5th
4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

North Boulevard Town Square

*Free Parking in River Center Parking Garage!

Join us under downtown's historic oaks to commemorate Baton Rouge's oldest holiday tradition. Transforming the winter sky into a wonderland, North Boulevard will be lit with half a million sparkling lights. Experience the magic beneath the 35-foot Christmas tree in North Boulevard Town Square. Enjoy free ice skating and for the first time sled down 10 tons of real snow at the Repentance Park Snow Village. Visit Santa's Gift Shop and listen to holiday music during an evening of visual, and performing arts. Don't miss the many downtown holiday open houses including Santa in the Senate at the Old State Capitol and art showings.

Click below to view the attached flyer and check out what Downtown Baton Rouge has to offer throughout the month of December!
2014 Festival of Lights Schedule

Festival of Lights Photostory of Events

Christmas Music Playlist
Enjoy a compilation of Christmas music while browsing the site!

All I want for Christmas is You
Mariah Carrey
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Winter Wonderland
Tony Bennett
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Barenaked Ladies/S. McLachlan
Let it Snow
Michael Buble'

FREE Ice Skating
Outdoor Ice Skating –City Hall Plaza, in between the River Center and Galvez Plaza
4 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Free!
Skates will be provided at no charge.

Community Stage
Manship Theatre,
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 5p.m. - 6 p.m.
Baton Rouge Music Studios,
6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The Dunham Big Band,
7:10 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Baton Rouge Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 8 p.m. - 8:15p.m.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
8:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Mayor’s Stage
Galvez Stage,
Kyle Kahn and the Cajun Bells
4 p.m.-4:25 p.m.
John Gray and his Soul JukeBoxx, 4:30 p.m. - 5:25 p.m.
Kyle Kahn Cajun Bells, 5:30p.m.
Lighting Ceremony, 6p.m. - 6:20p.m
Ned Fasullo, 6:20p.m - 7:25 p.m.
Kyle Kahn Cajun Bells, 7:30p.m.
Ned Fasullo, 8p.m. - 9p.m.

Lighting of the Tree
North Boulevard Town Square, 6:15 p.m.
Fireworks immediately following!

Swing Into Christmas Street Dance
Galvez Plaza, 6:20 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Featuring Ned Fasullo and his Fabulous Big Band Orchestra playing holiday and big band favorites. For more info visit

Ned Fasullo
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Santa’s Gift Shoppe
City Hall Plaza, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Shop early for the holidays at Santa’s specialty shops. Find innovative, handcrafted gifts from talented local artisans at Baton Rouge’s most unique shopping experience! Coordinated by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.
Free Snow Sledding
Repentance Park, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Sled down (10) tons of real snow on the Repentance Park slopes!

Classic Christmas Movies
Showing inside Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center, 5 pm – 9 p.m.

Special Holiday Gift Shops
Don't miss the many Special Holiday Gift Shops downtown! For all of your Holiday Shopping needs please visit one of the many shops in the downtown area! Specialty items and gift certificates available at local coffee shops, spas, and other area merchants. For contact information please check out the link: Downtown Merchant Listing

Santa in the Senate: Old State Capitol
The Old State Capitol’s decorations will highlight Fresh Christmas greens, berries, and garlands of fresh fruit. Garland and ribbon adorn the historic fence. Two 15-foot Christmas trees will glow with Victorian ornaments from long ago. Dozens of Poinsettia plants will fill the first and second floors and winding staircase. The Old State Capitol is open to the public free of charge. Santa in the Senate includes pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. A professional picture will be taken by Party Box Photo Booth for $10.00 in front of a 15-foot Christmas tree in the Senate chamber. Your holiday picture prints immediately.

Holiday Open House: Old Governor's Mansion
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus, enjoy cookies and other treats for children, in the beautiful holiday-decorated Old Governor's Mansion. Photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be posing with children for photo. Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd. For more information call 387-2464.

LASM Holiday Shows and Shopping
Enjoy hands-on activities with Santa's elves, shopping in The Museum Store, and special planetarium showings of Let It Snow at 5:00, 7:00, and 8:00 PM. Admission is free with the donation of one new toy per person that benefits Toys for Tots. Toys may be purchased in The Museum Store. LASM, 100 River Rd. South. For more information call 344-5272.


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