'Tis the Season and East Baton Rouge Parish has some fun things lined up!
The holidays are always full of magic and wonder....and expense! I wanted to put together a list of fun things to do that won't cost you anything. We all need a break from expenses this year, am I right?!
- Dec 2, 2022 4-8pm
You can attend the 2022 Festival of Lights in Downtown Baton Rouge. Mayor Sharon Weston-Broome will light the 25' Christmas tree as well as the lights along North Blvd. The countdown will begin around 6:20pm so don't be late! Enjoy free ice skating and real snow in the Snow Village. Finish off the evening of fun by watching the spectacular fireworks display over the Mississippi River. This is one of Baton Rouge's oldest Holiday traditions. I bet many of you can recall stories about this event from when you were growing up!
- Dec 3, 2022 11am
On Saturday, you can head over to Central for the 36th Annual City of Central Christmas Parade. The parade rolls down Joor Road, and I'm certain there will be a Santa sighting!
- Dec 3, 2022 11am
If you don't want to head to Central, head over to the Broadmoor subdivision for the Broadmoor Annual Christmas Parade. Be sure to bring some non-perishable food items because Santa will be collecting them for the food pantry and will have a special treat in return. This fun neighborhood parade will include wagons, bikes, and even floats! The parade route begins at Broadmoor High School parking lot (on Goodwood Blvd), east onto Goodwood Blvd, through the S curve, then north on Woodhaven St, then west on S. River Oaks Dr., then south on Cora Dr., then east on Goodwood Blvd back to the Broadmoor High School parking lot. The parade route is about 1.9 miles in length.
- Dec 10, 2022 5:30pm
2022 Cortana Kiwanis Annual Christmas Parade Enjoy the parade that has rolled through Baton Rouge every year since 1949. In the mid-1980s, I marched in this parade, which rolled down Florida Blvd from Airport Dr to where Baton Rouge Community College is now. It was a mid-day parade, and I remember it being HOT! Now it is a night parade snaking around downtown, ending near the new State Capitol. It includes lighted floats, dance groups, and marching bands. Finishing up with the big guy himself, Santa!
Looking for something a little more relaxed? One of my favorite memories was putting hot chocolate in a thermos, popping popcorn, and taking a ride around to see Christmas Displays. Here are a few in East Baton Rouge Parish that you can visit.
- 15901 Chanove Ave in Geo Je's subdivision off of Frenchtown Road in Central. The Eastman Family Lights are synched to music and won best decorated home in Central in 2021.
- 8757 Elliot Road in Baton Rouge is perfect for the LSU Fan in your vehicle.
- Another home to visit in Central is the Hohensee Family Christmas Lights on Triple B Road. You can even make a donation to a family they chose in their Soldier house.
- There is a Christmas Cul-de-sac in Kenilworth Subdivision at Sunbury Circle.
- Head over to Cottingham Court in Baton Rouge to check out Chuck's Lights.
- A fun display to walk through is at the Baton Rouge General on Bluebonnet. They are having a ticketed event on December 1 and 15th, but the other days are free!
- While not free, the Zoo Lights at the Baton Rouge Zoo are always fun to see. It helps the kids get rid of some of their endless energy too!
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