Kick off the holiday season at our oldest winter tradition, the Baton Rouge Festival of Lights, on Friday, Dec. 1, from 4-8 p.m. Gather with the community for the spectacular lighting of the 25-foot Christmas tree adorned with half a million sparkling lights at the North Boulevard Town Square. Beyond the tree lighting, there’ll be ice skating, fireworks and plenty of winter fun for the entire family.



Treat the little ones to the joy of playing in REAL snow right here in Baton Rouge! There’ll be 10 tons of snow at the North Boulevard Town Square for their entertainment. And just a short stroll away, let your kids experience Baton Rouge’s Rockefeller Center-style ice skating rink on the first floor of the Raising Cane’s River Center plaza. You can stand on the balcony and watch as they skate around the plaza!

Ice Skating begins at 4 p.m. - Ages 5-10 only

Snow Village begins at 5 p.m. - Ages 5-15 only

Festival of Lights


Join the festive celebration as Mayor Broome and Santa Claus lead the countdown around 6:20 p.m. to light the city's Christmas tree at the Town Square. Gather around the majestic tree with family and friends, and then turn your attention to the Mississippi River for an elaborate fireworks show over the water.



Following the magical Christmas tree lighting at the Town Square, Santa, along with Mrs. Claus, will be making their way to the Louisiana Old State Capitol for the special event–Santa in the Senate, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Take a photo and share your wish list with Mr. and Mrs. Claus in the historic old Senate Chamber. Then, settle in for a Christmas movie screening in the Old Chamber House. Throughout the event, kids can unleash their creativity with arts and crafts. Everyone can anticipate a special surprise treat as they head out for the night.



Knock out some holiday shopping at the Artist Village, produced by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Discover unique handmade gifts for everyone on your list across the over 10 local artist booths on the Rhorer Plaza lawn. The Artist Village will also feature a bake sale, various food vendors, and hot chocolate to warm you up.



Downtown Baton Rouge will be bustling with festive activities as churches and museums come alive with live nativity scenes, joyful Christmas caroling, and much more. Join the community in celebrating the season with a delightful evening filled with warmth and merriment.

Wait, there’s more! The Baton Rouge Festival of Lights is just one of the many events happening across our town this holiday season.