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Downtown Festival of Lights:Thousands of Lights, Free Ice Skating, Snow, Food

Baton Rouge’s oldest holiday tradition. Transforming the winter sky into a wonderland, the Mayor will light North Boulevard with half a million sparkling lights. Experience the magic beneath the 25-foot Christmas tree in Lafayette Park. Enjoy free ice skating and play in six tons of real snow at the Snow Village. Roaming performers will be on hand including a magician, a balloon artist, stilt walkers, and more.

Listen to Holiday Music during an evening of visual, culinary, and performing arts. Hosted by The Arts Council of Baton Rouge ringing in the Christmas season in Baton Rouge at the lighting of the City's Christmas Tree and events downtown. Bring a toy for Toys for Tots and get free admission to LASM for special shows that night and visiting with Santa's elves.

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  • Bob P.

    Great to meet everyone. I'll definitely be coming to more events!

    December 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a fantastic time!!

    December 7, 2013

  • Tom

    Great time and delicious food at a fun event with awesome people!!

    December 7, 2013

  • James F.

    A Delight for the Young, a feast for the eyes in part for the more initiated.

    December 7, 2013

  • Rob H.

    Said before and I'll say it again, y'all rock!!!!

    1 · December 7, 2013

  • Ronda W.

    This was my first meet up in Baton Rouge and it couldn't have been better. This is the part of Baton Rouge I was missing, the awesome people! Can't wait to see you all tonight thanks for welcoming me with open arms

    1 · December 7, 2013

  • Nikki

    The festival portion of the night was just alright but the company couldn't be better. Good time!

    2 · December 7, 2013

  • Elle

    It was nice...lots of people walking through the streets...I liked the lights and music...but it took a while to locate the group...we finally found them at Indigo and had a great time there; then went on to the Blues Club for a bit....all in all it was a good night!

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • Rob H.

    We are at Hotel Indigo getting some food

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • Tom

    Elle, most of the group is at Hotel Indigo to eat. Convention at Lafayette

    December 6, 2013

  • Elle

    Meet us bt the band

    December 6, 2013

  • Rob H.

    Where are yall?

    December 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was cold. We went to eat at JJ

      December 6, 2013

    • Ashley

      Wandering around

      1 · December 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is traffic still bad on I-10? About to leave unless it is a parking lot. :-/

    December 6, 2013

  • Tom

    Wow!! Sucky traffic!! I-10 parking lot. Gonna be a bit late.. at College and Perkins.

    December 6, 2013

  • Tracy M.

    We r in traffic too

    December 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Traffic bad be late

    December 6, 2013

  • Elisa C.

    Hey im not gonna make it

    December 6, 2013

  • Rob H.

    Be there shortly

    December 6, 2013

  • Tom

    Leaving Snap on Perkins now.. be there just after 6. Radar is clear! Weather channel says dry and cold for next 6 hours.. Can you say..Hello winter!?

    December 6, 2013

  • Ronda W.

    Hi all just left work but I will be there around 6:30 rob I will text you to see where the group is around that time so excited for my first meet up with the group

    December 6, 2013

  • Ritchie

    Ok folks, I'm on my way. See ya when I get over there! :)

    December 6, 2013

  • Ritchie

    Are you ready for a night of fun?!

    December 6, 2013

  • Rob H.

    Who would have thought people would be out buying cars today ? Selling my second of the day, which is good but it means i will probably be late. Shocking i know!

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • Rob H.

    6 oclock

    December 6, 2013

  • Chris

    Looks like we better start looking at rain contingencies

    2 · December 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It was his way of being Merry... joking. . being playful. His intention was to shame no one I am certain

      December 6, 2013

    • James F.

      Holiday showers are the best! Can't wait to Dance in the down pour or hit the Fountain;)

      December 6, 2013

  • Nancy H.

    I won't be able to come. Looks like it is going to be a great turnout, and a big one! Everyone have fun1 It may or may not rain. Either way, everyone is sure to have a good time with so many attending. Wish I could join in.

    December 6, 2013

  • Tom

    To summarize the gazillion comments and from the official event guide:
    Meet us at 6 in the Manship Theater
    Catch up to us any time.
    Rob is[masked]
    I am[masked]
    Park free at River Center Garage
    Closer parking is 3rd at Convention for $3
    Ice skating, snow sledding, sit on Santas lap from 4-9!
    Lighting of the 35' tree at 6:15 with fireworks after
    I will have a few copies of the event schedule
    See you there.. rain or shine!

    2 · December 6, 2013

  • Elisa C.

    So is it 6 or 7?

    December 6, 2013

  • Rob H.

    If your running late or can't find the group, call or text me at[masked]

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • Ronda W.

    Just making sure tomorrow is 7:00 at the manship theater in the lobby? And yes I have my umbrella because I refuse to stand in the rain :-) I'm also from Ohio and this is the first time in 33 years that I've had a December without snow so I need some Christmas magic because I just haven't got the Christmas cheer that I usually get around this time.

    December 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The time says 7 for the Meetup. Are we meeting earlier in the lobby??

      December 6, 2013

    • Rob H.

      It will be an ongoing event. Get there when you can

      2 · December 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Did the time in this change recently? I had 7 down and I don't even get off until 6

    December 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You aren't the only one to say this. Does your smart phone app or computer have it listed for 7:00? The festivities start at 6:00 with the tree lighting and fireworks shortly thereafter.

      December 6, 2013

    • Rob H.

      It is an ongoing event. Get there when you can.

      December 6, 2013

  • Ritchie

    Tonight's the big night! No rainfall here yet, but I hear it's gonna be cold though. :)

    December 6, 2013

  • LIBBY B.

    Ya'll, I am not going to be able to make it. Have a great time!

    December 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well idc if it rains. I've got to get out and do something fun ASAP. And I'm sure with this bunch it will be a blast rain or no rain

    December 5, 2013

  • Chris

    Ive got a cold ..im a unlikely

    December 5, 2013

  • Ritchie

    I'd like for us to go eat somewhere afterwards, preferably Schlittz & Giggles, Lucy's or maybe even Capital City Grill.

    December 3, 2013

  • Nancy H.

    If everyone is in agreement we will meet in the lobby of the Manship Theater. Map: https://maps.google.com/maps?ie=utf-8&gl=us&hq=manship+theatre&hnear=0x8626be5f401441b7:0x868e00d4eca0f91d,Denham+Springs,+LA&daddr=Shaw+Center+for+the+Arts,+100+Lafayette+St,+Baton+Rouge,+LA+70801&panel=1&f=d&fb=1&dirflg=d&geocode=0,30.447245,-91.189103&cid=3236154972977180890. It is very close to the library is with the tree lighting in front. And everything is located in this area including the ice skating and the snow village.

    1 · November 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      So we meet here at 7pm?

      December 3, 2013

  • Nikki

    There's a breakdown of events by time here:

    http://downtownbatonrouge.org/playFestofLights.asp

    December 3, 2013

  • Ritchie

    Can't wait for Friday!!

    1 · December 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be there! Might have a couple friends in tow, as well.

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Ritchie

    I went last year with some people from another group I'm in. It was fun!

    1 · December 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I can't come because I will be working in Lafayette that day, and not returning till later that evening. Have fun!

    November 30, 2013

  • Nancy H.

    Lauri H. suggested the lobby of the Manship. I think this is a great idea. If it is okay with everyone else.

    November 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That is the same place as your detailed post below. Thank you for the information, Nancy!

      1 · November 26, 2013

    • Nancy H.

      Let's meet there!

      November 26, 2013

  • Nancy H.

    Downtown Festival of Lights: I just spoke to a nice lady from The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. She is sending me the event schedule which I will pass along.
    I think The Shaw Center for the Arts, http://www.shawcenter.org/ ,would be a good place to meet since parking is close, it is centrally located and close to the River Center Branch Library where the tree will be.
    Parking: Garage, free, at 3rd street and Convention, also a parking lot across from the Shaw Center which is 3$.

    Shaw Center: https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF-8&q=Shaw+Center+for+the+Arts&fb=1&gl=us&hq=Shaw+Center+map+baton+rouge&cid=1487102948830550361&ei=ML6UUpWzLKWF2QWQl4DADw&ved=0CKEBEPwSMA4

    1 · November 26, 2013

  • Nancy H.

    This facebook page has a list of places near the festival. We can meet at any one of them. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Festival-of-Lights-Downtown/122561121139339

    Exception: There young children coming so we don't want to meet at a bar. I think LASM would be a good place to meet. I might call them to see where they are in relation to the festival so we will have a meeting place. I will post about it very soon.

    November 26, 2013

  • Kathy

    First time coming to Downtown Festival of Lights. I heard its really nice Can't wait ...

    November 24, 2013

  • Nancy H.

    I will probably contact the hosts of the event about a central location that is easy to find.

    November 21, 2013

  • Ritchie

    Where will we meet?

    November 21, 2013

    • Nancy H.

      Let me check Ritchie. I will post here and on FB where we can meet soon. Does anyone who has been before have a good meeting place in mind?

      November 21, 2013

  • Ritchie

    It looks like I'll be able to go to this one after all. I'm gonna leave for Houston that next morning. :)

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • Ritchie

    I may travel to Houston that weekend if Southern makes it to the swac championship game.

    November 6, 2013

    • Nancy H.

      Ok Richie, catch you next time.

      November 6, 2013

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