When I was a little girl, my parents made a wonderfully big deal about Christmas (and honestly, still do). The traditions were endless, and it was the most magical time of year for that reason. One of my personal favorites growing up was our drive around town to look at Christmas lights. Dressed in our Christmas jammies, snuggled up in blankets (even if it was 80 degrees out), with hot chocolate and the Christmas mix CD my dad had made, we would head out to see what the city had to offer.
Back then, there weren’t Christmas light attractions. We just drove in and out of neighborhoods, ooo-ing and aah-ing at the lights people had tirelessly hung on and around their home. But as with a lot of things in 2017,now it’s even easier to do this with your family! There are a few drive through attractions in the Baton Rouge area, with synced up music to pretty spectacular light displays. We went ahead and rounded up the top attractions for you, so you can pile everyone in the mini van and take them for a sweet Christmas drive.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
2 miles of synchronized lights and music through Lamar Dixon Expo Center, this display is a literal wonderland. And for that reason, very popular. Be sure to get there as early as you can, and try to go on a weekday – the lines are shorter then!
Runs November 17 – January 7, dusk – 10 PM. Cost: $25 / vehicle
Christmas at Blue Bayou
A little shorter than Shadrack, just in case you’re worried your little ones can’t handle the length, but just as pretty and wonder inducing! Located in Blue Bayou’s parking lot, on the interstate side of Highland.
Runs November 24 – January 7, 6:00 – 10:30 PM. Cost $28 / vehicle, up to 8 passengers.
KCS Holiday Express
The KCS Holiday Express is a six car freight train covered in lights that travels across the US with scheduled stops all over, and it’s stopping in BR this year!
December 3, 4:00 PM, LA KCS Yard, 1401 Foss Street
Reflections of the Season
A drive or walk through display at West Baton Rouge Conference Center, this one’s got a little bit of everything. Lights, obviously, but also carnival rides, Santa visits on the weekend, craft vendors, and I’m pretty sure I heard something about reindeer.
Runs December 7 – 23, Thursday through Sunday. Cost $5 / vehicle or $1 / person.
So many fun things to do this time of year, this is just a snippet! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, continuing some fun traditions and making some of your own!