New Year's Eve event guide

Monday, December 26, 2011 - 3:01pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — The end is only the beginning. As another year passes by, it’s time to celebrate. Below are some of the many events happening in the Baton Rouge and surrounding area for New Year’s Eve.

If you’re planning a big event, we want to know about it. Make sure and post your listing on our Events Calendar!

The Cook Hotel and Conference Center at LSU
3848 W Lakeshore Dr
(225) 388-1001
Make your New Year’s celebration last the full weekend by booking a two day overnight adventure at The Cook Hotel. Right now they’re offering an all-inclusive two delux accommodations. Not only will you get champagne in your room, but you’ll also gain a seat to a three-course Filet Mignon dinner. Live music will be provided by David St. Romain. Then, in the morning, you’ll enjoy a full, country-style breakfast. All of this you’ll get for $299.

Hilton Capitol Center
201 Lafayette Street
(225) 906-5762
The Hilton is also offering a weekend experience, complete with a murder mystery. The package deal includes over night accommodations along with dinner on New Year’s Eve, cocktails, and a New Year’s Day breakfast. Then, the entertainment will be a murder mystery event. At $300, this is a great deal that should be a little out of the ordinary.

The Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center
100 Lafayette Street
(225) 344-0334
Another two-day ordeal will kick off all the festivities happening in the downtown area. A brand new film festival will debut on Friday, Dec. 30. It’s called the Third Street Film Festival and it will feature eleven movies that were shot and filmed here in Louisiana. All who purchase a ticket to the festival will also be granted admission to the official party being held the following night. It’s sponsored by Scene Magazine. Click here for more information on the Third Street Film Festival.

The Baton Rouge River Center
275 South River Road
(225) 389-3030
Bring in the new year than with a concert by an artist who overcame adversity to become a nationwide success. Nashville-born, Detroit-based singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, Kem (born Kim Owens) overcame homelessness and addiction to become one of the most popular adult contemporary R&B artists of the 2000s. The show starts at 8 p.m. And before you go to the concert, you can also give a little ice skating a try. The River Center is currently offering 90 minutes of ice skating at the facility. That ends at 7:30 p.m., so you’ll have plenty of time to catch a skate before checking out the show.

Red Star Bar
222 Laurel Street
(225) 346-8454
DJ Bird along with Neighborhood threat will spin your favorite hits at Red Star Bar. The price of admission to the New Year’s Glam-O-Rama bash will go to help one local guy with his medical bills. Recently, Baton Rouge-native Adam Rogers underwent brain surgery. The money raised at the door will be donated to Rogers to pay help pay that expense. Admission is $5.

Spanish Moon
1109 Highland Road
(225) 383-6666
Looking for a little live music to spice up your New Year Celebration? The Spanish Moon is one of Baton Rouge’s primer live music venues, so of course, a few bands will be contributing to the big night. They include Baby Boy, Head Dust, Dov Charney, and Rough Sleep. Admission is $6.

Chelsea’s Café
2857 Perkins Road
(225) 387-3679
If downtown Baton Rouge isn’t your scene, don’t worry, there’s plenty of other great events to attend. For example, two musical worlds collide at Chelsea’s for New Year’s Eve. The Latin room features DJ Flaco, DJ Chilly and DJ Sabrozo for your favorite Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton, and Rock en Espanol. The Carribean room, hosted by Donney Rose, features DJ Automatick for the best in Reggae, Dancehall, and Hip-Hop. Doors open at 10 p.m.

The Varsity Theatre
3353 Highland Road
(225) 383-7018
Free champagne throughout the whole night! Need we say more? The Varsity will host a retro-night that will include big screens keeping up with the celebration in each time zone. This event will certainly be a dancing good time to all, and if you get there before 10:30, admission is free. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Crowne Plaza Hotel
4728 Constitution Ave
(225) 925-2244
Hotels are not just for those who are visiting from out of town – it’s a place to party, too. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is pulling out all the stops with live music from local acts Carbon Copy, Gutter Sharks, and Sweet Root. The party will get started beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Nottoway Plantation
31025 Louisiana 1
White Castle
(225) 545-2730
Finding great food is never a problem in South Louisiana. And of course, New Year’s is the best time to get a great meal. If you’d like to do something a little different from the norm, consider going to Nottoway Plantation’s The Mansion Restaurant. They are hosting a five-course dinner that will be complete with live music by a Jazz trio, complementary champagne and even party favors. Reservations are required.

Miracle Place Church
2080 Main St
Baker, La
(225) 775-4321
Family Friendly events: New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to just be for the adults. There are plenty of family friendly celebrations happening around town, too. Miracle Place Church is holding an all-day event that will begin at 3:00 p.m. Along with music and giveaways, they’ll have a fireworks display beginning at 6:30 p.m. Then, they’ll show the movie “Courageous” complete with free popcorn, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

St. John Baptist Church
820 New Rafe Mayer Road
(225) 775-9756
Another religious event will take on the Louisiana bonfire tradition. They’ll also offer a “feast” to go along with praise and worship.

Please continue to check back with this list as we plan to add more events leading up to New Year's Eve.

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