Goodbye 2020! How to ring in the New Year in Baton Rouge

Savvy Southerner

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BR Proud) — New Year’s Eve will look different in the Capital Area as people say ‘goodbye’ to 2020, and ring in 2021. While the city has decided to cancel its annual fireworks display, one area non-profit is providing a free show to those who stay in their vehicles. Local party stores are also expecting an uptick in sales as more people decide to celebrate in smaller groups.

A variety of restaurants will open, offering to-go options, special menus and various reservation times. Keep in mind, on-premise alcohol sales are limited to 11 p.m. under the Governor’s current modified phase two order. Make sure to call the establishment ahead of time for further details.

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Beginning at 8 p.m., fireworks can be viewed from the parking lot of the Louisiana Leadership Institute, 5763 Hooper Road. People should plan to arrive early and secure their spot. All coronavirus regulations will be adhered to and guests must remain in their vehicles.

At 11:45 p.m., downtown Baton Rouge’s annual Red Stick Revelry will happen with special guest, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. A nine-foot LED lighted red stick will drop at midnight to ring in 2021. This year’s event will not have the traditional fireworks, laser light show or live concert. You may view the livestream here.


Fleming’s Steakhouse encourages you to ring in 2021 with their four course Holidays with Hall wine dinner. Fleming’s opens at 4 p.m. on Dec. 31. Reservations are required and be made on Open Table or at

Louisiana Lagniappe is accepting reservations for dinner on NYE. The restaurant will take it’s last seating at 8:15 p.m. and plans to close prior to midnight. Guests may order from the full menu.

Soji: Modern Asian on Government St. will has two seatings available on NYE. Each one offers a five-course dinner with unlimited champagne for $60 per person. Seatings are at 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. and tickets may be purchased here.

Charitable Events

From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s, along with Martin Wine & Spirits, will host the BRSO & Bubbles New Year’s Eve Champagne Tasting and Concert. Maureen Lara-Fournier of Vintus/Bollinger, will lead a tasting of two wines accompanied by music from Rachel and Nicholas Ciraldo. After the tasting, attendees may enjoy a 30-minute concert.

Each ticket purchase includes two bottles of wine and your choice of a charcuterie board or a smoked salmon board. Tasting kits start at $250 and can be ordered by calling (225) 383-0500 or visiting Kits can be picked up at Martin Wine Cellar, 1670 Lobdell Ave., starting Dec. 29. Tickets are limited. Must be age 21 and older.

Party Favors

If you are looking for a show from the comfort of your couch, plan ahead with a variety of 2021 themed decorations. Various locally-owned stores across the Red Stick are now selling items, including Party Time.

The River Center Branch Library has a limited number of free ‘Celebrate Good Riddance Day’ craft kits. The grab-and-go kits contain everything you need to make a confetti party popper, 2021 themed glasses and a party hat. The grab bags are free, but go quickly. You must have a library card to pick one up. Call (225) 389-4967 for details.

Virtual Celebrations

Think you’re a trivia expert? Then, let’s put you to the test. Family entertainment center Main Event, locally represented with a location at Mall of Louisiana, will host a virtual trivia competition open to anyone nationwide. The hour-long game begins at 7 p.m. CST. There’s a $10 entry fee and the top performer wins a $500 gift card to Main Event. Anyone interested in competing may sign-up here.

Main Event will also offer all activities for $19.99 on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. This includes unlimited bowling, laser tag, gravity ropes and more. Lanes and other experiences can be reserved at or through the Main Event app.

The annual ball drop from New York City’s Time Square, hosted by Carson Daly, will take place on NBC Local 33 from 9 to 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 a.m. CT.

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