Christmas Program: 9 a.m., New Magnolia Baptist Church, 7329 Magnolia Road, Weyanoke, sponsored by Rosalyn Coleman and including a parade beginning on Sligo Road off of Angola Road and followed by a worship service. There will be door prizes and refreshments.
First Love Missionary Baptist Church Nursing home ministry Visit: 10 a.m., Northridge Care Center, 3612 Baker Blvd., Baker, with the Rev. Frank Rideau Jr. and Maxine Williams-Rideau as guest speakers.
Free Gift Wrapping: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Family of Faith, 10748 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, with snacks while people wait. This service will also be offered Dec. 22-23.
It’s a RED Affair: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Holiday Inn Hammond-Northshore, 1819 SW Railroad Ave., Hammond, a comedy and jazz social program benefitting the Beacon Light of Hammond’s Helping Hands Church Building Fund.. The program in the hotel’s St. Acadian Ball Room will feature comedian Adonis Reed and the guitarist Jammie Evans and include a silent auction, beginning at 6 p.m., and personal photographs. Wear red in honor of World AIDS Day. $25. (985) 429-7545, ext. 101.
“Amahl and the Night Visitors” performances: 6 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday, Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, 9340 Florida Blvd., a 50-minute opera about the Magi traveling to Bethlehem to see the baby Jesus with Hayden Ponjuan, 12, of Runnels School, as Amahl; Kristin Marchiafava, LSU voice graduation, as Amahl’s mother; and Luis Rodriguez as musical director.
Christmas Cantata: 10:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 10925 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, followed by a church-wide Christmas party in the gym. The cantata, “The Promise of Light,” by Joel Raney, offers a blend of traditional Christmas carols and songs to tell the timeless story of the birth of Christ.
Youth Program: 11 a.m., Beech Grove Baptist Church, 9455 Elm Grove Garden, with the Rev. Emma Woods as speaker.
Holy Communion Service: 11 a.m., New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 318 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive, Baton Rouge.
Book Signing for Van R. Mayhall, Jr.’s “Judas the Apostle”: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 7707 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge. The debut novel by a senior partner in the Baton Rouge office of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson is an international thriller.
The Christmas Program: 3 p.m., Greater Hollywood Baptist Church, 8819 Sligo Road, St. Francisville.
“Christmas in Showflake County”: 3 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 544 Government St., Baton Rouge, presented by the music and children’s ministries.
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: 4 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church Of Slidell, 1534 Seventh St., Slidell, featuring the church’s chancel choir, special guest musicians, hymns, carols and the Christmas story. A light supper will follow.
Christmas Gala: 4 p.m., New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1627 Thomas H Delpit Drive, Baton Rouge, with the birth of Christ narrative, music by the NJBC Praise Team and guest trumpeter John Gray, food and door prizes.
Handel’s “Messiah”: 6 p.m., Asbury United Methodist Church, 101 Live Oak Drive, Lafayette, presented by the 50-voice Asbury Choir.
“Service of Lessons and Carols”: 7 p.m., University United Methodist Church, 3350 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, performed by the Chancel Choir with orchestra accompaniment. A nursery will be provided free of charge for children 5 and young. (225) 344-0343.
“One Quiet Moment”: 6:30 p.m., Asbury United Methodist Church, 101 Live Oak Drive, Lafayette, a contemplative Christmas service.
Excel Training: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Mirror of Grace Outreach, 921 N. Lobdell Blvd., Suite E, Baton Rouge, with part one on Tuesday and part two on Wednesday. (225) 300-4528.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19
Advent Communion Worship Service: 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 17510 Monitor Ave., Baton Rouge.
Joint Christmas Program: 7 p.m., St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1334 Napoleon St., Baton Rouge, conducted with Mount Wade Baptist Church, of Zachary.
Winter Concert: 7:30 p.m., Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, 6122 Hayne Blvd., New Orleans, featuring the DMBC Concert Choir.
Galactic Alignment: 10 p.m., Maple Leaf, 8316 Oak St., New Orleans, an observance of the end of one cycle of the Mayan calendar, featuring the Galactic Alignment Band, a ceremony and traditional Mayan food. Tickets available at http://www.eventbrite.com.
Toy Give-a-way: 9 a.m. to noon, Greater Mount Canaan Baptist Church, 5820 Evangeline St., Baton Rouge. Children must be present to get a present. (225) 229-0762.
“JESUS TODAY — A Spirituality of Radical Freedom” by Albert Nolan: January-April, Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Road, Ponchatoula. A discussion group will meet twice monthly to talk about the book at days and times to be determined by the participants. $50. (225) 294-5039.