December 19, 2014 9:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - If you are one of the millions of American's who have yet to get their holiday shopping done, stores are staying open longer and opening earlier for your convenience. Kohl's is open for 100 hours straight. The store opened Friday at 6 a.m. and will stay open... more »
December 19, 2014 6:11 PM
LUTCHER - The levees in St. James Parish are lined with bonfires that stick out for miles, all waiting to light the way for Papa Noel on Christmas Eve.
Some bonfire experts spend the entire holiday season constructing works of art for the tradition.
"It's about having a... more »
December 19, 2014 1:45 PM
BRUSLY - Louisiana Bayou Bistro Chef Chucky Lejeune joined us Friday on News 2 at Noon to talk about some of his favorite Christmas dishes.
In addition to traditional meals like chicken and sausage or seafood gumbo, Chef Chuck says he enjoys combing his pork and deer roasts! He... more »
December 19, 2014 1:36 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Deputies in Livingston Parish will be playing Santa this weekend.
Hundreds of gifts were delivered to children across the parish as part of Sheriff Jason Ard's Christmas Crusade. Dozens of deputies battled the rain Friday morning to load up their cruisers with toys donated by the... more »
December 18, 2014 2:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - With just a week to go until Christmas, the rush is on to buy those last minute gifts and get them under the tree for the big day.
Today on News 2 at Noon, we enlisted the help of one of Santa's elves: Cody Dickerson from... more »
December 18, 2014 1:51 PM
BATON ROUGE - 2une In's John Pastorek joined cooking-guru Holly Clegg in her kitchen this morning of another edition of Holly's Holiday Countdown.
On the menu this morning: Shrimp and Corn Soup with a side of Cranberry Avocado Mixed Green Salad.
Shrimp and Corn Soup:
Makes 12... more »
December 17, 2014 3:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Grinch is stealing holiday packages from the front door of homes in Baton Rouge.
One homeowner caught a crook red-handed stealing Christmas gifts in the Oak Hills Park subdivision off Siegen Lane. In the video you can see the man snooping around, eventually loading the... more »
December 17, 2014 1:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - Right before the holiday hustle and bustle begins, you have a chance to slow down to enjoy some music and fellowship.
First United Methodist Church is inviting you to their Carols and Candlelight event this weekend.
It begins at 6 p.m. Sunday at North Boulevard... more »
December 16, 2014 12:38 PM
Last week, the WBRZ Weather Team examined historical, statistical probabilities for a white Christmas. As you probably imagined, even prior to reading, chances for Southeast Louisiana aren't very good. You can review those stats by clicking here .
We can now see that Christmas Eve and Christmas Day should... more »
December 15, 2014 5:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Salvation Army will begin distributing presents to children Tuesday, but for the first time some parents took a special class before getting free toys.
Instead of just giving parents a fish, the Salvation Army says it wants to teach parents how to fish. That's why... more »
December 15, 2014 6:27 AM
BATON ROUGE - 'The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou' is Louisiana's own version of the treasured holiday classic. It hits the stage again this weekend, just before Christmas.
The ballet is Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 6 p.m. at the River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts.... more »
December 12, 2014 6:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - Friday was distribution day at the News 2 station as this year's Pat's Coats for Kids draws to a close and the time has come for kids to get their warm winter wear ahead of the coldest Louisiana months.
News 2's Ambria Washington visited a local... more »
December 12, 2014 7:18 AM
BATON ROUGE - A holiday tradition returns to Baton Rouge this weekend with the rolling of the Jones Creek Christmas Parade.
The parade has been a mainstay in the Capital City since it was founded 15 years ago, but it was canceled in 2013 because of bad weather. They're... more »
December 12, 2014 7:14 AM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Santa hats and sirens don't usually go together, but they do in Livingston Parish. Sheriff's deputies are doing their part to be Santa's helpers on the streets for their annual Christmas Crusade for the Children.
So far 1,200 kids have had their Christmas wishes granted, but... more »
December 11, 2014 11:24 PM
BATON ROUGE -BATON ROUGE - We are just 12 days from Christmas, and News Two's John Jackson has some gift ideas for your favorite outdoorsman or woman.
Every hunter or fisherman wants to relive their great moments in the outdoors. They'll be able to brag a lot easier in... more »
December 11, 2014 9:45 AM
BATON ROUGE - John Pastorek joined Holly Clegg in the kitchen this morning on 2une In as we continued Holly's Holiday Countdown. On the menu this morning: Crabmeat Brie Spinach Dip and Italian Pull Apart Bread. Here's the recipes:
Crabmeat Brie Spinach Dip: Splurge with this divine, creamy, and... more »
December 11, 2014 9:28 AM
BATON ROUGE - You can get in the Christmas spirit this weekend with the Southern University Concert Band and Choir.
They're preparing for the 4th annual Yuletide Gift of the Spirit Concert. It will also feature a minister's choir composed of preachers from around the state. The concert is... more »
December 11, 2014 7:59 AM
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge tradition of sight, sound and spirit will be unwrapped this weekend when Jefferson Baptist Church lights up the Twin Living Christmas Trees.
You can catch performance Saturday, December 13th (7 p.m.), Sunday, December 14th (3 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and Monday, December 15th... more »
December 10, 2014 10:11 PM
MANCHAC - The popular seafood restaurant on Lake Maurepas, south of Ponchatoula off I-55, is turning to social media to try and solve a Christmas crime.
Middendorf's Seafood Restaurant posted pictures on its Facebook page of what managers said is the Christmas display ruined by vandals Tuesday morning. The... more »
December 10, 2014 5:33 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police say 15 mailboxes were broken into overnight at an apartment complex in Baton Rouge. Investigators said while they weren't sure if the thieves were after shipped gifts or just the personal information found in people's mail, it's a sad example of Christmas Grinches looking to cash... more »
December 9, 2014 11:40 PM
BATON ROUGE- Kohl's shoppers and others will be able to shop 'till they drop for hours leading up to Christmas.
The company announced its stores will be open for 100 hours straight ahead of the holiday in two weeks. Stores will open at 6 a.m. on Dec. 19 and... more »
December 6, 2014 6:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of kids got early Christmas gifts this year.
The annual "Breakfast with Santa" event rolled around once again for the Baton Rouge chapter of the Jack and Jill of America organization.
The group hosted the breakfast amid a toy drive for the kids. Hundreds... more »
December 2, 2014 4:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - Toy guns will not be collected for some local toy drives since they look too much like the real thing.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Constable's Office will hand out nearly 3,000 toys to kids this Christmas. Constable Reginald Brown says none... more »
November 19, 2014 11:30 AM
BOSTON - A light-up bow whose arrows are advertised as flying up to 145 feet and the "Catapencil" - a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style launcher on its end - are on an annual list of unsafe toys released Wednesday by a Massachusetts-based consumer watchdog group. World Against Toys Causing... more »
November 13, 2014 7:31 AM
BATON ROUGE - Temperatures are dropping, Christmas trees are going up and it's time to start thinking about the loved ones on your list. You can start Christmas shopping and support a good cause this weekend at the Mistletoe Market.
Half of all proceeds from this year's event go... more »
November 3, 2014 7:03 AM
BATON ROUGE - Even though it's chilly, you still need to get outside and get your exercise. The Santa Run in downtown Baton Rouge is just around the corner.
The run is part of the annual Christmas for Kiwanis Parade. Every person who registers will receive their own Santa... more »
October 30, 2014 8:47 AM
CASS LAKE, MN - Christmas is still nearly two months away, but the tree that will be on display in Washington, D.C. has already been chosen and chopped down.
The winner this year- an 88 ft. tall white spruce from Minnesota. This is the first time in more than... more »
October 7, 2014 2:56 AM
NEW YORK - Americans are expected to spend at the highest rate in three years during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year. But holiday shoppers will still want fat discounts, and experts cite a sharp divide between the haves and have nots in an uneven economic recovery.... more »
January 3, 2014 11:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - Curbside Christmas tree collection starts Monday in East Baton Rouge Parish, except in Baker and Zachary.
Trees placed on the curb will be picked up through January 18. They will be collected on normal trash pick up days by separate rear loaders or brush trucks.
... more »
December 30, 2013 8:51 AM
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. - An Arizona woman is accused of trying to poison her four children, including one who died, and of stabbing her husband, all on Christmas. Casa Grande police say 35-year-old Connie Villa was arrested on suspicion of one count of first-degree murder and four counts of attempted... more »
December 25, 2013 10:23 PM
BATON ROUGE- Beginning Thursday, the day after Christmas, people can leave their Christmas trees at drop sites to be recycled.
In a week, crews will begin collecting trees from the curb. Trees will be processed into mulch.
Curbside collection runs from January 6-18. Sites are open from December... more »
December 25, 2013 10:30 AM
BATON ROUGE - Residents hoping to get lucky playing a Christmas Day lottery will only have the Powerball drawing.
Louisiana Lottery Corp. offices are closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Their policy is to not hold drawings on Christmas or Easter.
The... more »
December 24, 2013 5:56 AM
A cold start, Christmas Eve started off in the upper 20s. The remainder of the day will feature clear skies as a high pressure system sits off to our north, centered in Missouri. This high and its clockwise surface flow are resulting in a northerly wind pulling down cold air... more »
December 23, 2013 10:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - A couple calls their new baby a Christmas miracle after she was delivered, two months early, in the back of their car this weekend.
"Everybody asked me what I wanted," said Lakin Miller. "I got what I wanted, she's right here with me."
Miller... more »
December 21, 2013 6:48 PM
BATON ROUGE - A family is sleeping easy tonight after a woman was inspired by a News 2 story about a young mother with barely any heat.
Daphne Brooks and her three children lost their home in a fire and were forced to move to a small place, surviving... more »
December 20, 2013 10:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - A family is adopting an LSU favorite as a Christmas song in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Darryl Clark started working on his 40,000 light holiday display this summer and completed the show the day after Thanksgiving.
The spectacle includes six songs that dance on a... more »
December 20, 2013 5:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - Inmates at East Baton Rouge Prison earn time with their families for Christmas.
Almost 30 inmates celebrated the holiday with their families at the Christmas Toy Give-a-way. Male and female inmates who graduated from programs like Second Chance 2 Recover, Reality Behind Bars, and Communities Committed... more »
December 19, 2013 4:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - Plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Stephens weighed in on the idea of giving someone plastic surgery as a Christmas gift today on News 2 at 4.
He said it's not something he'd recommend, and you'd have to know your significant other very well so it isn't offensive.... more »
December 18, 2013 9:28 AM
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - An advocate for religious freedom in the U.S. military is calling on the Navy to remove nativity scenes and Christmas decorations from dining facilities at the base in Guantanamo Bay. Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation says he raised the issue after... more »
December 17, 2013 6:26 PM
BATON ROUGE - A little girl's wish to have her father home for Christmas came true today in Baton Rouge.
Madison Davis and her classmates at St. Jean Vianney wrote letters to the troops in Kuwait. What the class didn't know was that Madison's father, Master Sergeant Dean Davis,... more »
December 17, 2013 4:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - Fashion blogger Jennifer Palpallotoc talked about some different holiday looks today on WBRZ News 2 at 4.
Palpallotoc talked about three different looks: the Christmas party, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. She also paired each outfit with a gift, like a bottle of champagne for... more »
December 16, 2013 2:41 PM
BATON ROUGE - Christmas has come early for a number of local military families.
This morning members of the 922nd Horizontal Engineer Company of the Louisiana National Guard touched down at Baton Rouge Metro Airport. They've been in Kuwait for ten months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, conducting... more »
December 11, 2013 6:20 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - A not-so-merry Christmas display is upsetting a neighborhood in Denham Springs for the second year in a row.
Sarah Childs is giving the finger to a neighbor she accuses of stealing her dog last year. Denham Springs Police said their investigation shows that didn't happen, and... more »
December 9, 2013 6:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - A family of nine is holding strong after a fire destroyed their home over the weekend.
Shanita Johnson, her husband and seven kids made it out of their Blake Street home as it burned early Sunday morning.
"We got out the house, and that was... more »
November 29, 2013 8:49 AM
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November 19, 2013 4:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - Fashion blogger Jennifer Palpallatoc explored different Christmas gift ideas like scarves and jewelry. She also announced the opening of Tiffany & Co. in New Orleans.
Palpallatoc gave a wide variety of different gift ideas for every price range. Money can be tight over the holidays, but... more »
November 14, 2013 8:56 AM
NEW YORK- NBA players are dressing up for Christmas - in sleeves. The leagued debuted short-sleeved jerseys Thursday for the 10 teams that will play on the holiday, replacing the traditional sleeveless NBA uniforms. The jerseys featured a large logo in the center on the front of the jersey. The... more »
December 26, 2012 7:21 PM
A man in Clay County, Mississippi near West Point died in a homemade fireworks explosion outside his house on Christmas night. Ralph "Bubba" Elliot was killed when his homemade device exploded just before ten last night. Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott says state and federal authorities are trying to determine... more »
December 26, 2012 5:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - The 2012 shopping season is quickly drawing to a close, and many shoppers say they didn't spend as much as years past.
Retailers typically make 40 percent of their yearly sales in November and December. The week after Christmas is still considered a big shopping week,... more »
December 25, 2012 10:21 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Christmas storms killed at least one person in Louisiana, damaged buildings from central Louisiana into southwest Mississippi and cut power to at least 14,000 people and businesses in Louisiana and 5,000 in Mississippi. Richland Parish Sheriff Lee Harrell said that 53-year-old Allen Sullivan died around 2 p.m.... more »
December 25, 2012 10:18 PM
ZACHARY- People were forced to break Christmas traditions and take cover when powerful storms rolled through the region Tuesday.
Damage was reported in many areas. In the northern part of East Baton Rouge, at least two people said they encountered a tornado.
"There was just a lot of... more »
December 25, 2012 5:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - It was a Christmas miracle for one family at Greater Mt. Canaan Baptist Church. Earlier this month, Mary Parker's house caught fire in the middle of the night. Everyone in the home escaped unharmed, but the fire left nothing.
Parker, known for welcoming anyone and everyone... more »
December 24, 2012 8:09 AM
ATLANTA - Some analysts are saying that shoppers seem to be spending less leading up to Christmas Day.
The market research NPD Inc., says consumer traffic over the weekend was in line with the same time a year ago, but shoppers seemed to be holding onto their wallets a... more »
December 22, 2012 5:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - Holiday shoppers were out today despite current talks from Washington on potential tax increases.
Kelli Bagwell said she is aware of how close the nation is to teetering to the fiscal cliff, but she is not going to let it ruin her holiday season. "I'm getting... more »
December 22, 2012 9:59 AM
HONOLULU - President Barack Obama and his family have arrived in Honolulu to spend Christmas in Hawaii, where the president was born and raised. Air Force One touched down in Honolulu minutes after midnight local time on Saturday. The first family departed the plane and left quickly for their vacation... more »
December 21, 2012 5:02 PM
BATON ROUGE- Small, locally owned stores are getting their piece of the pie when it comes to last minute shoppers.
"It's the last minute people rushing it, it's our second black Friday," says Lindsay Schaefer.
Schaefer, a sales associate at FeBe, says her store is cashing in on... more »
December 20, 2012 11:17 PM
DUTCHTOWN- More Christmas vandals are wanted in Ascension Parish.
The sheriff's office said people destroyed holiday decorations in the Moss Pointe Subdivision. It's the second set of attacks this season.
Last week, three teens were arrested. They were accused of another vandalism spree where thousands of dollars worth... more »
December 19, 2012 12:52 PM
BATON ROUGE - Performer and Baton Rouge native Jamie Wax returns this weekend to the stage he first performed his original one-man Christmas show, "A Gift for Lyman Bourke."
Wax premiered the show 20 years ago at the Baton Rouge Little Theater, and now brings the holiday comedy back... more »
December 14, 2012 5:32 PM
LIVINGSTON PARISH - Sheriff Jason Ard's Christmas Crusade distributed toys to over 1,200 kids today.
Families opened their doors to Sheriff Deputies, who hand-delivered the toys to each household.
For many deputies, the Christmas Crusade is about connecting with the public in a positive way.
"It's seeing... more »
December 13, 2012 5:27 PM
DUTCHTOWN- Three teenagers have been arrested, accused of destroying thousands of dollars worth of Christmas displays in Ascension Parish.
The trio has been nicknamed the "Christmas Vandals" by deputies. A tip led to the break in the case.
Roarke Dunn, Rendell Reid and Adam Dellucci face charges in... more »
December 11, 2012 6:18 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. - Authorities say three people are dead, including the shooter, after a mass shooting at a packed Oregon mall. The shooting happened at the Clackamas Town Center, which was packed with holiday shoppers according to law enforcement.
Officers have been going store-to-store at the Clackamas Town Center... more »
December 11, 2012 3:52 PM
WASHINGTON - Michelle Obama thanked military families for the inspiration they've given her as first lady as she delivered about 900 gifts Tuesday from White House aides to the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots campaign. Mrs. Obama said "military families are what inspires my work," as she thanked volunteers, donors... more »
December 11, 2012 3:17 PM
DUTCHTOWN - Sheriff's deputies released home surveillance video of three vandals who destroyed a number of Christmas displays in Ascension Parish this weekend.
Deputies said 19 homes' light displays were destroyed in the Old Dutchtown subdivision Saturday night. One home raising money with their display for the St. Jude... more »
December 11, 2012 2:18 PM
WASHINGTON - The Senate's top Democrat says "it's going to be extremely difficult" to pass legislation to address the so-called fiscal cliff before Christmas, but adds there's still a chance it can be done. Majority Leader Harry Reid commented Tuesday amid a souring mood in Washington over negotiations to forestall... more »
December 8, 2012 8:08 PM
ASCENSION PARISH- A Dutchtown community is rebuilding and replacing thousands of dollars worth of lights after vandals ransacked an entire neighborhood's Christmas displays.
It happened overnight Friday in the Old Dutchtown subdivision off Highway 74 in Ascension Parish.
Scott Raposo's elaborate display of 57,000 lights was hit.
... more »
December 7, 2012 1:28 PM
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Four-year-old Gavyn Boscio asked for an Easy-Bake Oven for Christmas. But when his big sister went to buy one, she could find it only in girly pink and purple. So the Garfield, N.J., girl started an online petition asking Hasbro to make the toy ovens in gender-neutral... more »
December 6, 2012 3:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - Here's a list of Christmas parades happening around the greater Baton Rouge area this weekend.
Baton Rouge Police especially warned people heading downtown for the Kiwanis parade to consider taking alternative exits from the interstate than the Government exit, which they said backs up every year.... more »
December 6, 2012 12:36 PM
DALLAS - Oh, to be one of 110 select Canadians! They'll find in their mailboxes a bottle of pizza-scented perfume before Christmas, courtesy of Pizza Hut Canada. The Canadian subsidiary of the Dallas-based pizza chain selected the 110 from more than 1,000 responses to a social media-based promotional campaign. The... more »
December 4, 2012 6:21 PM
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says the 10,000 lights on the Capitol Christmas Tree represent the "everlasting light" that entered the world with the birth of Jesus Christ. Boehner hosted Tuesday evening's lighting of the 65-foot spruce from Colorado. Eagle Scout Ryan Shuster of Colorado Springs flipped the switch... more »
December 3, 2012 4:06 PM
ANGOLA- Inmates at the state's maximum security prison are working overtime to fill all the orders on Santa's list before Christmas.
It's a tradition every year that gets inmates working on their down time to make toys and fix bikes for needy children.
"They are elves," said Tom... more »
December 3, 2012 2:25 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans man was robbed and his home burglarized by three suspects who approached him Sunday while he was hanging Christmas lights, police say. The Times-Picayune reports three man approached the unidentified victim, ordered him off a ladder and forced him inside the house. Police say... more »
November 30, 2012 4:19 PM
Here are a list of Christmas parades taking place the weekend of Dec. 1 and 2 -
Saturday, Dec. 1
St. George Fire Dept - Starts at 10am and ends at dusk, through neighborhoods between Airline Hwy and the Amite River
South Baton Rouge Parade - Starts... more »
November 29, 2012 5:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - You may not be charged tax when online shopping, but that doesn't mean your purchases are tax-free.
Web retailers like Amazon.com aren't required to collect sales tax in states like Louisiana because there's no 'brick-and-mortar' store in the state, but Louisiana still requires consumers to pay... more »
November 29, 2012 5:14 PM
BATON ROUGE- Some people too busy to decorate are finding more holiday cheer by hiring help to spruce up their home for the holidays. For around $300 you can kick back and sip cocoa as workers set up your lights. Some are college students looking for extra cash, while others... more »
November 27, 2012 5:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - A Christmas tree can bust into flames within seconds, if safety precautions are not taken this holiday season.
Real or fake, homes around the country catch fire every year because of dry trees or electrical problems in a home.
This holiday season, be sure to... more »
November 26, 2012 10:14 AM
BATON ROUGE - WBRZ News 2 Louisiana will kick off the 2012 holiday season in the Baton Rouge area with its annual "Lights Before Christmas" Contest.
"Lights Before Christmas" recognizes the area's most spirited and decorative homes of the season.Viewers can nominate homes beginning Monday, November 26th through Wednesday,... more »
November 23, 2012 4:38 PM
WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama is kicking off the holiday season by welcoming the White House Christmas tree. Mrs. Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and first dog Bo greeted the arrival of a 19-foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Jefferson, N.C. The tree arrived Friday on a horse-drawn... more »
November 8, 2012 5:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with several stores already stocking the shelves with holiday items.
According to the National Retail Federation nearly 40 percent of holiday shoppers get started around Halloween.
Retailers seem more than happy supply the demand. But not everyone... more »
September 19, 2012 12:33 PM
NEW YORK - A $400 million makeover is giving New York's iconic Macy's store a sleek, new 21st century style. And some preservationists aren't happy about it. They see the overhaul of America's biggest department store as scrapping classic Beaux Arts and Art Deco touches in favor of the latest... more »
September 19, 2012 12:24 PM
NEW YORK - It's still technically summer, but for some it's not too soon to think about what the kiddies will want for the holidays. Toys R Us has come out with its annual "hot toy" list that includes tablets for kids, fashion dolls in the likeness of boy-band sensation... more »
September 12, 2012 12:36 PM
NEW YORK - It's still summer for a few more days, but the holidays are already heating up at Toys R Us. The largest U.S. specialty toy retailer outlined its plan for its busiest season Wednesday - including adding a "hot toy" reservation system, beefing up services like layaway and... more »
July 23, 2012 12:41 PM
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - If Santa looks thinner than usual come Christmas, it may have something to do with Zumba, the Latin-inspired dance fitness craze. A Zumba exercise class with hula hoops was a novelty at this year's World Santa Congress, which brings St. Nicks from around the globe to an... more »
December 30, 2011 4:11 PM
METAIRIE - Saints running back Pierre Thomas has been fined $12,500 for a uniform violation and a touchdown celebration in which he placed a bow on a football and gave it to a fan. The fine for the celebration is $7,500. Thomas also violated NFL policies by wearing Christmas-themed green... more »