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Natchitoches

Celebrate the joy of the Christmas season with a visit to Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase.  Natchitoches Christmas Festival was named the 2020 "Best Public Holiday Light Display" by USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice. Other accolades include the 2018 Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 "Festival of the Year", 2018 "Top Festival in the State" by New Orleans Magazine, one of "The 10 Best Cities to Get Your Holiday Lights Fix" by Livability.com, one of "America's 25 Most Festive Christmas Towns" by RaveReviews.com and CarRentals.com, one of "The 10 Best Christmas Towns in the United States" by WideOpenCountry.com, and many more.

Thousands of twinkling lights illuminate the downtown district and Cane River Lake. During the six-week holiday season, experience Natchitoches traditions such as carriage tours through the National Historic Landmark District, fireworks each Saturday, live entertainment, the Northwestern State University Christmas Gala, and the Christmas Tour of Homes presented by the Natchitoches Historic Foundation.

The Natchitoches Christmas Festival - ranked 3rd “Best Holiday Light Show” behind Rockefeller Center and Disney Land by Yahoo! Travel – celebrates its 95th year and is Louisiana's premier holiday event. Visitors are captivated by more than 300,000 lights illuminating downtown Natchitoches and over 100 lighted set pieces along Cane River creating a magical backdrop for spectacular fireworks and entertainment. Enjoy gator on a stick, hot gumbo and of course Natchitoches meat pies from many of the food vendors.

Shops and restaurants stay open late during the holidays. Shopping, entertainment, and food and craft vendors create a festive atmosphere for all to enjoy throughout the holiday season.

So plan your trip today. Use the itinerary builder to create a list of events you don’t want to miss.  Book a room at one of our hotels or one of our many Bed and Breakfasts by visiting our website at www.natchitoches.com or click here for the list of Holiday events.

Merry Christmas!

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11/20/2021

3:00-7:00 pm - Music on the Riverbank Stage

4:30pm-9:30pm  - “Turn on the Holidays!” – Join us for the official start to the Natchitoches Christmas season. This event features musical entertainment and fireworks!

4:00pm-7:00pm  -  Holiday Open House – Historic District Business Association. Shops Open Late

7:00pm  -  Fireworks over Cane River Lake and the official lighting ceremony

Downtown Natchitoches
781 Front Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
11/27/2021

9:00am-4:30pm  -  Fleur de Lis Christmas Craft Mall, Natchitoches Events Center | FREE

10:00am-4:00pm  -  Cookies with Santa

10:00am-9:00pm  -  Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank

3:00-7:00pm - Music on the Riverbank Stage

7:00pm  -  Fireworks over Cane River Lake 

Downtown Natchitoches
781 Front Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/04/2021

 

Celebrate the Christmas season in Louisiana’s oldest city. Enjoy our daylong festival filled with music, entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors, and our famous firework show choreographed to holiday music over Cane River Lake. Admission armbands are required for entry to the Downtown Riverbank.

12:00-6:00pm - Music on the Riverbank Stage

1:00pm  -  Festival of Lights Parade​

6:00pm  -  Fireworks over Cane River Lake

Downtown Natchitoches
781 Front Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/05/2021 | 12/06/2021 | 12/07/2021 | 12/08/2021 | 12/09/2021 | 12/10/2021 | 12/11/2021 | 12/12/2021 | 12/13/2021 | 12/14/2021 | 12/15/2021 | 12/16/2021 | 12/17/2021 | 12/18/2021 | 12/19/2021 | 12/20/2021 | 12/21/2021 | 12/22/2021 | 12/23/2021

6:00pm - 8:30pm | FREE (Saturday visits will require an armband for Riverbank access) 

Visit with Santa in his house on the South end of the Downtown Riverbank

Santa Claus House
101 rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/09/2021 | 12/10/2021 | 12/11/2021 | 12/16/2021 | 12/17/2021 | 12/18/2021

The Christmas Tour of Homes is a holiday tour of uniquely decorated homes in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  The event will feature docent-led commentaries on the history of each property as well as the unique holiday decorations. The Christmas Tour of Homes is a self-guided walking tour. You may begin at any of the properties. There will be docents to guide you through the interior of each venue.

We invite you to experience the charm of historic Natchitoches during this annual holiday event. Proceeds from the Tour benefit restoration of properties in the Natchitoches Parish area.

Various location
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/11/2021

10:00am-4:00pm  -  Cookies with Santa​

10:00am-9:00pm  -  Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank​

3:00-7:00pm Music on the Riverbank Stage

7:00pm  -  Fireworks over Cane River Lake 

Downtown Natchitoches
781 Front Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/18/2021

10:00am-9:00pm  -  Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank​

3:00-7:00pm Music on the Riverbank Stage​

7:00pm  - Fireworks over Cane River Lake

Downtown Natchitoches
781 Front Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/24/2021

10:00am-9:00pm  -  Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank

3:00-7:00pm - Music on the Riverbank Stage

7:00pm - Fireworks over Cane River Lake

Downtown Natchitoches
781 Front Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457