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Celebrate the Season in 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!

Upcoming Events!


95TH ANNUAL NATCHITOCHES CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

Dec 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

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95th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival

Dec 04, 2021

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

Natchitoches Christmas Festival

Natchitoches Christmas – December 11

Dec 11, 2021

Sat, 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

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Alexandria - Pineville

The 2021 festivities will be complete with sparking lights (check out our spirited Water Towers!), community parades appearances by Santa Claus, and various performing opportunities to enjoy the arts. Next Event: Christmas Light Show Spetacular
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Minden

Experience the Old World charm of historic downtown Minden with its original brick streets lined with hundreds of life-sized nutcrackers, thousands of twinkling lights, and Disney characters. Next Event: Christmas Market at Beck Curve Farm
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Monroe-West Monroe

Our holiday season is chocked full of family-friendly events and attractions including two parades,a variety of shops, a spectacular fireworks show,ballet performances and other great holiday events. Next Event: Christmas at The Biedenharn
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Natchitoches

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, fireworks and live entertainment, Next Event: 95TH ANNUAL NATCHITOCHES CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
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Shreveport-Bossier

From dazzling fireworks at the drive-in Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival to twinkling light displays at Christmas in Roseland, there are many ways to make the season bright in Shreveport-Bossier. Next Event: Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival
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