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.
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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.
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.
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.
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,
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