Top 10 Holiday Experiences in Natchitoches

Contact: Janna Jenkins, City of Natchitoches
Email: jjenkins@natchitochesla.gov

Natchitoches 91st Annual Christmas Festival, Nov. 18 – Jan. 6th ‐ Ranked as one of the top three holiday light displays by Yahoo! Travel.com, fun and festivities include over 300,000 lights, a spectacular fireworks show; live music; a parade; craft and food vendors and fun for the entire family. Admission Varies 

Holiday Tour of Homes – Experience the charm of Historic Natchitoches during this annual tour through uniquely decorated homes showcasing centuries of Natchitoches history. Admission 

National Historic Landmark District ‐ Overlooking the scenic Cane River Lake, this historic hub is home to annual festivals, music and cultural events. It overflows with restaurants, shops, arts & crafts, book stores, art galleries, historic homes and you must take a walking or horse and carriage tour. 

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest History Museum – Named a top architectural project in the world by Azure Magazine, this modern style building houses the Louisiana Sorts Hall of Fame and a regional history museum. Admission 

30th Annual NSU Christmas Gala ‐Northwestern State University’s Christmas production, inspired by New York’s Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular delights with songs, skits and dance numbers such as the wildly popular Nutcracker dance. Admission 

Turn on the Holidays, Nov. 18th ‐ The Christmas season kicks off featuring live music entertainment, children’sactivities, food vendors, a Holiday Open House at downtown merchants, the official lighting celebration of over 300,000 lights and the first fireworks show of the season. FREE Admission 

Christmas on the Cane – Experience a bona fide 18th century colonial Christmas at Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, a full sized replica of the original French fort settlement of Natchitoches. Admission 

Fleur de Lis Arts & Crafts Show – The largest local indoor craft show more than 100 vendors with unique and original items for sale. FREE Admission 

Les Amies Christmas Treasures Arts & Crafts Show – Craft show featuring holiday gifts, craft vendors and pictures with Santa Claus. FREE Admission 

Romantic Front Street – Named One of the Top 5 Most Romantic Main Streets in America, by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, brick‐paved Front Street is perfect for romantic dinners overlooking Cane River Lake, carriage rides for two under twinkling lights, enchanting strolls through the gardens of Beau Jardin and photos under a canopy of thousands of twinkling lights.

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