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Celebrate the joy of the Christmas season with a visit to Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase and USA Today’s and 10Best.com’s “Best Southern Small Town 2015.”
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, firework extravaganzas, parades, 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 90th year and is the granddaddy of all Louisiana festivals. Named a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Festival for 2016, visitors are awed by the more than 300,000 lights illuminating downtown Natchitoches and 100 lighted set pieces along Cane River creating a magical backdrop for the spectacular fireworks and entertainment. Enjoy gator on a stick, hot gumbo and of course Natchitoches meat pies from any of the dozen food vendors on hand.
Shops and restaurants stay open late during the holidays. Shopping, live entertainment, carolers, 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 and book a hotel room. Merry Christmas!