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Celebrate the joy of the Christmas season with a visit to Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase.  Natchitoches was named, 2018 Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 "Festival of the Year", 2018 "Top Festival in the State" by New Orleans Magazine and winner of the Louisiana Travel Association "Holiday Trail of Lights/Festival of the Year in 2018.

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, a parade, 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 92nd year and is Louisiana's prermier holiday Event. Visitors are captivated by more than 300,000 lights illuminating downtown Natchitoches and over100 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, 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.  Book a room at one of our hotels or one of our many Bed and Breakfasts by visiting our website at or click here for the list of Holiday events.

Merry Christmas!

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The Chirstmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival is celebrating 24 years of holiday entertainment on Saturday December 1. The event will be held at Earl G. Williamson Park in Oil City, located on HWY 1. The festival will open at 3:30 p.m. with a variety of food vendors, children's activities and live music. At 6:30 p.m. the skies above Caddo Lake will light up with a fireworks display being presented by Pyromania Fireworks, LLC. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to shop the wide selection of arts and crafts and feast on fair-styled foods. The foods include gumbo, red beans and rice, Cajun chili and more. Children can visit with Santa to share their holiday wish list and receive a free gift from him. Photos with Santa will be available for purchase, too. Other children's activites include a jumpy houe, clowns and more. 

Earl G. Williamson Park
11425 LA Hwy. 1,
Oil City, LA 71061
Christmas on Caddo Firework Festival