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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 the 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. Other accolades include one of "The 10 Best Cities to Get Your Holiday Lights Fix" by, one of "America's 25 Most Festive Christmas Towns" by and, one of "The 10 Best Christmas Towns in the United States" by, 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, 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 94th 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, 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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Why not discover Natchitoches’ newest Holiday attraction, Christmas in the Park this year? Bring the entire family and celebrate the true meaning of this magical season amid this walk-through explosion of light and sound. Transforming seven acres of park into a true woodland winter is over 300,000 LED lights, decorated sets, tasty holiday treats, nightly Christmas character meet and greets, the Mistletones singing trees, and much more! Please visit for more information.

Christmas in the Park
4343 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457