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Natchitoches

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.

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 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 www.natchitoches.com or click here for the list of Holiday events.

Merry Christmas!

E.g., 10/21/2018
E.g., 10/21/2018
11/17/2018

Join us for the official start to the Natchitoches Christmas season. This event features musical entertainment, children's activities, and fireworks! 

10am-10pm - "Turn on the Holidays" activities, Free admission
10am-4pm - Visit Santa's Live Reindeer on the Riverbank, $
4-7pm - Holiday Shopping Open House at Historic District Business Association shops and attractions
4:30-7pm - Music: Cane River Soul on the Riverbank Stage
7pm - Fireworks
7:15-9:15pm - Music: 92Twenty on the Riverbank Stage

 

Front Street & Rue Beauport
100 Rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Christmas lights in Natchitoches by Karen Hoyt
 
11/17/2018

Join the ladies of Les Amies for their annual Christmas Treasures Arts and Crafts Show! Enjoy great holiday shopping before heading downtown for "Turning on the Holidays"!

FREE ADMISSION - Donations Accepted and Appreciated
Silent Auction, Local Vendors, Santa Claus & much more!!

Natchitoches Events Center
750 2nd Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Arts & Crafts Show
 
11/23/2018 | 11/24/2018 | 11/28/2018 | 11/29/2018 | 11/30/2018 | 12/01/2018 | 12/02/2018 | 12/05/2018 | 12/06/2018 | 12/07/2018 | 12/08/2018 | 12/09/2018 | 12/12/2018 | 12/13/2018 | 12/14/2018 | 12/15/2018 | 12/16/2018 | 12/17/2018 | 12/18/2018 | 12/19/2018 | 12/20/2018 | 12/21/2018 | 12/22/2018 | 12/23/2018 | 12/24/2018 | 12/25/2018

Natchitoches’ newest holiday attraction, Christmas In The Park, offers a family oriented, country Christmas walk-through nothing short of a winter wonderland on select dates from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Weather permitting.

Dark Woods
4343 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
11/23/2018 | 11/24/2018

Friday, November 23

3-9pm - Holiday Kids Fest on the downtown Riverbank, $
5:30-8:30pm - DJ on the Riverbank Stage

Saturday, November 24

10am-9pm - Holiday Kids Fest on the downtown Riverbank, $
4:30-7pm - Music: LaCour Bros Trio
7pm - Fireworks
7:15-9:30pm - Music: Chicken on the Bone

Rue Beauport
100 Rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Festival entertainment on the Riverbank Stage
 
11/24/2018

A Large Arts & Crafts show with hundreds of vendors all under one roof at the Natchitoches Event Center. The Fleur de Lis Arts & Crafts Show is held twice a year in Natchitoches. 

Natchitoches Events Center
750 2nd Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Arts & Crafts Show
 
11/28/2018 | 11/29/2018 | 11/30/2018

Inspired by New York’s Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, the Christmas Gala showcases the talents of students and faculty in NSU’s world-class music, theatre, dance and art programs. The show is a perennial favorite and is sure to delight audiences of all ages with Christmas songs, skits and dance numbers that celebrate the magic of Christmas, such as the wildly popular Nutcracker dance, the NSU Jazz Orchestra, the Percussion Ensemble and several other featured musical and vocal ensembles.

Wednesday 7pm
Thursday 7pm
Friday 7pm & 9pm

A.A. Fredericks Auditorium, NSU Campus
150 Central Avenue
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Natchitoches/Northwestern Christmas Gala
 
12/01/2018

Enjoy the daylong festival filled with music, entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors, parade, and the famous fireworks show choreographed to holiday music over Cane River Lake. Admission armbands are required for entry to Front Street and Rue Beauport Riverfront.

7:45am - Natchitoches City of Lights 5K Run starting at NSU
10am-6pm - Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest LA Museum open, $
1pm - Festival of Lights Parade - Wayne Toups Grand Marshall
2:45pm-4:30pm - Music: Louisiana Sidemen
4:30-6pm - Music: Wayne Toups
6pm - Fireworks over Cane River Lake

Front Street & Rue Beauport Riverfront
100 Rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Natchitoches Christmas Festival by Karen Hoyt
 
12/04/2018

Lessons and Carols with the NSU Chamber Choir at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church.

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church.
145 Church Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/06/2018 | 12/13/2018

President and Mrs. Chris Maggio invite you to a special night of Christmas magic at Northwestern State University. Join the Maggios at the Presdient's Home as you are welcomed to the historic campus, founded in 1884 as Louisiana State Normal School. Walk past the three remaining columns of the Bullard Mansion, a symbol of the university. Built in 1832, the mansion was the site of the Louisiana State Normal School. Watch for popup performances by the Creative & Performing Arts students and be sure to ask about the Legend of Isabella. The Old President's Home, built in 1927, is now the home of the Alumni Center. After visiting the Alumni Center, step next door to lovely Varnado Hall.

December 6 & 13, 5-8pm

Northwestern State University
Normal Drive
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Holiday Tour of Homes
 
12/06/2018

6-7pm NSU Elementary/Middle Lab School Orchestra Christmas Concert on the Riverbank Stage.
7-8pm Natchitoches Central High School Orchestra Christmas Concert on the Riverbank Stage.

Rue Beauport, Riverbank Stage
100 Rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/07/2018 | 12/08/2018

Friday, December 7

3-9pm - Holiday Kids Fest on the downtown Riverbank, $
5:30-8:30pm - DJ on the Riverbank Stage

Saturday, December 8

10am-9pm - Holiday Kids Fest on the downtown Riverbank, $
4:30-7pm - Music: Mike McKenzie Band
7pm - Fireworks
7:15-9:30pm - Music: Maggie Rose

Front Street & Rue Beauport
100 Rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/07/2018 | 12/14/2018

Few things are better than Natchitoches at night during the Christmas season! Showing true Southern hospitality are Laureate House and Bayou Amulet House. The actual bayou was first called Bayou a la Mule. This is where mules were tied while their owners were conducting business. French and Spanish traders used this area as a meeting point. Laureate House and Bayou Amulet House are both located on Poete Street. Laureate House was built in 1840 and contains a cellar that was connected to the bayou. The house was restored in the 1950s. Bayou Amulet House was built in the 1850s and is surrounded by gardens. Poete Street is a lovely walking area with festive decorations!

December 7 & 14, 5-8pm

Laureate House & Bayou Amulet House
Poete Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Holiday Tour of Homes
 
12/08/2018

Bring your children and enjoy a historic setting full of Christmas fun! Cornhusk doll making, Christmas themed carnival games, performances by local groups, and treats available. Service organizations in Natchitoches will provide education and entertainment for young and old alike.

December 8, 10am-1pm

Prudhomme-Rouquier House
446 Jefferson Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/08/2018 | 12/15/2018

Step back in time to life in historic Natchitoches. Our downtown area is home to some fabulous stories! We invite you to step into The Cunningham Law Firm, now the Natchitoches Historic Foundation home, to hear about small business life in the late 1800s. The building has twin chimneys in the center of the building that were used to heat both sides of the duplex offices. Trinity Episcopal Church boasts the story of the fighting bishop. Join us to hear this fascinating tale! Construction of the Old Courthouse began in 1896. It is a lovely example of Romanesque Revival architecture.

December 8 & 15, 1-4pm

The Cunningham Law Firm/ Natchitoches Historic Foundation
550 2nd Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Trinity Episcopal by Lane Luckie
 
12/14/2018 | 12/15/2018

Friday, December 14

3-9pm - Holiday Kids Fest on the downtown Riverbank, $
5:30-8:30pm - DJ on the Riverbank Stage

Saturday, December 15

10am-9pm - Holiday Kids Fest on the downtown Riverbank, $
4:30-7pm - Music: Southbound 71
7pm - Fireworks
7:15-9:30pm - Music: Jaryd Lane

Front Street & Rue Beauport
100 Rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Christmas downtown lights by Karen Hoyt
 
12/21/2018 | 12/22/2018

Friday, December 21

3-9pm - Holiday Kids Fest on the downtown Riverbank, $
5:30-8:30pm - DJ on the Riverbank Stage

Saturday, December 22

10am-9pm - Holiday Kids Fest on the downtown Riverbank, $
4:30-7pm - Music: Paul & Pete Band
7pm - Fireworks
7:15-9:30pm - Music: Johnny Earthquake & the Moondogs

Front Street & Rue Beauport
100 Rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Christmas downtown by Karen Hoyt