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The Oldest City in Louisiana Celebrates its 91st Annual Christmas Festival of Lights

Natchitoches will be celebrating its 91st Annual Christmas Festival of Lights from November 18th, 2017 to January 6, 2018. Ranked as one of the top three holiday light displays by Yahoo!Travel.com, the Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights is a 45 night celebration of lights, fun and festivities set along the backdrop of downtown Historic Natchitoches and Cane River Lake. Cane River is illuminated by more than 300,000 twinkling lights and 100 set pieces. Highlights of the Natchitoches Christmas season include the 91st Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival Day – always held on the first Saturday in December, The Holiday Tour of Homes, Natchitoches-NSU Christmas Gala, and spectacular fireworks displays over Cane River Lake. Click Here for the 2017 Natchitoches Christmas Season Brochure!


Named the “Best Southern Small Town” by readers of USA Today in 2016, Natchitoches has a long tradition of Christmas spirit.  Since 1926 Natchitoches has been home to one of the oldest community-based holiday celebrations in the country.  The Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival began as a one-day event and has now evolved into a six-week long festival season that ends on January 6 (Epiphany).  Visitors can enjoy live musical entertainment, food vendors and activities along the riverbank, and a spectacular fireworks show over Cane River Lake. Fireworks take place each Saturday through December 31st.


Whether you are looking for a festive atmosphere, historical home tour, or theatrical performances, the Natchitoches Christmas Festival Season has it all.  In addition to the activities, visitors can enjoy area attractions such as the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historical Park, shopping along brick-paved Front Street, and a horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown Historic Natchitoches.


Plan your trip today and see why the Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights is the premiere holiday light festival in the state.  Don’t miss this celebration ninety years in the making! For more information and complete schedule of events, please visit www.NatchitochesChristmas.com and www.Natchitoches.com.

Enjoy making our Christmas Festival of Lights online jigsaw puzzle while you listen to the interview above. Use the full screen facility to make the puzzle larger and use your mouse or arrow keys to rotate the pieces. Click and drag on a piece to place it where you want it. The Ghost Icon creates a work space for you and the Image Icon places the image where you can easily refer to it.

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