Celebrate Christmas in Natchitoches, LA!

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The Oldest City in Louisiana Celebrates its 95TH Annual Christmas Festival of Lights!

BIG BLEND RADIO: Arlene Gould and Kelli West of Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau share what there is to experience in Natchitoches during the holiday season. Listen here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on Spreaker, PodBean, or SoundCloud.

It all began with a star.

The Christmas Festival tradition began in 1927 when employees of the City of Natchitoches’ utility department decided to give their customers a Christmas present. They erected an 8-foot star made of white lights and placed it downtown so everyone could see and enjoy the wonders, not only of the season, but also of electricity.

Over the years, new electrical displays were added. And in 1936, local businessmen added fireworks for the community to enjoy. This was the start of something big – the beginning of one of the nation’s oldest and most spectacular community based Christmas celebrations – the Natchitoches Christmas Festival. This year marks the 95th anniversary for the Christmas Festival.

For the 95th year, there will be more than 100 lighted set piece displays along Cane River Lake. The themes for the displays are indicative of the season, and are also determined by world events. During World War II, a large “V” for victory was included. The giant American Flag, which anchors the northern end of the displays, was built as a tribute to the men and women of Desert Storm and all other veterans. In addition to the set pieces, the City is covered with more than 350,000 colored lights.

The lights come on Saturday, November 20, during the annual “Turn on the Holidays” event following a countdown to the lighting and fireworks. Then the lights will turn on every evening at dusk until January 6, 2022.

In addition to the lights and weekly fireworks shows, the season will include home tours, a 5K run, musical and chorale productions, street and boat parades, live entertainment, shopping, arts and crafts shows, and much, much more!


Nov. 20: Turn on the Holidays & Shopping Open House

Nov. 26-Dec. 26: Christmas in the Park (weekends and select dates)

Nov. 27: Fleur de Lis Arts & Crafts Show

Nov. 27:Outer Natch Popup Market

Nov. 27: Christmas Festival season festivities

Dec. 4: 95th Annual Christmas Festival Day

Dec. 4: Outer Natch Popup Market

Dec. 9-11, 16-18: Christmas Tour of Homes

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 95 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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