Celebrate Christmas in Natchitoches, LA!

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The Oldest City in Louisiana Celebrates its 93rd  Annual Christmas Festival of Lights


This episode of Big Blend Radio focuses on the new Natchitoches Film Trail and Steel Magnolias Film Trail, along with 93rd Annual Christmas Festival of Lights. 

Natchitoches will be celebrating its 93rd Annual Christmas Festival of Lights from November 23, 2019 to January 6, 2020. This award-winning Christmas celebration 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.

The season  kickoff is “Turn on the Holiday’s”  a Louisiana Main to Main event with children’s activities, entertainment, fireworks and more the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The weekend after Thanksgiving is the Fleur de Lis Arts & Crafts Show.  Vendors have a variety of Christmas crafts, jewelry, decorations and gifts available.

These two weekends lead up to the Christmas Festival, listed as one of the 50 Greatest Festivals in the World by escapenormal.com.  The Christmas Festival is  a day-long celebration with live musical entertainment, arts, crafts and food vendors, parades and our fabulous fireworks  show choreographed to holiday music.

For two weeks after the Christmas Festival weekend the Natchitoches Historic Foundation hosts the Christmas Tour of Homes on Wednesday nights, Friday nights and Saturday, featuring several historic homes for each tour.

The season also offers a Cane River Creole Christmas hosted by the St. Augustine Historical Society, a Children’s Christmas Party hosted by the Natchitoches Parish Library, Fort St. Jean Baptiste SHS celebrates Christmas 18th century style, and Cane River Creole National Historic Park hosts special programs for Christmas Downriver.

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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