That’s what the town of Natchitoches has in common. The setting for Steel Magnolia movie, the Meat Pie Festival and famous Christmas lights.
Natchitoches, located in north-central Louisiana, is a short drive from our south central states and large metro areas. I-49 runs just 5 miles west of our beautiful Historic Landmark District, site of our lighting displays and the festivities for the Natchitoches Christmas Season. Take exit #138 off of I-49
Christmas Cheer Since 1927
Named after a Native American tribe, Natchitoches (pronounced Nack-a-tish ) is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase Territory. Since 1927, we are home to one of the oldest community-based holiday celebrations in the country. Starting as a one-day festival, the Natchitoches Christmas Festival has evolved into a six-week long Christmas Season. The Christmas Season begins on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and concludes on January the 6th, the Epiphany. Over 300,000 lights and 100 plus set pieces are on display every night at dusk.
96th Annual Christmas Festival
Louisiana’s Premiere Holiday Event!
Celebrate the Christmas season in Louisiana’s oldest city. Enjoy our daylong festival filled with music, entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors, and our famous firework show choreographed to holiday music over Cane River Lake.
Saturday, December 3https://www.natchitocheschristmas.com/schedule
*Festival Area – $10 admission beginning at 6am. Ages 6 and under are FREE
7:00am – 7:00pm – Mistletoe Market (City Bank parking lots on Second Street)
1:00pm – Festival of Lights Parade
6:00pm – Fireworks over Cane River Lake
Music on the Riverbank Stage
2:30pm – Louisiana Sidemen
5:00pm – Mike McKenzie Band