Do you find yourself yearning for more Christmas magic throughout the year? Is your holiday calendar centered around cozy evenings with Hallmark Channel's Christmas movies? Do you kick off your Christmas music playlist the day after Thanksgiving?

If you're nodding along to more than one of these questions, it's safe to say you share our deep love for the Christmas season. Brace yourself for excitement as you discover the magic of the Louisiana City named 'Best Christmas Town For magical Christmas Getaway'.

Natchitoches, Louisiana

Natchitoches Christmas Facebook
Natchitoches Christmas Facebook

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season in the picturesque town of Natchitoches, where festivities kick off with the enchanting Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank. Indulge in sweet moments at "Cookies with Santa," and witness the official start to Christmas with "Turn on the Holidays," featuring musical entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display over Cane River Lake.

Fun for the whole family

Dive into the historic district's Holiday Open House, where shops stay open late, and enjoy more fireworks in the evening. The schedule is brimming with excitement, including a Light the Way 5K, the Fleur de Lis Christmas Craft Mall, and the much-anticipated 97th Annual Christmas Festival on December 2nd.

This festival promises a day filled with music, entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors, and a breathtaking fireworks show choreographed to holiday tunes over the picturesque Cane River Lake. Don't miss the Festival of Lights Parade, live music from various artists, and the Northwestern State University Christmas Gala, adding a touch of elegance to the festive season. The town offers a perfect blend of family-friendly activities, cultural experiences, and joyous celebrations throughout November and December.

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Christmas Cheer Since 1972

"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 6th, the Epiphany. Over 300,000 lights and 100 plus set pieces are on display every night at dusk"

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

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