Natchitoches Christmas Festival

Natchitoches Christmas Festival

Natchitoches Christmas Festival

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The Natchitoches Christmas Festival (Festival of Lights) is held annually in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The Christmas festival is expanded throughout the community each year but is centered around the historic district of Natchitoches. The festival is a major tourist attraction for the area, drawing an estimated 100,000 visitors annually. It can be difficult to find a hotel, pushing many visitors into neighboring cities such as Winnfield and Alexandria. Hotel prices can often jump into the hundreds for those who failed to make reservations. Front street, Jefferson, and Second Street constitute the main route of the Christmas Parade. The festival has been held the first Saturday in December since 1927. In 2006, the festival celebrated its 80th year of existence.

The official premiere of the Festival occurs on the first Saturday of December. Events include an early afternoon parade, an arts & crafts show, food booths along the river front selling Louisiana cuisine, including the famous Natchitoches meat pie, live entertainment, and a spectacular evening fireworks show accompanied with music and a laser show. At the end of the fireworks display, the lights along Cane River are switched on - an incredible display of 300,000+ lights and 100+ riverbank set pieces.The lights continue to brighten the Cane River until after New Year's Day.

Country music singer Trini Triggs has been noted to make an appearance in the parade, along with the Budweiser Clydesdales, the Northwestern...
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