Natchitoches Christmas Season Schedule of Events

91st Annual Festival of Lights and 2017 Natchitoches Christmas Schedule

Christmas crowds on the Cane River.

November 18, 2017 through January 6, 2018

Enjoy over 300,000+ Christmas lights in Downtown Natchitoches, Louisiana and over 100 set pieces nestled along the banks of the Cane River Lake every evening at dusk from November 18th through January 6th, 2018. All events take place Downtown Natchitoches Louisiana along banks of Cane River Lake unless noted below. (All times and dates are approximate at this time and subject to change.)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank
9am – 4pm Les Amies Christmas Treasures Arts & Craft Show at Natchitoches Event Center, 750 Second Street.
4pm – 7pm – Holiday Open House – Historic District Business Association Shops & Attractions open late.
4:30pm – 10pm “Turn on the Holidays!” A Louisiana Main to Main Event! Join us for the official start to the Natchitoches Christmas season as we turn on the Christmas lights for the first time. This all day event features live musical entertainment, children’s activities, and Fireworks!
4:30pm – 7pm – Entertainment – Mike McKenzie Band -Downtown Riverbank
7pm Fireworks over Cane River Lake FREE
7:30pm – 9pm – Entertainment -Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs – Downtown Riverbank
9pm – 10pm – Entertainment – Joe Stampley – Downtown Riverbank

Friday November 24, 2017

3pm – 9pm Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $

Saturday November 25, 2017

Admission to Downtown Riverbank beginning at 1pm – $6 Ages 12 & over. Advanced armbands will be available to purchase November 1st.
9am – 4:30pm Fleur de Lis Arts & Crafts Show at Natchitoches Events Center, 750 Second Street. FREE. For more information visit and send the organizers a message to www.facebook.com/FleurDeLisArtsAndCrafts/
10am – 9pm Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $
4:30pm – 7pm – Entertainment – LaCour Trio – Downtown Riverbank
7pm Fireworks over Cane River Lake
7:15pm – 9:30pm – Entertainment – Louisiana Red – Downtown Riverbank

Wednesday, November 29 & Thursday, November 30, 2017

7pm Natchitoches/Northwestern Christmas Gala, AA Fredericks Auditorium NSU campus. For additional information, ticket prices and to order advance tickets contact Teresa at 357-4522 or Ladell at 357-5773.

Friday, December 1, 2017

7:00pm & 9pm Natchitoches/Northwestern Christmas Gala, A A Fredericks Auditorium NSU campus. For additional information, ticket prices and to order advance tickets contact Teresa at 357-4522 or Ladell at 357-5773

Saturday, December 2, 2017

91st Annual Christmas Festival, Louisiana’s premiere holiday event. Named by USA Today’s Readers’ Choice “Best Southern Small Town” in 2016. Enjoy our daylong festival filled with live musical entertainment, arts, crafts and food vendors, a parade and a magnificent fireworks show choreographed to holiday music over the riverbank of Cane River Lake. Admission armbands are required for entry to Front Street & Downtown Riverbank. $10 Ages 12 & over. $8 for Advanced armbands- available for purchase November 1st.
7:45am – Natchitoches “City of Lights” 5K – NSU Campus. Click HERE for information
10am – 4pm – Christmas on the Cane at Fort St. Jean Baptiste SHS, Celebrate Christmas 18th century style with historians, re-enactors and period merchants. $4 for persons over 12 & under 62.
10am – 6pm – LA Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum OPEN with FREE admission
1pm – Festival of Lights Parade
4pm – 6pm – Entertainment – Jo-El Sonnier – Downtown Riverbank
6pm – Fireworks over Cane River Lake

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

7pm-9pm “Lessons & Carols” Featuring Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 613 Second St FREE

Thursday, December 7, 2017

5pm – 8pm Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $

Friday, December 8, 2017

Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank
3pm – 9pm Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $
5pm – 8pm Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation. For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $
6pm – First Baptist Natchitoches, 508 Second Street presenting their Christmas musical.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Admission to the Downtown Riverbank beginning at 1pm – $6 Ages 12 & over. Advanced armband sales will be available online from November 1st – December 3rd.
10am – 9pm Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $
1pm – 4pm Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $
10am – 6pm – Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum (Complimentary Admission for Saturday Holiday Tour of Homes Ticket Holders)
4:30pm – 6pm – Entertainment – Cane River Soul – Downtown Riverbank
7pm Fireworks over Cane River
7:15pm – 9:30pm – Entertainment – Lisa Spann & Co.- Downtown Riverbank

Sunday, December 10, 2017

6pm – First Baptist Natchitoches, 508 Second Street presenting their Christmas musical.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

7pm “Lessons & Carols” Featuring Trinity Episcopal Church choir and special guests, Trinity Episcopal Church, 533 Second Street. FREE

Thursday, December 14, 2017

5pm – 8pm Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $

Friday, December 15, 2017

Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank
3pm – 9pm Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Admission to Downtown Riverbank beginning at 1pm – $6 Ages 12 & over. Advanced armband sales will be available online from November 1st – December 9th.
10am – 9pm Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $
12pm-4pm Cane River Creole Christmas at Badin-Roque House. The St. Augustine Historical Society hosts special tours and Creole holiday stories. FREE
1pm – 2:30pm Christmas Downriver. Cane River Creole National Historic Park presents Creole Christmas with special tours, educational programs and musical events FREE
10am-6pm – Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum (Complimentary Admission for Saturday Holiday Tour of Homes Ticket Holders)
1pm – 4pm Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $
4:30pm – 7pm – Entertainment – Louisiana Sidemen – Downtown Riverbank
7pm Fireworks over Cane River Lake
7:15pm – 9:30 pm – Entertainment – Chicken on the Bone – Downtown Riverbank

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Live Nativity hosted by First United Methodist Church – Corner of Williams Ave. & St. Clair

Friday, December 22, 2017

Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank
3pm – 9pm Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank
10am – 9pm Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $
4:30pm – 7pm – Entertainment – Rivers Revue – Downtown Riverbank
7pm Fireworks over Cane River Lake
7:15pm – 9:30pm – Entertainment – Hank Staples – Downtown Riverbank

Sunday December 24, 2017

Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank – MERRY CHRISTMAS

Saturday, December 30, 2017

7pm – Fireworks over Cane River Lake FREE

December 3 – 23, 2017

6pm – 8:30pm Photos with Santa. Visit with Santa & Photos with Santa on the south end of downtown riverbank.

December 3 – 23, 2017

Visit with Santa & Photos with Santa on the south end downtown riverbank, 6pm – 8:30pm nightly.

Stop by the Santa Claus House for photos with Santa!