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Natchitoches Christmas Season Schedule of Events

87th Annual Festival of Lights and 2013 Natchitoches Christmas Schedule

November 23, 2013 – January 6, 2014

Christmas crowds on the Cane River.

Over 300,000+ Christmas lights and 100 plus riverbank set pieces are on every night at dusk through January 6, 2014.  Downtown attractions include carriages tours through the historic district.  Shops and restaurants open late.  All events take place in the Landmark Historic District along the Cane River Lake and along the Cane River Lake south of Natchitoches.

* All times are approximate at this time. Dates are subject to change.
**Natchitoches Historic District Business Association & the City of Natchitoches host the annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival.

Friday, November 22, 2013

10:00 a.m. – Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical guided walking tours of the Natchitoches Historic District. 550 Second St. FREE

Saturday, November 23, 2013: A Salute to the Natchitoches – 300 years a Tri-Centennial Celebration

All Day Celebration - “Turn on the Holidays!” – A Louisiana Main to Main Event – Children’s activities, entertainment & more.

10:00 a.m. – Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical guided walking tours of the Natchitoches Historic District. 550 Second St. FREE

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Children’s Festivities including Master Magician David G. Wonders - Downtown Riverbank, FREE 

1:00 p.m.– Registration for Toy Run – Natchitoches Motorcycle Riders – Begins at Bank of Montgomery (Washington Street location). Toy Run begins at 3:00 p.m. Bring a toy or cash! Motorcycles only.

4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Holiday Open House – Historic District Business Association (Shops & attractions open late)

5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Musical entertainment on the downtown riverbank stage – FREE 

6:30 p.m. Festival of Lights Opening Night Ceremony & Fireworks over Cane River Lake – Downtown Riverbank  FREE

7:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River Lake – FREE

Friday, November 29, 2013

10:00 a.m. – Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical guided walking tours of the Natchitoches Historic District. 550 Second St. FREE

Saturday, November 30, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Fleur de Lis Arts & Crafts Show – Christmas crafts, jewelry, decorations & gifts.  Natchitoches Events Center, 750 Second Street. FREE

10:00 a.m. – Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical guided walking tours of the Natchitoches Historic District. 550 Second St. FREE

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  SnowFest – Experience Frosty’s Avalanche Slide tubing down 110 feet of totally awesome winter fun,plus other children’s activities(42″ height requirement) and vendors.

2:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Musical entertainment on the downtown riverbank stage – FREE

7:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River Lake – FREE

Sunday, December 1, 2013

10:00 a.m. – Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical guided walking tours of the Natchitoches Historic District. 550 Second St. FREE

Wednesday December 4, 2013

7:30 p.m. Natchitoches/Northwestern Christmas Gala, A.A. Fredericks Auditorium NSU campus. $

Thursday, December 5, 2013

10:00 a.m. – Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical guided walking tours of the Natchitoches Historic District. 550 Second St. FREE

7:30 p.m. Natchitoches/Northwestern Christmas Gala, A.A. Fredericks Auditorium NSU campus. $

Friday, December 6, 2013

10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical guided walking tours of the Natchitoches Historic District. 550 Second St. FREE

6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Musical entertainment on downtown riverbank stage FREE

7:00 p.m.  Natchitoches/Northwestern Christmas Gala, A. A. Fredericks Auditorium NSU campus. $

9:00 p.m.  Natchitoches/Northwestern Christmas Gala, A. A. Fredericks Auditorium NSU campus. $

Fireworks over BridgeSaturday, December 7, 2013

87th Annual Christmas Festival, Louisiana’s premiere holiday event

Daylong celebration with live musical entertainment, arts, crafts and food vendors, parades, magnificent fireworks and laser show choreographed to holiday music over a state of the arts sound system.  **Admission to Front Street & Downtown Riverbank. $

7:45 a.m.   Natchitoches “City of Lights” 5K

11:00 a.m.  Mrs. Claus Christmas Parade

Noon          Opening Ceremony & Entertainment

1:00 p.m.  Santa Claus Christmas Parade

2:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Musical entertainment on the downtown riverbank stage – Lainey Wilson – Admission $

4:15 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Musical entertainment on the downtown riverbank stage – Frank Foster – Admission $

6:00 p.m.  Fireworks over Cane River Lake

6:30 – 10:00 p.m.  Musical Entertainment

Sunday, December 8, 2013

10:00 a.m. – Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical guided walking tours of the Natchitoches Historic District. 550 Second St. FREE

7:00 p.m. – Community Carols and Chorus. Magale Recital Hall. A joint presentation of First United Methodist Church Natchitoches, NSU Creative and Performing Arts, and other area churches. FREE

Tuesday December 10, 2013 

7:30 p.m. Lesson & Carols” – Immaculate Conception Church, 613 Second Street. FREE

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation $  www.historicfoundation.org   For Tickets Call:  800-259-1714 $

Friday, December 13, 2013

10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical guided walking tours of the Natchitoches Historic District. 550 Second St. FREE

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  SnowFest – Experience Frosty’s Avalanche Slide tubing down 110 feet of totally awesome winter fun,plus other children’s activities(42″ height requirement) and vendors.

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation $ www.historicfoundation.org   For Tickets Call:  800-259-1714 $

Saturday, December 14, 2013

*Admission to downtown riverbank – beginning at 2pm – $5 ages 12 & over $

9:00 am – 5:00 p.m. Féte de Hiver.  Fort St. Jean Baptiste SHS, Celebrate Christmas 18th century style with historians, re-enactors and period merchants. $4 for persons over 12 & under 62. $

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Les Amies Christmas Treasures Arts & Crafts Sale – Natchitoches Events Center, 750 Second Street – FREE

2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. “Changed by a Baby boy:  A Christmas Musical – Natchitoches Events Center, 750 Second Street – FREE

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation. $ www.historicfoundation.org For Tickets Call:  800-259-1714

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Christmas Downriver.  Cane River Creole National Historic Park presents Creole Christmas with special tours, educational programs and musical events   FREE

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Children’s Christmas Party – Natchitoches Parish Library, 450 Second Street   FREE

4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  SnowFest – Experience Frosty’s Avalanche Slide tubing down 110 feet of totally awesome winter fun,plus other children’s activities(42″ height requirement) and vendors.

2:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Musical entertainment on the downtown riverbank stageAdmission $

7:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River Lake – Admission $

Sunday, December 15, 2013

10:00 a.m. – Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical guided walking tours of the Natchitoches Historic District. 550 Second St. FREE

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

7:30 p.m. “Lessons & Carols” featuring NSU Choirs – Trinity Episcopal Church, 533 Second Street FREE

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation. $ www.historicfoundation.org For Tickets Call:  800-259-1714 $

Thursday, December 19, 2013

10:00 a.m. – Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical guided walking tours of the Natchitoches Historic District. 550 Second St. FREE

6:30 p.m. “Lessons & Carols” featuring NSU Choirs – Trinity Episcopal Church, 533 Second Street FREE

Friday, December 20, 2013

10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical guided walking tours of the Natchitoches Historic District. 550 Second St. FREE

4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  SnowFest – Experience Frosty’s Avalanche Slide tubing down 110 feet of totally awesome winter fun,plus other children’s activities(42″ height requirement) and vendors.

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation. $ www.historicfoundation.org  For Tickets Call:  800-259-1714 $

6:00 p.m. “Changed by a Baby boy:  A Christmas Musical – Natchitoches Events Center, 750 Second Street – FREE

Saturday, December 21, 2013

*Admission to downtown riverbank – beginning at 2pm – $5 ages 12 & over $

12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Cane River Creole Christmas at Badin-Roque House.  The St. Augustine Historical Society hosts special tours and Creole holiday stories   FREE

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Christmas Downriver.  Cane River Creole National Historic Park presents Creole Christmas with special tours, educational programs and musical events   FREE

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation.  www.historicfoundation.org For Tickets Call 800-259-1714 $

2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. “Changed by a Baby boy:  A Christmas Musical – Natchitoches Events Center, 750 Second Street – FREE

4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  SnowFest – Experience Frosty’s Avalanche Slide tubing down 110 feet of totally awesome winter fun,plus other children’s activities(42″ height requirement) and vendors.

2:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Musical entertainment on the downtown riverbank stageAdmission $

7:00 pm Fireworks over Cane River Lake – $

Sunday, December 22, 2013

10:00 a.m. – Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical guided walking tours of the Natchitoches Historic District. 550 Second St. FREE

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

10:00 a.m. – Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical guided walking tours of the Natchitoches Historic District. 550 Second St. FREE

Thursday, December 26, 2013

10:00 a.m. – Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical guided walking tours of the Natchitoches Historic District. 550 Second St. FREE

Friday, December 27, 2013

10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical guided walking tours of the Natchitoches Historic District. 550 Second St. FREE

Saturday, December 28, 2013

10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical guided walking tours of the Natchitoches Historic District. 550 Second St. FREE

7:00 pm Fireworks over Cane River Lake   FREE

Sunday, December 29, 2013

10:00 a.m. – Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical guided walking tours of the Natchitoches Historic District. 550 Second St. FREE

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Midnight Fireworks over Cane River Lake   FREE

December 1 – 24, 2013

Christmas in the Park – Rebel State Historic Park – Marthaville, Louisiana Visitors are invited to drive or walk through the park.  Photos with Santa every Saturday in December.   For information (318) 472-6255  FREE

December 8 – 22, 2013

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

Stop by the Santa Claus House for photos with Santa!

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