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Natchitoches Christmas Season Schedule of Events

88th Annual Festival of Lights and 2014 Natchitoches Christmas Schedule

November 22, 2014 – January 6, 2015

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, 2015.  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.

November 22, 2014 – January 6, 2015

Over 300,000+ Christmas lights and 100 plus riverbank set pieces are on every night at dusk through January 6, 2015. All events take place Downtown Natchitoches and the riverbank of Cane River Lake. (All times and dates are approximate at this time and subject to change.)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank

11 a.m. – 9 p.m. “Turn on the Holidays!” A Louisiana Main to Main & Natchitoches Tri-Centennial 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, a Natchitoches Tri-Centennial Closing Celebration and Fireworks!

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

7 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River Lake FREE

Friday November 28

Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank

3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $

Saturday November 29, 2014

Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fleur de Lis Arts & Crafts Show at Natchitoches Events Center, 750 Second Street. FREE

10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $

3 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Musical Entertainment on the Downtown Riverbank Stage Free

7 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River Lake FREE

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 & Thursday, December 4, 2014

7 p.m. Natchitoches/Northwestern Christmas Gala, AA Fredericks Auditorium NSU campus. For additional information, ticket prices and to order advance tickets, visit the NSU School of Performing & Creative Arts website or contact Jane Norman 318-357-4483 and Ladell Conley 318-357-4522.

Friday, December 5, 2014

7 & 9 p.m. Natchitoches/Northwestern Christmas Gala, A A Fredericks Auditorium NSU campus. For additional information, ticket prices and to order advance tickets, visit the NSU School of Performing & Creative Arts website or contact Jane Norman 318-357-4483 and Ladell Conley 318-357-4522.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 – 88th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival

The Natchitoches Christmas Festival is ranked 3rd “Best Holiday Light Show” behind the Rockefeller Center and Disney World in the nation by Yahoo.com. Celebrate the Christmas Season in Louisiana’s oldest city! Enjoy a day filled with live musical entertainment, arts, crafts and food vendors, a parade and a magnificent fireworks show choreographed to holiday music over the Cane River Lake. Admission armbands are required for entry to Front Street & Downtown Riverbank. Advance armband will be available to purchase November 1st. $6 ages 12 & over, $4 children 6-11 & Free under 5. Festival Day: $8 ages 12 & over, $5 children6-11, Free under 5.

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

1:00 p.m. – Festival of Lights Parade

2:30-6p.m – Musical Entertainment on the Downtown Riverbank

6p.m. – Fireworks over Cane River Lake

Sunday, December 7, 2014 7p.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 9, 2014

6:30-8 p.m. Live Christmas Music on the Downtown Riverbank Stage FREE

7:30 p.m. “Lessons & Carols” Featuring NSU Chamber Choir, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 613 Second St FREE

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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

Friday, December 12, 2014

Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank

3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $

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

6 p.m. Changed by a Baby Boy: A Christmas Musical. Natchitoches Art Center on Second Street FREE

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Admission to Downtown Riverbank beginning at 2p.m. – $5 Ages 12 & over. Advance armband will be available to purchase November 1st.

9 a.m.-4p.m. Les Amies Christmas Treasures Arts & Crafts Sale – Natchitoches Events Center, 750 Second Street Ð FREE

9 a.m. – 5p.m. Fete de Hiver. Fort St. Jean Baptiste SHS, 155 Jefferson Street. Celebrate Christmas 18th century style with historians, re-enactors and period merchants. $4 for persons over 12 and under 62.

10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $

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

1 p.m. & 4p.m. Changed by a Baby Boy: A Christmas Musical. Natchitoches Art Center. 716 Second Street FREE
3-7p.m. Musical Entertainment on the Downtown Riverbank Stage

7 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

6:30-8 p.m. Live Christmas Music on the Downtown Riverbank Stage FREE

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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

Thursday, December 18

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

Friday, December 19, 2014

Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank

3-9 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $

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

6 p.m. – Changed by a Baby Boy: A Christmas Musical. Natchitoches Art Center. 716 Second Street FREE

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Admission to Downtown Riverbank beginning at 2p.m. – $5 Ages 12 & over. Advance armband will be available to purchase November 1st.

10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $

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

1-2:30p.m. Christmas Downriver. Cane River Creole National Historic Park presents Creole Christmas with special tours, educational programs and musical events FREE
1-4p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $

1 p.m. & 4 p.m. Changed by a Baby Boy: A Christmas Musical. Natchitoches Art Center. 716 Second Street FREE

3-7 p.m. Musical Entertainment on the Downtown Riverbank Stage

7 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River Lake

Saturday, December 27, 2014

7 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River Lake FREE

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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

December 2 – 20, 2014

Rebel Country Christmas – Rebel State Historic Site – Marthaville, Louisiana – Visitors are invited to drive or walk through the site from December 2 to December 20, 2014. Photos with Santa will be offered on the following Saturdays, December 6, 13, and 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. For information please call (318) 472-6255 locally or 888-677-3600 toll-free. FREE ADMISSION from 5 to 9 p.m. for Christmas lights viewing.

December 7 – 23, 2014

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

Stop by the Santa Claus House for photos with Santa!

 

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