Holiday festivities in Natchitoches

By Nikki Henderson |

Published 11/19 2013 04:45PM

Updated 11/21 2013 08:57AM

It's time to enjoy colorful lights, decorations, music, delicious food and Christmas parades.

The Holiday Trail of Lights is underway in Shreveport-Bossier, Minden, Natchitoches and other cities around the ArkLaTex.

The trail spans across I-20 and down I-49 and all the cities that are a part of it are within close driving distance of one another.

Here's a look at some of the holiday festivities going on in the City of Natchitoches:

 "Turn on the Holidays" Natchitoches' Tri-Centennial Kick-Off and Fireworks
·    Event runs from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Downtown Riverbank on 781 Front St. - food, fireworks, entertainment - Admission is FREE

Festival of Lights
·    Event takes place between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. from Nov 23 to Jan 6, 2014 - Downtown Riverbank 781 Front St.
·    45 nights of Christmas lights along Cane River Lake
·     Enjoy carriage tour, delicious food vendors, live entertainment and fireworks each Saturday night - Admission is FREE

Snow Fest
·    Event runs from Nov. 30 until Dec. 13-14 and Dec. 20-21 - Downtown Riverbank on 781 Front St.
·    Frosty's Avalanche Slide, live entertainment and strolling carolers - Admission will be charged

Natchitoches/ Northwestern Christmas Gala
·    Gala will run from 7:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. - Dec. 4 - Dec. 6 at A.A. Fredericks Auditorium on 150 Central Ave.
·    Features performances by the NSU Choirs, the NSU Department of Theatre and Dance and the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra

87th Annual Christmas Festival
·    Celebration takes place between noon and 10 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 at the Downtown Riverbank on 781 Front St.
·    Two parades, vendors, arts & crafts, music and fireworks

Holiday Tour of Homes
·    Tours run from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wed., Fri. and between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sat., Dates: Dec. 11 through Dec. 21 at the Landmark Historic District on 781 Front St.
·    Hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation - tour various historic homes decorated for Christmas - Admission is $15
·    Tickets available by calling (800) 259-1714 -

Christmas Downriver
·    Event runs from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14 through Dec. 21 at Magnolia Plantation Complex on 5549 Hwy 119 in Derry, LA
·    Creole Christmas at Oakland Plantation with special tours, educational programs and musical events - Admission is FREE

Fete de Hiver
·    Event will take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at Fort St. John Baptiste SHS on 155 Rue Jefferson
·    Celebrate Christmas 18th century style with historians, re-enactors and period merchants - FREE for ages 12 & under and for those 61 & over - otherwise its $4 per person

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