Named after a Native American tribe, Natchitoches (pronounced Nack-a-tish ) is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase Territory. Since 1927 we are also home to one of the oldest community-based holiday celebrations in the country. Starting as a one day festival, the celebration has evolved into a six-week long Christmas Season. Begins on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and concludes January the 6th, the Epiphany. Over 300,000 lights and 100 plus set pieces are on display every night at dusk. Downtown attractions include Kid’s Fest, carriage tours through the historic district, food vendors along the downtown riverbank open nightly for your favorite festive treats, shops and restaurants open late for your convenience, and community organizations have Christmas programs scheduled throughout the season. Events take place in the Landmark Historic District and the Cane River National Historical Park area. Click Here for our Schedule. Our 90th Anniversary season begins on November 18th, 2017 with our Holiday Open House. December 2nd is our Christmas Festival, fireworks are held every Saturday throughout the Season as well as events to be enjoy by every age. Our Season ends on January 6th, 2018. See the Schedule page for more information. The Natchitoches Christmas Season has been listed as a “Top 100 Events in North America” by the American Bus Association for numerous years and has also been honored as one of the “Top 20 Events” for December on six occasions by the Southeast Tourism Society. In 2013 we were ranked 3rd “Best Holiday Light Show” behind the Rockefeller Center and Disney World in the nation by Yahoo.com.