Schedule of Events

NOVEMBER 18, 2017 – JANUARY 6, 2018

Over 300,000+ Christmas lights and 100 plus riverbank set pieces are on every night at dusk through January 6, 2018. All events take place Downtown Natchitoches and the riverbank of Cane River Lake unless otherwise specified. (All times and dates are subject to change.)

NOVEMBER EVENTS

Saturday, November 18 – Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank  * 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Le Amies Christmas Treasures Arts & Craft Show at Natchitoches Event Center, 750 Second Street. FREE, if you are interested in becoming a vendor visit and send a message to www.facebook.com/LesAmiesServiceOrganization/ *4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Holiday Open House – Historic District Business Association Shops & Attractions open late. * 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. “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! *4:30 -7:00 p.m. – Entertainment – Mike McKenzie Band -Downtown Riverbank * 7:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River Lake FREE * 7:30-9:00 p.m. – Entertainment -Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs – Downtown Riverbank *9:00-10 p.m. – Entertainment – Joe Stampley – Downtown Riverbank Friday November 24 * 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $ Saturday November 25 – Admission to Downtown Riverbank beginning at 1p.m. – $6 Ages 12 & over. Advanced armbands will be available to purchase November 1st. * 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 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/ *10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $ * 4:30-7:00 p.m. – Entertainment – LaCour Trio – Downtown Riverbank * 7:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River Lake * 7:15 – 9:30 p.m. – Entertainment – Louisiana Red – Downtown Riverbank

DECEMBER EVENTS

Wednesday, November 29 & Thursday, November 30, 2017 * 7:00 p.m. 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 * 10:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m. – Fe’te de Hiver 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. * 7:00 & 9:00 p.m. 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 – 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. * 7:45 a.m. – Natchitoches “City of Lights” 5K – NSU Campus.  Click HERE for information * 10:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m. – Fe’te de Hiver 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. * 10:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. – LA Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum OPEN with FREE admission * 1:00p.m. – Festival of Lights Parade * 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Entertainment – Downtown Riverbank * 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Entertainment – Jo-El Sonnier – Downtown Riverbank * 6:00 p.m. – Fireworks over Cane River Lake Sunday, December 3 * 10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. – Fe’te de Hiver 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 Tuesday, December 5 * 7:30 p.m. “Lessons & Carols” Featuring Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 613 Second St FREE Thursday, December 7 * 5:00-8:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $ Friday, December 8 – Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank * 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $ * 5:00-8:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation. For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $ * 6:00 p.m. – First Baptist Natchitoches, 508 Second Street presenting their Christmas musical. Saturday, December 9 – Admission to the Downtown Riverbank beginning at 1p.m. – $6 Ages 12 & over. Advanced armband sales will be available online from November 1st – December 3rd. * 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $ * 1:00-4:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $ * 10a.m.-6p.m. – Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum (Complimentary Admission for Saturday Holiday Tour of Homes Ticket Holders) * 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Entertainment – Cane River Soul – Downtown Riverbank * 7:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River * 7:15 – 9:30 p.m. – Entertainment – Lisa Spann & Co.- Downtown Riverbank Sunday, December 10 * 6:00 p.m. – First Baptist Natchitoches, 508 Second Street presenting their Christmas musical. Tuesday, December 12 * 7:00 p.m. “Lessons & Carols” Featuring Trinity Episcopal Church choir and special guests, Trinity Episcopal Church, 533 Second Street. FREE Thursday, December 14 * 5:00 -8:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $ Friday, December 15 – Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank * 3:00-9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $ Saturday, December 16 – Admission to Downtown Riverbank beginning at 1p.m. – $6 Ages 12 & over.  Advanced armband sales will be available online from November 1st – December 9th. * 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $ * Noon-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 * 1:00-2:30p.m. Christmas Downriver. Cane River Creole National Historic Park presents Creole Christmas with special tours, educational programs and musical events FREE *10a.m.-6p.m. – Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum (Complimentary Admission for Saturday Holiday Tour of Homes Ticket Holders) * 1:00-4:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $ * 4:30 – 7:00p.m. – Entertainment – Louisiana Sidemen – Downtown Riverbank * 7:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River Lake * 7:15 – 9:30 P.M. – Entertainment – Chicken on the Bone – Downtown Riverbank Sunday, December 17 Live Nativity hosted by First United Methodist Church – Corner of Williams Ave. & St. Clair Friday, December 22 – Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank * 3:00-9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $ Saturday, December 23- Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank * 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $ *4:30-7:00 p.m. – Entertainment – Rivers Revue – Downtown Riverbank * 7:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River Lake * 7:15p.m. – 9:30p.m. – Entertainment – Hank Staples – Downtown Riverbank Sunday December 24 –  Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank – MERRY CHRISTMAS Saturday, December 30 *7:00 p.m. – Fireworks over Cane River Lake FREE December 3 – 23 * 6:00-8:30 p.m. Photos with Santa. Visit with Santa & Photos with Santa on the south end of downtown riverbank. The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum will have extended hours on Saturday November 18 and 25, December 9 and 16 until 7:00pm, last ticket sold at 6:30pm. The Museum will be closed December 24-27. Regular admission prices will apply. Natchitoches Historic District Business Association & the City of Natchitoches hosts the annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival. For additional information call 1-800-259-1714 or visit natchitoches.com