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95th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival

November 20st, 2021 - January 6th, 2022 

An Update on the 2020 Christmas Season

The Natchitoches Christmas Festival Committee is pleased to announce their proposed event plan to host the Natchitoches Christmas Season (November 21st, 2020 – January 6th, 2021) has been approved by the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office and Louisiana Department of Health. 


The Natchitoches Christmas Festival Committee appreciates the public’s support and patience during the planning process of our 94th Annual Christmas Festival and Season. As we quickly approach the Season, the following details and guidelines are part of the plan approved by the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office and Louisiana Department of Health:



  • Armbands will be pre-sold ONLY on our website (www.natchitocheschristmas.com) beginning Monday, November 9th, 2020 at 8:00am. A limited amount of 3000 armbands will be sold for each Saturday from November 21st – December 26th, 2020. 

  • Armbands are REQUIRED to enter the Riverbank area on Saturdays ONLY. Adults and children will be required to have an armband regardless of age. This year all armbands will be $10. 

  • On Saturdays during the Season, Front Street will be closed to vehicular traffic but Armbands are NOT required to enter shops and restaurants on Front Street.

  • Fireworks and live music will take place each Saturday during the Season. 

  • Food vendors will be available on the Riverbank 7 days a week. 

  • Masks and social distancing will be highly encouraged throughout the Season. 


The schedule is currently being updated with further details and approved events. 

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Christmas Cheer Since 1927

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 home to one of the oldest community-based holiday celebrations in the country. Starting as a one-day festival, the Natchitoches Christmas Festival has evolved into a six-week long Christmas Season. The Christmas Season begins on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and concludes on January the 6th, the Epiphany. Over 300,000 lights and 100 plus set pieces are on display every night at dusk.


Festive Family Fun

Schedule of Events

November 21, 2020 - January 6, 2021

Festival Day: December 5, 2020

Get Your Tickets

Join us every Saturday for live music, kids activities, fireworks, and much more! You also won't want to miss our Annual Fesitval on December 5th.

Spread the Cheer

We rely on generous donors to bring Christmas to life. There's no better time to give a gift that keeps giving. Your donation makes a difference.

Find Us

Natchitoches, located in north-central Louisiana, is a short drive from our south central states and large metro areas. I-49 runs just 5 miles west of our beautiful Historic Landmark District, site of our lighting displays and the festivities for the Natchitoches Christmas Season. Take exit #138 off of I-49

781 Front Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457

Contact Us

First, check out our Frequently Asked Questions. If you're still searching for answers, want to volunteer, or are interested in becoming a vendor, fill out the form below.


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781 Front Street

Natchitoches, LA 71457


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