Frequently Asked Questions
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How much are armbands for the Christmas Festival?
$10. Children 6 and under are free. Admission is only charged on select Saturdays throughout the Season: November 20th & 27th and December 4th, 11th & 18th. There is no admission to enter the Riverbank area Sunday through Friday.
Where can I purchase armbands in advance?
When is the Natchitoches Christmas Festival?
Tarps on Riverbank
What time can I put down a tarp on the Riverbank on Festival Day?
Is there reserved seating?
Will seating be available in the Amphitheatre?
Fireworks & Lights
What time are the Fireworks? Are the lights on?
When are the Lights turned on for the first time during the Season?
Parade & Grand Marshal
What time does the Parade start?
Is it too late to enter the Parade?
Can I ride or walk with my child’s group?
Can you tell me where our float will be?
Can you help us find a driver for the Parade?
Can you help us secure a vehicle for the Parade?
Who is the Grand Marshal?
Street & Bridge Closures
Which streets will be closed on Christmas Festival Day?
At 11:00am, University Parkway from Jefferson Street to Second Street will CLOSE for parade line up.
What time does the bridge close on Christmas Festival Day?
Church Street Bridge closes at 5:00am to vehicle traffic and at 4:30pm to foot traffic.
Pine Street/Keyser Avenue Bridge closes at 12:00pm (noon) for vehicle traffic, but will reopen after the Parade which starts at 1:00pm.
Subsequent weekends – Church Street Bridge closes at 6:30pm to vehicle and foot traffic for all other weekends and will reopen about an hour after the Fireworks Show.
Is Front Street closed other weekends during the Christmas Season?
Yes. Front Street will be closed to vehicular traffic on Saturdays during the Season.
What streets will be one-way on Festival Day?
Third Street – From Church Street northbound to Texas Street
Church Street – From Third Street westbound to Fifth Street.
Fourth Street – From Texas Street southbound to Church Street
Fairgrounds Road – From Rapides Drive westbound to Hwy 1 Bypass.
RV, Bus, & Auto Parking
Where can I park my car, RV, mobile homes or bus on Christmas Festival weekend?
Is there any Handicap Parking?
ATVs & Golf Carts
Can I use a golf cart or ATV?
Vendors & Booths
Are food vendors open during the week on the Riverbank?
What methods of payments do the food and merchandise vendors accept?
All Festival vendors inside the gated area will require green tickets to purchase food and/or merchandise.
Green tickets may be purchased from all ticket booth locations as well as at automated ticket machines on Festival day.
Green ticket machines take $1’s, $5’s, $10’s or $20’s.
An ATM is located on the Riverbank underneath the Church Street Bridge.
Is it too late to be a food vendor?
Anyone interested in becoming a vendor for the 2021 Christmas Festival please email Festival organizers at email@example.com after February 1st, 2021.
For craft booth information, please call the Women’s Resource Center – 318-357-8888.
Can I set up on Second Street and sell items?
No, only Festival-approved vendors can set up to sell items and\or food.
Who can I contact about setting up a booth?
For food booths email Festival organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org after February 1st, 2021.
For craft booths call the Women’s Resource Center – 318-357-8888.
Can I bring my pet with me to the Festival?
Can we bring coolers on Christmas Festival day?
Can we bring lawn chairs or folding chairs?
YES. However, chairs cannot block sidewalks or public right of ways. No areas may be roped off for chairs at any time. Any unattended chairs will be removed. Chairs may not be placed in the Fireworks Safety Zone.
Can I pass out flyers promoting my business?
Will there be a mass at Immaculate Conception Church?
Please contact the church administrator for alternate church services at 318-352-3422.
Where will there be information about cancelation or rescheduling, should the weather get bad?
Holiday Kids Fest Events
What time are the Kids’ Events?
When is the Santa House open?
Santa Claus will be at the Santa House nightly from 6:00pm-8:30pm from Sunday, December 5th through Sunday, December 23rd. No admission charge.
Who is the Entertainment and what are the times bands play?
Please refer to our schedule for infomation on scheduled entertainment.
Where can I purchase a T-Shirt?
Georgia’s Gift Shop, Gift’s Galore, The Hall Tree, Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile, Louisiana Purchase and Posey’s Sports Center in Natchitoches.
How much are T-Shirts?
Please contact the above listed vendors for pricing.
What are the sizes of the T-Shirts?
Adult - S, M, LG, XL, XXL, XXXL
Youth - XS, S, M, L
Where can I purchase the Christmas Festival poster?
Posters are on sale for $35 each and miniature versions of the poster are sold for $3 each.
They can be purchased at Cane River Gallery and Georgia’s Gifts downtown on Front Street, or at the Office of Community Development.
For more information call the Office of Community Development at 318-357-3838.
Front Street Businesses
Are the shops on Front Street open?
Most shops on Front Street are open from 10:00am-6:00pm during the month of December.
Are there other events on the Riverbank during the week other than the Lights?
YES, CLICK HERE for a complete Christmas Season Schedule.
Hotels & Bed and Breakfast
Do you have a list of places to stay in Natchitoches?
YES. Go to the Information Tab for a list of Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels/Motels and Campground/RV parking.
Also, visit www.Natchitoches.com for a complete list of accommodations in the immediate area.
If all of the hotels are booked, where do I call?
Call local numbers for best results.
Check with the Tourism Office at 800-259-1714. They keep an up-to-date list of openings.
Is there transportation from the hotels?
No, we do not have shuttle services available.
Do you have pet friendly hotels?
You will need to contact hotels and ask their policy on pets. Call local numbers for best results.