What initially started as a one-day celebration eventually turned into a six-week affair – In true Louisiana fashion, the celebration is more or less a giant block party. If Christmas is your favorite season, head to Natchitoches, Louisiana for A Natchitoches Noel!
On the first Saturday of December, the Holiday festival begins with a day long event packed with live music, family-friendly entertainment, and local food vendors. From the magical atmosphere to the mouthwatering cuisine, every Southerner needs to pay a visit to this historic Louisiana town during Christmas.
All the cobblestone streets are dripping with over 300,000 twinkling lights and lush boughs of garland. The way to take it all in is to stroll, sipping on creamy Cajun Eggnog Daiquiris and munching on piping hot meat pies.
Midway through the festivities, line up for the spirited Grand Parade through downtown Natchitoches, and finish the evening by gathering on the riverbanks and watching fireworks light up the night sky over Cane River Lake. The display is set to Holiday music and is a fantastic show! If you plan a day trip this Christmas season, make it this one.
For those traveling by RV, take a look at Nakatosh Campgrounds. Nakatosh Campgrounds are ideally located only minutes from three historic fort sites, Creole plantation homes, the Cane River National Heritage Area, many museums, historic homes and churches, an alligator park, a fish hatchery, and recreational outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, canoeing, or walking through a nature preserve. It would be a great home base for enjoying the areas festivities.
With beautiful pine forest or lake views, you will be a happy camper at either of the Nakatosh Campgrounds. Both are equipped with all the amenities to make your stay enjoyable.
There’s plenty to do in the area and if you’re a fan of Steel Magnolias, stop by the Steel Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast, located in an historic home just a hop and skip away from Cane River. Many scenes from the movie were filmed in the historic house, and some of the guest rooms are even named after the characters. Want to take in some more historic charm? There are three different Tours of Homes that occur throughout the holiday season, all in the Historic District of Natchitoches.