Up until this weekend, I had only experienced Natchitoches through a gas station off of 49 South. You've probably driven past the French Market, right? Their boudin balls and meat pies are delicious, so of course I've had the pleasure of experiencing those, but what I had not yet discovered was the magic of Christmas in Natchitoches.

I can say with full confidence that the Natchitoches Christmas Festival is unlike anything I have ever experienced before.

In Natchitoches, you can enjoy over 300,000 Christmas lights now through January 6. If you're worried about the lights not being on during the week, don't be! The Christmas spirit is very much alive every single day of the week. However, if you're looking to see fireworks, your last day to do so is December 26.

Here's a few other things you should know about Christmas in Natchitoches:

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

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

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

Bring your mask, hand sanitizer and Christmas spirit and head on down to Natchitoches this holiday season! For the full schedule of events, ticket information, shopping and dining options, and everything related to Christmas in Natchitoches, visit www.natchitoches.com.