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The Natchitoches Christmas Festival will happen this year, but there will be several changes. The big adjustment as we deal with the pandemic is the requirement to buy tickets in advance online.

You won't be able to just show up and purchase a ticket.

The Festival Committee says the plan for this years festival has been approved by the State Fire Marshall. The signature event in the City of Natchitoches kicks off on November 21st and runs through January 6th. This will be the 94th Annual Christmas Festival.

Here are the things you need to know before planning to attend this year's event:

Armbands will be pre-sold ONLY online. Click here to buy tickets. Tickets go on sale today. You will not be able to buy tickets at the gate. 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.

Here's the schedule:

Saturday, November 21

6:00pm-9:00pm  -  DJ on the Riverbank Stage

Friday, November 27

Free Admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank

6:00pm-9:00pm  -  DJ on the Riverbank Stage

Saturday, November 28

9:00am-4:30pm  -  Fleur de Lis Christmas Craft Mall
Natchitoches Events Center | FREE

Music on the Riverbank Stage

3:30pm  -  LaCour Trio

7:00pm  -  Fireworks over Cane River Lake

7:15pm - TBD

10:00am-4:00pm  -  Cookies with Santa – Location TBA- Tickets will be available online | $

11:00am-9:00pm  - “Turn on the Holidays!” – Join us for the official start to the Natchitoches Christmas season. This event features musical entertainment, children’s activities, and fireworks!

4:00pm-7:00pm  -  Holiday Open House – Historic District Business Association

Music on the Riverbank Stage

3:30pm  -   Kelli Roberts Band

7:00pm  -  Fireworks over Cane River Lake

7:15pm  -  92 Twenty

Friday, December 4
Free Admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank

Saturday December 5

94th Annual Christmas Festival

Celebrate the Christmas season in Louisiana’s oldest city. Enjoy our daylong festival filled with music, entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors, the parade, and our famous firework show choreographed to holiday music over Cane River Lake. Admission armbands are required for entry to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank.

7:00am-7:00pm  -  Mistletoe Market | City Bank Parking Lot on Second St. | FREE

10:00am-4:30pm  -  Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest LA History Museum |  ***Parade has been canceled***

 Music on the Riverbank Stage

1:30pm  -  TBD

7:00pm  -  Fireworks over Cane River Lake

7:15pm - TBD