Spirit of Christmas in Natchitoches

NATCHITOCHES, La. - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Natchitoches and it's not even Thanksgiving yet. But that's expected since the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase territory is also known as the City of Lights.

Natchitoches tree

KTBS 3 and KPXJ CW 21 present the Spirit of Christmas in Natchitoches, a half-hour holiday special brought to you by Natchitoches ChristmasNatchitoches Historic FoundationBOM and Northwestern State University.

The Natchitoches Christmas Season officially kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 21 and lasts through Jan. 6. There are some things you should know to make sure you and your family enjoy the festival safely. Click here for the guidelines. 

The City of Natchitoches would like to advise the public of the following closures for Downtown Natchitoches for the 2020 Christmas season. 

  • Front Street will close at 6:00 a.m. every Saturday starting Saturday, November 21, 2020 – Saturday, December 26, 2020.
  • The downtown area of Cane River Lake will close at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5th and Saturday, December 12th for the fireworks show. The downtown area of Cane River Lake will close at 6:30 p.m. on all other Saturdays.
  • The Church Street Bridge will close at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5th and Saturday, December 12th.  The Church Street Bridge will close at 6:30 p.m. on all other Saturdays.
  • The Riverbank will be closed to ALL vehicular traffic every Friday and Saturday, beginning Friday, November 20th – Saturday, December 26th.

During our Spirit of Christmas special we'll show you how Natchitoches is playing such an important role in the Holiday Trail of Lights. We'll also feature some wonderful holiday music, a preview of the fireworks and so much more.

Join Jan Elkins, Rick Rowe and Patrick Dennis Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on KTBS 3 and again at 9:30 p.m. on KPXJ CW 21 for Spirit of Christmas in Natchitoches.

We'd also like to thank the folks of Natchitoches for welcoming us this week for the KTBS 3 Community Caravan.

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, Natchitoches is 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.

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