The 92nd Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival will take place Saturday, Dec. 1 in downtown Natchitoches. The Natchitoches Historic District Business Association and the City of Natchitoches will usher in the holiday season with children’s activities, entertainment, parade, food vendors, and fireworks. Louisiana musical artist, Wayne Toups will serve as the Natchitoches Christmas Festival Parade Grand Marshal and he will headline entertainment for the day as well.
The Christmas Festival parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the corner of Jefferson Street and University Parkway. The parade featuring approximately 80 entries including floats of reigning Queens including Miss Merry Christmas and the Christmas Belles and marching bands, dance lines, parade Grand Wayne Toups and Santa Claus. The parade will also feature two new floats this year. The parade will travel along Jefferson Street to Front Street, turning left onto Lafayette Street and Second Street, and ending at University Parkway.
Musical entertainment begins at 2:45 p.m. with a performance by Louisiana Sidemen, followed by headliner Wayne Toups. High-energy showman, Toups has long been dubbed “The Cajun Springsteen.” He has recorded more than a dozen albums and toured to more than 20 countries. His songs have been heard on such film soundtracks as Steel Magnolias and Dirty Rice.
At 6 p.m., the festivities will be capped off by a spectacular fireworks display over beautiful Cane River Lake and the lighting of thousands of lights.
Admission to the festival is $8 for adults (12 years of age and older) in advance and $10 for adults (12 years of age and older) at the festival gates. Children under age 12 are admitted free to the festival. Armbands may be purchased day of the festival from ticket booths located throughout the Downtown Historic District beginning at 6:30 a.m. Discount armbands may be purchased in advance at the following area businesses: Bank of Montgomery, City Bank & Trust Company, Exchange Bank, La Capitol Federal Credit Union and Hampton Inn & Suites.
All festival vendors inside the gated area will require tickets to purchase food and/or merchandise. Tickets may be purchased from all ticket booth locations as well as at automated ticket machines on festival day. Tickets may be purchased in advance at any pre-sale armband locations.
For more information on the 92nd Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival, please visit www.NatchitochesChristmas.com.