Saturday, December 12 saw a welcome influx of visitors to our city as attendance at the Christmas Festival and other events that day rose to nearly the prior year’s levels. Visitors shopped and dined along Front St. and enjoyed musical entertainment on the Riverbank Stage. Santa heard children’s gift wishes at the newly renovated Santa House.
The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest History Museum welcomed visitors as did Fort St. Jean Baptiste. The Natchitoches Historic Foundation held its long standing and popular Christmas Tour of Homes showcasing exquisitely decorated local historic homes. Local boaters entertained the crowd with a parade of lighted boats on the Cane River. The Riverbank was packed as Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs closed out the evening’s musical acts followed by another one of our community’s incredible fireworks shows.