Natchitoches Christmas Festival celebrated its 95th year with record numbers in attendance. After a limiting year in 2020, the Festival Committee was optimistic as to how 2021 would pan out. Below are a few highlights from the Season:
A new logo was introduced in celebration of the 95th year designed by Parker Brand Creative.
A shift in marketing this year was a plus for the Festival. Digital ads and social media campaigns led the charge for increased online sales and overall awareness of events throughout the Season.
51% of admission armbands were sold online this year.
A record 9,500 admission armbands were sold for the second weekend in December (December 10th).
Cookies with Santa has proven to be a favorite among many and both events were sold out well in advance.
The return of the “Festival of Lights” parade was a highlight for many. With just over 70 units, the parade was let by grand marshal, Scott Innis, as the voice of Scooby Doo.
Although supply issues were a huge obstacle this year, Craig George with Pyroman Fireworks, pulled off the most amazing fireworks displays weekend after weekend.
The continued support of our community partners, various organizations, city personnel, volunteers as well as our Festival Committee help make the Season possible each year.
With proceeds from this year, losses were restored from 2020 and improvements including ticket booths and additional technology will be added in 2022.