Every available space at the Natchitoches Event Center was filled by a record 116 vendors from around Louisiana and surrounding states as the Fleur de Lis Christmas Craft Fair took place November 26 at the Natchitoches Events Center. The popular fair, a beloved community tradition in its 18th year, joined other activities downtown as part of the lead-up to the Christmas Festival weekend. Several thousand visitors stopped by the daylong event and browsed through booths filled with handmade craft items and foods.
In addition to the artisans and food vendors, two local non-profits were on hand to raise funds for their worthy causes. Natchitoches’ newest animal welfare group, FAUNA, was selling delicious treats for both people and pets to raise funds for the parish’s soon to be new animal shelter. The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches was selling calendars featuring the works of the iconic painter Clementine Hunter to raise funds for the preservation of the Melrose Plantation.
The annual Fleur de Lis Christmas Craft Fair is a wonderful opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping while helping artisans and small businesspeople.