Come celebrate, discover and explore Natchitoches, Louisiana.  Named 2023 Best Small Town in Louisiana by Southern Living Magazine, Natchitoches is the perfect place to celebrate anything from a special event to a quaint weekend getaway.  Whether it is a wedding in our beautiful Beau Jardin or a quiet weekend in one of cozy bed and breakfasts; celebrating the big and the small happens right here in the historic downtown Natchitoches.  The original French Colony in Louisiana was founded in 1714.  It is the oldest city in the Louisiana Purchase Territory and home to the Cane River National Heritage Area. Natchitoches was named one of ‘The 30 Most Beautiful Main Streets Across America’ by Architectural Digest and provides a scenic stroll with waterfront views as you take in shopping and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.

The Natchitoches Film Trail will place you in the middle of scenes from acclaimed movies like Steel Magnolias, The Man in the Moon and The Horse Soldiers. The Natchitoches Christmas festivities began in 1926 and was crowned one of  “The 10 Best Christmas Towns in the United States”. 

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The annual event transforms Natchitoches into a holiday wonderland with over 300,000 lights, which can be seen for six weeks beginning the weekend before Thanksgiving.  With over three centuries of history and culture, Natchitoches, along with the Cane River area abounds with opportunities to explore.  From the Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Melrose Plantation’s 200 year old history, the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church to Kaffie Frederick General Mercantile, which was established in 1863; our history will tell a story of the way of life in Louisiana came to be.  Join us to celebrate, discover and explore Natchitoches. 

For more information, please contact:

K. Nicole Connell

Communications & Marketing Manager

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