December 17-19 Christmas Events in Natchitoches


Thursday, December 17

* 6:30 p.m. “Lessons & Carols” Featuring Trinity Episcopal Church choir and special guests, Trinity Episcopal Church, 533 Second Street. FREE

Friday, December 18 – Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank

* 3:00-9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $

Natchitoches Christmas L. Clayton Burgess

* 5:00-8:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation. For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $

         Metoyer Brown House, 366 rue Jefferson. The house was constructed by Trizzini and Soldini for the Metoyer family at a cost of $17,000 in 1850. It is a typical 2-story Late Greek Revival
with French influence. Remodeled in the early 1900s in a Mission Bugaloid manner and again in 1974 when purchased by Dr. and Mrs. Brown III, the original architecture of the house was
preserved. The home is a private residence.

         Chamard-Dunahoe House, 120 rue Amulet. This unique and historic French Colonial home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has features including hand hewn
cypress rafters, bousillage walls, and fireplaces on the interior of the rooms rather than on the exterior walls. The home features an extensive display of Old World Santas and a collection of Pat Martin’s cypress Santas and is a private residence.

         Prudhomme-Rouquier House, 446 rue Jefferson. This Save America’s Treasures property, circa 1790, is the only known two and one-half story bousillage structure on the North American
continent. Owned and operated by the Service League of Natchitoches, Inc., the house went through an extensive restoration in 2005. League members take pride in its period décor and decorations appropriate for the Christmas season in the City of Lights. Used as the Service League headquarters, Prudhomme-Rouquier is available for rental throughout the year as well as during the holiday season.

Saturday, December 19 – Admission to Downtown Riverbank beginning at 2p.m. – $5 Ages 12 & over. Armband will be available for advanced purchase November 1st.

* 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank
* 12pm-4:00 p.m. Cane River Creole Christmas at Badin-Roque House. The St. Augustine Historical Society hosts special tours and Creole holiday stories. FREE
* 1:00pm-2:30p.m. Christmas Downriver. Cane River Creole National Historic Park presents Creole Christmas with special tours, educational programs and musical events FREE

* 1:00pm-4:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $

Chaplin House, 434 rue Second. A fine example of Victorian architecture circa 1892. Particularly interesting are the wide gallery, the original fan-shaped floor and the curved roof of the main entrance. Chaplin House contains much of the original family furnishings and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home is decorated for the Christmas Season and is a private residence.

Steel Magnolias, 320 rue Jefferson. Constructed before 1841 by the Italian architects Trizini and Soldini, this home is reported to have been used as a hospital during the Civil War. The home was made famous by serving as a filming location for the movie “Steel Magnolias”. The “most photographed home in Natchitoches” is beautifully presented with classic Christmas décor and is open to the public for events and as a bed and breakfast.

Maison Louisiane, 332 rue Jefferson. A Queen Ann Victorian house that was built in the 1880’s by Giovanni Anselmo Rusca. Much of the home’s original architectural features such as the front doors, turned balustrades, gabled bay, and cypress pocket doors have remained intact. Maison Louisiana features traditional Christmas displays as is open year round to visitors as a bed and breakfast.

Complimentary Admission for Saturday Tour Ticket Holders to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum

* 3:30pm – 6:00p.m. – Entertainment – TBA – Downtown Riverbank
* 6:00pm – 8:30 P.M. – Entertainment – Johnny Earthquake & The Moondogs – Downtown Riverbank
* 7:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River Lake