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Event Calendar

November 26, 2021


NATCHITOCHES CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK

 

Dark Woods Adventure Park is pleased to announce the Holiday dates and times for our Dark Woods’ Christmas In The Park special event.
 
This immersively unique event will open on Black Friday, November 26th and 27th for its official “turn on the lights” weekend, then resume December 3rd and run through December 25th (Wednesday – Sunday).
Please stay tuned to our Facebook and social media for regular updates.
 

Located in Northwest Louisiana, Natchitoches parish is a gem to behold during the Christmas holidays. Every year the city of Natchitoches explodes with Christmas joy and beautiful colors as the historic Downtown area is decorated with millions of lights, set decorations, and wonderful Christmas Spirit that millions of people come to visit every year. Dubbed the City of Lights, Natchitoches has earned a permanent spot on Louisiana’s Holiday Trail of Lights as huge waves of families pour into the city limits to experience a truly unique take on the Christmas in the South.

 

Location: Dark Woods Adventure Park Natchitoches

Website: https://www.darkwoodschristmas.com/

95th ANNUAL NATCHITOCHES CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

Natchitoches celebrates 95 Years of Christmas

 

 

It all began with a star.

 

The Christmas Festival tradition began in 1927 when employees of the City of Natchitoches’ utility department decided to give their customers a Christmas present. They erected an 8-foot star made of white lights and placed it downtown so everyone could see and enjoy the wonders, not only of the season, but also of electricity.

 

Over the years, new electrical displays were added. And in 1936, local businessmen added fireworks for the community to enjoy. This was the start of something big – the beginning of one of the nation’s oldest and most spectacular community based Christmas celebrations – the Natchitoches Christmas Festival. This year marks the 95th anniversary for the Christmas Festival.

 

For the 95th year, there will be more than 100 lighted set piece displays (seen in the photo above) along Cane River Lake. The themes for the displays are indicative of the season, and are also determined by world events. During World War II, a large “V” for victory was included. The giant American Flag, which anchors the northern end of the displays, was built as a tribute to the men and women of Desert Storm and all other veterans. In addition to the set pieces, the City is covered with more than 350,000 colored lights. 

 

The lights come on Saturday, November 20, during the annual "Turn on the Holidays" event following a countdown to the lighting and fireworks. Then the lights will turn on every evening at dusk until January 6, 2022.

 

In addition to the lights and weekly fireworks shows, the season will include home tours, a 5K run, musical and chorale productions, street and boat parades, live entertainment, shopping, arts and crafts shows, and much, much more!

 

Find details on events, tickets, FAQs and more at www.NatchitochesChristmas.com!

 

Location: Downtown Historic Natchitoches

Website: http://www.natchitocheschristmas.com/

HOLIDAY LIGHT SAFARI

holiday lights at zoo entrance

 

Holiday Light Safari

Select Days in November & December

Open 5:30 pm. Last Entry 8 pm. Closed 9 pm.
General Admission $8 | FOTAZ Member $6 | Age 3 & Under Free

Nov. 26-27 (Fri-Sat) Dec. 17-19 (Fri-Sun)
Dec. 3-5 (Fri-Sun) Dec. 22-23 (Wed-Thur)
Dec. 10-12 (Fri-Sun) Dec. 26-29 (Sun-Wed)

Location: Alexandria Zoo

Website: https://thealexandriazoo.com