Natchitoches Events/Attractions

The Arts Center will hold “Changed by a Baby Boy” a Christmas Musical Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 20 at 1 and 4 p.m. The musical will take the Christmas story and bring it to contemporary times in Natchitoches. This event is free and open to the public.

Event Schedule for Downtown Natchitoches:
3-9 p.m.- Holiday Kid Fest on Downtown Riverbank

5-8 p.m.- Holiday tour of homes

6 p.m.- Changed by a baby boy at arts center

10 a.m.- 9 p.m.- Holiday Kids Fest

noon- 4:30 p.m.- Santa at Rocking Horse Toy Store

noon- 4 p.m.- Cane River Creole Christmas

at Badin Roque house

1-2:30 p.m.- Christmas Down River at Oakland Plantation

1-4 p.m.- Holiday tour of homes

1 p.m. and 4 p.m.- Changed by a baby boy at arts center

3:30 p.m.- Jerad Bridges on Riverbank stage

6- 8 p.m.- Visit with Santa at Rebel State Park

6 p.m.- Johnny Earthquake and the Moon Dogs

on Riverbank stage

7 p.m.- Fireworks over Cane River Lake

Christmas by candlelight home tour features three sets of decorated houses: The Natchitoches Historic Foundation hopes to fill the air with a festive mood that will warm your heart.  Proceeds from this tour benefit the preservation and restoration of cultural resources in Natchitoches. The third set of homes tour Saturday Dec. 20 from 1-4 p.m. and include Maison de Foret, Keegan House and Seven Columns. The dwellings inhabitants have an appreciation for the history that has influenced their homes. Guests can experience architecture, stories, and the ambiance of the town that enjoys celebrating the holidays with others. Tickets are $10 per individual house and $20 for one tour package. Group rates are available by advanced sale. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Natchitoches Convention and Visitor Bureau or online at for an additional $1 mailing fee. Tickets will also be available at the Natchitoches Convention and Visitor Bureau on the day of the tour.

The National Park Service will host Jim Pharis Dec. 20 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Oakland Plantation as a part of “Christmas Down River”. Besides his own compositions in the country blues vein, Jim has also specialized in finding and arranging acoustic blues gems. These are songs by artists like Bo Carter, Big Bill Broonzy and Oscar “Buddy" Woods. Jim currently lives in the Lafayette area where he plays music, publishes a fingerstyle guitar instructional website and teaches fingerstyle guitar. Visitors can create an old-style Christmas ornaments and refreshments will be provided. Oakland is located at 4386 Hwy 494, Natchez LA 71456.








Rebel State Park will hold a visit with Santa Dec. 20 from 6-8 p.m. Parents and grandparents can bring children to visit with Santa Claus and tell him what’s on their Christmas wishlist. Parents and Grandparents should bring their own cameras for photos. Admission is $4 for adults,

‘Rocks’ still on exhibit at NSU: Traci Stover’s exhibition, “Rocks” will be on exhibit through Dec. 20 in Northwestern State University’s Orville Hanchey Gallery. Stover is a professor of art at the University of Southern Mississippi. Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday. For more information on the exhibition, contact Leslie Gruesbeck at

Kiwanis Club of Natchitoches & Porters Cleaners Annual Coats for Kids drive: Kiwanis Club of Natchitoches has partnered once again with Porters Cleaners for the annual “Coats for Kids” drive. The drive began November 1st, with donations being accepted throughout the holiday season. Kiwanis is collecting new and/or slightly used (in good condition) coats for local children in need this winter. Porter’s Cleaners has generously donated their services to clean the coats before distribution. The coats will be distributed to children in need in Natchitoches Parish. Collection sites are set up at Waskom, Brown & Associates, Bank of Montgomery, LaCapitol Federal Credit Union, Mid South Bank (Royal St. branch), City Bank & Sabine State Bank.
The Rocking Horse Toy Store will hold “Wishlist with Santa” Dec. 20 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Children can sit with Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas. Parents should bring their own camera for photos. This event is free and open to the public.
Rebel State Historic Site invites all acoustic musicians to come out and jam Saturday, Dec. 20, from 1 - 5 p.m. Whether experienced musician or those just learning are welcome. A variety of different musical techniques and styles will be discussed and demonstrated. Those who are not musically inclined can also come and listen to the music. This casual get-together will be held in the Louisiana Country Music Museum lobby. For information, call 888-677-3600 toll free or 472-6255. Admission is $4 for adults ages 13 to 61. Schools Groups, children 12 and under, seniors 62 and over and State Parks annual pass holders are admitted free.
Fort St. Jean Baptiste will host Bocce Ball games, open to all ages Saturday, Jan. 3, from 1-4:30 p.m. For information call 318-357-3101.
































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