Natchitoches Events/Attractions

The Natchitoches Humane Society will host Photos with Santa Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Tractor Supply. Take your children and your pets to have their photos taken with Santa. A CD with all the photo images from the photo session plus coupons from Walgreens will be available for $15. Contributions to the NHS will help provide spaying and neutering and rescue opportunities for animals throughout Natchitoches Parish.
The Natchitoches Rotary Club blanket drive is underway. Begun by Rotarian, the late Sharon Sampite, the blankets go to needy citizens. Rotarian Don Mims is chairing this year’s drive in conjunction with the Council on Aging. Those wanting to donate blankets can drop them off at the COA office at 1016 Keyser Ave. or the Natchitoches Times at 904 South Dr. From left are COA Director Alice Barrios, Mims and COA Outreach Coordinator Patrice Parker.

The City of Natchitoches will “Turn on the Holidays” Saturday, Nov. 22. The event will feature live musical performances, amusements, food, lights and fireworks. Admission is free and open to the public. Turn on the Holidays, the official start to 45 nights of Christmas lights, is an entire day of family entertainment in downtown Natchitoches. Amusement and food vendors for Turn on the Holidays will open at 10:00 a.m. All vendors will require tickets. Tickets may be purchased at automated ticket dispensers located along the downtown riverbank.For information call 352-2746 or visit or
The Natchitoches Art Guild and Gallery will hold a reception in honor of Mary Louise Porter Saturday Nov. 22 from 2-4 p.m. Mary Louise Porter is the artist of this years Christmas Festival Poster. The poster is on sale for $35 at the community development hall on Fourth Street and Georgia’s Gift shop on Front Street. Each poster comes with a mini postcard of the same print. Postcard prints are sold individually for $3 and in pairs for $4. For information call 352-6925 357-3838.
Fort St. Jean Baptiste will offer a book review on “French and Indians in the Heart of North America” Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10-11 a.m. For information call 318-357-3101.



The Natchitoches Shooting Range will host a Conceal Carry Class to inform those carrying firearms of the correct and lawful way to protect them. The class will be Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The course qualifies gun owners to secure a license to carry a firearm concealed on the person for five years. The cost is $100 and provides all the necessary materials and range costs with 12 hours of instruction. For information call Virginia at 356-9457 or 356-9778. This will be the last class for the year.

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 Fleur de Lis Christmas Craft Market will run Saturday, November 29 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Natchitoches Events Center. The event will feature over 100 vendors from a four state area. The indoor show showcases only handcrafted items.

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum hours for the Christmas Festival Dec. 6, will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m., last ticket will be sold at 5:30 p.m. Regular admission prices will apply,$5 adults, $4 students. Seniors, active military and children under 12 years are free.
The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum will have extended hours Saturday Nov. 22 and 29; Dec.13, 20 and 27 and January 3, until 7 p.m. last tickets will be sold at 6:30 p.m. Regular admission prices will apply, $5 adults, $4 students. Seniors, active military and children under 12 years are free.




























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