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Thousands crowd Natchitoches for annual Christmas Festival

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Leah Anderson sit atop grandmother Dorothy Anderson’s shoulders Saturday to watch the Natchitoches Parade.

Town Talk staff

Natchitoches welcomed the Christmas season — and thousands of visitors — on Saturday as it celebrated its 84th annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival.

Though the Festival of Lights started on Nov. 20, weekends in December mean a flurry of activities as Christmas gets nearer.

Officials estimate that approximately 500,000 people visit Natchitoches during the holiday season for the festivities.

Fireworks are held every Saturday at 7 p.m. There is no admission to watch the fireworks.

Events scheduled for this week include the free “Lessons and Carols” at Immaculate Conception Church, 613 Second St., at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and the Holiday Tour of Homes, which begins Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

The tour is sponsored by the Natchitoches Historical Foundation, and there is a fee.

For ticket information, call (800) 259-1714 or visit

For a full schedule of events, visit


Written by demon53

December 6, 2010 at 7:03 pm

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