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Natchitoches Christmas Festival

Archive for November, 2012

Updated Information: The following road closures will take place this weekend:

Posted by on November 29th, 2012
Category Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights, Natchitoches.NET News, Press Releases
  • Church Street Bridge will close at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday for vehicular traffic.  It will close to foot traffic from 4:15 p.m. until the conclusion of the fireworks show.
  • Jefferson Street from Amulet to Touline will close to vehicle traffic at 6:00 a.m.
  • Front Street will close to vehicle traffic at 6:00 a.m.
  • Washington Street from Texas Street to Lafayette Street will close to vehicle traffic at 6:00 a.m.
  • At 9:00 a.m. Amulet Street will be blocked at 2nd Street, 5th Street, and 4th Street.  At 11:00 a.m., Amulet Street between Jefferson and 2nd Street will close to allow Junior Parade to line up at Amulet Street.
  • At 11:00 a.m. the Keyser Bridge will close to vehicular traffic and all parade route barricades from University Parkway north to Texas Street will go up for the parade which begins at 1:00 p.m.
  • University Parkway will remain open to east/west traffic until 12:00 p.m., at this time it will close from Jefferson to 2nd Street.  Eastbound traffic on University Parkway will be stopped at Boyd Street and westbound traffic on Mill Street will be stopped at Airport Road.
  • ~At the conclusion of the parade (when foot traffic allows), Jefferson and 2nd Street will reopen from University to Amulet. The Keyser Street Bridge will also reopen when foot traffic allows.
  • At 5:00 p.m., barricades on Williams Avenue north of Henry Avenue to St. Maurice Lane and the intersections of East Second Street with Stephens, St. Clair, Whitfield, Sirod Street, and Adelaide Street will go in place.
  • Third Street From Texas Street southbound to Church Street will close at 6:00 a.m.
  • Church Street from Third Street westbound to Fifth Street will close at 6:00 a.m.
  • Fourth Street from Amulet Street northbound to Texas Street will close at 6:00 a.m.
  • Rue Beauport (the downtown riverbank) will be closed.
  • Demeziere Street from Second Street eastbound to Jefferson Street will close at 6:00 a.m.
  • Poete Street from Second Street eastbound to Jefferson Street will close at 6:00 a.m.
Additional Information:
  • Handicapped parking is available at the Natchitoches Parish Library (front lot) and at the Natchitoches Events Center.  Use Touline to access the library lot and 4th and 3rd Streets to access the Event Center lot.
  • Two ticket booths will open at 5:30 a.m. (Church and Williams).  All other booths will open at 6:30 a.m.
  • The opening ceremony is at 12:00 p.m.
  • The Junior Parade and the Main Parade have been combined and will begin at 1:00 p.m.
  • The fireworks show is at 6:00 p.m., followed by a performance by Grammy Award Winner- Terrence Simien and the Zydeco Experience beginning around 6:45 p.m.
  • A Family Fun Zone will be located in City Park (on Second and Amulet) and will feature a zip line, laser tag, Gyro Extreme, and more
For more information visit: or call 800-259-1714.      

Annual Crafts Day to be held Dec. 1

Posted by on November 29th, 2012
Category Natchitoches.NET News
NATCHITOCHES - Northwestern State  University will host its annual American Indian and Creole Crafts Day Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Williamson Museum on the second floor of Kyser Hall. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. The event is held annually on the same day at the Natchitoches Christmas Festival. Native American craftspeople will sell and demonstrate their arts and crafts, beadwork, basketry, woodwork and more. Craftspeople are expected from the Coushatta-Alabama, Tunica-Biloxi and Choctaw communities. Creole craftspeople will show arts and crafts including file making demonstrations, dolls and paintings. The American Indian and Creole Crafts Day is sponsored by the Northwestern State Anthropological Society and the Louisiana Creole Heritage Center. All proceeds from sales go to the craftspeople.

Annual Christmas Gala

Posted by on November 15th, 2012
Category Natchitoches.NET News
NATCHITOCHES - The Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State University will present the 24th- annual Christmas Gala Nov. 28-30 in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Performance times are at 7 p.m. each evening with a 9 p.m. show on Friday, Nov. 30. Tickets are $10 and will be sold prior to each performance on a first-come, first-served basis. Northwestern State, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D. Tickets will not be available in advance. There will also be four performances for area school children at 9:30 a.m. and noon on Nov. 28-29. Admission for the children's show is $3. Those planning to bring groups to the children's show should make reservations by calling Jane Norman at (318) 357-4483. The Gala will feature the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, the NSU choirs, Northwestern State Department of Theatre and Dance, The NSUJazz Orchestra, NSU Rockettes, NSU Percussion Ensemble, The Out-on-a-Limb Improv Troupe, and video and visual art provided by Northwestern State Department of Fine + Graphic Arts. "The Gala is based on the same format as the Radio City Music Hall production and will be a family friendly show that highlights the talent wehave in the School of Creative and Performing Arts," said Rorex. "There will be several new numbers along with audience favorites from past shows such as the Dance of the Toy Wooden Soldiers, The Percussion Ensemble, and the order of monks." Among the additions to the Gala will be Schubert's Ave Maria performed by the NSU Lyric and choreographed by danceinstructor Brett Garfinkel and a new number from the Nutcracker Suite. The performance will be enhanced by a digitalorgan donated to the performances by the Rogers Organ Company that will bring the sounds of a real pipe organ to the Gala. "It takes several hundred combined hours to put together our one-hour Gala and we have nearly 300 hundred students and participants," said Rorex. "Performers, stage hands, designers, costumers, directors and conductors make this production one of the most excellent beginnings to theChristmas season."

Snow Fest Returns to Natchitoches

Posted by on November 9th, 2012
Category Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights, Natchitoches In the Press, Natchitoches.NET News, Press Releases
This great family tradition is returning to Natchitoches for 3 different weekends during November and December. Friday & Saturday, November 23 & 24 will feature the 110' long slide.  Rides are $3 for each slide.  There is a 42" height requirement on this first weekend but the Historic District Business Association will introduce a slide for all sizes during their December weekends. Check the poster for times and dates.  If you need additional information call the Visitor Center (800) 259-1714.  

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