Focusing on the 96th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival that happens from November 19th, 2022 - January 6th, 2023, this episode of Big Blend Radio's 3rd Tuesday "Go to Natchitoches" Show features Arlene Gould - Director of the Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Jill Leto - Director of Promotions & Events - Natchitoches Historic District Business Association and Natchitoches Main Street.
Named after a Native American tribe, Natchitoches (pronounced Nack-a-tish) is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase Territory. Since 1927, the city is home to one of the oldest community-based holiday celebrations in the country. Starting as a one-day festival, the Natchitoches Christmas Festival has evolved into a six-week long Christmas Season. The Christmas Season begins on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and concludes on January the 6th, the Epiphany. Over 300,000 lights and 100 plus set pieces are on display every night at dusk. More about the festival: https://www.natchitocheschristmas.com/