One of our traditions is attending the Natchitoches Festival of Lights. The lights are the main attraction, but there's so much more to the fun. There's a month-long festival that seems to wake up at Thanksgiving and lasting until January.
By festival I mean all the food and all the fun: fireworks, parades, laser lights, a huge craft fair and probably some things that I don't even know about. Well, I do know about one: a flotilla on Cane River Lake during the fireworks shows. (Yes, plural, as in every weekend in December.) Last Saturday night I was on one of the boats with this sweet man.
|A couple of random kiddos|
Then we rode slowly along Front Street, the area of town designated for the festival. Both sides of the lake are decorated but the Front Street side holds the festival and the opposite side has the majority of lights and the fireworks area. In the photo above you can see the squarish lights over the Church Street bridge which is closed to traffic during the fireworks. This place is run like a tightly managed ship but, celebrating its 300th anniversary, the city knows how to throw a party.
|And a couple of random grands|
We docked for a short while after the fireworks to get a snack and say hello to family on shore, then off we breezed to a warm car for the ride home. We're grateful for an annual trip to Natchitoches during the Christmas season: this one marked our second one and served as a wonderful family memory complete with all the fun that three generations can handle.
Wishing you and yours a blessed, happy Christmas.