Natchitoches among Top 25 Christmas markets in country—at number 12!


UPDATE…Global travel site contacted the Natchitoches Times this morning with an update. Natchitoches is ranked 12th nationally, not 23rd!

The month of December is here, its official Christmas has begun, henceforth it’s now socially acceptable to play Mariah Carey on repeat! And to get you into the holiday spirit, Global travel site Big 7 Travel released The 25 Best Christmas Markets In The USA and includes the Natchitoches Christmas Festival, which comes in at number 23.

This article published in the Dec. 9, 2021, print edition

“Natchitoches is the perfect place to spend the holidays with your whole family. You can all enjoy the parade, unique cuisine and beautiful fireworks display – there truly is something for everyone.” said Lily Rogers, author of Top 25.

This year is set to bring a lot more cheer and festive spirit. Covid-19 might have cancelled Christmas last year, but we’re hurtling towards a bumper edition of festive fun this year to make up for it. Sadly, some Christmas markets/events have been cancelled but many of the nation’s favorite markets are going ahead.

This year’s top Christmas Markets were ranked on several factors, including but not limited to vendor variety, entertainment, local traditions, social media popularity, Big 7 Travel writer suggestions and previous awards.

To see the full list, visit