Bonne Christmeusse or, more formally, Joyeux Noël, these are the Cajun ways to way Merry Christmas!  You know the folks down in Louisiana love them some fireworks, especially during the holiday season. Nothing is more down-home gathering up the kin at shooting off some fireworks dat make you go ‘wow!’  Sure, sitting on the bayou and setting off your own firecrackers and sparklers is a blast, but a not-to-be missed event that runs through the New Year is ‘The Natchitoches Festival of Lights ‘–   if you’re not from the area, that’s pronounced ‘Nack-a-tish.’ 
The Festival of Lights has been going on since 1927, offering visitors the charm of the original French colony in Louisiana.  This festival, which is one of the nation’s oldest community-based holiday celebrations, draws in more than 100,000 people each year for the parade, live entertainment, food fair, arts and crafts show and a spectacular fireworks show over the scenic Cane River Lake.
In addition, special events are planned each weekend in December including a Holiday Tour of Homes, all types of entertainment and yummy Cajun food. Of course, for pyrotechnic aficionados, the piece de la resistance of the even are the multiple firework shows that are planned including firework displays every Saturday and also on the stroke of midnight for New Year’s Eve.  In addition to the fireworks and festival fun, a spectacular display of Christmas lights illuminate the historic downtown area that are quite a sight to see!