From strolling the woods twinkling with light displays to sitting next to a fire-pit and making s’mores discover what makes Dark Woods® Christmas an environment that is filled with love, family, and a true Christmas spirit that truly in the heart of Natchitoches Parish.

300,000+ LIGHTS

Dark Woods® Christmas provides the perfect setting for family memories this Christmas. Be merry and bright as you bask in the glow of 300,000+ dazzling LED lights in our family’s growing holiday display.


From interactive fun for kids to uplifting holiday music, nightly entertainment even includes a place for the kids to see Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus at Kringle’s Outpost and other holiday character favorites at Lafitte’s Landing. 


Gather the whole family for homemade doughnuts and gourmet hot chocolate. Plus, enjoy other seasonal favorites like
caramel apples, campfire s’mores and Natchitoches meat pies at the park concessions.

Do You Believe? Photos with Santa and Friends

Celebrate the spirit of the season and experience the ultimate ho-ho-holiday encounter when you meet—and snap pics with—the jolly old elf himself.

Santa’s 2023 Dates:

Santa will be appearing nightly during the 2023 season!

December TBA

Blitzen the Reindeer, Pepper the Elf and Mrs. Claus will appear on select dates.

Dark Woods® is excited to now offer professional souvenir photo packages printed while you wait! Kringle’s Outpost is a festive Christmas set furnished with traditional European antiques and beautiful Christmas decor perfect for unique Christmas memories.


Pricing Packages for Holiday Photos

PICK 2 – $30

2 – 5X7 prints
(additional copies $10 each)

PICK 1 – $20  (choose 1 from the following)

1 – 5X7 print
4 – Wallets


$25 – Digital image only

Location in park: Kringle’s Outpost @ Dark Woods®

*Schedule subject to change without notice. **Subject to weather conditions and park operating hours ***Additional fees apply for photo souvenirs.




Admission to Dark Woods® Christmas is:
  • $7 per person ages 4 and up on Weekdays through December TBA
  • $8 per person ages 4 and up on December TBA
  • Children 3 and under are FREE.

Take home beautiful Christmas memories that will last a lifetime.

Tickets are available at the box office onsite nightly. Get your tickets today!
Tickets are available at the box office onsite nightly

Located in Northwest Louisiana, Natchitoches parish is a gem to behold during the Christmas holidays. Every year the city of Natchitoches explodes with Christmas joy and beautiful colors as the historic Downtown area is decorated with thousands of lights, set decorations, and wonderful Christmas Spirit that scores of people come to visit every year. Dubbed the City of Lights, Natchitoches has earned a permanent spot on Louisiana’s Holiday Trail of Lights as huge waves of families pour into the city limits to experience a truly unique take on the Christmas in the South.