Experience the Holiday Season in Charming Southern Towns

River Views®, a River Cruise Blog

The season is at its peak and the treasured ports of the Lower Mississippi are bright with holiday cheer. Amid the glittering elegance of an American Queen holiday cruise is a seasonal spirit larger than life. Experience the best of the Antebellum South during a magical time of the year and delight in all of your favorite holiday treats while getting acquainted with the classic traditions of the Cajun culture. Sip a glass of eggnog as you listen to the sweet sound of local choirs and bands serenade the American Queen upon departure from the enchanting ports of Vicksburg and Natchez. Receive a warm welcome from strolling carolers upon arrival to charming St. Francisville. Our exclusive lineup of Christmas markets offers a little something for everyone including music, seasonal goods and locally produced crafts for you to enjoy.

Nottoway, Louisiana

Your evening at Nottoway Plantation is full of enchanted holiday traditions including festive Christmas Markets offering a glimpse into holidays past, a traditional Southern Ball performance and an elegant four-course meal. This romantic evening is capped off with the enchanting, time-honored tradition of lighting bonfires on the levee. You see, Cajun culture is rich in tradition and bonfires on the levee are an important element of the Christmas holiday, as the bonfires on the levees serve to light the way for Papa Noel (the Cajun version of Santa Claus) guiding him to the homes of good little boys and girls on Christmas Eve.

For American Queen guests traveling on any Holiday-Christmas Markets themed voyage, special bonfires will be lit for each visit to Nottoway Plantation. After all, we wouldn’t want our guests to miss out on most magical part of Christmas in the South… the warm, red glow that extends across the waters of the Mississippi River.

Vicksburg, Mississippi

Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions and celebrates the Christmas holiday with a traditional flair. Meander through the shops adorned with holiday garb and experience the historical significance of this southern town. As the grand American Queen departs Vicksburg in the evening, guests are delighted with the stirring holiday performance of holiday tunes by the local musicians.

Natchez, Mississippi

The town of Natchez takes pride in decking their halls as they welcome American Queen guests for a truly southern holiday celebration. Browse the shops throughout Natchez for that perfect gift and stroll through the halls of her historic homes and buildings. As the American Queen departs, the sweet melodies of holiday tunes bid us adieu with traditional Christmas music from the levee.

St. Francisville, Louisiana

Stroll through the streets of St. Francisville, adorned for the season as jolly carolers stroll along the bustling sidewalks. The streets come alive with holiday charm as yuletide music fills the air.