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The quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie.

A Festive Wonderland Awaits in Oxford, MS

As the holiday season unfolds, the quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie, beckoning all to revel in its magical charm. From delightful treats along the Peppermint Trail to the joyous ice-skating extravaganza, Oxford invites you to create cherished memories during this most wonderful time of the year.

The Peppermint Trail: A Journey of Festive Delights

Step into a world of holiday surprises as Oxford’s local shops come alive with the spirit of the season on the enchanting Peppermint Trail. Indulge in delightful gifts and special treats such as coffee, cocktails, and sweets as you traverse the red-and-white candied path. This festive journey continues until January 7th, promising a merry experience for all.

For a full list of Peppermint Partners and to plan your trail adventure, visit:
Peppermint Trail’s official page.

Skating into Winter Wonderland

Embrace the wintry allure of the holiday season as Oxford unveils its magical ice-skating rink, a true delight for visitors of all ages. Nestled within the Old Armory Pavilion at 1801 University Avenue, this frosty attraction promises a mesmerizing experience for both seasoned skaters and beginners alike. Fear not, for skate aids are available for those who prefer a little extra stability on the ice.

This enchanting ice-skating affair is open until January 7, inviting you to gather your loved ones, don your warmest coats, and embark on a winter adventure in Oxford’s very own wonderland.

For more information and to plan your visit, explore Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays, and keep up-to-date by following their festivities on Facebook. Remember to tag your holiday moments with @HollyJollyHolidaysOxMS and @MadeInMSmedia.

Rink Hours and Santa’s Arrival
Prepare for some frosty fun with ice skating available during the week and weekends. Here are the rink hours:

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

When the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland.

Experience the Enchantment of Christmas in Natchez, MS

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisp, our thoughts turn to the most wonderful time of the year – the holiday season! Natchez is known for its stunning architecture and historic homes, making it a place of timeless beauty. However, when the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland that captivates all who visit.

Natchez Christmas Parade
December 2nd 6 PM

As the holiday season unfolds there is an event that marks the peak of Christmas cheer in Natchez – the annual Christmas Parade. It’s a time when the community comes together to celebrate. This parade will weave its way through the heart of the city, lighting up the city with joy! The parade will start on Franklin Street, turn on Rankin Street and go West on Main Street. Go early and find a spot of the route so you will be able to share in the holiday cheer! For more information visit, Christmas In Natchez

Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll – 10K, 5K & One Mile Kids Run
December 9th 8:00 AM

Location: Wardo’s Poboys, 309 N Broadway Street, Natchez, MS 39120
Entry Fees: 10K – $35, 5K – $30 (includes T-Shirt), One Mile Kids Run – $10 (T-Shirt available for purchase on race day)
Packet Pickup: December 8 between 1 and 9 PM at Wardo’s
For more information and to sign up visit, Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll 10K, 5K, & Kids Fun Run

Caroling in the Park
Every Thursday in December

Natchez boasts many beautiful parks, and the Christmas in Natchez Committee has arranged for Caroling in the Park every Thursday in December until Christmas. Head to Memorial Park, located behind St. Mary’s Basilica, and join the caroling session amidst enchanting lighting and nursery rhyme-themed displays.

Christmas Pilgrimage Tour of Historic Homes
November 24 – December 31

Experience the delightful blend of tradition, history, and holiday cheer as the Natchez Garden Club presents Christmas Tours. Immerse yourself in the unique yuletide charm of Natchez through beautifully adorned historic homes, festive markets, and lively holiday events. Book your tickets and step into the winter wonderland of Natchez. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Linden’s Extrava-Santa Experience
December 1st – December 29th (closed December 23rd, 24th, and 25th)

Linden Historic Bed and Breakfast invites you to a Christmas journey filled with historical charm and holiday cheer. Indulge in spiced tea, holiday cookies, and explore the exquisite parlor and grand galleries adorned with Santa-themed decor. It’s an experience that captures the spirit of the season and creates cherished memories. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Candlelight Jeweled Christmas Tour at The Towers
December 2nd, 9th, and 16th 
7:00 PM

Join The Towers Mansion to witness thousands of pieces of vintage costume jewelry artistically arranged in a magical holiday display, named one of the 10 best unusual Christmas displays in the US. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours 

Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace
December 4th – December 30th
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 
10 AM and 2 PM (closed Christmas Day)

Myrtle Terrace, a Victorian home, captivates visitors with elegant trimmings, harmonious carols, and a festive ambiance that lingers in the heart throughout the year. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace – Visit Natchez 

Natchez Little Theatre Presents: Christmas Chaos
December 7th – December 17th
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows at 7:30 PM, Sunday show at 2:00 PM

As part of the 75th Season, the Natchez Little Theatre brings you “Christmas Chaos,” a delightful performance capturing the essence of the holiday season. For more information and tickets visit, Natchez Little Theatre

Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High”
December 8th, 15th, and 22nd 6:00 PM

Embark on a mesmerizing tour event featuring Choctaw Hall and Myrtle Terrace. Enjoy an Old World Candlelight Christmas, live music, and Victorian-style holiday celebrations. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High” – Visit Natchez

10th Annual Christmas High Tea
December 9th
11 AM – 12 PM and  2 PM – 3 PM

Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfast hosts a blissful hour dedicated to the ceremony of a Christmas High Tea. Savor cups of tea, seasonal sweet confections, and take home a Christmas Sweet! For more information and tickets visit, 10th Annual Christmas High Tea at Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfas

“In The First Light” at First Baptist Church Natchez
December 10th
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Celebrate the season with live music by the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church Natchez, honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.

Whether you’re singing carols in Memorial Park, strolling through the Christmas Village or watching the parade, we hope your holiday season in Natchez is filled with laughter, love and unforgettable memories. Merry Christmas Natchez!

An enchanting holiday extravaganza running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd.

17th Annual Sip-N-Cider in Historic Canton Square

Get ready to indulge in the festive spirit as Historic Canton Square in Mississippi reopens its enchanting holiday extravaganza, the 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival! Running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd, this celebration promises an array of delightful activities and heartwarming experiences for the whole family.

Sip-N-Cider Festival Highlights 

Mark your calendars for the grand event on Friday, Dec. 8th, when the festival kicks off with extended hours from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Featuring an assortment of special characters, performances, and photo opportunities, this night promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

A Wonderland of Festivities
Step into a magical world around the historic Canton Square adorned with dazzling displays and heartwarming attractions including: 

  • Enchanting Walk-Through Attractions: Explore the Christmas Interactive Village, featuring Rudolph’s barn, Frosty’s igloo, and Santa’s workshop—a haven for festive fun and exploration.
  • Captivating Rides: Children can enjoy classic rides including an old-fashioned carousel, antique cars, and the thrilling sky race, offering an array of adventures for the young and young at heart.
  • Santa Snow Village and Christmas Animation Museum: Delight in the picturesque hometown of Santa Claus and explore the miniature train depot. Dive into the Christmas Animation Museum and embark on an ‘I Spy’ adventure to uncover Canton’s history intertwined with Christmas magic, searching for the elves’ top 10 favorite toys.
  • Mrs. Claus, Storyteller Extraordinaire: Don’t miss the chance to gather ’round as Mrs. Claus weaves enchanting tales, becoming a cherished treasure of the Canton Christmas Festival. Her stories will captivate hearts and add an extra sprinkle of magic to the festive atmosphere.
Special Events and Dates

The air is filled with the sweet scent of the holidays at our special holiday festival dates! From enchanting singalongs to cherished moments with Santa Claus and delightful carriage rides, our festive activities promise to make this season truly special for you and your loved ones.

Singalong Fest with the Best: Gather ’round and join the magical cast of characters for heartwarming carols, joyful singalongs, and the creation of your favorite family holiday traditions! These delightful singalong sessions are scheduled for Dec. 1st to 3rd, Dec. 8th to 10th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Get ready to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season alongside the festive ensemble!

Photos with Santa Claus: Capture the magic of the holidays with one-on-one time with Santa himself! Don’t miss the opportunity to have your picture taken with the jolly old fellow. Dates for this cherished activity are Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Create lasting memories and share your holiday wishes with Santa!

Cozy Carriage Rides: Experience the charm of the season with a cozy stroll around the Historic Square, guided by a horse-drawn carriage! Snuggle up and enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere during our carriage rides, available on Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Let the magic of the holidays envelop you during this picturesque journey. 

17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider: Save the date for our spectacular 17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider event on Friday, Dec. 8th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participating merchants will be offering delightful Christmas hot cider, and join in on the fun competition created especially for our visitors. It’s an evening filled with joy, warmth, and the delightful tastes of the season—don’t miss out on this cherished tradition!

The 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival in Historic Canton Square offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of the holiday season. Join in the fun, explore the wonders, and create cherished memories amid this delightful celebration. Gather your loved ones and prepare for a magical experience that embodies the true essence of Christmas!

For more information: https://www.cantontourism.com/events-2/2017/2/22/victorian-christmas-festival

 
The quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie.

A Festive Wonderland Awaits in Oxford, MS

As the holiday season unfolds, the quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie, beckoning all to revel in its magical charm. From delightful treats along the Peppermint Trail to the joyous ice-skating extravaganza, Oxford invites you to create cherished memories during this most wonderful time of the year.

The Peppermint Trail: A Journey of Festive Delights

Step into a world of holiday surprises as Oxford’s local shops come alive with the spirit of the season on the enchanting Peppermint Trail. Indulge in delightful gifts and special treats such as coffee, cocktails, and sweets as you traverse the red-and-white candied path. This festive journey continues until January 7th, promising a merry experience for all.

For a full list of Peppermint Partners and to plan your trail adventure, visit:
Peppermint Trail’s official page.

Skating into Winter Wonderland

Embrace the wintry allure of the holiday season as Oxford unveils its magical ice-skating rink, a true delight for visitors of all ages. Nestled within the Old Armory Pavilion at 1801 University Avenue, this frosty attraction promises a mesmerizing experience for both seasoned skaters and beginners alike. Fear not, for skate aids are available for those who prefer a little extra stability on the ice.

This enchanting ice-skating affair is open until January 7, inviting you to gather your loved ones, don your warmest coats, and embark on a winter adventure in Oxford’s very own wonderland.

For more information and to plan your visit, explore Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays, and keep up-to-date by following their festivities on Facebook. Remember to tag your holiday moments with @HollyJollyHolidaysOxMS and @MadeInMSmedia.

Rink Hours and Santa’s Arrival
Prepare for some frosty fun with ice skating available during the week and weekends. Here are the rink hours:

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

When the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland.

Experience the Enchantment of Christmas in Natchez, MS

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisp, our thoughts turn to the most wonderful time of the year – the holiday season! Natchez is known for its stunning architecture and historic homes, making it a place of timeless beauty. However, when the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland that captivates all who visit.

Natchez Christmas Parade
December 2nd 6 PM

As the holiday season unfolds there is an event that marks the peak of Christmas cheer in Natchez – the annual Christmas Parade. It’s a time when the community comes together to celebrate. This parade will weave its way through the heart of the city, lighting up the city with joy! The parade will start on Franklin Street, turn on Rankin Street and go West on Main Street. Go early and find a spot of the route so you will be able to share in the holiday cheer! For more information visit, Christmas In Natchez

Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll – 10K, 5K & One Mile Kids Run
December 9th 8:00 AM

Location: Wardo’s Poboys, 309 N Broadway Street, Natchez, MS 39120
Entry Fees: 10K – $35, 5K – $30 (includes T-Shirt), One Mile Kids Run – $10 (T-Shirt available for purchase on race day)
Packet Pickup: December 8 between 1 and 9 PM at Wardo’s
For more information and to sign up visit, Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll 10K, 5K, & Kids Fun Run

Caroling in the Park
Every Thursday in December

Natchez boasts many beautiful parks, and the Christmas in Natchez Committee has arranged for Caroling in the Park every Thursday in December until Christmas. Head to Memorial Park, located behind St. Mary’s Basilica, and join the caroling session amidst enchanting lighting and nursery rhyme-themed displays.

Christmas Pilgrimage Tour of Historic Homes
November 24 – December 31

Experience the delightful blend of tradition, history, and holiday cheer as the Natchez Garden Club presents Christmas Tours. Immerse yourself in the unique yuletide charm of Natchez through beautifully adorned historic homes, festive markets, and lively holiday events. Book your tickets and step into the winter wonderland of Natchez. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Linden’s Extrava-Santa Experience
December 1st – December 29th (closed December 23rd, 24th, and 25th)

Linden Historic Bed and Breakfast invites you to a Christmas journey filled with historical charm and holiday cheer. Indulge in spiced tea, holiday cookies, and explore the exquisite parlor and grand galleries adorned with Santa-themed decor. It’s an experience that captures the spirit of the season and creates cherished memories. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Candlelight Jeweled Christmas Tour at The Towers
December 2nd, 9th, and 16th 
7:00 PM

Join The Towers Mansion to witness thousands of pieces of vintage costume jewelry artistically arranged in a magical holiday display, named one of the 10 best unusual Christmas displays in the US. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours 

Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace
December 4th – December 30th
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 
10 AM and 2 PM (closed Christmas Day)

Myrtle Terrace, a Victorian home, captivates visitors with elegant trimmings, harmonious carols, and a festive ambiance that lingers in the heart throughout the year. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace – Visit Natchez 

Natchez Little Theatre Presents: Christmas Chaos
December 7th – December 17th
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows at 7:30 PM, Sunday show at 2:00 PM

As part of the 75th Season, the Natchez Little Theatre brings you “Christmas Chaos,” a delightful performance capturing the essence of the holiday season. For more information and tickets visit, Natchez Little Theatre

Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High”
December 8th, 15th, and 22nd 6:00 PM

Embark on a mesmerizing tour event featuring Choctaw Hall and Myrtle Terrace. Enjoy an Old World Candlelight Christmas, live music, and Victorian-style holiday celebrations. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High” – Visit Natchez

10th Annual Christmas High Tea
December 9th
11 AM – 12 PM and  2 PM – 3 PM

Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfast hosts a blissful hour dedicated to the ceremony of a Christmas High Tea. Savor cups of tea, seasonal sweet confections, and take home a Christmas Sweet! For more information and tickets visit, 10th Annual Christmas High Tea at Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfas

“In The First Light” at First Baptist Church Natchez
December 10th
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Celebrate the season with live music by the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church Natchez, honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.

Whether you’re singing carols in Memorial Park, strolling through the Christmas Village or watching the parade, we hope your holiday season in Natchez is filled with laughter, love and unforgettable memories. Merry Christmas Natchez!

An enchanting holiday extravaganza running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd.

17th Annual Sip-N-Cider in Historic Canton Square

Get ready to indulge in the festive spirit as Historic Canton Square in Mississippi reopens its enchanting holiday extravaganza, the 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival! Running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd, this celebration promises an array of delightful activities and heartwarming experiences for the whole family.

Sip-N-Cider Festival Highlights 

Mark your calendars for the grand event on Friday, Dec. 8th, when the festival kicks off with extended hours from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Featuring an assortment of special characters, performances, and photo opportunities, this night promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

A Wonderland of Festivities
Step into a magical world around the historic Canton Square adorned with dazzling displays and heartwarming attractions including: 

  • Enchanting Walk-Through Attractions: Explore the Christmas Interactive Village, featuring Rudolph’s barn, Frosty’s igloo, and Santa’s workshop—a haven for festive fun and exploration.
  • Captivating Rides: Children can enjoy classic rides including an old-fashioned carousel, antique cars, and the thrilling sky race, offering an array of adventures for the young and young at heart.
  • Santa Snow Village and Christmas Animation Museum: Delight in the picturesque hometown of Santa Claus and explore the miniature train depot. Dive into the Christmas Animation Museum and embark on an ‘I Spy’ adventure to uncover Canton’s history intertwined with Christmas magic, searching for the elves’ top 10 favorite toys.
  • Mrs. Claus, Storyteller Extraordinaire: Don’t miss the chance to gather ’round as Mrs. Claus weaves enchanting tales, becoming a cherished treasure of the Canton Christmas Festival. Her stories will captivate hearts and add an extra sprinkle of magic to the festive atmosphere.
Special Events and Dates

The air is filled with the sweet scent of the holidays at our special holiday festival dates! From enchanting singalongs to cherished moments with Santa Claus and delightful carriage rides, our festive activities promise to make this season truly special for you and your loved ones.

Singalong Fest with the Best: Gather ’round and join the magical cast of characters for heartwarming carols, joyful singalongs, and the creation of your favorite family holiday traditions! These delightful singalong sessions are scheduled for Dec. 1st to 3rd, Dec. 8th to 10th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Get ready to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season alongside the festive ensemble!

Photos with Santa Claus: Capture the magic of the holidays with one-on-one time with Santa himself! Don’t miss the opportunity to have your picture taken with the jolly old fellow. Dates for this cherished activity are Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Create lasting memories and share your holiday wishes with Santa!

Cozy Carriage Rides: Experience the charm of the season with a cozy stroll around the Historic Square, guided by a horse-drawn carriage! Snuggle up and enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere during our carriage rides, available on Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Let the magic of the holidays envelop you during this picturesque journey. 

17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider: Save the date for our spectacular 17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider event on Friday, Dec. 8th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participating merchants will be offering delightful Christmas hot cider, and join in on the fun competition created especially for our visitors. It’s an evening filled with joy, warmth, and the delightful tastes of the season—don’t miss out on this cherished tradition!

The 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival in Historic Canton Square offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of the holiday season. Join in the fun, explore the wonders, and create cherished memories amid this delightful celebration. Gather your loved ones and prepare for a magical experience that embodies the true essence of Christmas!

For more information: https://www.cantontourism.com/events-2/2017/2/22/victorian-christmas-festival

 
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The quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie.

A Festive Wonderland Awaits in Oxford, MS

As the holiday season unfolds, the quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie, beckoning all to revel in its magical charm. From delightful treats along the Peppermint Trail to the joyous ice-skating extravaganza, Oxford invites you to create cherished memories during this most wonderful time of the year.

The Peppermint Trail: A Journey of Festive Delights

Step into a world of holiday surprises as Oxford’s local shops come alive with the spirit of the season on the enchanting Peppermint Trail. Indulge in delightful gifts and special treats such as coffee, cocktails, and sweets as you traverse the red-and-white candied path. This festive journey continues until January 7th, promising a merry experience for all.

For a full list of Peppermint Partners and to plan your trail adventure, visit:
Peppermint Trail’s official page.

Skating into Winter Wonderland

Embrace the wintry allure of the holiday season as Oxford unveils its magical ice-skating rink, a true delight for visitors of all ages. Nestled within the Old Armory Pavilion at 1801 University Avenue, this frosty attraction promises a mesmerizing experience for both seasoned skaters and beginners alike. Fear not, for skate aids are available for those who prefer a little extra stability on the ice.

This enchanting ice-skating affair is open until January 7, inviting you to gather your loved ones, don your warmest coats, and embark on a winter adventure in Oxford’s very own wonderland.

For more information and to plan your visit, explore Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays, and keep up-to-date by following their festivities on Facebook. Remember to tag your holiday moments with @HollyJollyHolidaysOxMS and @MadeInMSmedia.

Rink Hours and Santa’s Arrival
Prepare for some frosty fun with ice skating available during the week and weekends. Here are the rink hours:

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

When the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland.

Experience the Enchantment of Christmas in Natchez, MS

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisp, our thoughts turn to the most wonderful time of the year – the holiday season! Natchez is known for its stunning architecture and historic homes, making it a place of timeless beauty. However, when the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland that captivates all who visit.

Natchez Christmas Parade
December 2nd 6 PM

As the holiday season unfolds there is an event that marks the peak of Christmas cheer in Natchez – the annual Christmas Parade. It’s a time when the community comes together to celebrate. This parade will weave its way through the heart of the city, lighting up the city with joy! The parade will start on Franklin Street, turn on Rankin Street and go West on Main Street. Go early and find a spot of the route so you will be able to share in the holiday cheer! For more information visit, Christmas In Natchez

Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll – 10K, 5K & One Mile Kids Run
December 9th 8:00 AM

Location: Wardo’s Poboys, 309 N Broadway Street, Natchez, MS 39120
Entry Fees: 10K – $35, 5K – $30 (includes T-Shirt), One Mile Kids Run – $10 (T-Shirt available for purchase on race day)
Packet Pickup: December 8 between 1 and 9 PM at Wardo’s
For more information and to sign up visit, Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll 10K, 5K, & Kids Fun Run

Caroling in the Park
Every Thursday in December

Natchez boasts many beautiful parks, and the Christmas in Natchez Committee has arranged for Caroling in the Park every Thursday in December until Christmas. Head to Memorial Park, located behind St. Mary’s Basilica, and join the caroling session amidst enchanting lighting and nursery rhyme-themed displays.

Christmas Pilgrimage Tour of Historic Homes
November 24 – December 31

Experience the delightful blend of tradition, history, and holiday cheer as the Natchez Garden Club presents Christmas Tours. Immerse yourself in the unique yuletide charm of Natchez through beautifully adorned historic homes, festive markets, and lively holiday events. Book your tickets and step into the winter wonderland of Natchez. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Linden’s Extrava-Santa Experience
December 1st – December 29th (closed December 23rd, 24th, and 25th)

Linden Historic Bed and Breakfast invites you to a Christmas journey filled with historical charm and holiday cheer. Indulge in spiced tea, holiday cookies, and explore the exquisite parlor and grand galleries adorned with Santa-themed decor. It’s an experience that captures the spirit of the season and creates cherished memories. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Candlelight Jeweled Christmas Tour at The Towers
December 2nd, 9th, and 16th 
7:00 PM

Join The Towers Mansion to witness thousands of pieces of vintage costume jewelry artistically arranged in a magical holiday display, named one of the 10 best unusual Christmas displays in the US. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours 

Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace
December 4th – December 30th
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 
10 AM and 2 PM (closed Christmas Day)

Myrtle Terrace, a Victorian home, captivates visitors with elegant trimmings, harmonious carols, and a festive ambiance that lingers in the heart throughout the year. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace – Visit Natchez 

Natchez Little Theatre Presents: Christmas Chaos
December 7th – December 17th
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows at 7:30 PM, Sunday show at 2:00 PM

As part of the 75th Season, the Natchez Little Theatre brings you “Christmas Chaos,” a delightful performance capturing the essence of the holiday season. For more information and tickets visit, Natchez Little Theatre

Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High”
December 8th, 15th, and 22nd 6:00 PM

Embark on a mesmerizing tour event featuring Choctaw Hall and Myrtle Terrace. Enjoy an Old World Candlelight Christmas, live music, and Victorian-style holiday celebrations. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High” – Visit Natchez

10th Annual Christmas High Tea
December 9th
11 AM – 12 PM and  2 PM – 3 PM

Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfast hosts a blissful hour dedicated to the ceremony of a Christmas High Tea. Savor cups of tea, seasonal sweet confections, and take home a Christmas Sweet! For more information and tickets visit, 10th Annual Christmas High Tea at Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfas

“In The First Light” at First Baptist Church Natchez
December 10th
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Celebrate the season with live music by the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church Natchez, honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.

Whether you’re singing carols in Memorial Park, strolling through the Christmas Village or watching the parade, we hope your holiday season in Natchez is filled with laughter, love and unforgettable memories. Merry Christmas Natchez!

An enchanting holiday extravaganza running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd.

17th Annual Sip-N-Cider in Historic Canton Square

Get ready to indulge in the festive spirit as Historic Canton Square in Mississippi reopens its enchanting holiday extravaganza, the 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival! Running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd, this celebration promises an array of delightful activities and heartwarming experiences for the whole family.

Sip-N-Cider Festival Highlights 

Mark your calendars for the grand event on Friday, Dec. 8th, when the festival kicks off with extended hours from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Featuring an assortment of special characters, performances, and photo opportunities, this night promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

A Wonderland of Festivities
Step into a magical world around the historic Canton Square adorned with dazzling displays and heartwarming attractions including: 

  • Enchanting Walk-Through Attractions: Explore the Christmas Interactive Village, featuring Rudolph’s barn, Frosty’s igloo, and Santa’s workshop—a haven for festive fun and exploration.
  • Captivating Rides: Children can enjoy classic rides including an old-fashioned carousel, antique cars, and the thrilling sky race, offering an array of adventures for the young and young at heart.
  • Santa Snow Village and Christmas Animation Museum: Delight in the picturesque hometown of Santa Claus and explore the miniature train depot. Dive into the Christmas Animation Museum and embark on an ‘I Spy’ adventure to uncover Canton’s history intertwined with Christmas magic, searching for the elves’ top 10 favorite toys.
  • Mrs. Claus, Storyteller Extraordinaire: Don’t miss the chance to gather ’round as Mrs. Claus weaves enchanting tales, becoming a cherished treasure of the Canton Christmas Festival. Her stories will captivate hearts and add an extra sprinkle of magic to the festive atmosphere.
Special Events and Dates

The air is filled with the sweet scent of the holidays at our special holiday festival dates! From enchanting singalongs to cherished moments with Santa Claus and delightful carriage rides, our festive activities promise to make this season truly special for you and your loved ones.

Singalong Fest with the Best: Gather ’round and join the magical cast of characters for heartwarming carols, joyful singalongs, and the creation of your favorite family holiday traditions! These delightful singalong sessions are scheduled for Dec. 1st to 3rd, Dec. 8th to 10th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Get ready to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season alongside the festive ensemble!

Photos with Santa Claus: Capture the magic of the holidays with one-on-one time with Santa himself! Don’t miss the opportunity to have your picture taken with the jolly old fellow. Dates for this cherished activity are Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Create lasting memories and share your holiday wishes with Santa!

Cozy Carriage Rides: Experience the charm of the season with a cozy stroll around the Historic Square, guided by a horse-drawn carriage! Snuggle up and enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere during our carriage rides, available on Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Let the magic of the holidays envelop you during this picturesque journey. 

17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider: Save the date for our spectacular 17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider event on Friday, Dec. 8th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participating merchants will be offering delightful Christmas hot cider, and join in on the fun competition created especially for our visitors. It’s an evening filled with joy, warmth, and the delightful tastes of the season—don’t miss out on this cherished tradition!

The 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival in Historic Canton Square offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of the holiday season. Join in the fun, explore the wonders, and create cherished memories amid this delightful celebration. Gather your loved ones and prepare for a magical experience that embodies the true essence of Christmas!

For more information: https://www.cantontourism.com/events-2/2017/2/22/victorian-christmas-festival

 
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The quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie.

A Festive Wonderland Awaits in Oxford, MS

As the holiday season unfolds, the quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie, beckoning all to revel in its magical charm. From delightful treats along the Peppermint Trail to the joyous ice-skating extravaganza, Oxford invites you to create cherished memories during this most wonderful time of the year.

The Peppermint Trail: A Journey of Festive Delights

Step into a world of holiday surprises as Oxford’s local shops come alive with the spirit of the season on the enchanting Peppermint Trail. Indulge in delightful gifts and special treats such as coffee, cocktails, and sweets as you traverse the red-and-white candied path. This festive journey continues until January 7th, promising a merry experience for all.

For a full list of Peppermint Partners and to plan your trail adventure, visit:
Peppermint Trail’s official page.

Skating into Winter Wonderland

Embrace the wintry allure of the holiday season as Oxford unveils its magical ice-skating rink, a true delight for visitors of all ages. Nestled within the Old Armory Pavilion at 1801 University Avenue, this frosty attraction promises a mesmerizing experience for both seasoned skaters and beginners alike. Fear not, for skate aids are available for those who prefer a little extra stability on the ice.

This enchanting ice-skating affair is open until January 7, inviting you to gather your loved ones, don your warmest coats, and embark on a winter adventure in Oxford’s very own wonderland.

For more information and to plan your visit, explore Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays, and keep up-to-date by following their festivities on Facebook. Remember to tag your holiday moments with @HollyJollyHolidaysOxMS and @MadeInMSmedia.

Rink Hours and Santa’s Arrival
Prepare for some frosty fun with ice skating available during the week and weekends. Here are the rink hours:

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

When the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland.

Experience the Enchantment of Christmas in Natchez, MS

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisp, our thoughts turn to the most wonderful time of the year – the holiday season! Natchez is known for its stunning architecture and historic homes, making it a place of timeless beauty. However, when the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland that captivates all who visit.

Natchez Christmas Parade
December 2nd 6 PM

As the holiday season unfolds there is an event that marks the peak of Christmas cheer in Natchez – the annual Christmas Parade. It’s a time when the community comes together to celebrate. This parade will weave its way through the heart of the city, lighting up the city with joy! The parade will start on Franklin Street, turn on Rankin Street and go West on Main Street. Go early and find a spot of the route so you will be able to share in the holiday cheer! For more information visit, Christmas In Natchez

Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll – 10K, 5K & One Mile Kids Run
December 9th 8:00 AM

Location: Wardo’s Poboys, 309 N Broadway Street, Natchez, MS 39120
Entry Fees: 10K – $35, 5K – $30 (includes T-Shirt), One Mile Kids Run – $10 (T-Shirt available for purchase on race day)
Packet Pickup: December 8 between 1 and 9 PM at Wardo’s
For more information and to sign up visit, Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll 10K, 5K, & Kids Fun Run

Caroling in the Park
Every Thursday in December

Natchez boasts many beautiful parks, and the Christmas in Natchez Committee has arranged for Caroling in the Park every Thursday in December until Christmas. Head to Memorial Park, located behind St. Mary’s Basilica, and join the caroling session amidst enchanting lighting and nursery rhyme-themed displays.

Christmas Pilgrimage Tour of Historic Homes
November 24 – December 31

Experience the delightful blend of tradition, history, and holiday cheer as the Natchez Garden Club presents Christmas Tours. Immerse yourself in the unique yuletide charm of Natchez through beautifully adorned historic homes, festive markets, and lively holiday events. Book your tickets and step into the winter wonderland of Natchez. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Linden’s Extrava-Santa Experience
December 1st – December 29th (closed December 23rd, 24th, and 25th)

Linden Historic Bed and Breakfast invites you to a Christmas journey filled with historical charm and holiday cheer. Indulge in spiced tea, holiday cookies, and explore the exquisite parlor and grand galleries adorned with Santa-themed decor. It’s an experience that captures the spirit of the season and creates cherished memories. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Candlelight Jeweled Christmas Tour at The Towers
December 2nd, 9th, and 16th 
7:00 PM

Join The Towers Mansion to witness thousands of pieces of vintage costume jewelry artistically arranged in a magical holiday display, named one of the 10 best unusual Christmas displays in the US. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours 

Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace
December 4th – December 30th
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 
10 AM and 2 PM (closed Christmas Day)

Myrtle Terrace, a Victorian home, captivates visitors with elegant trimmings, harmonious carols, and a festive ambiance that lingers in the heart throughout the year. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace – Visit Natchez 

Natchez Little Theatre Presents: Christmas Chaos
December 7th – December 17th
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows at 7:30 PM, Sunday show at 2:00 PM

As part of the 75th Season, the Natchez Little Theatre brings you “Christmas Chaos,” a delightful performance capturing the essence of the holiday season. For more information and tickets visit, Natchez Little Theatre

Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High”
December 8th, 15th, and 22nd 6:00 PM

Embark on a mesmerizing tour event featuring Choctaw Hall and Myrtle Terrace. Enjoy an Old World Candlelight Christmas, live music, and Victorian-style holiday celebrations. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High” – Visit Natchez

10th Annual Christmas High Tea
December 9th
11 AM – 12 PM and  2 PM – 3 PM

Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfast hosts a blissful hour dedicated to the ceremony of a Christmas High Tea. Savor cups of tea, seasonal sweet confections, and take home a Christmas Sweet! For more information and tickets visit, 10th Annual Christmas High Tea at Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfas

“In The First Light” at First Baptist Church Natchez
December 10th
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Celebrate the season with live music by the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church Natchez, honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.

Whether you’re singing carols in Memorial Park, strolling through the Christmas Village or watching the parade, we hope your holiday season in Natchez is filled with laughter, love and unforgettable memories. Merry Christmas Natchez!

An enchanting holiday extravaganza running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd.

17th Annual Sip-N-Cider in Historic Canton Square

Get ready to indulge in the festive spirit as Historic Canton Square in Mississippi reopens its enchanting holiday extravaganza, the 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival! Running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd, this celebration promises an array of delightful activities and heartwarming experiences for the whole family.

Sip-N-Cider Festival Highlights 

Mark your calendars for the grand event on Friday, Dec. 8th, when the festival kicks off with extended hours from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Featuring an assortment of special characters, performances, and photo opportunities, this night promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

A Wonderland of Festivities
Step into a magical world around the historic Canton Square adorned with dazzling displays and heartwarming attractions including: 

  • Enchanting Walk-Through Attractions: Explore the Christmas Interactive Village, featuring Rudolph’s barn, Frosty’s igloo, and Santa’s workshop—a haven for festive fun and exploration.
  • Captivating Rides: Children can enjoy classic rides including an old-fashioned carousel, antique cars, and the thrilling sky race, offering an array of adventures for the young and young at heart.
  • Santa Snow Village and Christmas Animation Museum: Delight in the picturesque hometown of Santa Claus and explore the miniature train depot. Dive into the Christmas Animation Museum and embark on an ‘I Spy’ adventure to uncover Canton’s history intertwined with Christmas magic, searching for the elves’ top 10 favorite toys.
  • Mrs. Claus, Storyteller Extraordinaire: Don’t miss the chance to gather ’round as Mrs. Claus weaves enchanting tales, becoming a cherished treasure of the Canton Christmas Festival. Her stories will captivate hearts and add an extra sprinkle of magic to the festive atmosphere.
Special Events and Dates

The air is filled with the sweet scent of the holidays at our special holiday festival dates! From enchanting singalongs to cherished moments with Santa Claus and delightful carriage rides, our festive activities promise to make this season truly special for you and your loved ones.

Singalong Fest with the Best: Gather ’round and join the magical cast of characters for heartwarming carols, joyful singalongs, and the creation of your favorite family holiday traditions! These delightful singalong sessions are scheduled for Dec. 1st to 3rd, Dec. 8th to 10th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Get ready to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season alongside the festive ensemble!

Photos with Santa Claus: Capture the magic of the holidays with one-on-one time with Santa himself! Don’t miss the opportunity to have your picture taken with the jolly old fellow. Dates for this cherished activity are Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Create lasting memories and share your holiday wishes with Santa!

Cozy Carriage Rides: Experience the charm of the season with a cozy stroll around the Historic Square, guided by a horse-drawn carriage! Snuggle up and enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere during our carriage rides, available on Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Let the magic of the holidays envelop you during this picturesque journey. 

17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider: Save the date for our spectacular 17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider event on Friday, Dec. 8th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participating merchants will be offering delightful Christmas hot cider, and join in on the fun competition created especially for our visitors. It’s an evening filled with joy, warmth, and the delightful tastes of the season—don’t miss out on this cherished tradition!

The 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival in Historic Canton Square offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of the holiday season. Join in the fun, explore the wonders, and create cherished memories amid this delightful celebration. Gather your loved ones and prepare for a magical experience that embodies the true essence of Christmas!

For more information: https://www.cantontourism.com/events-2/2017/2/22/victorian-christmas-festival

 
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The quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie.

A Festive Wonderland Awaits in Oxford, MS

As the holiday season unfolds, the quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie, beckoning all to revel in its magical charm. From delightful treats along the Peppermint Trail to the joyous ice-skating extravaganza, Oxford invites you to create cherished memories during this most wonderful time of the year.

The Peppermint Trail: A Journey of Festive Delights

Step into a world of holiday surprises as Oxford’s local shops come alive with the spirit of the season on the enchanting Peppermint Trail. Indulge in delightful gifts and special treats such as coffee, cocktails, and sweets as you traverse the red-and-white candied path. This festive journey continues until January 7th, promising a merry experience for all.

For a full list of Peppermint Partners and to plan your trail adventure, visit:
Peppermint Trail’s official page.

Skating into Winter Wonderland

Embrace the wintry allure of the holiday season as Oxford unveils its magical ice-skating rink, a true delight for visitors of all ages. Nestled within the Old Armory Pavilion at 1801 University Avenue, this frosty attraction promises a mesmerizing experience for both seasoned skaters and beginners alike. Fear not, for skate aids are available for those who prefer a little extra stability on the ice.

This enchanting ice-skating affair is open until January 7, inviting you to gather your loved ones, don your warmest coats, and embark on a winter adventure in Oxford’s very own wonderland.

For more information and to plan your visit, explore Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays, and keep up-to-date by following their festivities on Facebook. Remember to tag your holiday moments with @HollyJollyHolidaysOxMS and @MadeInMSmedia.

Rink Hours and Santa’s Arrival
Prepare for some frosty fun with ice skating available during the week and weekends. Here are the rink hours:

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

When the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland.

Experience the Enchantment of Christmas in Natchez, MS

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisp, our thoughts turn to the most wonderful time of the year – the holiday season! Natchez is known for its stunning architecture and historic homes, making it a place of timeless beauty. However, when the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland that captivates all who visit.

Natchez Christmas Parade
December 2nd 6 PM

As the holiday season unfolds there is an event that marks the peak of Christmas cheer in Natchez – the annual Christmas Parade. It’s a time when the community comes together to celebrate. This parade will weave its way through the heart of the city, lighting up the city with joy! The parade will start on Franklin Street, turn on Rankin Street and go West on Main Street. Go early and find a spot of the route so you will be able to share in the holiday cheer! For more information visit, Christmas In Natchez

Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll – 10K, 5K & One Mile Kids Run
December 9th 8:00 AM

Location: Wardo’s Poboys, 309 N Broadway Street, Natchez, MS 39120
Entry Fees: 10K – $35, 5K – $30 (includes T-Shirt), One Mile Kids Run – $10 (T-Shirt available for purchase on race day)
Packet Pickup: December 8 between 1 and 9 PM at Wardo’s
For more information and to sign up visit, Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll 10K, 5K, & Kids Fun Run

Caroling in the Park
Every Thursday in December

Natchez boasts many beautiful parks, and the Christmas in Natchez Committee has arranged for Caroling in the Park every Thursday in December until Christmas. Head to Memorial Park, located behind St. Mary’s Basilica, and join the caroling session amidst enchanting lighting and nursery rhyme-themed displays.

Christmas Pilgrimage Tour of Historic Homes
November 24 – December 31

Experience the delightful blend of tradition, history, and holiday cheer as the Natchez Garden Club presents Christmas Tours. Immerse yourself in the unique yuletide charm of Natchez through beautifully adorned historic homes, festive markets, and lively holiday events. Book your tickets and step into the winter wonderland of Natchez. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Linden’s Extrava-Santa Experience
December 1st – December 29th (closed December 23rd, 24th, and 25th)

Linden Historic Bed and Breakfast invites you to a Christmas journey filled with historical charm and holiday cheer. Indulge in spiced tea, holiday cookies, and explore the exquisite parlor and grand galleries adorned with Santa-themed decor. It’s an experience that captures the spirit of the season and creates cherished memories. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Candlelight Jeweled Christmas Tour at The Towers
December 2nd, 9th, and 16th 
7:00 PM

Join The Towers Mansion to witness thousands of pieces of vintage costume jewelry artistically arranged in a magical holiday display, named one of the 10 best unusual Christmas displays in the US. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours 

Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace
December 4th – December 30th
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 
10 AM and 2 PM (closed Christmas Day)

Myrtle Terrace, a Victorian home, captivates visitors with elegant trimmings, harmonious carols, and a festive ambiance that lingers in the heart throughout the year. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace – Visit Natchez 

Natchez Little Theatre Presents: Christmas Chaos
December 7th – December 17th
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows at 7:30 PM, Sunday show at 2:00 PM

As part of the 75th Season, the Natchez Little Theatre brings you “Christmas Chaos,” a delightful performance capturing the essence of the holiday season. For more information and tickets visit, Natchez Little Theatre

Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High”
December 8th, 15th, and 22nd 6:00 PM

Embark on a mesmerizing tour event featuring Choctaw Hall and Myrtle Terrace. Enjoy an Old World Candlelight Christmas, live music, and Victorian-style holiday celebrations. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High” – Visit Natchez

10th Annual Christmas High Tea
December 9th
11 AM – 12 PM and  2 PM – 3 PM

Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfast hosts a blissful hour dedicated to the ceremony of a Christmas High Tea. Savor cups of tea, seasonal sweet confections, and take home a Christmas Sweet! For more information and tickets visit, 10th Annual Christmas High Tea at Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfas

“In The First Light” at First Baptist Church Natchez
December 10th
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Celebrate the season with live music by the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church Natchez, honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.

Whether you’re singing carols in Memorial Park, strolling through the Christmas Village or watching the parade, we hope your holiday season in Natchez is filled with laughter, love and unforgettable memories. Merry Christmas Natchez!

An enchanting holiday extravaganza running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd.

17th Annual Sip-N-Cider in Historic Canton Square

Get ready to indulge in the festive spirit as Historic Canton Square in Mississippi reopens its enchanting holiday extravaganza, the 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival! Running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd, this celebration promises an array of delightful activities and heartwarming experiences for the whole family.

Sip-N-Cider Festival Highlights 

Mark your calendars for the grand event on Friday, Dec. 8th, when the festival kicks off with extended hours from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Featuring an assortment of special characters, performances, and photo opportunities, this night promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

A Wonderland of Festivities
Step into a magical world around the historic Canton Square adorned with dazzling displays and heartwarming attractions including: 

  • Enchanting Walk-Through Attractions: Explore the Christmas Interactive Village, featuring Rudolph’s barn, Frosty’s igloo, and Santa’s workshop—a haven for festive fun and exploration.
  • Captivating Rides: Children can enjoy classic rides including an old-fashioned carousel, antique cars, and the thrilling sky race, offering an array of adventures for the young and young at heart.
  • Santa Snow Village and Christmas Animation Museum: Delight in the picturesque hometown of Santa Claus and explore the miniature train depot. Dive into the Christmas Animation Museum and embark on an ‘I Spy’ adventure to uncover Canton’s history intertwined with Christmas magic, searching for the elves’ top 10 favorite toys.
  • Mrs. Claus, Storyteller Extraordinaire: Don’t miss the chance to gather ’round as Mrs. Claus weaves enchanting tales, becoming a cherished treasure of the Canton Christmas Festival. Her stories will captivate hearts and add an extra sprinkle of magic to the festive atmosphere.
Special Events and Dates

The air is filled with the sweet scent of the holidays at our special holiday festival dates! From enchanting singalongs to cherished moments with Santa Claus and delightful carriage rides, our festive activities promise to make this season truly special for you and your loved ones.

Singalong Fest with the Best: Gather ’round and join the magical cast of characters for heartwarming carols, joyful singalongs, and the creation of your favorite family holiday traditions! These delightful singalong sessions are scheduled for Dec. 1st to 3rd, Dec. 8th to 10th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Get ready to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season alongside the festive ensemble!

Photos with Santa Claus: Capture the magic of the holidays with one-on-one time with Santa himself! Don’t miss the opportunity to have your picture taken with the jolly old fellow. Dates for this cherished activity are Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Create lasting memories and share your holiday wishes with Santa!

Cozy Carriage Rides: Experience the charm of the season with a cozy stroll around the Historic Square, guided by a horse-drawn carriage! Snuggle up and enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere during our carriage rides, available on Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Let the magic of the holidays envelop you during this picturesque journey. 

17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider: Save the date for our spectacular 17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider event on Friday, Dec. 8th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participating merchants will be offering delightful Christmas hot cider, and join in on the fun competition created especially for our visitors. It’s an evening filled with joy, warmth, and the delightful tastes of the season—don’t miss out on this cherished tradition!

The 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival in Historic Canton Square offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of the holiday season. Join in the fun, explore the wonders, and create cherished memories amid this delightful celebration. Gather your loved ones and prepare for a magical experience that embodies the true essence of Christmas!

For more information: https://www.cantontourism.com/events-2/2017/2/22/victorian-christmas-festival

 
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The quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie.

A Festive Wonderland Awaits in Oxford, MS

As the holiday season unfolds, the quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie, beckoning all to revel in its magical charm. From delightful treats along the Peppermint Trail to the joyous ice-skating extravaganza, Oxford invites you to create cherished memories during this most wonderful time of the year.

The Peppermint Trail: A Journey of Festive Delights

Step into a world of holiday surprises as Oxford’s local shops come alive with the spirit of the season on the enchanting Peppermint Trail. Indulge in delightful gifts and special treats such as coffee, cocktails, and sweets as you traverse the red-and-white candied path. This festive journey continues until January 7th, promising a merry experience for all.

For a full list of Peppermint Partners and to plan your trail adventure, visit:
Peppermint Trail’s official page.

Skating into Winter Wonderland

Embrace the wintry allure of the holiday season as Oxford unveils its magical ice-skating rink, a true delight for visitors of all ages. Nestled within the Old Armory Pavilion at 1801 University Avenue, this frosty attraction promises a mesmerizing experience for both seasoned skaters and beginners alike. Fear not, for skate aids are available for those who prefer a little extra stability on the ice.

This enchanting ice-skating affair is open until January 7, inviting you to gather your loved ones, don your warmest coats, and embark on a winter adventure in Oxford’s very own wonderland.

For more information and to plan your visit, explore Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays, and keep up-to-date by following their festivities on Facebook. Remember to tag your holiday moments with @HollyJollyHolidaysOxMS and @MadeInMSmedia.

Rink Hours and Santa’s Arrival
Prepare for some frosty fun with ice skating available during the week and weekends. Here are the rink hours:

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

When the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland.

Experience the Enchantment of Christmas in Natchez, MS

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisp, our thoughts turn to the most wonderful time of the year – the holiday season! Natchez is known for its stunning architecture and historic homes, making it a place of timeless beauty. However, when the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland that captivates all who visit.

Natchez Christmas Parade
December 2nd 6 PM

As the holiday season unfolds there is an event that marks the peak of Christmas cheer in Natchez – the annual Christmas Parade. It’s a time when the community comes together to celebrate. This parade will weave its way through the heart of the city, lighting up the city with joy! The parade will start on Franklin Street, turn on Rankin Street and go West on Main Street. Go early and find a spot of the route so you will be able to share in the holiday cheer! For more information visit, Christmas In Natchez

Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll – 10K, 5K & One Mile Kids Run
December 9th 8:00 AM

Location: Wardo’s Poboys, 309 N Broadway Street, Natchez, MS 39120
Entry Fees: 10K – $35, 5K – $30 (includes T-Shirt), One Mile Kids Run – $10 (T-Shirt available for purchase on race day)
Packet Pickup: December 8 between 1 and 9 PM at Wardo’s
For more information and to sign up visit, Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll 10K, 5K, & Kids Fun Run

Caroling in the Park
Every Thursday in December

Natchez boasts many beautiful parks, and the Christmas in Natchez Committee has arranged for Caroling in the Park every Thursday in December until Christmas. Head to Memorial Park, located behind St. Mary’s Basilica, and join the caroling session amidst enchanting lighting and nursery rhyme-themed displays.

Christmas Pilgrimage Tour of Historic Homes
November 24 – December 31

Experience the delightful blend of tradition, history, and holiday cheer as the Natchez Garden Club presents Christmas Tours. Immerse yourself in the unique yuletide charm of Natchez through beautifully adorned historic homes, festive markets, and lively holiday events. Book your tickets and step into the winter wonderland of Natchez. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Linden’s Extrava-Santa Experience
December 1st – December 29th (closed December 23rd, 24th, and 25th)

Linden Historic Bed and Breakfast invites you to a Christmas journey filled with historical charm and holiday cheer. Indulge in spiced tea, holiday cookies, and explore the exquisite parlor and grand galleries adorned with Santa-themed decor. It’s an experience that captures the spirit of the season and creates cherished memories. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Candlelight Jeweled Christmas Tour at The Towers
December 2nd, 9th, and 16th 
7:00 PM

Join The Towers Mansion to witness thousands of pieces of vintage costume jewelry artistically arranged in a magical holiday display, named one of the 10 best unusual Christmas displays in the US. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours 

Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace
December 4th – December 30th
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 
10 AM and 2 PM (closed Christmas Day)

Myrtle Terrace, a Victorian home, captivates visitors with elegant trimmings, harmonious carols, and a festive ambiance that lingers in the heart throughout the year. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace – Visit Natchez 

Natchez Little Theatre Presents: Christmas Chaos
December 7th – December 17th
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows at 7:30 PM, Sunday show at 2:00 PM

As part of the 75th Season, the Natchez Little Theatre brings you “Christmas Chaos,” a delightful performance capturing the essence of the holiday season. For more information and tickets visit, Natchez Little Theatre

Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High”
December 8th, 15th, and 22nd 6:00 PM

Embark on a mesmerizing tour event featuring Choctaw Hall and Myrtle Terrace. Enjoy an Old World Candlelight Christmas, live music, and Victorian-style holiday celebrations. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High” – Visit Natchez

10th Annual Christmas High Tea
December 9th
11 AM – 12 PM and  2 PM – 3 PM

Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfast hosts a blissful hour dedicated to the ceremony of a Christmas High Tea. Savor cups of tea, seasonal sweet confections, and take home a Christmas Sweet! For more information and tickets visit, 10th Annual Christmas High Tea at Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfas

“In The First Light” at First Baptist Church Natchez
December 10th
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Celebrate the season with live music by the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church Natchez, honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.

Whether you’re singing carols in Memorial Park, strolling through the Christmas Village or watching the parade, we hope your holiday season in Natchez is filled with laughter, love and unforgettable memories. Merry Christmas Natchez!

An enchanting holiday extravaganza running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd.

17th Annual Sip-N-Cider in Historic Canton Square

Get ready to indulge in the festive spirit as Historic Canton Square in Mississippi reopens its enchanting holiday extravaganza, the 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival! Running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd, this celebration promises an array of delightful activities and heartwarming experiences for the whole family.

Sip-N-Cider Festival Highlights 

Mark your calendars for the grand event on Friday, Dec. 8th, when the festival kicks off with extended hours from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Featuring an assortment of special characters, performances, and photo opportunities, this night promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

A Wonderland of Festivities
Step into a magical world around the historic Canton Square adorned with dazzling displays and heartwarming attractions including: 

  • Enchanting Walk-Through Attractions: Explore the Christmas Interactive Village, featuring Rudolph’s barn, Frosty’s igloo, and Santa’s workshop—a haven for festive fun and exploration.
  • Captivating Rides: Children can enjoy classic rides including an old-fashioned carousel, antique cars, and the thrilling sky race, offering an array of adventures for the young and young at heart.
  • Santa Snow Village and Christmas Animation Museum: Delight in the picturesque hometown of Santa Claus and explore the miniature train depot. Dive into the Christmas Animation Museum and embark on an ‘I Spy’ adventure to uncover Canton’s history intertwined with Christmas magic, searching for the elves’ top 10 favorite toys.
  • Mrs. Claus, Storyteller Extraordinaire: Don’t miss the chance to gather ’round as Mrs. Claus weaves enchanting tales, becoming a cherished treasure of the Canton Christmas Festival. Her stories will captivate hearts and add an extra sprinkle of magic to the festive atmosphere.
Special Events and Dates

The air is filled with the sweet scent of the holidays at our special holiday festival dates! From enchanting singalongs to cherished moments with Santa Claus and delightful carriage rides, our festive activities promise to make this season truly special for you and your loved ones.

Singalong Fest with the Best: Gather ’round and join the magical cast of characters for heartwarming carols, joyful singalongs, and the creation of your favorite family holiday traditions! These delightful singalong sessions are scheduled for Dec. 1st to 3rd, Dec. 8th to 10th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Get ready to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season alongside the festive ensemble!

Photos with Santa Claus: Capture the magic of the holidays with one-on-one time with Santa himself! Don’t miss the opportunity to have your picture taken with the jolly old fellow. Dates for this cherished activity are Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Create lasting memories and share your holiday wishes with Santa!

Cozy Carriage Rides: Experience the charm of the season with a cozy stroll around the Historic Square, guided by a horse-drawn carriage! Snuggle up and enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere during our carriage rides, available on Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Let the magic of the holidays envelop you during this picturesque journey. 

17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider: Save the date for our spectacular 17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider event on Friday, Dec. 8th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participating merchants will be offering delightful Christmas hot cider, and join in on the fun competition created especially for our visitors. It’s an evening filled with joy, warmth, and the delightful tastes of the season—don’t miss out on this cherished tradition!

The 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival in Historic Canton Square offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of the holiday season. Join in the fun, explore the wonders, and create cherished memories amid this delightful celebration. Gather your loved ones and prepare for a magical experience that embodies the true essence of Christmas!

For more information: https://www.cantontourism.com/events-2/2017/2/22/victorian-christmas-festival

 
From twinkling lights to delightful parades and family activities, Cleveland promises an unforgettable holiday season

Celebrate the Holidays in Cleveland!

As the festive season draws near, the charming town of Cleveland is all set to immerse visitors in a dazzling array of holiday cheer and enchanting experiences. From millions of twinkling lights to delightful parades and unique activities, Cleveland promises an unforgettable holiday season for families and friends. 

50 Nights of Lights: A Million-Light Spectacle 

From Nov. 14th through New Year’s Day, Cleveland transforms into a mesmerizing wonderland with more than a million Christmas lights illuminating the town. Explore the fantastic window display, indulge in night shopping and partake in special events while creating everlasting memories with loved ones. Don’t miss the chance to experience the quaint Delta town aglow with the magic of the season! For more information visit, 50 Nights Of Lights.  

Cleveland Christmas Parade 

Join the community in Downtown Cleveland for the annual Cleveland Christmas Parade on Dec. 7th. This magical parade is a fun-filled affair for all ages, featuring joyous celebration, vibrant floats and the much-anticipated appearance of Santa Claus! For more information visit, Cleveland Christmas Parade.  

Ice Skating and Ice Go-Karts 

Fun Street Popups brings the thrill of ice skating and introduces a new adventure this year – ice go-karting! Glide across the custom-built synthetic ice rink and engage in competitive fun with friends and family. Secure your tickets early due to high demand and limited availability. Safety waivers are mandatory, so complete them online here in advance for a seamless experience. Get ready to bundle up and make unforgettable memories navigating the ice at the Chamber of Commerce from Dec. 8th – 23rd. For more information visit, Ice Skating and Go Karts.  

Carriage Rides

Step into a holiday wonderland with rhythmic clip-clopping hooves and the gentle jingle of sleigh bells on horse and carriage rides through Downtown Cleveland. Experience the beauty of the season during multiple sessions from Dec. 8th to 30th. Enjoy this timeless activity at $20 per person or $50 per family, with the coachman accepting cash for the ride. For more information visit, Carriage Rides | Downtown Cleveland  

Pictures with Santa at Cotton House 

Santa Claus is making a special stop at the Cotton House Hotel on Dec. 9th from 12 to 1:45 p.m. It’s a wonderful opportunity to capture the magic of the season with a holiday photo! Don’t forget your camera-this event, located at 215 Cotton Row, is open to the public, ensuring a delightful moment with Santa. For more information visit, Pictures With Santa at Cotton House.  

Get ready to create treasured memories and experience the warmth of the holiday season in Cleveland. Join in the festivities and make this holiday season one to cherish forever! 

From dazzling light displays to spirited runs, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

Celebrate The Holidays in Clinton

As the holiday season approaches, the city of Clinton, Mississippi, is gearing up to spread cheer and joy with an array of exciting events and festive celebrations. From dazzling light displays to spirited runs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! 

Yule Run: Tacky Clinton Christmas! 

Join the holiday-themed Yule Run in Clinton! This annual race, featuring a combined 5k walk/run and 8k run, winds through the historic Olde Towne area and aligns with the Christmas Parade Route along Clinton Boulevard. Get involved with the community and participate in a race that embraces the theme of “A Tacky Clinton Christmas.” After the race, settle in for the Clinton Christmas parade! For more information visit, Yule Run Clinton.  

Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade 

Mark your calendars for the Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade, a beloved tradition that’s been lighting up the city for 48 years. Scheduled for the first Saturday of December, this lively parade brings together the community, businesses, schools, clubs, and organizations to spread holiday cheer. Floats, bands, marchers, cars, and, of course, Santa, fill the streets, marking the official start of the Christmas season in Clinton. The parade is a cherished event that resonates with both young and old, signaling the joyous arrival of the holiday season. Don’t miss this spectacular event that truly embodies the spirit of unity and festive cheer in the heart of Clinton! For more information visit, Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade.  

Nature Trail Holiday Lights

Experience the enchantment of the holiday lights at the Clinton Community Nature Center throughout december. Wander through the nature trial illuminated with magical lights, creating a secure and magical atmosphere. Bring the whole family and immerse yourself in the wonder of the season. Admission is $5 per person (children under 3 free) from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th. Enjoy performances, special guests, concessions, and crafts on these special evenings. For more information visit, Nature Trail Holiday Lights.  

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

Get ready for the interactive and highly popular Shop Local initiative by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce – the “12 Days of Giveaways.” Starting on Dec. 7th, the Chamber’s FaceBook follows will have the opportunity to win special prizes from local small businesses. From gift certificates to annual memberships and more, this festive giveaway brings the community together and highlights the wonderful local businesses in Clinton. For more information visit, 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Clinton Chamber.  

Join us in Clinton for a season filled with joy, camaraderie, and the spirit of giving. These wonderful events are sure to create cherished memories for you and your loved ones. Embrace the magic of the holidays and celebrate with us in Clinton!

Train rides, carnival rides and dancing trees make this coastal holiday festival worth the trip.

Gulfport’s Winter Holiday Festival: A Coastal Experience Like No Other

For those seeking the ultimate festive experience, the collaboration between Island View Casino & Resort and the City of Gulfport has a Winter Holiday Festival that has become the crown jewel of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s holiday celebrations since 2015. Open this year from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31 you will not want to miss this spectacular show, offering an unforgettable experience like no other in the state. 

Unforgettable Attractions For The Whole Family

Prepare to be enchanted by the array of delights and attractions that promise to make your visit a cherished memory for years to come. 

Carnival Rides: Step right up and enjoy the thrilling carnival rides, adding an extra dash of excitement to your holiday celebrations. Purchase your ride tickets on-site and experience the thrill! 

Santa’s Village: Explore the wonder of Santa’s Village nestled under the Barksdale Pavillion. Meet Santa Claus himself, interact with his busy elves and witness the magic of Santa’s headquarters – it’s a festive sight that will warm your heart. 

CTA Trolley: Hop on the heated CTA Trolley for a cozy ride along Jones Park Drive. This complimentary trolley service ensures you can effortlessly navigate the park’s attractions without missing a beat. 

Dancing Trees: Marvel at our famous dancing trees, a breathtaking spectacle choreographed with over two hours of dazzling lights. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and witness this mesmerizing display! 

Train Ride: All aboard the Harbor Lights Train! Take a magical journey through the park, soaking in the beauty of the lights. The train ride promises delightful experiences for all ages and it is wheelchair accessible. 

Warming Stations: Keep warm while you explore! Find comfort in the warming stations dotted throughout the park. And don’t forget to grab a S’more kit from the local vendors to add an extra dose of coziness. 

Gift Shop and Ornaments: Discover an array of exclusive Harbor Lights merchandise available at Santa’s Village. 

Meet Santa: Santa Claus will be present nightly from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except Christmas Day) at Santa’s Village to spread cheer and hand out gifts. Remember to capture these precious moments with your camera or phone.

Plan Your Visit

The Winter Holiday Festival promises to be a treasure trove of holiday cheer and family fun. From carnival rides to meeting Santa, there’s something for everyone! 

Ticket Pricing: General Admission Sunday thru Thursday (Excluding Christmas): $15 General Admission Friday & Saturday (Including Christmas): $20 Children Ages 5-12: $5  Children Ages  0-4: $0 

Parking Information: Free parking is available at the Coast Transit Authority (CTA) parking garage at 2015 15th St. Gulfport, MS. The CTA shuttle will transport guests to and from the show every 15 to 30 minutes. There is also free parking available at the west entrance of Jones Park at the corner of Hwy 90 and 49. Both parking locations provide handicap-accessible parking spaces and assistance.

To purchase tickets and more information visit: https://gulfportharborlights.com/

Enjoy spectacular drive-thru light displays and cherished traditions like selecting your christmas tree fresh from the farm.

Southaven’s Wonderland of Holiday Magic

As the holiday season approaches, Southaven, Mississippi, transforms into a vibrant tapestry of festive activities and heart warming experiences. From spectacular drive-thru light displays to cherished traditions, this year’s celebrations promise to bring joy and wonder to families and visitors alike. 

Southern Lights Drive-Thru Extravaganza 

Running nightly from Thanksgiving Day through New Years Eve, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Southern Lights, presented by Southaven Parks and Recreation, invites all to a dazzling drive-thru experience. Set across a sprawling 116-acre park, this enchanting spectacle boasts 500,000 twinkling lights, creating a mesmerizing journey for visitors. Proceeds from admission fees ($10 for cars, $15 for vans and $30 for buses) benefit local charities, spreading the spirit of giving throughout the community. Click here for more information. 

Santa’s Festive Visits & Country Brunch/Dinner at Big Barn 

Step into the enchanting Big Barn between Thanksgiving and Christmas for a Southern Country Brunch or Dinner with Santa. Capture precious moments as you take your own photos with Santa in the charming setting of the Barn Hall. Indulge in a delightful menu, and gather with friends and family. For more information visit, Eat with Santa – Cedar Hill Farm.  

Cedar Hill Farm Christmas Tree Experience 

During the holiday season, Cedar Hill Farm opens its gates for families to pick and cut their Christmas tree straight from the farm. Hop on a delightful hayride to the back forty and find the perfect tree to bring home. No general admission fee is required-simply pay for your chosen tree, and the hayride is on the house! Start a family tradition and make memories that will last a lifetime. For more information visit, Christmas Tree Farm

Additional Festive Offerings in Southaven 

Christmas Light Show & Railroad Ride: Experience the joy of Christmas Traditions at Cedar Hill Farm through a synchronized light display, narrated stories and a delightful rail ride around the North Pole.  

Santa at Tanger Outlets: Visit Santa Claus at Tanger Outlet Memphis from Nov. 25th to Dec. 23rd, creating cherished family memories at this holiday destination. 

Light Garden Display: Immerse yourself in the Mid-South’s newest holiday experience, Light Garden, featuring stunning light displays, entertainment, and unique shopping opportunities. (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Click here for a full list of the holiday events in Southaven. 

Captivating over 25,000 visitors annually, this nightly drive-thru 40-acre park is transformed with millions of lights for the holidays.

Tylertown’s Christmas in the Park

Get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Tylertown’s Christmas in the Park! From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, witness a magnificent spectacle at Holmes Water Park, where millions of lights transform 40 acres into a dazzling wonderland of holiday cheer. The park, located at 65 Old Highway 98 E, Tylertown, MS, promises a magical experience for all ages. 

Driving Tour:  Nightly Spectacle (6:00 – 8:30 PM, weather permitting) 

Embark on a mesmerizing driving tour through the largest community event of its kind in the area. Enjoy the splendid display of lights that captivates over 25,000 visitors annually. Admission is $5 for cars, $10 for commercial vans, and $20 for passenger buses (16+). The park awaits you nightly, offering a breathtaking journey through the radiant landscape of festive lights. 

Celebrating the Season – Community Events

Beyond the magical park display, Tylertown celebrated the holiday spirit with a variety of events: 

Santa Comes to Town: Meet Santa for photos and enjoy stories with Mrs. Claus on Friday, Dec. 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Centennial Square. 

Country Christmas Festival & Crafts Show: Experience old-timey demonstrations, entertainment, and craft displays Friday, Dec. 8 from 10:30 a.m to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at downtown businesses and the Agri-Heritage Center. 

Prize Drawing: Don’t miss the chance to win big on Friday, Dec. 15, at the AgriHeritage Center. $1,500 in Tylertown Shopping Dollars and a free La-Z-Boy recliner are up for grabs! 

As the holiday spirit fills the air, Tylertown beckons you to join in on the festivities. Experience the joy, wonder and magic of Christmas in the Park -an unforgettable celebration that brings the community together in the spirit of the season. For up-to-date information and details, visit the Christmas in the Park FaceBook page

Experience the magic of Washington Avenue’s 58 majestic oak trees decorated for Christmas.

Downtown Ocean Springs Shines Brighter Than Ever

Step into Downtown Ocean Springs this holiday season, and you’ll find yourself in a whimsical wonderland. The iconic Washington Avenue, boasting 58 majestic oak trees, has undergone a mesmerizing transformation-each tree adorned with twinkling Christmas lights that illuminate the downtown area. The sight is so enchanting that the scene looks right out of a Hallmark movie. 

This magical spectacle is the result of a collective effort driven by the city’s leaders and enthusiastic residents. Encouraging families to explore the festive downtown, city’s leaders and enthusiastic residents. Encouraging families to explore the festive downtown, city officials have invited locals and visitors alike to revel in the holiday spirit while supporting local businesses, savoring delectable meals at charmering restaurants, and relishing the breathtaking beauty of illuminating streets. 

Reflecting on the transformation, Ward 2 Alderman Rickey Authement expressed his awe, stating, “It’s breathtaking. Friday night when we were trying to get everything finished, people were stopping, taking pictures. It was just unbelievable.” The response from the community has been nothing short of extraordinary, with individuals stopping in their tracks to capture the magic on camera. 

Mayor Kenny Holloway shared the heartwarming story behind this magnificent display, recounting how the idea sprouted from a simple conversation among city hall colleagues. “It all happened with me and two of the ladies in City Hall walking down here saying ‘what if,’ ‘do you like it?’ and everybody loved it. So, we got on it and got it done.” 

Looking ahead, the city is already planning to expand on this breathtaking display for the next holiday season. Learning from the experience, organizers intend to start the decorating process earlier, promising an even grander and more captivating spectacle for the community to enjoy. 

This luminous transformation of Downtown Ocean Springs serves as a testament to the power of community collaboration and creative vision. It has not only elevated the holiday spirit but has also set the stage for future festivities, hinting at even more magical moments awaiting both locals and visitors in the heart of this charming city. As the lights twinkle and the holiday cheer spreads, Downtown Ocean Springs has truly become a beacon of enchantment and joy during this festive season. 

Nestled in the heart of Mississippi, New Albany is a treasure trove of history, culture, and modern charm.

New Albany – The Historic Charm and Exciting New Developments

As I embarked on my journey to explore New Albany, Mississippi, it was the warmth and hospitality of its people that struck me first. The adventure began with an introduction to Joel Bennett, a key figure in the town’s economic development, thanks to the gracious Jan Cossitt. Jan, known for her deep connection with and knowledge of New Albany, saw the opportunity for a unique narrative to unfold. What was initially a casual meet-up quickly turned into an extraordinary privilege: a personal tour from Joel himself, offering an insider’s view of the exciting economic developments transforming this charming Southern town. This experience was not just a tour; it was a story of growth, community, and the vibrant future of New Albany.

Nestled in the heart of Mississippi, New Albany is a treasure trove of history, culture, and modern charm. From its picturesque courthouse to the delightful culinary offerings and recent revitalizations, New Albany is a town that proudly celebrates its past while embracing the future.

A Stroll through History: The Courthouse and Downtown

At the heart of New Albany lies its historic courthouse, a beautiful and stately symbol of the town’s rich heritage. This architectural gem sets the tone for a downtown area brimming with quaint shops and boutiques, each offering a unique glimpse into the local culture and craftsmanship.

A Taste of Sweetness: Sugaree’s Bakery

No visit to New Albany is complete without indulging in the delectable creations of Sugaree’s Bakery. Renowned for its mouthwatering cakes and pastries, this bakery is a testament to the town’s culinary prowess and a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Reviving the Past: Hotel Henderson’s Transformation

A significant highlight in New Albany’s recent developments is the renovation of the historic Hotel Henderson. Spearheaded by developer Joel Bennett, this project is transforming the hotel into a luxurious destination complete with a spa, a speakeasy-style bar, a top-notch restaurant, and a boutique hotel experience. This revival not only honors the building’s history but also brings a new level of sophistication to New Albany.

Hotel Henderson building

Culinary Delights at Nico’s Italian Restaurant

On the famed ‘corner’ in New Albany, Nico’s Italian Restaurant is a culinary gem. The red and black tiled gas fired pizza oven is imported directly from Italy and weighs over 3,000 pounds.  This establishment offers an authentic Italian dining experience, with dishes that are as rich in flavor as they are in history.  Bonus!  You don’t have to limit yourself to just pizza.  Nico’s has great steaks, too!

Embracing Nature: The Tanglefoot Trail

For those who love the outdoors, the Tanglefoot Trail offers a serene escape into nature. This is North Mississippi’s longest rails to trails at 43.6 miles.  The Tanglefoot Trail is located in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains.  It is known for its scenic beauty, is perfect for biking, hiking, or simply enjoying a leisurely walk. It’s a place where the natural beauty of Mississippi is on full display, offering a peaceful counterpoint to the bustling town life.

A Town of Harmony: Old and New

New Albany represents a harmonious blend of the old and the new. It’s a place where history is not only preserved but also celebrated in its modern developments. Whether you’re exploring its historical sites, enjoying its culinary delights, or unwinding on the Tanglefoot Trail, New Albany is a town that welcomes all with open arms.

As New Albany continues to grow and evolve, it remains a testament to the enduring charm and resilience of Mississippi’s small towns. We invite you to visit and experience the unique blend of tradition and innovation that makes New Albany a special place in the heart of the South.

For more information, visit https://www.visitnewalbany.com/

Mississippi Mardi Gras is a well-kept secret, brimming with tradition, joy, and community spirit.

Mississippi Mardi Gras: A Hidden Gem of the Gulf Coast

By Shelly Withers Janous

When one thinks of Mardi Gras, the vibrant streets of New Orleans often come to mind, filled with lively parades and colorful beads. However, there’s another gem tucked away in the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi, celebrating this festive season with equal fervor and unique charm. Mississippi Mardi Gras is a well-kept secret, brimming with tradition, joy, and community spirit.

The Rich History of Mississippi Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in Mississippi is not just a recent phenomenon; it’s a tradition steeped in history. The celebration here mirrors its more famous cousin in New Orleans but has a distinct flavor of its own. It’s a fusion of the French Catholic traditions of Mardi Gras with the local cultures and customs of the Gulf Coast, creating a unique celebration that is quintessentially Mississippian.

The Colorful Parades

The heart of Mississippi Mardi Gras lies in its parades. Towns like Biloxi, Gulfport, and Bay St. Louis come alive with floats, marching bands, and revelers dressed in elaborate costumes. These parades are less crowded than those in New Orleans, offering a more intimate and family-friendly experience. Spectators line the streets, catching beads and trinkets, as floats themed around Gulf Coast history and culture roll by.

The King Cakes – A Taste of Tradition

No Mardi Gras is complete without the king cake, and Mississippi adds its own twist to this traditional treat. These cakes are not just delicious – they’re a symbol of the season, adorned in purple, green, and gold, with a hidden trinket inside. Finding the trinket is said to bring good luck, and in some groups, it means you’re responsible for buying the next cake!

The Grand Balls and Galas

The elegance of Mardi Gras in Mississippi is best experienced at the balls and galas. These events are a spectacle of high fashion, dance, and music, harking back to the grandeur of old Mardi Gras celebrations. Attending one of these balls is like stepping into another era, filled with the glamour and mystique of traditional Mardi Gras festivities.

Family-Friendly Festivities

One of the most endearing aspects of Mississippi’s Mardi Gras is its inclusivity. The celebrations are designed to entertain people of all ages. From parades with family zones to daytime events specifically for children, the spirit of Mardi Gras in Mississippi embraces everyone, making it a perfect destination for families.

Mississippi’s Mardi Gras is a vibrant, joyful celebration that honors tradition while creating its own unique identity. It’s a must-see for anyone interested in experiencing the full spectrum of Mardi Gras in the Gulf Coast. So next time you think of Mardi Gras, remember that there’s more to it than just New Orleans – there’s a whole other world of festivity waiting in Mississippi!

Plan Your Visit

Ready to experience the magic of Mississippi Mardi Gras?

Check out the links below for parade schedules and events:

https://www.gulfcoastweekend.com/holidays/mardi-gras/
https://www.gulfcoast.org/blog/post/2024-mardi-gras-schedule/

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The quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie.

A Festive Wonderland Awaits in Oxford, MS

As the holiday season unfolds, the quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie, beckoning all to revel in its magical charm. From delightful treats along the Peppermint Trail to the joyous ice-skating extravaganza, Oxford invites you to create cherished memories during this most wonderful time of the year.

The Peppermint Trail: A Journey of Festive Delights

Step into a world of holiday surprises as Oxford’s local shops come alive with the spirit of the season on the enchanting Peppermint Trail. Indulge in delightful gifts and special treats such as coffee, cocktails, and sweets as you traverse the red-and-white candied path. This festive journey continues until January 7th, promising a merry experience for all.

For a full list of Peppermint Partners and to plan your trail adventure, visit:
Peppermint Trail’s official page.

Skating into Winter Wonderland

Embrace the wintry allure of the holiday season as Oxford unveils its magical ice-skating rink, a true delight for visitors of all ages. Nestled within the Old Armory Pavilion at 1801 University Avenue, this frosty attraction promises a mesmerizing experience for both seasoned skaters and beginners alike. Fear not, for skate aids are available for those who prefer a little extra stability on the ice.

This enchanting ice-skating affair is open until January 7, inviting you to gather your loved ones, don your warmest coats, and embark on a winter adventure in Oxford’s very own wonderland.

For more information and to plan your visit, explore Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays, and keep up-to-date by following their festivities on Facebook. Remember to tag your holiday moments with @HollyJollyHolidaysOxMS and @MadeInMSmedia.

Rink Hours and Santa’s Arrival
Prepare for some frosty fun with ice skating available during the week and weekends. Here are the rink hours:

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

When the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland.

Experience the Enchantment of Christmas in Natchez, MS

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisp, our thoughts turn to the most wonderful time of the year – the holiday season! Natchez is known for its stunning architecture and historic homes, making it a place of timeless beauty. However, when the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland that captivates all who visit.

Natchez Christmas Parade
December 2nd 6 PM

As the holiday season unfolds there is an event that marks the peak of Christmas cheer in Natchez – the annual Christmas Parade. It’s a time when the community comes together to celebrate. This parade will weave its way through the heart of the city, lighting up the city with joy! The parade will start on Franklin Street, turn on Rankin Street and go West on Main Street. Go early and find a spot of the route so you will be able to share in the holiday cheer! For more information visit, Christmas In Natchez

Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll – 10K, 5K & One Mile Kids Run
December 9th 8:00 AM

Location: Wardo’s Poboys, 309 N Broadway Street, Natchez, MS 39120
Entry Fees: 10K – $35, 5K – $30 (includes T-Shirt), One Mile Kids Run – $10 (T-Shirt available for purchase on race day)
Packet Pickup: December 8 between 1 and 9 PM at Wardo’s
For more information and to sign up visit, Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll 10K, 5K, & Kids Fun Run

Caroling in the Park
Every Thursday in December

Natchez boasts many beautiful parks, and the Christmas in Natchez Committee has arranged for Caroling in the Park every Thursday in December until Christmas. Head to Memorial Park, located behind St. Mary’s Basilica, and join the caroling session amidst enchanting lighting and nursery rhyme-themed displays.

Christmas Pilgrimage Tour of Historic Homes
November 24 – December 31

Experience the delightful blend of tradition, history, and holiday cheer as the Natchez Garden Club presents Christmas Tours. Immerse yourself in the unique yuletide charm of Natchez through beautifully adorned historic homes, festive markets, and lively holiday events. Book your tickets and step into the winter wonderland of Natchez. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Linden’s Extrava-Santa Experience
December 1st – December 29th (closed December 23rd, 24th, and 25th)

Linden Historic Bed and Breakfast invites you to a Christmas journey filled with historical charm and holiday cheer. Indulge in spiced tea, holiday cookies, and explore the exquisite parlor and grand galleries adorned with Santa-themed decor. It’s an experience that captures the spirit of the season and creates cherished memories. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Candlelight Jeweled Christmas Tour at The Towers
December 2nd, 9th, and 16th 
7:00 PM

Join The Towers Mansion to witness thousands of pieces of vintage costume jewelry artistically arranged in a magical holiday display, named one of the 10 best unusual Christmas displays in the US. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours 

Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace
December 4th – December 30th
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 
10 AM and 2 PM (closed Christmas Day)

Myrtle Terrace, a Victorian home, captivates visitors with elegant trimmings, harmonious carols, and a festive ambiance that lingers in the heart throughout the year. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace – Visit Natchez 

Natchez Little Theatre Presents: Christmas Chaos
December 7th – December 17th
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows at 7:30 PM, Sunday show at 2:00 PM

As part of the 75th Season, the Natchez Little Theatre brings you “Christmas Chaos,” a delightful performance capturing the essence of the holiday season. For more information and tickets visit, Natchez Little Theatre

Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High”
December 8th, 15th, and 22nd 6:00 PM

Embark on a mesmerizing tour event featuring Choctaw Hall and Myrtle Terrace. Enjoy an Old World Candlelight Christmas, live music, and Victorian-style holiday celebrations. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High” – Visit Natchez

10th Annual Christmas High Tea
December 9th
11 AM – 12 PM and  2 PM – 3 PM

Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfast hosts a blissful hour dedicated to the ceremony of a Christmas High Tea. Savor cups of tea, seasonal sweet confections, and take home a Christmas Sweet! For more information and tickets visit, 10th Annual Christmas High Tea at Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfas

“In The First Light” at First Baptist Church Natchez
December 10th
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Celebrate the season with live music by the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church Natchez, honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.

Whether you’re singing carols in Memorial Park, strolling through the Christmas Village or watching the parade, we hope your holiday season in Natchez is filled with laughter, love and unforgettable memories. Merry Christmas Natchez!

An enchanting holiday extravaganza running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd.

17th Annual Sip-N-Cider in Historic Canton Square

Get ready to indulge in the festive spirit as Historic Canton Square in Mississippi reopens its enchanting holiday extravaganza, the 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival! Running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd, this celebration promises an array of delightful activities and heartwarming experiences for the whole family.

Sip-N-Cider Festival Highlights 

Mark your calendars for the grand event on Friday, Dec. 8th, when the festival kicks off with extended hours from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Featuring an assortment of special characters, performances, and photo opportunities, this night promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

A Wonderland of Festivities
Step into a magical world around the historic Canton Square adorned with dazzling displays and heartwarming attractions including: 

  • Enchanting Walk-Through Attractions: Explore the Christmas Interactive Village, featuring Rudolph’s barn, Frosty’s igloo, and Santa’s workshop—a haven for festive fun and exploration.
  • Captivating Rides: Children can enjoy classic rides including an old-fashioned carousel, antique cars, and the thrilling sky race, offering an array of adventures for the young and young at heart.
  • Santa Snow Village and Christmas Animation Museum: Delight in the picturesque hometown of Santa Claus and explore the miniature train depot. Dive into the Christmas Animation Museum and embark on an ‘I Spy’ adventure to uncover Canton’s history intertwined with Christmas magic, searching for the elves’ top 10 favorite toys.
  • Mrs. Claus, Storyteller Extraordinaire: Don’t miss the chance to gather ’round as Mrs. Claus weaves enchanting tales, becoming a cherished treasure of the Canton Christmas Festival. Her stories will captivate hearts and add an extra sprinkle of magic to the festive atmosphere.
Special Events and Dates

The air is filled with the sweet scent of the holidays at our special holiday festival dates! From enchanting singalongs to cherished moments with Santa Claus and delightful carriage rides, our festive activities promise to make this season truly special for you and your loved ones.

Singalong Fest with the Best: Gather ’round and join the magical cast of characters for heartwarming carols, joyful singalongs, and the creation of your favorite family holiday traditions! These delightful singalong sessions are scheduled for Dec. 1st to 3rd, Dec. 8th to 10th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Get ready to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season alongside the festive ensemble!

Photos with Santa Claus: Capture the magic of the holidays with one-on-one time with Santa himself! Don’t miss the opportunity to have your picture taken with the jolly old fellow. Dates for this cherished activity are Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Create lasting memories and share your holiday wishes with Santa!

Cozy Carriage Rides: Experience the charm of the season with a cozy stroll around the Historic Square, guided by a horse-drawn carriage! Snuggle up and enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere during our carriage rides, available on Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Let the magic of the holidays envelop you during this picturesque journey. 

17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider: Save the date for our spectacular 17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider event on Friday, Dec. 8th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participating merchants will be offering delightful Christmas hot cider, and join in on the fun competition created especially for our visitors. It’s an evening filled with joy, warmth, and the delightful tastes of the season—don’t miss out on this cherished tradition!

The 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival in Historic Canton Square offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of the holiday season. Join in the fun, explore the wonders, and create cherished memories amid this delightful celebration. Gather your loved ones and prepare for a magical experience that embodies the true essence of Christmas!

For more information: https://www.cantontourism.com/events-2/2017/2/22/victorian-christmas-festival

 
From twinkling lights to delightful parades and family activities, Cleveland promises an unforgettable holiday season

Celebrate the Holidays in Cleveland!

As the festive season draws near, the charming town of Cleveland is all set to immerse visitors in a dazzling array of holiday cheer and enchanting experiences. From millions of twinkling lights to delightful parades and unique activities, Cleveland promises an unforgettable holiday season for families and friends. 

50 Nights of Lights: A Million-Light Spectacle 

From Nov. 14th through New Year’s Day, Cleveland transforms into a mesmerizing wonderland with more than a million Christmas lights illuminating the town. Explore the fantastic window display, indulge in night shopping and partake in special events while creating everlasting memories with loved ones. Don’t miss the chance to experience the quaint Delta town aglow with the magic of the season! For more information visit, 50 Nights Of Lights.  

Cleveland Christmas Parade 

Join the community in Downtown Cleveland for the annual Cleveland Christmas Parade on Dec. 7th. This magical parade is a fun-filled affair for all ages, featuring joyous celebration, vibrant floats and the much-anticipated appearance of Santa Claus! For more information visit, Cleveland Christmas Parade.  

Ice Skating and Ice Go-Karts 

Fun Street Popups brings the thrill of ice skating and introduces a new adventure this year – ice go-karting! Glide across the custom-built synthetic ice rink and engage in competitive fun with friends and family. Secure your tickets early due to high demand and limited availability. Safety waivers are mandatory, so complete them online here in advance for a seamless experience. Get ready to bundle up and make unforgettable memories navigating the ice at the Chamber of Commerce from Dec. 8th – 23rd. For more information visit, Ice Skating and Go Karts.  

Carriage Rides

Step into a holiday wonderland with rhythmic clip-clopping hooves and the gentle jingle of sleigh bells on horse and carriage rides through Downtown Cleveland. Experience the beauty of the season during multiple sessions from Dec. 8th to 30th. Enjoy this timeless activity at $20 per person or $50 per family, with the coachman accepting cash for the ride. For more information visit, Carriage Rides | Downtown Cleveland  

Pictures with Santa at Cotton House 

Santa Claus is making a special stop at the Cotton House Hotel on Dec. 9th from 12 to 1:45 p.m. It’s a wonderful opportunity to capture the magic of the season with a holiday photo! Don’t forget your camera-this event, located at 215 Cotton Row, is open to the public, ensuring a delightful moment with Santa. For more information visit, Pictures With Santa at Cotton House.  

Get ready to create treasured memories and experience the warmth of the holiday season in Cleveland. Join in the festivities and make this holiday season one to cherish forever! 

From dazzling light displays to spirited runs, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

Celebrate The Holidays in Clinton

As the holiday season approaches, the city of Clinton, Mississippi, is gearing up to spread cheer and joy with an array of exciting events and festive celebrations. From dazzling light displays to spirited runs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! 

Yule Run: Tacky Clinton Christmas! 

Join the holiday-themed Yule Run in Clinton! This annual race, featuring a combined 5k walk/run and 8k run, winds through the historic Olde Towne area and aligns with the Christmas Parade Route along Clinton Boulevard. Get involved with the community and participate in a race that embraces the theme of “A Tacky Clinton Christmas.” After the race, settle in for the Clinton Christmas parade! For more information visit, Yule Run Clinton.  

Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade 

Mark your calendars for the Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade, a beloved tradition that’s been lighting up the city for 48 years. Scheduled for the first Saturday of December, this lively parade brings together the community, businesses, schools, clubs, and organizations to spread holiday cheer. Floats, bands, marchers, cars, and, of course, Santa, fill the streets, marking the official start of the Christmas season in Clinton. The parade is a cherished event that resonates with both young and old, signaling the joyous arrival of the holiday season. Don’t miss this spectacular event that truly embodies the spirit of unity and festive cheer in the heart of Clinton! For more information visit, Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade.  

Nature Trail Holiday Lights

Experience the enchantment of the holiday lights at the Clinton Community Nature Center throughout december. Wander through the nature trial illuminated with magical lights, creating a secure and magical atmosphere. Bring the whole family and immerse yourself in the wonder of the season. Admission is $5 per person (children under 3 free) from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th. Enjoy performances, special guests, concessions, and crafts on these special evenings. For more information visit, Nature Trail Holiday Lights.  

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

Get ready for the interactive and highly popular Shop Local initiative by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce – the “12 Days of Giveaways.” Starting on Dec. 7th, the Chamber’s FaceBook follows will have the opportunity to win special prizes from local small businesses. From gift certificates to annual memberships and more, this festive giveaway brings the community together and highlights the wonderful local businesses in Clinton. For more information visit, 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Clinton Chamber.  

Join us in Clinton for a season filled with joy, camaraderie, and the spirit of giving. These wonderful events are sure to create cherished memories for you and your loved ones. Embrace the magic of the holidays and celebrate with us in Clinton!

Train rides, carnival rides and dancing trees make this coastal holiday festival worth the trip.

Gulfport’s Winter Holiday Festival: A Coastal Experience Like No Other

For those seeking the ultimate festive experience, the collaboration between Island View Casino & Resort and the City of Gulfport has a Winter Holiday Festival that has become the crown jewel of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s holiday celebrations since 2015. Open this year from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31 you will not want to miss this spectacular show, offering an unforgettable experience like no other in the state. 

Unforgettable Attractions For The Whole Family

Prepare to be enchanted by the array of delights and attractions that promise to make your visit a cherished memory for years to come. 

Carnival Rides: Step right up and enjoy the thrilling carnival rides, adding an extra dash of excitement to your holiday celebrations. Purchase your ride tickets on-site and experience the thrill! 

Santa’s Village: Explore the wonder of Santa’s Village nestled under the Barksdale Pavillion. Meet Santa Claus himself, interact with his busy elves and witness the magic of Santa’s headquarters – it’s a festive sight that will warm your heart. 

CTA Trolley: Hop on the heated CTA Trolley for a cozy ride along Jones Park Drive. This complimentary trolley service ensures you can effortlessly navigate the park’s attractions without missing a beat. 

Dancing Trees: Marvel at our famous dancing trees, a breathtaking spectacle choreographed with over two hours of dazzling lights. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and witness this mesmerizing display! 

Train Ride: All aboard the Harbor Lights Train! Take a magical journey through the park, soaking in the beauty of the lights. The train ride promises delightful experiences for all ages and it is wheelchair accessible. 

Warming Stations: Keep warm while you explore! Find comfort in the warming stations dotted throughout the park. And don’t forget to grab a S’more kit from the local vendors to add an extra dose of coziness. 

Gift Shop and Ornaments: Discover an array of exclusive Harbor Lights merchandise available at Santa’s Village. 

Meet Santa: Santa Claus will be present nightly from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except Christmas Day) at Santa’s Village to spread cheer and hand out gifts. Remember to capture these precious moments with your camera or phone.

Plan Your Visit

The Winter Holiday Festival promises to be a treasure trove of holiday cheer and family fun. From carnival rides to meeting Santa, there’s something for everyone! 

Ticket Pricing: General Admission Sunday thru Thursday (Excluding Christmas): $15 General Admission Friday & Saturday (Including Christmas): $20 Children Ages 5-12: $5  Children Ages  0-4: $0 

Parking Information: Free parking is available at the Coast Transit Authority (CTA) parking garage at 2015 15th St. Gulfport, MS. The CTA shuttle will transport guests to and from the show every 15 to 30 minutes. There is also free parking available at the west entrance of Jones Park at the corner of Hwy 90 and 49. Both parking locations provide handicap-accessible parking spaces and assistance.

To purchase tickets and more information visit: https://gulfportharborlights.com/

Enjoy spectacular drive-thru light displays and cherished traditions like selecting your christmas tree fresh from the farm.

Southaven’s Wonderland of Holiday Magic

As the holiday season approaches, Southaven, Mississippi, transforms into a vibrant tapestry of festive activities and heart warming experiences. From spectacular drive-thru light displays to cherished traditions, this year’s celebrations promise to bring joy and wonder to families and visitors alike. 

Southern Lights Drive-Thru Extravaganza 

Running nightly from Thanksgiving Day through New Years Eve, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Southern Lights, presented by Southaven Parks and Recreation, invites all to a dazzling drive-thru experience. Set across a sprawling 116-acre park, this enchanting spectacle boasts 500,000 twinkling lights, creating a mesmerizing journey for visitors. Proceeds from admission fees ($10 for cars, $15 for vans and $30 for buses) benefit local charities, spreading the spirit of giving throughout the community. Click here for more information. 

Santa’s Festive Visits & Country Brunch/Dinner at Big Barn 

Step into the enchanting Big Barn between Thanksgiving and Christmas for a Southern Country Brunch or Dinner with Santa. Capture precious moments as you take your own photos with Santa in the charming setting of the Barn Hall. Indulge in a delightful menu, and gather with friends and family. For more information visit, Eat with Santa – Cedar Hill Farm.  

Cedar Hill Farm Christmas Tree Experience 

During the holiday season, Cedar Hill Farm opens its gates for families to pick and cut their Christmas tree straight from the farm. Hop on a delightful hayride to the back forty and find the perfect tree to bring home. No general admission fee is required-simply pay for your chosen tree, and the hayride is on the house! Start a family tradition and make memories that will last a lifetime. For more information visit, Christmas Tree Farm

Additional Festive Offerings in Southaven 

Christmas Light Show & Railroad Ride: Experience the joy of Christmas Traditions at Cedar Hill Farm through a synchronized light display, narrated stories and a delightful rail ride around the North Pole.  

Santa at Tanger Outlets: Visit Santa Claus at Tanger Outlet Memphis from Nov. 25th to Dec. 23rd, creating cherished family memories at this holiday destination. 

Light Garden Display: Immerse yourself in the Mid-South’s newest holiday experience, Light Garden, featuring stunning light displays, entertainment, and unique shopping opportunities. (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Click here for a full list of the holiday events in Southaven. 

Captivating over 25,000 visitors annually, this nightly drive-thru 40-acre park is transformed with millions of lights for the holidays.

Tylertown’s Christmas in the Park

Get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Tylertown’s Christmas in the Park! From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, witness a magnificent spectacle at Holmes Water Park, where millions of lights transform 40 acres into a dazzling wonderland of holiday cheer. The park, located at 65 Old Highway 98 E, Tylertown, MS, promises a magical experience for all ages. 

Driving Tour:  Nightly Spectacle (6:00 – 8:30 PM, weather permitting) 

Embark on a mesmerizing driving tour through the largest community event of its kind in the area. Enjoy the splendid display of lights that captivates over 25,000 visitors annually. Admission is $5 for cars, $10 for commercial vans, and $20 for passenger buses (16+). The park awaits you nightly, offering a breathtaking journey through the radiant landscape of festive lights. 

Celebrating the Season – Community Events

Beyond the magical park display, Tylertown celebrated the holiday spirit with a variety of events: 

Santa Comes to Town: Meet Santa for photos and enjoy stories with Mrs. Claus on Friday, Dec. 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Centennial Square. 

Country Christmas Festival & Crafts Show: Experience old-timey demonstrations, entertainment, and craft displays Friday, Dec. 8 from 10:30 a.m to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at downtown businesses and the Agri-Heritage Center. 

Prize Drawing: Don’t miss the chance to win big on Friday, Dec. 15, at the AgriHeritage Center. $1,500 in Tylertown Shopping Dollars and a free La-Z-Boy recliner are up for grabs! 

As the holiday spirit fills the air, Tylertown beckons you to join in on the festivities. Experience the joy, wonder and magic of Christmas in the Park -an unforgettable celebration that brings the community together in the spirit of the season. For up-to-date information and details, visit the Christmas in the Park FaceBook page

Experience the magic of Washington Avenue’s 58 majestic oak trees decorated for Christmas.

Downtown Ocean Springs Shines Brighter Than Ever

Step into Downtown Ocean Springs this holiday season, and you’ll find yourself in a whimsical wonderland. The iconic Washington Avenue, boasting 58 majestic oak trees, has undergone a mesmerizing transformation-each tree adorned with twinkling Christmas lights that illuminate the downtown area. The sight is so enchanting that the scene looks right out of a Hallmark movie. 

This magical spectacle is the result of a collective effort driven by the city’s leaders and enthusiastic residents. Encouraging families to explore the festive downtown, city’s leaders and enthusiastic residents. Encouraging families to explore the festive downtown, city officials have invited locals and visitors alike to revel in the holiday spirit while supporting local businesses, savoring delectable meals at charmering restaurants, and relishing the breathtaking beauty of illuminating streets. 

Reflecting on the transformation, Ward 2 Alderman Rickey Authement expressed his awe, stating, “It’s breathtaking. Friday night when we were trying to get everything finished, people were stopping, taking pictures. It was just unbelievable.” The response from the community has been nothing short of extraordinary, with individuals stopping in their tracks to capture the magic on camera. 

Mayor Kenny Holloway shared the heartwarming story behind this magnificent display, recounting how the idea sprouted from a simple conversation among city hall colleagues. “It all happened with me and two of the ladies in City Hall walking down here saying ‘what if,’ ‘do you like it?’ and everybody loved it. So, we got on it and got it done.” 

Looking ahead, the city is already planning to expand on this breathtaking display for the next holiday season. Learning from the experience, organizers intend to start the decorating process earlier, promising an even grander and more captivating spectacle for the community to enjoy. 

This luminous transformation of Downtown Ocean Springs serves as a testament to the power of community collaboration and creative vision. It has not only elevated the holiday spirit but has also set the stage for future festivities, hinting at even more magical moments awaiting both locals and visitors in the heart of this charming city. As the lights twinkle and the holiday cheer spreads, Downtown Ocean Springs has truly become a beacon of enchantment and joy during this festive season. 

Nestled in the heart of Mississippi, New Albany is a treasure trove of history, culture, and modern charm.

New Albany – The Historic Charm and Exciting New Developments

As I embarked on my journey to explore New Albany, Mississippi, it was the warmth and hospitality of its people that struck me first. The adventure began with an introduction to Joel Bennett, a key figure in the town’s economic development, thanks to the gracious Jan Cossitt. Jan, known for her deep connection with and knowledge of New Albany, saw the opportunity for a unique narrative to unfold. What was initially a casual meet-up quickly turned into an extraordinary privilege: a personal tour from Joel himself, offering an insider’s view of the exciting economic developments transforming this charming Southern town. This experience was not just a tour; it was a story of growth, community, and the vibrant future of New Albany.

Nestled in the heart of Mississippi, New Albany is a treasure trove of history, culture, and modern charm. From its picturesque courthouse to the delightful culinary offerings and recent revitalizations, New Albany is a town that proudly celebrates its past while embracing the future.

A Stroll through History: The Courthouse and Downtown

At the heart of New Albany lies its historic courthouse, a beautiful and stately symbol of the town’s rich heritage. This architectural gem sets the tone for a downtown area brimming with quaint shops and boutiques, each offering a unique glimpse into the local culture and craftsmanship.

A Taste of Sweetness: Sugaree’s Bakery

No visit to New Albany is complete without indulging in the delectable creations of Sugaree’s Bakery. Renowned for its mouthwatering cakes and pastries, this bakery is a testament to the town’s culinary prowess and a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Reviving the Past: Hotel Henderson’s Transformation

A significant highlight in New Albany’s recent developments is the renovation of the historic Hotel Henderson. Spearheaded by developer Joel Bennett, this project is transforming the hotel into a luxurious destination complete with a spa, a speakeasy-style bar, a top-notch restaurant, and a boutique hotel experience. This revival not only honors the building’s history but also brings a new level of sophistication to New Albany.

Hotel Henderson building

Culinary Delights at Nico’s Italian Restaurant

On the famed ‘corner’ in New Albany, Nico’s Italian Restaurant is a culinary gem. The red and black tiled gas fired pizza oven is imported directly from Italy and weighs over 3,000 pounds.  This establishment offers an authentic Italian dining experience, with dishes that are as rich in flavor as they are in history.  Bonus!  You don’t have to limit yourself to just pizza.  Nico’s has great steaks, too!

Embracing Nature: The Tanglefoot Trail

For those who love the outdoors, the Tanglefoot Trail offers a serene escape into nature. This is North Mississippi’s longest rails to trails at 43.6 miles.  The Tanglefoot Trail is located in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains.  It is known for its scenic beauty, is perfect for biking, hiking, or simply enjoying a leisurely walk. It’s a place where the natural beauty of Mississippi is on full display, offering a peaceful counterpoint to the bustling town life.

A Town of Harmony: Old and New

New Albany represents a harmonious blend of the old and the new. It’s a place where history is not only preserved but also celebrated in its modern developments. Whether you’re exploring its historical sites, enjoying its culinary delights, or unwinding on the Tanglefoot Trail, New Albany is a town that welcomes all with open arms.

As New Albany continues to grow and evolve, it remains a testament to the enduring charm and resilience of Mississippi’s small towns. We invite you to visit and experience the unique blend of tradition and innovation that makes New Albany a special place in the heart of the South.

For more information, visit https://www.visitnewalbany.com/

Mississippi Mardi Gras is a well-kept secret, brimming with tradition, joy, and community spirit.

Mississippi Mardi Gras: A Hidden Gem of the Gulf Coast

By Shelly Withers Janous

When one thinks of Mardi Gras, the vibrant streets of New Orleans often come to mind, filled with lively parades and colorful beads. However, there’s another gem tucked away in the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi, celebrating this festive season with equal fervor and unique charm. Mississippi Mardi Gras is a well-kept secret, brimming with tradition, joy, and community spirit.

The Rich History of Mississippi Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in Mississippi is not just a recent phenomenon; it’s a tradition steeped in history. The celebration here mirrors its more famous cousin in New Orleans but has a distinct flavor of its own. It’s a fusion of the French Catholic traditions of Mardi Gras with the local cultures and customs of the Gulf Coast, creating a unique celebration that is quintessentially Mississippian.

The Colorful Parades

The heart of Mississippi Mardi Gras lies in its parades. Towns like Biloxi, Gulfport, and Bay St. Louis come alive with floats, marching bands, and revelers dressed in elaborate costumes. These parades are less crowded than those in New Orleans, offering a more intimate and family-friendly experience. Spectators line the streets, catching beads and trinkets, as floats themed around Gulf Coast history and culture roll by.

The King Cakes – A Taste of Tradition

No Mardi Gras is complete without the king cake, and Mississippi adds its own twist to this traditional treat. These cakes are not just delicious – they’re a symbol of the season, adorned in purple, green, and gold, with a hidden trinket inside. Finding the trinket is said to bring good luck, and in some groups, it means you’re responsible for buying the next cake!

The Grand Balls and Galas

The elegance of Mardi Gras in Mississippi is best experienced at the balls and galas. These events are a spectacle of high fashion, dance, and music, harking back to the grandeur of old Mardi Gras celebrations. Attending one of these balls is like stepping into another era, filled with the glamour and mystique of traditional Mardi Gras festivities.

Family-Friendly Festivities

One of the most endearing aspects of Mississippi’s Mardi Gras is its inclusivity. The celebrations are designed to entertain people of all ages. From parades with family zones to daytime events specifically for children, the spirit of Mardi Gras in Mississippi embraces everyone, making it a perfect destination for families.

Mississippi’s Mardi Gras is a vibrant, joyful celebration that honors tradition while creating its own unique identity. It’s a must-see for anyone interested in experiencing the full spectrum of Mardi Gras in the Gulf Coast. So next time you think of Mardi Gras, remember that there’s more to it than just New Orleans – there’s a whole other world of festivity waiting in Mississippi!

Plan Your Visit

Ready to experience the magic of Mississippi Mardi Gras?

Check out the links below for parade schedules and events:

https://www.gulfcoastweekend.com/holidays/mardi-gras/
https://www.gulfcoast.org/blog/post/2024-mardi-gras-schedule/

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The quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie.

A Festive Wonderland Awaits in Oxford, MS

As the holiday season unfolds, the quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie, beckoning all to revel in its magical charm. From delightful treats along the Peppermint Trail to the joyous ice-skating extravaganza, Oxford invites you to create cherished memories during this most wonderful time of the year.

The Peppermint Trail: A Journey of Festive Delights

Step into a world of holiday surprises as Oxford’s local shops come alive with the spirit of the season on the enchanting Peppermint Trail. Indulge in delightful gifts and special treats such as coffee, cocktails, and sweets as you traverse the red-and-white candied path. This festive journey continues until January 7th, promising a merry experience for all.

For a full list of Peppermint Partners and to plan your trail adventure, visit:
Peppermint Trail’s official page.

Skating into Winter Wonderland

Embrace the wintry allure of the holiday season as Oxford unveils its magical ice-skating rink, a true delight for visitors of all ages. Nestled within the Old Armory Pavilion at 1801 University Avenue, this frosty attraction promises a mesmerizing experience for both seasoned skaters and beginners alike. Fear not, for skate aids are available for those who prefer a little extra stability on the ice.

This enchanting ice-skating affair is open until January 7, inviting you to gather your loved ones, don your warmest coats, and embark on a winter adventure in Oxford’s very own wonderland.

For more information and to plan your visit, explore Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays, and keep up-to-date by following their festivities on Facebook. Remember to tag your holiday moments with @HollyJollyHolidaysOxMS and @MadeInMSmedia.

Rink Hours and Santa’s Arrival
Prepare for some frosty fun with ice skating available during the week and weekends. Here are the rink hours:

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

When the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland.

Experience the Enchantment of Christmas in Natchez, MS

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisp, our thoughts turn to the most wonderful time of the year – the holiday season! Natchez is known for its stunning architecture and historic homes, making it a place of timeless beauty. However, when the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland that captivates all who visit.

Natchez Christmas Parade
December 2nd 6 PM

As the holiday season unfolds there is an event that marks the peak of Christmas cheer in Natchez – the annual Christmas Parade. It’s a time when the community comes together to celebrate. This parade will weave its way through the heart of the city, lighting up the city with joy! The parade will start on Franklin Street, turn on Rankin Street and go West on Main Street. Go early and find a spot of the route so you will be able to share in the holiday cheer! For more information visit, Christmas In Natchez

Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll – 10K, 5K & One Mile Kids Run
December 9th 8:00 AM

Location: Wardo’s Poboys, 309 N Broadway Street, Natchez, MS 39120
Entry Fees: 10K – $35, 5K – $30 (includes T-Shirt), One Mile Kids Run – $10 (T-Shirt available for purchase on race day)
Packet Pickup: December 8 between 1 and 9 PM at Wardo’s
For more information and to sign up visit, Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll 10K, 5K, & Kids Fun Run

Caroling in the Park
Every Thursday in December

Natchez boasts many beautiful parks, and the Christmas in Natchez Committee has arranged for Caroling in the Park every Thursday in December until Christmas. Head to Memorial Park, located behind St. Mary’s Basilica, and join the caroling session amidst enchanting lighting and nursery rhyme-themed displays.

Christmas Pilgrimage Tour of Historic Homes
November 24 – December 31

Experience the delightful blend of tradition, history, and holiday cheer as the Natchez Garden Club presents Christmas Tours. Immerse yourself in the unique yuletide charm of Natchez through beautifully adorned historic homes, festive markets, and lively holiday events. Book your tickets and step into the winter wonderland of Natchez. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Linden’s Extrava-Santa Experience
December 1st – December 29th (closed December 23rd, 24th, and 25th)

Linden Historic Bed and Breakfast invites you to a Christmas journey filled with historical charm and holiday cheer. Indulge in spiced tea, holiday cookies, and explore the exquisite parlor and grand galleries adorned with Santa-themed decor. It’s an experience that captures the spirit of the season and creates cherished memories. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Candlelight Jeweled Christmas Tour at The Towers
December 2nd, 9th, and 16th 
7:00 PM

Join The Towers Mansion to witness thousands of pieces of vintage costume jewelry artistically arranged in a magical holiday display, named one of the 10 best unusual Christmas displays in the US. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours 

Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace
December 4th – December 30th
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 
10 AM and 2 PM (closed Christmas Day)

Myrtle Terrace, a Victorian home, captivates visitors with elegant trimmings, harmonious carols, and a festive ambiance that lingers in the heart throughout the year. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace – Visit Natchez 

Natchez Little Theatre Presents: Christmas Chaos
December 7th – December 17th
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows at 7:30 PM, Sunday show at 2:00 PM

As part of the 75th Season, the Natchez Little Theatre brings you “Christmas Chaos,” a delightful performance capturing the essence of the holiday season. For more information and tickets visit, Natchez Little Theatre

Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High”
December 8th, 15th, and 22nd 6:00 PM

Embark on a mesmerizing tour event featuring Choctaw Hall and Myrtle Terrace. Enjoy an Old World Candlelight Christmas, live music, and Victorian-style holiday celebrations. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High” – Visit Natchez

10th Annual Christmas High Tea
December 9th
11 AM – 12 PM and  2 PM – 3 PM

Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfast hosts a blissful hour dedicated to the ceremony of a Christmas High Tea. Savor cups of tea, seasonal sweet confections, and take home a Christmas Sweet! For more information and tickets visit, 10th Annual Christmas High Tea at Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfas

“In The First Light” at First Baptist Church Natchez
December 10th
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Celebrate the season with live music by the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church Natchez, honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.

Whether you’re singing carols in Memorial Park, strolling through the Christmas Village or watching the parade, we hope your holiday season in Natchez is filled with laughter, love and unforgettable memories. Merry Christmas Natchez!

An enchanting holiday extravaganza running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd.

17th Annual Sip-N-Cider in Historic Canton Square

Get ready to indulge in the festive spirit as Historic Canton Square in Mississippi reopens its enchanting holiday extravaganza, the 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival! Running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd, this celebration promises an array of delightful activities and heartwarming experiences for the whole family.

Sip-N-Cider Festival Highlights 

Mark your calendars for the grand event on Friday, Dec. 8th, when the festival kicks off with extended hours from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Featuring an assortment of special characters, performances, and photo opportunities, this night promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

A Wonderland of Festivities
Step into a magical world around the historic Canton Square adorned with dazzling displays and heartwarming attractions including: 

  • Enchanting Walk-Through Attractions: Explore the Christmas Interactive Village, featuring Rudolph’s barn, Frosty’s igloo, and Santa’s workshop—a haven for festive fun and exploration.
  • Captivating Rides: Children can enjoy classic rides including an old-fashioned carousel, antique cars, and the thrilling sky race, offering an array of adventures for the young and young at heart.
  • Santa Snow Village and Christmas Animation Museum: Delight in the picturesque hometown of Santa Claus and explore the miniature train depot. Dive into the Christmas Animation Museum and embark on an ‘I Spy’ adventure to uncover Canton’s history intertwined with Christmas magic, searching for the elves’ top 10 favorite toys.
  • Mrs. Claus, Storyteller Extraordinaire: Don’t miss the chance to gather ’round as Mrs. Claus weaves enchanting tales, becoming a cherished treasure of the Canton Christmas Festival. Her stories will captivate hearts and add an extra sprinkle of magic to the festive atmosphere.
Special Events and Dates

The air is filled with the sweet scent of the holidays at our special holiday festival dates! From enchanting singalongs to cherished moments with Santa Claus and delightful carriage rides, our festive activities promise to make this season truly special for you and your loved ones.

Singalong Fest with the Best: Gather ’round and join the magical cast of characters for heartwarming carols, joyful singalongs, and the creation of your favorite family holiday traditions! These delightful singalong sessions are scheduled for Dec. 1st to 3rd, Dec. 8th to 10th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Get ready to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season alongside the festive ensemble!

Photos with Santa Claus: Capture the magic of the holidays with one-on-one time with Santa himself! Don’t miss the opportunity to have your picture taken with the jolly old fellow. Dates for this cherished activity are Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Create lasting memories and share your holiday wishes with Santa!

Cozy Carriage Rides: Experience the charm of the season with a cozy stroll around the Historic Square, guided by a horse-drawn carriage! Snuggle up and enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere during our carriage rides, available on Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Let the magic of the holidays envelop you during this picturesque journey. 

17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider: Save the date for our spectacular 17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider event on Friday, Dec. 8th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participating merchants will be offering delightful Christmas hot cider, and join in on the fun competition created especially for our visitors. It’s an evening filled with joy, warmth, and the delightful tastes of the season—don’t miss out on this cherished tradition!

The 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival in Historic Canton Square offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of the holiday season. Join in the fun, explore the wonders, and create cherished memories amid this delightful celebration. Gather your loved ones and prepare for a magical experience that embodies the true essence of Christmas!

For more information: https://www.cantontourism.com/events-2/2017/2/22/victorian-christmas-festival

 
From twinkling lights to delightful parades and family activities, Cleveland promises an unforgettable holiday season

Celebrate the Holidays in Cleveland!

As the festive season draws near, the charming town of Cleveland is all set to immerse visitors in a dazzling array of holiday cheer and enchanting experiences. From millions of twinkling lights to delightful parades and unique activities, Cleveland promises an unforgettable holiday season for families and friends. 

50 Nights of Lights: A Million-Light Spectacle 

From Nov. 14th through New Year’s Day, Cleveland transforms into a mesmerizing wonderland with more than a million Christmas lights illuminating the town. Explore the fantastic window display, indulge in night shopping and partake in special events while creating everlasting memories with loved ones. Don’t miss the chance to experience the quaint Delta town aglow with the magic of the season! For more information visit, 50 Nights Of Lights.  

Cleveland Christmas Parade 

Join the community in Downtown Cleveland for the annual Cleveland Christmas Parade on Dec. 7th. This magical parade is a fun-filled affair for all ages, featuring joyous celebration, vibrant floats and the much-anticipated appearance of Santa Claus! For more information visit, Cleveland Christmas Parade.  

Ice Skating and Ice Go-Karts 

Fun Street Popups brings the thrill of ice skating and introduces a new adventure this year – ice go-karting! Glide across the custom-built synthetic ice rink and engage in competitive fun with friends and family. Secure your tickets early due to high demand and limited availability. Safety waivers are mandatory, so complete them online here in advance for a seamless experience. Get ready to bundle up and make unforgettable memories navigating the ice at the Chamber of Commerce from Dec. 8th – 23rd. For more information visit, Ice Skating and Go Karts.  

Carriage Rides

Step into a holiday wonderland with rhythmic clip-clopping hooves and the gentle jingle of sleigh bells on horse and carriage rides through Downtown Cleveland. Experience the beauty of the season during multiple sessions from Dec. 8th to 30th. Enjoy this timeless activity at $20 per person or $50 per family, with the coachman accepting cash for the ride. For more information visit, Carriage Rides | Downtown Cleveland  

Pictures with Santa at Cotton House 

Santa Claus is making a special stop at the Cotton House Hotel on Dec. 9th from 12 to 1:45 p.m. It’s a wonderful opportunity to capture the magic of the season with a holiday photo! Don’t forget your camera-this event, located at 215 Cotton Row, is open to the public, ensuring a delightful moment with Santa. For more information visit, Pictures With Santa at Cotton House.  

Get ready to create treasured memories and experience the warmth of the holiday season in Cleveland. Join in the festivities and make this holiday season one to cherish forever! 

From dazzling light displays to spirited runs, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

Celebrate The Holidays in Clinton

As the holiday season approaches, the city of Clinton, Mississippi, is gearing up to spread cheer and joy with an array of exciting events and festive celebrations. From dazzling light displays to spirited runs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! 

Yule Run: Tacky Clinton Christmas! 

Join the holiday-themed Yule Run in Clinton! This annual race, featuring a combined 5k walk/run and 8k run, winds through the historic Olde Towne area and aligns with the Christmas Parade Route along Clinton Boulevard. Get involved with the community and participate in a race that embraces the theme of “A Tacky Clinton Christmas.” After the race, settle in for the Clinton Christmas parade! For more information visit, Yule Run Clinton.  

Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade 

Mark your calendars for the Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade, a beloved tradition that’s been lighting up the city for 48 years. Scheduled for the first Saturday of December, this lively parade brings together the community, businesses, schools, clubs, and organizations to spread holiday cheer. Floats, bands, marchers, cars, and, of course, Santa, fill the streets, marking the official start of the Christmas season in Clinton. The parade is a cherished event that resonates with both young and old, signaling the joyous arrival of the holiday season. Don’t miss this spectacular event that truly embodies the spirit of unity and festive cheer in the heart of Clinton! For more information visit, Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade.  

Nature Trail Holiday Lights

Experience the enchantment of the holiday lights at the Clinton Community Nature Center throughout december. Wander through the nature trial illuminated with magical lights, creating a secure and magical atmosphere. Bring the whole family and immerse yourself in the wonder of the season. Admission is $5 per person (children under 3 free) from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th. Enjoy performances, special guests, concessions, and crafts on these special evenings. For more information visit, Nature Trail Holiday Lights.  

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

Get ready for the interactive and highly popular Shop Local initiative by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce – the “12 Days of Giveaways.” Starting on Dec. 7th, the Chamber’s FaceBook follows will have the opportunity to win special prizes from local small businesses. From gift certificates to annual memberships and more, this festive giveaway brings the community together and highlights the wonderful local businesses in Clinton. For more information visit, 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Clinton Chamber.  

Join us in Clinton for a season filled with joy, camaraderie, and the spirit of giving. These wonderful events are sure to create cherished memories for you and your loved ones. Embrace the magic of the holidays and celebrate with us in Clinton!

Train rides, carnival rides and dancing trees make this coastal holiday festival worth the trip.

Gulfport’s Winter Holiday Festival: A Coastal Experience Like No Other

For those seeking the ultimate festive experience, the collaboration between Island View Casino & Resort and the City of Gulfport has a Winter Holiday Festival that has become the crown jewel of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s holiday celebrations since 2015. Open this year from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31 you will not want to miss this spectacular show, offering an unforgettable experience like no other in the state. 

Unforgettable Attractions For The Whole Family

Prepare to be enchanted by the array of delights and attractions that promise to make your visit a cherished memory for years to come. 

Carnival Rides: Step right up and enjoy the thrilling carnival rides, adding an extra dash of excitement to your holiday celebrations. Purchase your ride tickets on-site and experience the thrill! 

Santa’s Village: Explore the wonder of Santa’s Village nestled under the Barksdale Pavillion. Meet Santa Claus himself, interact with his busy elves and witness the magic of Santa’s headquarters – it’s a festive sight that will warm your heart. 

CTA Trolley: Hop on the heated CTA Trolley for a cozy ride along Jones Park Drive. This complimentary trolley service ensures you can effortlessly navigate the park’s attractions without missing a beat. 

Dancing Trees: Marvel at our famous dancing trees, a breathtaking spectacle choreographed with over two hours of dazzling lights. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and witness this mesmerizing display! 

Train Ride: All aboard the Harbor Lights Train! Take a magical journey through the park, soaking in the beauty of the lights. The train ride promises delightful experiences for all ages and it is wheelchair accessible. 

Warming Stations: Keep warm while you explore! Find comfort in the warming stations dotted throughout the park. And don’t forget to grab a S’more kit from the local vendors to add an extra dose of coziness. 

Gift Shop and Ornaments: Discover an array of exclusive Harbor Lights merchandise available at Santa’s Village. 

Meet Santa: Santa Claus will be present nightly from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except Christmas Day) at Santa’s Village to spread cheer and hand out gifts. Remember to capture these precious moments with your camera or phone.

Plan Your Visit

The Winter Holiday Festival promises to be a treasure trove of holiday cheer and family fun. From carnival rides to meeting Santa, there’s something for everyone! 

Ticket Pricing: General Admission Sunday thru Thursday (Excluding Christmas): $15 General Admission Friday & Saturday (Including Christmas): $20 Children Ages 5-12: $5  Children Ages  0-4: $0 

Parking Information: Free parking is available at the Coast Transit Authority (CTA) parking garage at 2015 15th St. Gulfport, MS. The CTA shuttle will transport guests to and from the show every 15 to 30 minutes. There is also free parking available at the west entrance of Jones Park at the corner of Hwy 90 and 49. Both parking locations provide handicap-accessible parking spaces and assistance.

To purchase tickets and more information visit: https://gulfportharborlights.com/

Enjoy spectacular drive-thru light displays and cherished traditions like selecting your christmas tree fresh from the farm.

Southaven’s Wonderland of Holiday Magic

As the holiday season approaches, Southaven, Mississippi, transforms into a vibrant tapestry of festive activities and heart warming experiences. From spectacular drive-thru light displays to cherished traditions, this year’s celebrations promise to bring joy and wonder to families and visitors alike. 

Southern Lights Drive-Thru Extravaganza 

Running nightly from Thanksgiving Day through New Years Eve, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Southern Lights, presented by Southaven Parks and Recreation, invites all to a dazzling drive-thru experience. Set across a sprawling 116-acre park, this enchanting spectacle boasts 500,000 twinkling lights, creating a mesmerizing journey for visitors. Proceeds from admission fees ($10 for cars, $15 for vans and $30 for buses) benefit local charities, spreading the spirit of giving throughout the community. Click here for more information. 

Santa’s Festive Visits & Country Brunch/Dinner at Big Barn 

Step into the enchanting Big Barn between Thanksgiving and Christmas for a Southern Country Brunch or Dinner with Santa. Capture precious moments as you take your own photos with Santa in the charming setting of the Barn Hall. Indulge in a delightful menu, and gather with friends and family. For more information visit, Eat with Santa – Cedar Hill Farm.  

Cedar Hill Farm Christmas Tree Experience 

During the holiday season, Cedar Hill Farm opens its gates for families to pick and cut their Christmas tree straight from the farm. Hop on a delightful hayride to the back forty and find the perfect tree to bring home. No general admission fee is required-simply pay for your chosen tree, and the hayride is on the house! Start a family tradition and make memories that will last a lifetime. For more information visit, Christmas Tree Farm

Additional Festive Offerings in Southaven 

Christmas Light Show & Railroad Ride: Experience the joy of Christmas Traditions at Cedar Hill Farm through a synchronized light display, narrated stories and a delightful rail ride around the North Pole.  

Santa at Tanger Outlets: Visit Santa Claus at Tanger Outlet Memphis from Nov. 25th to Dec. 23rd, creating cherished family memories at this holiday destination. 

Light Garden Display: Immerse yourself in the Mid-South’s newest holiday experience, Light Garden, featuring stunning light displays, entertainment, and unique shopping opportunities. (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Click here for a full list of the holiday events in Southaven. 

Captivating over 25,000 visitors annually, this nightly drive-thru 40-acre park is transformed with millions of lights for the holidays.

Tylertown’s Christmas in the Park

Get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Tylertown’s Christmas in the Park! From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, witness a magnificent spectacle at Holmes Water Park, where millions of lights transform 40 acres into a dazzling wonderland of holiday cheer. The park, located at 65 Old Highway 98 E, Tylertown, MS, promises a magical experience for all ages. 

Driving Tour:  Nightly Spectacle (6:00 – 8:30 PM, weather permitting) 

Embark on a mesmerizing driving tour through the largest community event of its kind in the area. Enjoy the splendid display of lights that captivates over 25,000 visitors annually. Admission is $5 for cars, $10 for commercial vans, and $20 for passenger buses (16+). The park awaits you nightly, offering a breathtaking journey through the radiant landscape of festive lights. 

Celebrating the Season – Community Events

Beyond the magical park display, Tylertown celebrated the holiday spirit with a variety of events: 

Santa Comes to Town: Meet Santa for photos and enjoy stories with Mrs. Claus on Friday, Dec. 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Centennial Square. 

Country Christmas Festival & Crafts Show: Experience old-timey demonstrations, entertainment, and craft displays Friday, Dec. 8 from 10:30 a.m to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at downtown businesses and the Agri-Heritage Center. 

Prize Drawing: Don’t miss the chance to win big on Friday, Dec. 15, at the AgriHeritage Center. $1,500 in Tylertown Shopping Dollars and a free La-Z-Boy recliner are up for grabs! 

As the holiday spirit fills the air, Tylertown beckons you to join in on the festivities. Experience the joy, wonder and magic of Christmas in the Park -an unforgettable celebration that brings the community together in the spirit of the season. For up-to-date information and details, visit the Christmas in the Park FaceBook page

Experience the magic of Washington Avenue’s 58 majestic oak trees decorated for Christmas.

Downtown Ocean Springs Shines Brighter Than Ever

Step into Downtown Ocean Springs this holiday season, and you’ll find yourself in a whimsical wonderland. The iconic Washington Avenue, boasting 58 majestic oak trees, has undergone a mesmerizing transformation-each tree adorned with twinkling Christmas lights that illuminate the downtown area. The sight is so enchanting that the scene looks right out of a Hallmark movie. 

This magical spectacle is the result of a collective effort driven by the city’s leaders and enthusiastic residents. Encouraging families to explore the festive downtown, city’s leaders and enthusiastic residents. Encouraging families to explore the festive downtown, city officials have invited locals and visitors alike to revel in the holiday spirit while supporting local businesses, savoring delectable meals at charmering restaurants, and relishing the breathtaking beauty of illuminating streets. 

Reflecting on the transformation, Ward 2 Alderman Rickey Authement expressed his awe, stating, “It’s breathtaking. Friday night when we were trying to get everything finished, people were stopping, taking pictures. It was just unbelievable.” The response from the community has been nothing short of extraordinary, with individuals stopping in their tracks to capture the magic on camera. 

Mayor Kenny Holloway shared the heartwarming story behind this magnificent display, recounting how the idea sprouted from a simple conversation among city hall colleagues. “It all happened with me and two of the ladies in City Hall walking down here saying ‘what if,’ ‘do you like it?’ and everybody loved it. So, we got on it and got it done.” 

Looking ahead, the city is already planning to expand on this breathtaking display for the next holiday season. Learning from the experience, organizers intend to start the decorating process earlier, promising an even grander and more captivating spectacle for the community to enjoy. 

This luminous transformation of Downtown Ocean Springs serves as a testament to the power of community collaboration and creative vision. It has not only elevated the holiday spirit but has also set the stage for future festivities, hinting at even more magical moments awaiting both locals and visitors in the heart of this charming city. As the lights twinkle and the holiday cheer spreads, Downtown Ocean Springs has truly become a beacon of enchantment and joy during this festive season. 

Nestled in the heart of Mississippi, New Albany is a treasure trove of history, culture, and modern charm.

New Albany – The Historic Charm and Exciting New Developments

As I embarked on my journey to explore New Albany, Mississippi, it was the warmth and hospitality of its people that struck me first. The adventure began with an introduction to Joel Bennett, a key figure in the town’s economic development, thanks to the gracious Jan Cossitt. Jan, known for her deep connection with and knowledge of New Albany, saw the opportunity for a unique narrative to unfold. What was initially a casual meet-up quickly turned into an extraordinary privilege: a personal tour from Joel himself, offering an insider’s view of the exciting economic developments transforming this charming Southern town. This experience was not just a tour; it was a story of growth, community, and the vibrant future of New Albany.

Nestled in the heart of Mississippi, New Albany is a treasure trove of history, culture, and modern charm. From its picturesque courthouse to the delightful culinary offerings and recent revitalizations, New Albany is a town that proudly celebrates its past while embracing the future.

A Stroll through History: The Courthouse and Downtown

At the heart of New Albany lies its historic courthouse, a beautiful and stately symbol of the town’s rich heritage. This architectural gem sets the tone for a downtown area brimming with quaint shops and boutiques, each offering a unique glimpse into the local culture and craftsmanship.

A Taste of Sweetness: Sugaree’s Bakery

No visit to New Albany is complete without indulging in the delectable creations of Sugaree’s Bakery. Renowned for its mouthwatering cakes and pastries, this bakery is a testament to the town’s culinary prowess and a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Reviving the Past: Hotel Henderson’s Transformation

A significant highlight in New Albany’s recent developments is the renovation of the historic Hotel Henderson. Spearheaded by developer Joel Bennett, this project is transforming the hotel into a luxurious destination complete with a spa, a speakeasy-style bar, a top-notch restaurant, and a boutique hotel experience. This revival not only honors the building’s history but also brings a new level of sophistication to New Albany.

Hotel Henderson building

Culinary Delights at Nico’s Italian Restaurant

On the famed ‘corner’ in New Albany, Nico’s Italian Restaurant is a culinary gem. The red and black tiled gas fired pizza oven is imported directly from Italy and weighs over 3,000 pounds.  This establishment offers an authentic Italian dining experience, with dishes that are as rich in flavor as they are in history.  Bonus!  You don’t have to limit yourself to just pizza.  Nico’s has great steaks, too!

Embracing Nature: The Tanglefoot Trail

For those who love the outdoors, the Tanglefoot Trail offers a serene escape into nature. This is North Mississippi’s longest rails to trails at 43.6 miles.  The Tanglefoot Trail is located in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains.  It is known for its scenic beauty, is perfect for biking, hiking, or simply enjoying a leisurely walk. It’s a place where the natural beauty of Mississippi is on full display, offering a peaceful counterpoint to the bustling town life.

A Town of Harmony: Old and New

New Albany represents a harmonious blend of the old and the new. It’s a place where history is not only preserved but also celebrated in its modern developments. Whether you’re exploring its historical sites, enjoying its culinary delights, or unwinding on the Tanglefoot Trail, New Albany is a town that welcomes all with open arms.

As New Albany continues to grow and evolve, it remains a testament to the enduring charm and resilience of Mississippi’s small towns. We invite you to visit and experience the unique blend of tradition and innovation that makes New Albany a special place in the heart of the South.

For more information, visit https://www.visitnewalbany.com/

Mississippi Mardi Gras is a well-kept secret, brimming with tradition, joy, and community spirit.

Mississippi Mardi Gras: A Hidden Gem of the Gulf Coast

By Shelly Withers Janous

When one thinks of Mardi Gras, the vibrant streets of New Orleans often come to mind, filled with lively parades and colorful beads. However, there’s another gem tucked away in the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi, celebrating this festive season with equal fervor and unique charm. Mississippi Mardi Gras is a well-kept secret, brimming with tradition, joy, and community spirit.

The Rich History of Mississippi Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in Mississippi is not just a recent phenomenon; it’s a tradition steeped in history. The celebration here mirrors its more famous cousin in New Orleans but has a distinct flavor of its own. It’s a fusion of the French Catholic traditions of Mardi Gras with the local cultures and customs of the Gulf Coast, creating a unique celebration that is quintessentially Mississippian.

The Colorful Parades

The heart of Mississippi Mardi Gras lies in its parades. Towns like Biloxi, Gulfport, and Bay St. Louis come alive with floats, marching bands, and revelers dressed in elaborate costumes. These parades are less crowded than those in New Orleans, offering a more intimate and family-friendly experience. Spectators line the streets, catching beads and trinkets, as floats themed around Gulf Coast history and culture roll by.

The King Cakes – A Taste of Tradition

No Mardi Gras is complete without the king cake, and Mississippi adds its own twist to this traditional treat. These cakes are not just delicious – they’re a symbol of the season, adorned in purple, green, and gold, with a hidden trinket inside. Finding the trinket is said to bring good luck, and in some groups, it means you’re responsible for buying the next cake!

The Grand Balls and Galas

The elegance of Mardi Gras in Mississippi is best experienced at the balls and galas. These events are a spectacle of high fashion, dance, and music, harking back to the grandeur of old Mardi Gras celebrations. Attending one of these balls is like stepping into another era, filled with the glamour and mystique of traditional Mardi Gras festivities.

Family-Friendly Festivities

One of the most endearing aspects of Mississippi’s Mardi Gras is its inclusivity. The celebrations are designed to entertain people of all ages. From parades with family zones to daytime events specifically for children, the spirit of Mardi Gras in Mississippi embraces everyone, making it a perfect destination for families.

Mississippi’s Mardi Gras is a vibrant, joyful celebration that honors tradition while creating its own unique identity. It’s a must-see for anyone interested in experiencing the full spectrum of Mardi Gras in the Gulf Coast. So next time you think of Mardi Gras, remember that there’s more to it than just New Orleans – there’s a whole other world of festivity waiting in Mississippi!

Plan Your Visit

Ready to experience the magic of Mississippi Mardi Gras?

Check out the links below for parade schedules and events:

https://www.gulfcoastweekend.com/holidays/mardi-gras/
https://www.gulfcoast.org/blog/post/2024-mardi-gras-schedule/

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When the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland.

Experience the Enchantment of Christmas in Natchez, MS

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisp, our thoughts turn to the most wonderful time of the year – the holiday season! Natchez is known for its stunning architecture and historic homes, making it a place of timeless beauty. However, when the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland that captivates all who visit.

Natchez Christmas Parade
December 2nd 6 PM

As the holiday season unfolds there is an event that marks the peak of Christmas cheer in Natchez – the annual Christmas Parade. It’s a time when the community comes together to celebrate. This parade will weave its way through the heart of the city, lighting up the city with joy! The parade will start on Franklin Street, turn on Rankin Street and go West on Main Street. Go early and find a spot of the route so you will be able to share in the holiday cheer! For more information visit, Christmas In Natchez

Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll – 10K, 5K & One Mile Kids Run
December 9th 8:00 AM

Location: Wardo’s Poboys, 309 N Broadway Street, Natchez, MS 39120
Entry Fees: 10K – $35, 5K – $30 (includes T-Shirt), One Mile Kids Run – $10 (T-Shirt available for purchase on race day)
Packet Pickup: December 8 between 1 and 9 PM at Wardo’s
For more information and to sign up visit, Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll 10K, 5K, & Kids Fun Run

Caroling in the Park
Every Thursday in December

Natchez boasts many beautiful parks, and the Christmas in Natchez Committee has arranged for Caroling in the Park every Thursday in December until Christmas. Head to Memorial Park, located behind St. Mary’s Basilica, and join the caroling session amidst enchanting lighting and nursery rhyme-themed displays.

Christmas Pilgrimage Tour of Historic Homes
November 24 – December 31

Experience the delightful blend of tradition, history, and holiday cheer as the Natchez Garden Club presents Christmas Tours. Immerse yourself in the unique yuletide charm of Natchez through beautifully adorned historic homes, festive markets, and lively holiday events. Book your tickets and step into the winter wonderland of Natchez. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Linden’s Extrava-Santa Experience
December 1st – December 29th (closed December 23rd, 24th, and 25th)

Linden Historic Bed and Breakfast invites you to a Christmas journey filled with historical charm and holiday cheer. Indulge in spiced tea, holiday cookies, and explore the exquisite parlor and grand galleries adorned with Santa-themed decor. It’s an experience that captures the spirit of the season and creates cherished memories. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Candlelight Jeweled Christmas Tour at The Towers
December 2nd, 9th, and 16th 
7:00 PM

Join The Towers Mansion to witness thousands of pieces of vintage costume jewelry artistically arranged in a magical holiday display, named one of the 10 best unusual Christmas displays in the US. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours 

Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace
December 4th – December 30th
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 
10 AM and 2 PM (closed Christmas Day)

Myrtle Terrace, a Victorian home, captivates visitors with elegant trimmings, harmonious carols, and a festive ambiance that lingers in the heart throughout the year. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace – Visit Natchez 

Natchez Little Theatre Presents: Christmas Chaos
December 7th – December 17th
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows at 7:30 PM, Sunday show at 2:00 PM

As part of the 75th Season, the Natchez Little Theatre brings you “Christmas Chaos,” a delightful performance capturing the essence of the holiday season. For more information and tickets visit, Natchez Little Theatre

Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High”
December 8th, 15th, and 22nd 6:00 PM

Embark on a mesmerizing tour event featuring Choctaw Hall and Myrtle Terrace. Enjoy an Old World Candlelight Christmas, live music, and Victorian-style holiday celebrations. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High” – Visit Natchez

10th Annual Christmas High Tea
December 9th
11 AM – 12 PM and  2 PM – 3 PM

Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfast hosts a blissful hour dedicated to the ceremony of a Christmas High Tea. Savor cups of tea, seasonal sweet confections, and take home a Christmas Sweet! For more information and tickets visit, 10th Annual Christmas High Tea at Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfas

“In The First Light” at First Baptist Church Natchez
December 10th
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Celebrate the season with live music by the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church Natchez, honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.

Whether you’re singing carols in Memorial Park, strolling through the Christmas Village or watching the parade, we hope your holiday season in Natchez is filled with laughter, love and unforgettable memories. Merry Christmas Natchez!

An enchanting holiday extravaganza running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd.

17th Annual Sip-N-Cider in Historic Canton Square

Get ready to indulge in the festive spirit as Historic Canton Square in Mississippi reopens its enchanting holiday extravaganza, the 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival! Running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd, this celebration promises an array of delightful activities and heartwarming experiences for the whole family.

Sip-N-Cider Festival Highlights 

Mark your calendars for the grand event on Friday, Dec. 8th, when the festival kicks off with extended hours from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Featuring an assortment of special characters, performances, and photo opportunities, this night promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

A Wonderland of Festivities
Step into a magical world around the historic Canton Square adorned with dazzling displays and heartwarming attractions including: 

  • Enchanting Walk-Through Attractions: Explore the Christmas Interactive Village, featuring Rudolph’s barn, Frosty’s igloo, and Santa’s workshop—a haven for festive fun and exploration.
  • Captivating Rides: Children can enjoy classic rides including an old-fashioned carousel, antique cars, and the thrilling sky race, offering an array of adventures for the young and young at heart.
  • Santa Snow Village and Christmas Animation Museum: Delight in the picturesque hometown of Santa Claus and explore the miniature train depot. Dive into the Christmas Animation Museum and embark on an ‘I Spy’ adventure to uncover Canton’s history intertwined with Christmas magic, searching for the elves’ top 10 favorite toys.
  • Mrs. Claus, Storyteller Extraordinaire: Don’t miss the chance to gather ’round as Mrs. Claus weaves enchanting tales, becoming a cherished treasure of the Canton Christmas Festival. Her stories will captivate hearts and add an extra sprinkle of magic to the festive atmosphere.
Special Events and Dates

The air is filled with the sweet scent of the holidays at our special holiday festival dates! From enchanting singalongs to cherished moments with Santa Claus and delightful carriage rides, our festive activities promise to make this season truly special for you and your loved ones.

Singalong Fest with the Best: Gather ’round and join the magical cast of characters for heartwarming carols, joyful singalongs, and the creation of your favorite family holiday traditions! These delightful singalong sessions are scheduled for Dec. 1st to 3rd, Dec. 8th to 10th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Get ready to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season alongside the festive ensemble!

Photos with Santa Claus: Capture the magic of the holidays with one-on-one time with Santa himself! Don’t miss the opportunity to have your picture taken with the jolly old fellow. Dates for this cherished activity are Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Create lasting memories and share your holiday wishes with Santa!

Cozy Carriage Rides: Experience the charm of the season with a cozy stroll around the Historic Square, guided by a horse-drawn carriage! Snuggle up and enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere during our carriage rides, available on Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Let the magic of the holidays envelop you during this picturesque journey. 

17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider: Save the date for our spectacular 17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider event on Friday, Dec. 8th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participating merchants will be offering delightful Christmas hot cider, and join in on the fun competition created especially for our visitors. It’s an evening filled with joy, warmth, and the delightful tastes of the season—don’t miss out on this cherished tradition!

The 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival in Historic Canton Square offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of the holiday season. Join in the fun, explore the wonders, and create cherished memories amid this delightful celebration. Gather your loved ones and prepare for a magical experience that embodies the true essence of Christmas!

For more information: https://www.cantontourism.com/events-2/2017/2/22/victorian-christmas-festival

 
From twinkling lights to delightful parades and family activities, Cleveland promises an unforgettable holiday season

Celebrate the Holidays in Cleveland!

As the festive season draws near, the charming town of Cleveland is all set to immerse visitors in a dazzling array of holiday cheer and enchanting experiences. From millions of twinkling lights to delightful parades and unique activities, Cleveland promises an unforgettable holiday season for families and friends. 

50 Nights of Lights: A Million-Light Spectacle 

From Nov. 14th through New Year’s Day, Cleveland transforms into a mesmerizing wonderland with more than a million Christmas lights illuminating the town. Explore the fantastic window display, indulge in night shopping and partake in special events while creating everlasting memories with loved ones. Don’t miss the chance to experience the quaint Delta town aglow with the magic of the season! For more information visit, 50 Nights Of Lights.  

Cleveland Christmas Parade 

Join the community in Downtown Cleveland for the annual Cleveland Christmas Parade on Dec. 7th. This magical parade is a fun-filled affair for all ages, featuring joyous celebration, vibrant floats and the much-anticipated appearance of Santa Claus! For more information visit, Cleveland Christmas Parade.  

Ice Skating and Ice Go-Karts 

Fun Street Popups brings the thrill of ice skating and introduces a new adventure this year – ice go-karting! Glide across the custom-built synthetic ice rink and engage in competitive fun with friends and family. Secure your tickets early due to high demand and limited availability. Safety waivers are mandatory, so complete them online here in advance for a seamless experience. Get ready to bundle up and make unforgettable memories navigating the ice at the Chamber of Commerce from Dec. 8th – 23rd. For more information visit, Ice Skating and Go Karts.  

Carriage Rides

Step into a holiday wonderland with rhythmic clip-clopping hooves and the gentle jingle of sleigh bells on horse and carriage rides through Downtown Cleveland. Experience the beauty of the season during multiple sessions from Dec. 8th to 30th. Enjoy this timeless activity at $20 per person or $50 per family, with the coachman accepting cash for the ride. For more information visit, Carriage Rides | Downtown Cleveland  

Pictures with Santa at Cotton House 

Santa Claus is making a special stop at the Cotton House Hotel on Dec. 9th from 12 to 1:45 p.m. It’s a wonderful opportunity to capture the magic of the season with a holiday photo! Don’t forget your camera-this event, located at 215 Cotton Row, is open to the public, ensuring a delightful moment with Santa. For more information visit, Pictures With Santa at Cotton House.  

Get ready to create treasured memories and experience the warmth of the holiday season in Cleveland. Join in the festivities and make this holiday season one to cherish forever! 

From dazzling light displays to spirited runs, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

Celebrate The Holidays in Clinton

As the holiday season approaches, the city of Clinton, Mississippi, is gearing up to spread cheer and joy with an array of exciting events and festive celebrations. From dazzling light displays to spirited runs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! 

Yule Run: Tacky Clinton Christmas! 

Join the holiday-themed Yule Run in Clinton! This annual race, featuring a combined 5k walk/run and 8k run, winds through the historic Olde Towne area and aligns with the Christmas Parade Route along Clinton Boulevard. Get involved with the community and participate in a race that embraces the theme of “A Tacky Clinton Christmas.” After the race, settle in for the Clinton Christmas parade! For more information visit, Yule Run Clinton.  

Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade 

Mark your calendars for the Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade, a beloved tradition that’s been lighting up the city for 48 years. Scheduled for the first Saturday of December, this lively parade brings together the community, businesses, schools, clubs, and organizations to spread holiday cheer. Floats, bands, marchers, cars, and, of course, Santa, fill the streets, marking the official start of the Christmas season in Clinton. The parade is a cherished event that resonates with both young and old, signaling the joyous arrival of the holiday season. Don’t miss this spectacular event that truly embodies the spirit of unity and festive cheer in the heart of Clinton! For more information visit, Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade.  

Nature Trail Holiday Lights

Experience the enchantment of the holiday lights at the Clinton Community Nature Center throughout december. Wander through the nature trial illuminated with magical lights, creating a secure and magical atmosphere. Bring the whole family and immerse yourself in the wonder of the season. Admission is $5 per person (children under 3 free) from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th. Enjoy performances, special guests, concessions, and crafts on these special evenings. For more information visit, Nature Trail Holiday Lights.  

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

Get ready for the interactive and highly popular Shop Local initiative by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce – the “12 Days of Giveaways.” Starting on Dec. 7th, the Chamber’s FaceBook follows will have the opportunity to win special prizes from local small businesses. From gift certificates to annual memberships and more, this festive giveaway brings the community together and highlights the wonderful local businesses in Clinton. For more information visit, 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Clinton Chamber.  

Join us in Clinton for a season filled with joy, camaraderie, and the spirit of giving. These wonderful events are sure to create cherished memories for you and your loved ones. Embrace the magic of the holidays and celebrate with us in Clinton!

Train rides, carnival rides and dancing trees make this coastal holiday festival worth the trip.

Gulfport’s Winter Holiday Festival: A Coastal Experience Like No Other

For those seeking the ultimate festive experience, the collaboration between Island View Casino & Resort and the City of Gulfport has a Winter Holiday Festival that has become the crown jewel of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s holiday celebrations since 2015. Open this year from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31 you will not want to miss this spectacular show, offering an unforgettable experience like no other in the state. 

Unforgettable Attractions For The Whole Family

Prepare to be enchanted by the array of delights and attractions that promise to make your visit a cherished memory for years to come. 

Carnival Rides: Step right up and enjoy the thrilling carnival rides, adding an extra dash of excitement to your holiday celebrations. Purchase your ride tickets on-site and experience the thrill! 

Santa’s Village: Explore the wonder of Santa’s Village nestled under the Barksdale Pavillion. Meet Santa Claus himself, interact with his busy elves and witness the magic of Santa’s headquarters – it’s a festive sight that will warm your heart. 

CTA Trolley: Hop on the heated CTA Trolley for a cozy ride along Jones Park Drive. This complimentary trolley service ensures you can effortlessly navigate the park’s attractions without missing a beat. 

Dancing Trees: Marvel at our famous dancing trees, a breathtaking spectacle choreographed with over two hours of dazzling lights. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and witness this mesmerizing display! 

Train Ride: All aboard the Harbor Lights Train! Take a magical journey through the park, soaking in the beauty of the lights. The train ride promises delightful experiences for all ages and it is wheelchair accessible. 

Warming Stations: Keep warm while you explore! Find comfort in the warming stations dotted throughout the park. And don’t forget to grab a S’more kit from the local vendors to add an extra dose of coziness. 

Gift Shop and Ornaments: Discover an array of exclusive Harbor Lights merchandise available at Santa’s Village. 

Meet Santa: Santa Claus will be present nightly from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except Christmas Day) at Santa’s Village to spread cheer and hand out gifts. Remember to capture these precious moments with your camera or phone.

Plan Your Visit

The Winter Holiday Festival promises to be a treasure trove of holiday cheer and family fun. From carnival rides to meeting Santa, there’s something for everyone! 

Ticket Pricing: General Admission Sunday thru Thursday (Excluding Christmas): $15 General Admission Friday & Saturday (Including Christmas): $20 Children Ages 5-12: $5  Children Ages  0-4: $0 

Parking Information: Free parking is available at the Coast Transit Authority (CTA) parking garage at 2015 15th St. Gulfport, MS. The CTA shuttle will transport guests to and from the show every 15 to 30 minutes. There is also free parking available at the west entrance of Jones Park at the corner of Hwy 90 and 49. Both parking locations provide handicap-accessible parking spaces and assistance.

To purchase tickets and more information visit: https://gulfportharborlights.com/

Enjoy spectacular drive-thru light displays and cherished traditions like selecting your christmas tree fresh from the farm.

Southaven’s Wonderland of Holiday Magic

As the holiday season approaches, Southaven, Mississippi, transforms into a vibrant tapestry of festive activities and heart warming experiences. From spectacular drive-thru light displays to cherished traditions, this year’s celebrations promise to bring joy and wonder to families and visitors alike. 

Southern Lights Drive-Thru Extravaganza 

Running nightly from Thanksgiving Day through New Years Eve, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Southern Lights, presented by Southaven Parks and Recreation, invites all to a dazzling drive-thru experience. Set across a sprawling 116-acre park, this enchanting spectacle boasts 500,000 twinkling lights, creating a mesmerizing journey for visitors. Proceeds from admission fees ($10 for cars, $15 for vans and $30 for buses) benefit local charities, spreading the spirit of giving throughout the community. Click here for more information. 

Santa’s Festive Visits & Country Brunch/Dinner at Big Barn 

Step into the enchanting Big Barn between Thanksgiving and Christmas for a Southern Country Brunch or Dinner with Santa. Capture precious moments as you take your own photos with Santa in the charming setting of the Barn Hall. Indulge in a delightful menu, and gather with friends and family. For more information visit, Eat with Santa – Cedar Hill Farm.  

Cedar Hill Farm Christmas Tree Experience 

During the holiday season, Cedar Hill Farm opens its gates for families to pick and cut their Christmas tree straight from the farm. Hop on a delightful hayride to the back forty and find the perfect tree to bring home. No general admission fee is required-simply pay for your chosen tree, and the hayride is on the house! Start a family tradition and make memories that will last a lifetime. For more information visit, Christmas Tree Farm

Additional Festive Offerings in Southaven 

Christmas Light Show & Railroad Ride: Experience the joy of Christmas Traditions at Cedar Hill Farm through a synchronized light display, narrated stories and a delightful rail ride around the North Pole.  

Santa at Tanger Outlets: Visit Santa Claus at Tanger Outlet Memphis from Nov. 25th to Dec. 23rd, creating cherished family memories at this holiday destination. 

Light Garden Display: Immerse yourself in the Mid-South’s newest holiday experience, Light Garden, featuring stunning light displays, entertainment, and unique shopping opportunities. (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Click here for a full list of the holiday events in Southaven. 

Captivating over 25,000 visitors annually, this nightly drive-thru 40-acre park is transformed with millions of lights for the holidays.

Tylertown’s Christmas in the Park

Get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Tylertown’s Christmas in the Park! From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, witness a magnificent spectacle at Holmes Water Park, where millions of lights transform 40 acres into a dazzling wonderland of holiday cheer. The park, located at 65 Old Highway 98 E, Tylertown, MS, promises a magical experience for all ages. 

Driving Tour:  Nightly Spectacle (6:00 – 8:30 PM, weather permitting) 

Embark on a mesmerizing driving tour through the largest community event of its kind in the area. Enjoy the splendid display of lights that captivates over 25,000 visitors annually. Admission is $5 for cars, $10 for commercial vans, and $20 for passenger buses (16+). The park awaits you nightly, offering a breathtaking journey through the radiant landscape of festive lights. 

Celebrating the Season – Community Events

Beyond the magical park display, Tylertown celebrated the holiday spirit with a variety of events: 

Santa Comes to Town: Meet Santa for photos and enjoy stories with Mrs. Claus on Friday, Dec. 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Centennial Square. 

Country Christmas Festival & Crafts Show: Experience old-timey demonstrations, entertainment, and craft displays Friday, Dec. 8 from 10:30 a.m to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at downtown businesses and the Agri-Heritage Center. 

Prize Drawing: Don’t miss the chance to win big on Friday, Dec. 15, at the AgriHeritage Center. $1,500 in Tylertown Shopping Dollars and a free La-Z-Boy recliner are up for grabs! 

As the holiday spirit fills the air, Tylertown beckons you to join in on the festivities. Experience the joy, wonder and magic of Christmas in the Park -an unforgettable celebration that brings the community together in the spirit of the season. For up-to-date information and details, visit the Christmas in the Park FaceBook page

Experience the magic of Washington Avenue’s 58 majestic oak trees decorated for Christmas.

Downtown Ocean Springs Shines Brighter Than Ever

Step into Downtown Ocean Springs this holiday season, and you’ll find yourself in a whimsical wonderland. The iconic Washington Avenue, boasting 58 majestic oak trees, has undergone a mesmerizing transformation-each tree adorned with twinkling Christmas lights that illuminate the downtown area. The sight is so enchanting that the scene looks right out of a Hallmark movie. 

This magical spectacle is the result of a collective effort driven by the city’s leaders and enthusiastic residents. Encouraging families to explore the festive downtown, city’s leaders and enthusiastic residents. Encouraging families to explore the festive downtown, city officials have invited locals and visitors alike to revel in the holiday spirit while supporting local businesses, savoring delectable meals at charmering restaurants, and relishing the breathtaking beauty of illuminating streets. 

Reflecting on the transformation, Ward 2 Alderman Rickey Authement expressed his awe, stating, “It’s breathtaking. Friday night when we were trying to get everything finished, people were stopping, taking pictures. It was just unbelievable.” The response from the community has been nothing short of extraordinary, with individuals stopping in their tracks to capture the magic on camera. 

Mayor Kenny Holloway shared the heartwarming story behind this magnificent display, recounting how the idea sprouted from a simple conversation among city hall colleagues. “It all happened with me and two of the ladies in City Hall walking down here saying ‘what if,’ ‘do you like it?’ and everybody loved it. So, we got on it and got it done.” 

Looking ahead, the city is already planning to expand on this breathtaking display for the next holiday season. Learning from the experience, organizers intend to start the decorating process earlier, promising an even grander and more captivating spectacle for the community to enjoy. 

This luminous transformation of Downtown Ocean Springs serves as a testament to the power of community collaboration and creative vision. It has not only elevated the holiday spirit but has also set the stage for future festivities, hinting at even more magical moments awaiting both locals and visitors in the heart of this charming city. As the lights twinkle and the holiday cheer spreads, Downtown Ocean Springs has truly become a beacon of enchantment and joy during this festive season. 

Nestled in the heart of Mississippi, New Albany is a treasure trove of history, culture, and modern charm.

New Albany – The Historic Charm and Exciting New Developments

As I embarked on my journey to explore New Albany, Mississippi, it was the warmth and hospitality of its people that struck me first. The adventure began with an introduction to Joel Bennett, a key figure in the town’s economic development, thanks to the gracious Jan Cossitt. Jan, known for her deep connection with and knowledge of New Albany, saw the opportunity for a unique narrative to unfold. What was initially a casual meet-up quickly turned into an extraordinary privilege: a personal tour from Joel himself, offering an insider’s view of the exciting economic developments transforming this charming Southern town. This experience was not just a tour; it was a story of growth, community, and the vibrant future of New Albany.

Nestled in the heart of Mississippi, New Albany is a treasure trove of history, culture, and modern charm. From its picturesque courthouse to the delightful culinary offerings and recent revitalizations, New Albany is a town that proudly celebrates its past while embracing the future.

A Stroll through History: The Courthouse and Downtown

At the heart of New Albany lies its historic courthouse, a beautiful and stately symbol of the town’s rich heritage. This architectural gem sets the tone for a downtown area brimming with quaint shops and boutiques, each offering a unique glimpse into the local culture and craftsmanship.

A Taste of Sweetness: Sugaree’s Bakery

No visit to New Albany is complete without indulging in the delectable creations of Sugaree’s Bakery. Renowned for its mouthwatering cakes and pastries, this bakery is a testament to the town’s culinary prowess and a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Reviving the Past: Hotel Henderson’s Transformation

A significant highlight in New Albany’s recent developments is the renovation of the historic Hotel Henderson. Spearheaded by developer Joel Bennett, this project is transforming the hotel into a luxurious destination complete with a spa, a speakeasy-style bar, a top-notch restaurant, and a boutique hotel experience. This revival not only honors the building’s history but also brings a new level of sophistication to New Albany.

Hotel Henderson building

Culinary Delights at Nico’s Italian Restaurant

On the famed ‘corner’ in New Albany, Nico’s Italian Restaurant is a culinary gem. The red and black tiled gas fired pizza oven is imported directly from Italy and weighs over 3,000 pounds.  This establishment offers an authentic Italian dining experience, with dishes that are as rich in flavor as they are in history.  Bonus!  You don’t have to limit yourself to just pizza.  Nico’s has great steaks, too!

Embracing Nature: The Tanglefoot Trail

For those who love the outdoors, the Tanglefoot Trail offers a serene escape into nature. This is North Mississippi’s longest rails to trails at 43.6 miles.  The Tanglefoot Trail is located in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains.  It is known for its scenic beauty, is perfect for biking, hiking, or simply enjoying a leisurely walk. It’s a place where the natural beauty of Mississippi is on full display, offering a peaceful counterpoint to the bustling town life.

A Town of Harmony: Old and New

New Albany represents a harmonious blend of the old and the new. It’s a place where history is not only preserved but also celebrated in its modern developments. Whether you’re exploring its historical sites, enjoying its culinary delights, or unwinding on the Tanglefoot Trail, New Albany is a town that welcomes all with open arms.

As New Albany continues to grow and evolve, it remains a testament to the enduring charm and resilience of Mississippi’s small towns. We invite you to visit and experience the unique blend of tradition and innovation that makes New Albany a special place in the heart of the South.

For more information, visit https://www.visitnewalbany.com/

Mississippi Mardi Gras is a well-kept secret, brimming with tradition, joy, and community spirit.

Mississippi Mardi Gras: A Hidden Gem of the Gulf Coast

By Shelly Withers Janous

When one thinks of Mardi Gras, the vibrant streets of New Orleans often come to mind, filled with lively parades and colorful beads. However, there’s another gem tucked away in the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi, celebrating this festive season with equal fervor and unique charm. Mississippi Mardi Gras is a well-kept secret, brimming with tradition, joy, and community spirit.

The Rich History of Mississippi Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in Mississippi is not just a recent phenomenon; it’s a tradition steeped in history. The celebration here mirrors its more famous cousin in New Orleans but has a distinct flavor of its own. It’s a fusion of the French Catholic traditions of Mardi Gras with the local cultures and customs of the Gulf Coast, creating a unique celebration that is quintessentially Mississippian.

The Colorful Parades

The heart of Mississippi Mardi Gras lies in its parades. Towns like Biloxi, Gulfport, and Bay St. Louis come alive with floats, marching bands, and revelers dressed in elaborate costumes. These parades are less crowded than those in New Orleans, offering a more intimate and family-friendly experience. Spectators line the streets, catching beads and trinkets, as floats themed around Gulf Coast history and culture roll by.

The King Cakes – A Taste of Tradition

No Mardi Gras is complete without the king cake, and Mississippi adds its own twist to this traditional treat. These cakes are not just delicious – they’re a symbol of the season, adorned in purple, green, and gold, with a hidden trinket inside. Finding the trinket is said to bring good luck, and in some groups, it means you’re responsible for buying the next cake!

The Grand Balls and Galas

The elegance of Mardi Gras in Mississippi is best experienced at the balls and galas. These events are a spectacle of high fashion, dance, and music, harking back to the grandeur of old Mardi Gras celebrations. Attending one of these balls is like stepping into another era, filled with the glamour and mystique of traditional Mardi Gras festivities.

Family-Friendly Festivities

One of the most endearing aspects of Mississippi’s Mardi Gras is its inclusivity. The celebrations are designed to entertain people of all ages. From parades with family zones to daytime events specifically for children, the spirit of Mardi Gras in Mississippi embraces everyone, making it a perfect destination for families.

Mississippi’s Mardi Gras is a vibrant, joyful celebration that honors tradition while creating its own unique identity. It’s a must-see for anyone interested in experiencing the full spectrum of Mardi Gras in the Gulf Coast. So next time you think of Mardi Gras, remember that there’s more to it than just New Orleans – there’s a whole other world of festivity waiting in Mississippi!

Plan Your Visit

Ready to experience the magic of Mississippi Mardi Gras?

Check out the links below for parade schedules and events:

https://www.gulfcoastweekend.com/holidays/mardi-gras/
https://www.gulfcoast.org/blog/post/2024-mardi-gras-schedule/

It is a fun family tradition where you can enjoy live concerts, a rodeo, and Livestock Shows.

Embracing Tradition and Excitement at the 2024 Dixie National Rodeo and Livestock Shows

By Shelly Withers Janous

It’s that time of the year again! The 2024 Dixie National Rodeo and Livestock Shows is a testament to our state’s rich agricultural heritage and love for the rodeo. It is a fun family tradition where you can enjoy live concerts, a rodeo, and Livestock Shows. 

Livestock Shows: Honoring Our Agricultural Heritage

At the heart of the Dixie National are the Livestock Shows. These shows are more than competitions; they are where the future of agriculture takes center stage. We’ll witness the finest cattle, horses, sheep, and more, presented by the most dedicated farmers and ranchers in Mississippi. These events not only showcase the quality of our livestock but also the commitment of those who raise them.​

The Thrill of the Rodeo

The Dixie National Rodeo is a highlight of our state’s cultural calendar. Here, you’ll experience the thrill and skill of rodeo sports. From the gripping tension of bull riding to the fast-paced excitement of barrel racing, each event is a showcase of courage and skill. These athletes, with their incredible talent and determination, represent the spirit of Mississippi.

Star-Studded Concerts Amidst the Action

Enhancing our rodeo and livestock shows, we are thrilled to present a lineup of country music stars that resonate with the soul of our state. This year, enjoy the captivating performances of Megan Moroney, Tracy Byrd, Sammy Kershaw, and Chris Cagle. Their music, deeply rooted in the country tradition, is the perfect accompaniment to our celebration of Mississippi’s agricultural and rodeo traditions.

A Celebration of Mississippi’s Spirit

The 2024 Dixie National Rodeo and Livestock Shows are more than an event; they are a gathering of Mississippi’s heart and soul. It’s an opportunity for us to celebrate our heritage, our talents, and our community. Join the exciting celebration and support our agricultural community, cheer for the daring rodeo athletes, and sing along with some of the best in country music.

For more information, visit: https://www.dixienational.org/

For Tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.com/dixie-national-rodeo-tickets/artist/848320

The quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie.

A Festive Wonderland Awaits in Oxford, MS

As the holiday season unfolds, the quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie, beckoning all to revel in its magical charm. From delightful treats along the Peppermint Trail to the joyous ice-skating extravaganza, Oxford invites you to create cherished memories during this most wonderful time of the year.

The Peppermint Trail: A Journey of Festive Delights

Step into a world of holiday surprises as Oxford’s local shops come alive with the spirit of the season on the enchanting Peppermint Trail. Indulge in delightful gifts and special treats such as coffee, cocktails, and sweets as you traverse the red-and-white candied path. This festive journey continues until January 7th, promising a merry experience for all.

For a full list of Peppermint Partners and to plan your trail adventure, visit:
Peppermint Trail’s official page.

Skating into Winter Wonderland

Embrace the wintry allure of the holiday season as Oxford unveils its magical ice-skating rink, a true delight for visitors of all ages. Nestled within the Old Armory Pavilion at 1801 University Avenue, this frosty attraction promises a mesmerizing experience for both seasoned skaters and beginners alike. Fear not, for skate aids are available for those who prefer a little extra stability on the ice.

This enchanting ice-skating affair is open until January 7, inviting you to gather your loved ones, don your warmest coats, and embark on a winter adventure in Oxford’s very own wonderland.

For more information and to plan your visit, explore Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays, and keep up-to-date by following their festivities on Facebook. Remember to tag your holiday moments with @HollyJollyHolidaysOxMS and @MadeInMSmedia.

Rink Hours and Santa’s Arrival
Prepare for some frosty fun with ice skating available during the week and weekends. Here are the rink hours:

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

When the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland.

Experience the Enchantment of Christmas in Natchez, MS

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisp, our thoughts turn to the most wonderful time of the year – the holiday season! Natchez is known for its stunning architecture and historic homes, making it a place of timeless beauty. However, when the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland that captivates all who visit.

Natchez Christmas Parade
December 2nd 6 PM

As the holiday season unfolds there is an event that marks the peak of Christmas cheer in Natchez – the annual Christmas Parade. It’s a time when the community comes together to celebrate. This parade will weave its way through the heart of the city, lighting up the city with joy! The parade will start on Franklin Street, turn on Rankin Street and go West on Main Street. Go early and find a spot of the route so you will be able to share in the holiday cheer! For more information visit, Christmas In Natchez

Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll – 10K, 5K & One Mile Kids Run
December 9th 8:00 AM

Location: Wardo’s Poboys, 309 N Broadway Street, Natchez, MS 39120
Entry Fees: 10K – $35, 5K – $30 (includes T-Shirt), One Mile Kids Run – $10 (T-Shirt available for purchase on race day)
Packet Pickup: December 8 between 1 and 9 PM at Wardo’s
For more information and to sign up visit, Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll 10K, 5K, & Kids Fun Run

Caroling in the Park
Every Thursday in December

Natchez boasts many beautiful parks, and the Christmas in Natchez Committee has arranged for Caroling in the Park every Thursday in December until Christmas. Head to Memorial Park, located behind St. Mary’s Basilica, and join the caroling session amidst enchanting lighting and nursery rhyme-themed displays.

Christmas Pilgrimage Tour of Historic Homes
November 24 – December 31

Experience the delightful blend of tradition, history, and holiday cheer as the Natchez Garden Club presents Christmas Tours. Immerse yourself in the unique yuletide charm of Natchez through beautifully adorned historic homes, festive markets, and lively holiday events. Book your tickets and step into the winter wonderland of Natchez. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Linden’s Extrava-Santa Experience
December 1st – December 29th (closed December 23rd, 24th, and 25th)

Linden Historic Bed and Breakfast invites you to a Christmas journey filled with historical charm and holiday cheer. Indulge in spiced tea, holiday cookies, and explore the exquisite parlor and grand galleries adorned with Santa-themed decor. It’s an experience that captures the spirit of the season and creates cherished memories. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Candlelight Jeweled Christmas Tour at The Towers
December 2nd, 9th, and 16th 
7:00 PM

Join The Towers Mansion to witness thousands of pieces of vintage costume jewelry artistically arranged in a magical holiday display, named one of the 10 best unusual Christmas displays in the US. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours 

Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace
December 4th – December 30th
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 
10 AM and 2 PM (closed Christmas Day)

Myrtle Terrace, a Victorian home, captivates visitors with elegant trimmings, harmonious carols, and a festive ambiance that lingers in the heart throughout the year. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace – Visit Natchez 

Natchez Little Theatre Presents: Christmas Chaos
December 7th – December 17th
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows at 7:30 PM, Sunday show at 2:00 PM

As part of the 75th Season, the Natchez Little Theatre brings you “Christmas Chaos,” a delightful performance capturing the essence of the holiday season. For more information and tickets visit, Natchez Little Theatre

Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High”
December 8th, 15th, and 22nd 6:00 PM

Embark on a mesmerizing tour event featuring Choctaw Hall and Myrtle Terrace. Enjoy an Old World Candlelight Christmas, live music, and Victorian-style holiday celebrations. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High” – Visit Natchez

10th Annual Christmas High Tea
December 9th
11 AM – 12 PM and  2 PM – 3 PM

Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfast hosts a blissful hour dedicated to the ceremony of a Christmas High Tea. Savor cups of tea, seasonal sweet confections, and take home a Christmas Sweet! For more information and tickets visit, 10th Annual Christmas High Tea at Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfas

“In The First Light” at First Baptist Church Natchez
December 10th
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Celebrate the season with live music by the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church Natchez, honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.

Whether you’re singing carols in Memorial Park, strolling through the Christmas Village or watching the parade, we hope your holiday season in Natchez is filled with laughter, love and unforgettable memories. Merry Christmas Natchez!

An enchanting holiday extravaganza running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd.

17th Annual Sip-N-Cider in Historic Canton Square

Get ready to indulge in the festive spirit as Historic Canton Square in Mississippi reopens its enchanting holiday extravaganza, the 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival! Running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd, this celebration promises an array of delightful activities and heartwarming experiences for the whole family.

Sip-N-Cider Festival Highlights 

Mark your calendars for the grand event on Friday, Dec. 8th, when the festival kicks off with extended hours from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Featuring an assortment of special characters, performances, and photo opportunities, this night promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

A Wonderland of Festivities
Step into a magical world around the historic Canton Square adorned with dazzling displays and heartwarming attractions including: 

  • Enchanting Walk-Through Attractions: Explore the Christmas Interactive Village, featuring Rudolph’s barn, Frosty’s igloo, and Santa’s workshop—a haven for festive fun and exploration.
  • Captivating Rides: Children can enjoy classic rides including an old-fashioned carousel, antique cars, and the thrilling sky race, offering an array of adventures for the young and young at heart.
  • Santa Snow Village and Christmas Animation Museum: Delight in the picturesque hometown of Santa Claus and explore the miniature train depot. Dive into the Christmas Animation Museum and embark on an ‘I Spy’ adventure to uncover Canton’s history intertwined with Christmas magic, searching for the elves’ top 10 favorite toys.
  • Mrs. Claus, Storyteller Extraordinaire: Don’t miss the chance to gather ’round as Mrs. Claus weaves enchanting tales, becoming a cherished treasure of the Canton Christmas Festival. Her stories will captivate hearts and add an extra sprinkle of magic to the festive atmosphere.
Special Events and Dates

The air is filled with the sweet scent of the holidays at our special holiday festival dates! From enchanting singalongs to cherished moments with Santa Claus and delightful carriage rides, our festive activities promise to make this season truly special for you and your loved ones.

Singalong Fest with the Best: Gather ’round and join the magical cast of characters for heartwarming carols, joyful singalongs, and the creation of your favorite family holiday traditions! These delightful singalong sessions are scheduled for Dec. 1st to 3rd, Dec. 8th to 10th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Get ready to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season alongside the festive ensemble!

Photos with Santa Claus: Capture the magic of the holidays with one-on-one time with Santa himself! Don’t miss the opportunity to have your picture taken with the jolly old fellow. Dates for this cherished activity are Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Create lasting memories and share your holiday wishes with Santa!

Cozy Carriage Rides: Experience the charm of the season with a cozy stroll around the Historic Square, guided by a horse-drawn carriage! Snuggle up and enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere during our carriage rides, available on Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Let the magic of the holidays envelop you during this picturesque journey. 

17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider: Save the date for our spectacular 17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider event on Friday, Dec. 8th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participating merchants will be offering delightful Christmas hot cider, and join in on the fun competition created especially for our visitors. It’s an evening filled with joy, warmth, and the delightful tastes of the season—don’t miss out on this cherished tradition!

The 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival in Historic Canton Square offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of the holiday season. Join in the fun, explore the wonders, and create cherished memories amid this delightful celebration. Gather your loved ones and prepare for a magical experience that embodies the true essence of Christmas!

For more information: https://www.cantontourism.com/events-2/2017/2/22/victorian-christmas-festival

 
From twinkling lights to delightful parades and family activities, Cleveland promises an unforgettable holiday season

Celebrate the Holidays in Cleveland!

As the festive season draws near, the charming town of Cleveland is all set to immerse visitors in a dazzling array of holiday cheer and enchanting experiences. From millions of twinkling lights to delightful parades and unique activities, Cleveland promises an unforgettable holiday season for families and friends. 

50 Nights of Lights: A Million-Light Spectacle 

From Nov. 14th through New Year’s Day, Cleveland transforms into a mesmerizing wonderland with more than a million Christmas lights illuminating the town. Explore the fantastic window display, indulge in night shopping and partake in special events while creating everlasting memories with loved ones. Don’t miss the chance to experience the quaint Delta town aglow with the magic of the season! For more information visit, 50 Nights Of Lights.  

Cleveland Christmas Parade 

Join the community in Downtown Cleveland for the annual Cleveland Christmas Parade on Dec. 7th. This magical parade is a fun-filled affair for all ages, featuring joyous celebration, vibrant floats and the much-anticipated appearance of Santa Claus! For more information visit, Cleveland Christmas Parade.  

Ice Skating and Ice Go-Karts 

Fun Street Popups brings the thrill of ice skating and introduces a new adventure this year – ice go-karting! Glide across the custom-built synthetic ice rink and engage in competitive fun with friends and family. Secure your tickets early due to high demand and limited availability. Safety waivers are mandatory, so complete them online here in advance for a seamless experience. Get ready to bundle up and make unforgettable memories navigating the ice at the Chamber of Commerce from Dec. 8th – 23rd. For more information visit, Ice Skating and Go Karts.  

Carriage Rides

Step into a holiday wonderland with rhythmic clip-clopping hooves and the gentle jingle of sleigh bells on horse and carriage rides through Downtown Cleveland. Experience the beauty of the season during multiple sessions from Dec. 8th to 30th. Enjoy this timeless activity at $20 per person or $50 per family, with the coachman accepting cash for the ride. For more information visit, Carriage Rides | Downtown Cleveland  

Pictures with Santa at Cotton House 

Santa Claus is making a special stop at the Cotton House Hotel on Dec. 9th from 12 to 1:45 p.m. It’s a wonderful opportunity to capture the magic of the season with a holiday photo! Don’t forget your camera-this event, located at 215 Cotton Row, is open to the public, ensuring a delightful moment with Santa. For more information visit, Pictures With Santa at Cotton House.  

Get ready to create treasured memories and experience the warmth of the holiday season in Cleveland. Join in the festivities and make this holiday season one to cherish forever! 

From dazzling light displays to spirited runs, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

Celebrate The Holidays in Clinton

As the holiday season approaches, the city of Clinton, Mississippi, is gearing up to spread cheer and joy with an array of exciting events and festive celebrations. From dazzling light displays to spirited runs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! 

Yule Run: Tacky Clinton Christmas! 

Join the holiday-themed Yule Run in Clinton! This annual race, featuring a combined 5k walk/run and 8k run, winds through the historic Olde Towne area and aligns with the Christmas Parade Route along Clinton Boulevard. Get involved with the community and participate in a race that embraces the theme of “A Tacky Clinton Christmas.” After the race, settle in for the Clinton Christmas parade! For more information visit, Yule Run Clinton.  

Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade 

Mark your calendars for the Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade, a beloved tradition that’s been lighting up the city for 48 years. Scheduled for the first Saturday of December, this lively parade brings together the community, businesses, schools, clubs, and organizations to spread holiday cheer. Floats, bands, marchers, cars, and, of course, Santa, fill the streets, marking the official start of the Christmas season in Clinton. The parade is a cherished event that resonates with both young and old, signaling the joyous arrival of the holiday season. Don’t miss this spectacular event that truly embodies the spirit of unity and festive cheer in the heart of Clinton! For more information visit, Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade.  

Nature Trail Holiday Lights

Experience the enchantment of the holiday lights at the Clinton Community Nature Center throughout december. Wander through the nature trial illuminated with magical lights, creating a secure and magical atmosphere. Bring the whole family and immerse yourself in the wonder of the season. Admission is $5 per person (children under 3 free) from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th. Enjoy performances, special guests, concessions, and crafts on these special evenings. For more information visit, Nature Trail Holiday Lights.  

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

Get ready for the interactive and highly popular Shop Local initiative by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce – the “12 Days of Giveaways.” Starting on Dec. 7th, the Chamber’s FaceBook follows will have the opportunity to win special prizes from local small businesses. From gift certificates to annual memberships and more, this festive giveaway brings the community together and highlights the wonderful local businesses in Clinton. For more information visit, 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Clinton Chamber.  

Join us in Clinton for a season filled with joy, camaraderie, and the spirit of giving. These wonderful events are sure to create cherished memories for you and your loved ones. Embrace the magic of the holidays and celebrate with us in Clinton!

Train rides, carnival rides and dancing trees make this coastal holiday festival worth the trip.

Gulfport’s Winter Holiday Festival: A Coastal Experience Like No Other

For those seeking the ultimate festive experience, the collaboration between Island View Casino & Resort and the City of Gulfport has a Winter Holiday Festival that has become the crown jewel of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s holiday celebrations since 2015. Open this year from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31 you will not want to miss this spectacular show, offering an unforgettable experience like no other in the state. 

Unforgettable Attractions For The Whole Family

Prepare to be enchanted by the array of delights and attractions that promise to make your visit a cherished memory for years to come. 

Carnival Rides: Step right up and enjoy the thrilling carnival rides, adding an extra dash of excitement to your holiday celebrations. Purchase your ride tickets on-site and experience the thrill! 

Santa’s Village: Explore the wonder of Santa’s Village nestled under the Barksdale Pavillion. Meet Santa Claus himself, interact with his busy elves and witness the magic of Santa’s headquarters – it’s a festive sight that will warm your heart. 

CTA Trolley: Hop on the heated CTA Trolley for a cozy ride along Jones Park Drive. This complimentary trolley service ensures you can effortlessly navigate the park’s attractions without missing a beat. 

Dancing Trees: Marvel at our famous dancing trees, a breathtaking spectacle choreographed with over two hours of dazzling lights. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and witness this mesmerizing display! 

Train Ride: All aboard the Harbor Lights Train! Take a magical journey through the park, soaking in the beauty of the lights. The train ride promises delightful experiences for all ages and it is wheelchair accessible. 

Warming Stations: Keep warm while you explore! Find comfort in the warming stations dotted throughout the park. And don’t forget to grab a S’more kit from the local vendors to add an extra dose of coziness. 

Gift Shop and Ornaments: Discover an array of exclusive Harbor Lights merchandise available at Santa’s Village. 

Meet Santa: Santa Claus will be present nightly from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except Christmas Day) at Santa’s Village to spread cheer and hand out gifts. Remember to capture these precious moments with your camera or phone.

Plan Your Visit

The Winter Holiday Festival promises to be a treasure trove of holiday cheer and family fun. From carnival rides to meeting Santa, there’s something for everyone! 

Ticket Pricing: General Admission Sunday thru Thursday (Excluding Christmas): $15 General Admission Friday & Saturday (Including Christmas): $20 Children Ages 5-12: $5  Children Ages  0-4: $0 

Parking Information: Free parking is available at the Coast Transit Authority (CTA) parking garage at 2015 15th St. Gulfport, MS. The CTA shuttle will transport guests to and from the show every 15 to 30 minutes. There is also free parking available at the west entrance of Jones Park at the corner of Hwy 90 and 49. Both parking locations provide handicap-accessible parking spaces and assistance.

To purchase tickets and more information visit: https://gulfportharborlights.com/

Enjoy spectacular drive-thru light displays and cherished traditions like selecting your christmas tree fresh from the farm.

Southaven’s Wonderland of Holiday Magic

As the holiday season approaches, Southaven, Mississippi, transforms into a vibrant tapestry of festive activities and heart warming experiences. From spectacular drive-thru light displays to cherished traditions, this year’s celebrations promise to bring joy and wonder to families and visitors alike. 

Southern Lights Drive-Thru Extravaganza 

Running nightly from Thanksgiving Day through New Years Eve, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Southern Lights, presented by Southaven Parks and Recreation, invites all to a dazzling drive-thru experience. Set across a sprawling 116-acre park, this enchanting spectacle boasts 500,000 twinkling lights, creating a mesmerizing journey for visitors. Proceeds from admission fees ($10 for cars, $15 for vans and $30 for buses) benefit local charities, spreading the spirit of giving throughout the community. Click here for more information. 

Santa’s Festive Visits & Country Brunch/Dinner at Big Barn 

Step into the enchanting Big Barn between Thanksgiving and Christmas for a Southern Country Brunch or Dinner with Santa. Capture precious moments as you take your own photos with Santa in the charming setting of the Barn Hall. Indulge in a delightful menu, and gather with friends and family. For more information visit, Eat with Santa – Cedar Hill Farm.  

Cedar Hill Farm Christmas Tree Experience 

During the holiday season, Cedar Hill Farm opens its gates for families to pick and cut their Christmas tree straight from the farm. Hop on a delightful hayride to the back forty and find the perfect tree to bring home. No general admission fee is required-simply pay for your chosen tree, and the hayride is on the house! Start a family tradition and make memories that will last a lifetime. For more information visit, Christmas Tree Farm

Additional Festive Offerings in Southaven 

Christmas Light Show & Railroad Ride: Experience the joy of Christmas Traditions at Cedar Hill Farm through a synchronized light display, narrated stories and a delightful rail ride around the North Pole.  

Santa at Tanger Outlets: Visit Santa Claus at Tanger Outlet Memphis from Nov. 25th to Dec. 23rd, creating cherished family memories at this holiday destination. 

Light Garden Display: Immerse yourself in the Mid-South’s newest holiday experience, Light Garden, featuring stunning light displays, entertainment, and unique shopping opportunities. (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Click here for a full list of the holiday events in Southaven. 

Captivating over 25,000 visitors annually, this nightly drive-thru 40-acre park is transformed with millions of lights for the holidays.

Tylertown’s Christmas in the Park

Get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Tylertown’s Christmas in the Park! From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, witness a magnificent spectacle at Holmes Water Park, where millions of lights transform 40 acres into a dazzling wonderland of holiday cheer. The park, located at 65 Old Highway 98 E, Tylertown, MS, promises a magical experience for all ages. 

Driving Tour:  Nightly Spectacle (6:00 – 8:30 PM, weather permitting) 

Embark on a mesmerizing driving tour through the largest community event of its kind in the area. Enjoy the splendid display of lights that captivates over 25,000 visitors annually. Admission is $5 for cars, $10 for commercial vans, and $20 for passenger buses (16+). The park awaits you nightly, offering a breathtaking journey through the radiant landscape of festive lights. 

Celebrating the Season – Community Events

Beyond the magical park display, Tylertown celebrated the holiday spirit with a variety of events: 

Santa Comes to Town: Meet Santa for photos and enjoy stories with Mrs. Claus on Friday, Dec. 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Centennial Square. 

Country Christmas Festival & Crafts Show: Experience old-timey demonstrations, entertainment, and craft displays Friday, Dec. 8 from 10:30 a.m to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at downtown businesses and the Agri-Heritage Center. 

Prize Drawing: Don’t miss the chance to win big on Friday, Dec. 15, at the AgriHeritage Center. $1,500 in Tylertown Shopping Dollars and a free La-Z-Boy recliner are up for grabs! 

As the holiday spirit fills the air, Tylertown beckons you to join in on the festivities. Experience the joy, wonder and magic of Christmas in the Park -an unforgettable celebration that brings the community together in the spirit of the season. For up-to-date information and details, visit the Christmas in the Park FaceBook page

Experience the magic of Washington Avenue’s 58 majestic oak trees decorated for Christmas.

Downtown Ocean Springs Shines Brighter Than Ever

Step into Downtown Ocean Springs this holiday season, and you’ll find yourself in a whimsical wonderland. The iconic Washington Avenue, boasting 58 majestic oak trees, has undergone a mesmerizing transformation-each tree adorned with twinkling Christmas lights that illuminate the downtown area. The sight is so enchanting that the scene looks right out of a Hallmark movie. 

This magical spectacle is the result of a collective effort driven by the city’s leaders and enthusiastic residents. Encouraging families to explore the festive downtown, city’s leaders and enthusiastic residents. Encouraging families to explore the festive downtown, city officials have invited locals and visitors alike to revel in the holiday spirit while supporting local businesses, savoring delectable meals at charmering restaurants, and relishing the breathtaking beauty of illuminating streets. 

Reflecting on the transformation, Ward 2 Alderman Rickey Authement expressed his awe, stating, “It’s breathtaking. Friday night when we were trying to get everything finished, people were stopping, taking pictures. It was just unbelievable.” The response from the community has been nothing short of extraordinary, with individuals stopping in their tracks to capture the magic on camera. 

Mayor Kenny Holloway shared the heartwarming story behind this magnificent display, recounting how the idea sprouted from a simple conversation among city hall colleagues. “It all happened with me and two of the ladies in City Hall walking down here saying ‘what if,’ ‘do you like it?’ and everybody loved it. So, we got on it and got it done.” 

Looking ahead, the city is already planning to expand on this breathtaking display for the next holiday season. Learning from the experience, organizers intend to start the decorating process earlier, promising an even grander and more captivating spectacle for the community to enjoy. 

This luminous transformation of Downtown Ocean Springs serves as a testament to the power of community collaboration and creative vision. It has not only elevated the holiday spirit but has also set the stage for future festivities, hinting at even more magical moments awaiting both locals and visitors in the heart of this charming city. As the lights twinkle and the holiday cheer spreads, Downtown Ocean Springs has truly become a beacon of enchantment and joy during this festive season. 

Nestled in the heart of Mississippi, New Albany is a treasure trove of history, culture, and modern charm.

New Albany – The Historic Charm and Exciting New Developments

As I embarked on my journey to explore New Albany, Mississippi, it was the warmth and hospitality of its people that struck me first. The adventure began with an introduction to Joel Bennett, a key figure in the town’s economic development, thanks to the gracious Jan Cossitt. Jan, known for her deep connection with and knowledge of New Albany, saw the opportunity for a unique narrative to unfold. What was initially a casual meet-up quickly turned into an extraordinary privilege: a personal tour from Joel himself, offering an insider’s view of the exciting economic developments transforming this charming Southern town. This experience was not just a tour; it was a story of growth, community, and the vibrant future of New Albany.

Nestled in the heart of Mississippi, New Albany is a treasure trove of history, culture, and modern charm. From its picturesque courthouse to the delightful culinary offerings and recent revitalizations, New Albany is a town that proudly celebrates its past while embracing the future.

A Stroll through History: The Courthouse and Downtown

At the heart of New Albany lies its historic courthouse, a beautiful and stately symbol of the town’s rich heritage. This architectural gem sets the tone for a downtown area brimming with quaint shops and boutiques, each offering a unique glimpse into the local culture and craftsmanship.

A Taste of Sweetness: Sugaree’s Bakery

No visit to New Albany is complete without indulging in the delectable creations of Sugaree’s Bakery. Renowned for its mouthwatering cakes and pastries, this bakery is a testament to the town’s culinary prowess and a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Reviving the Past: Hotel Henderson’s Transformation

A significant highlight in New Albany’s recent developments is the renovation of the historic Hotel Henderson. Spearheaded by developer Joel Bennett, this project is transforming the hotel into a luxurious destination complete with a spa, a speakeasy-style bar, a top-notch restaurant, and a boutique hotel experience. This revival not only honors the building’s history but also brings a new level of sophistication to New Albany.

Hotel Henderson building

Culinary Delights at Nico’s Italian Restaurant

On the famed ‘corner’ in New Albany, Nico’s Italian Restaurant is a culinary gem. The red and black tiled gas fired pizza oven is imported directly from Italy and weighs over 3,000 pounds.  This establishment offers an authentic Italian dining experience, with dishes that are as rich in flavor as they are in history.  Bonus!  You don’t have to limit yourself to just pizza.  Nico’s has great steaks, too!

Embracing Nature: The Tanglefoot Trail

For those who love the outdoors, the Tanglefoot Trail offers a serene escape into nature. This is North Mississippi’s longest rails to trails at 43.6 miles.  The Tanglefoot Trail is located in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains.  It is known for its scenic beauty, is perfect for biking, hiking, or simply enjoying a leisurely walk. It’s a place where the natural beauty of Mississippi is on full display, offering a peaceful counterpoint to the bustling town life.

A Town of Harmony: Old and New

New Albany represents a harmonious blend of the old and the new. It’s a place where history is not only preserved but also celebrated in its modern developments. Whether you’re exploring its historical sites, enjoying its culinary delights, or unwinding on the Tanglefoot Trail, New Albany is a town that welcomes all with open arms.

As New Albany continues to grow and evolve, it remains a testament to the enduring charm and resilience of Mississippi’s small towns. We invite you to visit and experience the unique blend of tradition and innovation that makes New Albany a special place in the heart of the South.

For more information, visit https://www.visitnewalbany.com/

Mississippi Mardi Gras is a well-kept secret, brimming with tradition, joy, and community spirit.

Mississippi Mardi Gras: A Hidden Gem of the Gulf Coast

By Shelly Withers Janous

When one thinks of Mardi Gras, the vibrant streets of New Orleans often come to mind, filled with lively parades and colorful beads. However, there’s another gem tucked away in the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi, celebrating this festive season with equal fervor and unique charm. Mississippi Mardi Gras is a well-kept secret, brimming with tradition, joy, and community spirit.

The Rich History of Mississippi Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in Mississippi is not just a recent phenomenon; it’s a tradition steeped in history. The celebration here mirrors its more famous cousin in New Orleans but has a distinct flavor of its own. It’s a fusion of the French Catholic traditions of Mardi Gras with the local cultures and customs of the Gulf Coast, creating a unique celebration that is quintessentially Mississippian.

The Colorful Parades

The heart of Mississippi Mardi Gras lies in its parades. Towns like Biloxi, Gulfport, and Bay St. Louis come alive with floats, marching bands, and revelers dressed in elaborate costumes. These parades are less crowded than those in New Orleans, offering a more intimate and family-friendly experience. Spectators line the streets, catching beads and trinkets, as floats themed around Gulf Coast history and culture roll by.

The King Cakes – A Taste of Tradition

No Mardi Gras is complete without the king cake, and Mississippi adds its own twist to this traditional treat. These cakes are not just delicious – they’re a symbol of the season, adorned in purple, green, and gold, with a hidden trinket inside. Finding the trinket is said to bring good luck, and in some groups, it means you’re responsible for buying the next cake!

The Grand Balls and Galas

The elegance of Mardi Gras in Mississippi is best experienced at the balls and galas. These events are a spectacle of high fashion, dance, and music, harking back to the grandeur of old Mardi Gras celebrations. Attending one of these balls is like stepping into another era, filled with the glamour and mystique of traditional Mardi Gras festivities.

Family-Friendly Festivities

One of the most endearing aspects of Mississippi’s Mardi Gras is its inclusivity. The celebrations are designed to entertain people of all ages. From parades with family zones to daytime events specifically for children, the spirit of Mardi Gras in Mississippi embraces everyone, making it a perfect destination for families.

Mississippi’s Mardi Gras is a vibrant, joyful celebration that honors tradition while creating its own unique identity. It’s a must-see for anyone interested in experiencing the full spectrum of Mardi Gras in the Gulf Coast. So next time you think of Mardi Gras, remember that there’s more to it than just New Orleans – there’s a whole other world of festivity waiting in Mississippi!

Plan Your Visit

Ready to experience the magic of Mississippi Mardi Gras?

Check out the links below for parade schedules and events:

https://www.gulfcoastweekend.com/holidays/mardi-gras/
https://www.gulfcoast.org/blog/post/2024-mardi-gras-schedule/

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The quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie.

A Festive Wonderland Awaits in Oxford, MS

As the holiday season unfolds, the quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie, beckoning all to revel in its magical charm. From delightful treats along the Peppermint Trail to the joyous ice-skating extravaganza, Oxford invites you to create cherished memories during this most wonderful time of the year.

The Peppermint Trail: A Journey of Festive Delights

Step into a world of holiday surprises as Oxford’s local shops come alive with the spirit of the season on the enchanting Peppermint Trail. Indulge in delightful gifts and special treats such as coffee, cocktails, and sweets as you traverse the red-and-white candied path. This festive journey continues until January 7th, promising a merry experience for all.

For a full list of Peppermint Partners and to plan your trail adventure, visit:
Peppermint Trail’s official page.

Skating into Winter Wonderland

Embrace the wintry allure of the holiday season as Oxford unveils its magical ice-skating rink, a true delight for visitors of all ages. Nestled within the Old Armory Pavilion at 1801 University Avenue, this frosty attraction promises a mesmerizing experience for both seasoned skaters and beginners alike. Fear not, for skate aids are available for those who prefer a little extra stability on the ice.

This enchanting ice-skating affair is open until January 7, inviting you to gather your loved ones, don your warmest coats, and embark on a winter adventure in Oxford’s very own wonderland.

For more information and to plan your visit, explore Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays, and keep up-to-date by following their festivities on Facebook. Remember to tag your holiday moments with @HollyJollyHolidaysOxMS and @MadeInMSmedia.

Rink Hours and Santa’s Arrival
Prepare for some frosty fun with ice skating available during the week and weekends. Here are the rink hours:

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

When the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland.

Experience the Enchantment of Christmas in Natchez, MS

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisp, our thoughts turn to the most wonderful time of the year – the holiday season! Natchez is known for its stunning architecture and historic homes, making it a place of timeless beauty. However, when the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland that captivates all who visit.

Natchez Christmas Parade
December 2nd 6 PM

As the holiday season unfolds there is an event that marks the peak of Christmas cheer in Natchez – the annual Christmas Parade. It’s a time when the community comes together to celebrate. This parade will weave its way through the heart of the city, lighting up the city with joy! The parade will start on Franklin Street, turn on Rankin Street and go West on Main Street. Go early and find a spot of the route so you will be able to share in the holiday cheer! For more information visit, Christmas In Natchez

Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll – 10K, 5K & One Mile Kids Run
December 9th 8:00 AM

Location: Wardo’s Poboys, 309 N Broadway Street, Natchez, MS 39120
Entry Fees: 10K – $35, 5K – $30 (includes T-Shirt), One Mile Kids Run – $10 (T-Shirt available for purchase on race day)
Packet Pickup: December 8 between 1 and 9 PM at Wardo’s
For more information and to sign up visit, Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll 10K, 5K, & Kids Fun Run

Caroling in the Park
Every Thursday in December

Natchez boasts many beautiful parks, and the Christmas in Natchez Committee has arranged for Caroling in the Park every Thursday in December until Christmas. Head to Memorial Park, located behind St. Mary’s Basilica, and join the caroling session amidst enchanting lighting and nursery rhyme-themed displays.

Christmas Pilgrimage Tour of Historic Homes
November 24 – December 31

Experience the delightful blend of tradition, history, and holiday cheer as the Natchez Garden Club presents Christmas Tours. Immerse yourself in the unique yuletide charm of Natchez through beautifully adorned historic homes, festive markets, and lively holiday events. Book your tickets and step into the winter wonderland of Natchez. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Linden’s Extrava-Santa Experience
December 1st – December 29th (closed December 23rd, 24th, and 25th)

Linden Historic Bed and Breakfast invites you to a Christmas journey filled with historical charm and holiday cheer. Indulge in spiced tea, holiday cookies, and explore the exquisite parlor and grand galleries adorned with Santa-themed decor. It’s an experience that captures the spirit of the season and creates cherished memories. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Candlelight Jeweled Christmas Tour at The Towers
December 2nd, 9th, and 16th 
7:00 PM

Join The Towers Mansion to witness thousands of pieces of vintage costume jewelry artistically arranged in a magical holiday display, named one of the 10 best unusual Christmas displays in the US. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours 

Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace
December 4th – December 30th
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 
10 AM and 2 PM (closed Christmas Day)

Myrtle Terrace, a Victorian home, captivates visitors with elegant trimmings, harmonious carols, and a festive ambiance that lingers in the heart throughout the year. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace – Visit Natchez 

Natchez Little Theatre Presents: Christmas Chaos
December 7th – December 17th
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows at 7:30 PM, Sunday show at 2:00 PM

As part of the 75th Season, the Natchez Little Theatre brings you “Christmas Chaos,” a delightful performance capturing the essence of the holiday season. For more information and tickets visit, Natchez Little Theatre

Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High”
December 8th, 15th, and 22nd 6:00 PM

Embark on a mesmerizing tour event featuring Choctaw Hall and Myrtle Terrace. Enjoy an Old World Candlelight Christmas, live music, and Victorian-style holiday celebrations. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High” – Visit Natchez

10th Annual Christmas High Tea
December 9th
11 AM – 12 PM and  2 PM – 3 PM

Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfast hosts a blissful hour dedicated to the ceremony of a Christmas High Tea. Savor cups of tea, seasonal sweet confections, and take home a Christmas Sweet! For more information and tickets visit, 10th Annual Christmas High Tea at Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfas

“In The First Light” at First Baptist Church Natchez
December 10th
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Celebrate the season with live music by the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church Natchez, honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.

Whether you’re singing carols in Memorial Park, strolling through the Christmas Village or watching the parade, we hope your holiday season in Natchez is filled with laughter, love and unforgettable memories. Merry Christmas Natchez!

An enchanting holiday extravaganza running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd.

17th Annual Sip-N-Cider in Historic Canton Square

Get ready to indulge in the festive spirit as Historic Canton Square in Mississippi reopens its enchanting holiday extravaganza, the 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival! Running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd, this celebration promises an array of delightful activities and heartwarming experiences for the whole family.

Sip-N-Cider Festival Highlights 

Mark your calendars for the grand event on Friday, Dec. 8th, when the festival kicks off with extended hours from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Featuring an assortment of special characters, performances, and photo opportunities, this night promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

A Wonderland of Festivities
Step into a magical world around the historic Canton Square adorned with dazzling displays and heartwarming attractions including: 

  • Enchanting Walk-Through Attractions: Explore the Christmas Interactive Village, featuring Rudolph’s barn, Frosty’s igloo, and Santa’s workshop—a haven for festive fun and exploration.
  • Captivating Rides: Children can enjoy classic rides including an old-fashioned carousel, antique cars, and the thrilling sky race, offering an array of adventures for the young and young at heart.
  • Santa Snow Village and Christmas Animation Museum: Delight in the picturesque hometown of Santa Claus and explore the miniature train depot. Dive into the Christmas Animation Museum and embark on an ‘I Spy’ adventure to uncover Canton’s history intertwined with Christmas magic, searching for the elves’ top 10 favorite toys.
  • Mrs. Claus, Storyteller Extraordinaire: Don’t miss the chance to gather ’round as Mrs. Claus weaves enchanting tales, becoming a cherished treasure of the Canton Christmas Festival. Her stories will captivate hearts and add an extra sprinkle of magic to the festive atmosphere.
Special Events and Dates

The air is filled with the sweet scent of the holidays at our special holiday festival dates! From enchanting singalongs to cherished moments with Santa Claus and delightful carriage rides, our festive activities promise to make this season truly special for you and your loved ones.

Singalong Fest with the Best: Gather ’round and join the magical cast of characters for heartwarming carols, joyful singalongs, and the creation of your favorite family holiday traditions! These delightful singalong sessions are scheduled for Dec. 1st to 3rd, Dec. 8th to 10th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Get ready to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season alongside the festive ensemble!

Photos with Santa Claus: Capture the magic of the holidays with one-on-one time with Santa himself! Don’t miss the opportunity to have your picture taken with the jolly old fellow. Dates for this cherished activity are Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Create lasting memories and share your holiday wishes with Santa!

Cozy Carriage Rides: Experience the charm of the season with a cozy stroll around the Historic Square, guided by a horse-drawn carriage! Snuggle up and enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere during our carriage rides, available on Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Let the magic of the holidays envelop you during this picturesque journey. 

17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider: Save the date for our spectacular 17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider event on Friday, Dec. 8th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participating merchants will be offering delightful Christmas hot cider, and join in on the fun competition created especially for our visitors. It’s an evening filled with joy, warmth, and the delightful tastes of the season—don’t miss out on this cherished tradition!

The 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival in Historic Canton Square offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of the holiday season. Join in the fun, explore the wonders, and create cherished memories amid this delightful celebration. Gather your loved ones and prepare for a magical experience that embodies the true essence of Christmas!

For more information: https://www.cantontourism.com/events-2/2017/2/22/victorian-christmas-festival

 
From twinkling lights to delightful parades and family activities, Cleveland promises an unforgettable holiday season

Celebrate the Holidays in Cleveland!

As the festive season draws near, the charming town of Cleveland is all set to immerse visitors in a dazzling array of holiday cheer and enchanting experiences. From millions of twinkling lights to delightful parades and unique activities, Cleveland promises an unforgettable holiday season for families and friends. 

50 Nights of Lights: A Million-Light Spectacle 

From Nov. 14th through New Year’s Day, Cleveland transforms into a mesmerizing wonderland with more than a million Christmas lights illuminating the town. Explore the fantastic window display, indulge in night shopping and partake in special events while creating everlasting memories with loved ones. Don’t miss the chance to experience the quaint Delta town aglow with the magic of the season! For more information visit, 50 Nights Of Lights.  

Cleveland Christmas Parade 

Join the community in Downtown Cleveland for the annual Cleveland Christmas Parade on Dec. 7th. This magical parade is a fun-filled affair for all ages, featuring joyous celebration, vibrant floats and the much-anticipated appearance of Santa Claus! For more information visit, Cleveland Christmas Parade.  

Ice Skating and Ice Go-Karts 

Fun Street Popups brings the thrill of ice skating and introduces a new adventure this year – ice go-karting! Glide across the custom-built synthetic ice rink and engage in competitive fun with friends and family. Secure your tickets early due to high demand and limited availability. Safety waivers are mandatory, so complete them online here in advance for a seamless experience. Get ready to bundle up and make unforgettable memories navigating the ice at the Chamber of Commerce from Dec. 8th – 23rd. For more information visit, Ice Skating and Go Karts.  

Carriage Rides

Step into a holiday wonderland with rhythmic clip-clopping hooves and the gentle jingle of sleigh bells on horse and carriage rides through Downtown Cleveland. Experience the beauty of the season during multiple sessions from Dec. 8th to 30th. Enjoy this timeless activity at $20 per person or $50 per family, with the coachman accepting cash for the ride. For more information visit, Carriage Rides | Downtown Cleveland  

Pictures with Santa at Cotton House 

Santa Claus is making a special stop at the Cotton House Hotel on Dec. 9th from 12 to 1:45 p.m. It’s a wonderful opportunity to capture the magic of the season with a holiday photo! Don’t forget your camera-this event, located at 215 Cotton Row, is open to the public, ensuring a delightful moment with Santa. For more information visit, Pictures With Santa at Cotton House.  

Get ready to create treasured memories and experience the warmth of the holiday season in Cleveland. Join in the festivities and make this holiday season one to cherish forever! 

From dazzling light displays to spirited runs, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

Celebrate The Holidays in Clinton

As the holiday season approaches, the city of Clinton, Mississippi, is gearing up to spread cheer and joy with an array of exciting events and festive celebrations. From dazzling light displays to spirited runs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! 

Yule Run: Tacky Clinton Christmas! 

Join the holiday-themed Yule Run in Clinton! This annual race, featuring a combined 5k walk/run and 8k run, winds through the historic Olde Towne area and aligns with the Christmas Parade Route along Clinton Boulevard. Get involved with the community and participate in a race that embraces the theme of “A Tacky Clinton Christmas.” After the race, settle in for the Clinton Christmas parade! For more information visit, Yule Run Clinton.  

Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade 

Mark your calendars for the Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade, a beloved tradition that’s been lighting up the city for 48 years. Scheduled for the first Saturday of December, this lively parade brings together the community, businesses, schools, clubs, and organizations to spread holiday cheer. Floats, bands, marchers, cars, and, of course, Santa, fill the streets, marking the official start of the Christmas season in Clinton. The parade is a cherished event that resonates with both young and old, signaling the joyous arrival of the holiday season. Don’t miss this spectacular event that truly embodies the spirit of unity and festive cheer in the heart of Clinton! For more information visit, Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade.  

Nature Trail Holiday Lights

Experience the enchantment of the holiday lights at the Clinton Community Nature Center throughout december. Wander through the nature trial illuminated with magical lights, creating a secure and magical atmosphere. Bring the whole family and immerse yourself in the wonder of the season. Admission is $5 per person (children under 3 free) from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th. Enjoy performances, special guests, concessions, and crafts on these special evenings. For more information visit, Nature Trail Holiday Lights.  

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

Get ready for the interactive and highly popular Shop Local initiative by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce – the “12 Days of Giveaways.” Starting on Dec. 7th, the Chamber’s FaceBook follows will have the opportunity to win special prizes from local small businesses. From gift certificates to annual memberships and more, this festive giveaway brings the community together and highlights the wonderful local businesses in Clinton. For more information visit, 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Clinton Chamber.  

Join us in Clinton for a season filled with joy, camaraderie, and the spirit of giving. These wonderful events are sure to create cherished memories for you and your loved ones. Embrace the magic of the holidays and celebrate with us in Clinton!

Train rides, carnival rides and dancing trees make this coastal holiday festival worth the trip.

Gulfport’s Winter Holiday Festival: A Coastal Experience Like No Other

For those seeking the ultimate festive experience, the collaboration between Island View Casino & Resort and the City of Gulfport has a Winter Holiday Festival that has become the crown jewel of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s holiday celebrations since 2015. Open this year from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31 you will not want to miss this spectacular show, offering an unforgettable experience like no other in the state. 

Unforgettable Attractions For The Whole Family

Prepare to be enchanted by the array of delights and attractions that promise to make your visit a cherished memory for years to come. 

Carnival Rides: Step right up and enjoy the thrilling carnival rides, adding an extra dash of excitement to your holiday celebrations. Purchase your ride tickets on-site and experience the thrill! 

Santa’s Village: Explore the wonder of Santa’s Village nestled under the Barksdale Pavillion. Meet Santa Claus himself, interact with his busy elves and witness the magic of Santa’s headquarters – it’s a festive sight that will warm your heart. 

CTA Trolley: Hop on the heated CTA Trolley for a cozy ride along Jones Park Drive. This complimentary trolley service ensures you can effortlessly navigate the park’s attractions without missing a beat. 

Dancing Trees: Marvel at our famous dancing trees, a breathtaking spectacle choreographed with over two hours of dazzling lights. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and witness this mesmerizing display! 

Train Ride: All aboard the Harbor Lights Train! Take a magical journey through the park, soaking in the beauty of the lights. The train ride promises delightful experiences for all ages and it is wheelchair accessible. 

Warming Stations: Keep warm while you explore! Find comfort in the warming stations dotted throughout the park. And don’t forget to grab a S’more kit from the local vendors to add an extra dose of coziness. 

Gift Shop and Ornaments: Discover an array of exclusive Harbor Lights merchandise available at Santa’s Village. 

Meet Santa: Santa Claus will be present nightly from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except Christmas Day) at Santa’s Village to spread cheer and hand out gifts. Remember to capture these precious moments with your camera or phone.

Plan Your Visit

The Winter Holiday Festival promises to be a treasure trove of holiday cheer and family fun. From carnival rides to meeting Santa, there’s something for everyone! 

Ticket Pricing: General Admission Sunday thru Thursday (Excluding Christmas): $15 General Admission Friday & Saturday (Including Christmas): $20 Children Ages 5-12: $5  Children Ages  0-4: $0 

Parking Information: Free parking is available at the Coast Transit Authority (CTA) parking garage at 2015 15th St. Gulfport, MS. The CTA shuttle will transport guests to and from the show every 15 to 30 minutes. There is also free parking available at the west entrance of Jones Park at the corner of Hwy 90 and 49. Both parking locations provide handicap-accessible parking spaces and assistance.

To purchase tickets and more information visit: https://gulfportharborlights.com/

Enjoy spectacular drive-thru light displays and cherished traditions like selecting your christmas tree fresh from the farm.

Southaven’s Wonderland of Holiday Magic

As the holiday season approaches, Southaven, Mississippi, transforms into a vibrant tapestry of festive activities and heart warming experiences. From spectacular drive-thru light displays to cherished traditions, this year’s celebrations promise to bring joy and wonder to families and visitors alike. 

Southern Lights Drive-Thru Extravaganza 

Running nightly from Thanksgiving Day through New Years Eve, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Southern Lights, presented by Southaven Parks and Recreation, invites all to a dazzling drive-thru experience. Set across a sprawling 116-acre park, this enchanting spectacle boasts 500,000 twinkling lights, creating a mesmerizing journey for visitors. Proceeds from admission fees ($10 for cars, $15 for vans and $30 for buses) benefit local charities, spreading the spirit of giving throughout the community. Click here for more information. 

Santa’s Festive Visits & Country Brunch/Dinner at Big Barn 

Step into the enchanting Big Barn between Thanksgiving and Christmas for a Southern Country Brunch or Dinner with Santa. Capture precious moments as you take your own photos with Santa in the charming setting of the Barn Hall. Indulge in a delightful menu, and gather with friends and family. For more information visit, Eat with Santa – Cedar Hill Farm.  

Cedar Hill Farm Christmas Tree Experience 

During the holiday season, Cedar Hill Farm opens its gates for families to pick and cut their Christmas tree straight from the farm. Hop on a delightful hayride to the back forty and find the perfect tree to bring home. No general admission fee is required-simply pay for your chosen tree, and the hayride is on the house! Start a family tradition and make memories that will last a lifetime. For more information visit, Christmas Tree Farm

Additional Festive Offerings in Southaven 

Christmas Light Show & Railroad Ride: Experience the joy of Christmas Traditions at Cedar Hill Farm through a synchronized light display, narrated stories and a delightful rail ride around the North Pole.  

Santa at Tanger Outlets: Visit Santa Claus at Tanger Outlet Memphis from Nov. 25th to Dec. 23rd, creating cherished family memories at this holiday destination. 

Light Garden Display: Immerse yourself in the Mid-South’s newest holiday experience, Light Garden, featuring stunning light displays, entertainment, and unique shopping opportunities. (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Click here for a full list of the holiday events in Southaven. 

Captivating over 25,000 visitors annually, this nightly drive-thru 40-acre park is transformed with millions of lights for the holidays.

Tylertown’s Christmas in the Park

Get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Tylertown’s Christmas in the Park! From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, witness a magnificent spectacle at Holmes Water Park, where millions of lights transform 40 acres into a dazzling wonderland of holiday cheer. The park, located at 65 Old Highway 98 E, Tylertown, MS, promises a magical experience for all ages. 

Driving Tour:  Nightly Spectacle (6:00 – 8:30 PM, weather permitting) 

Embark on a mesmerizing driving tour through the largest community event of its kind in the area. Enjoy the splendid display of lights that captivates over 25,000 visitors annually. Admission is $5 for cars, $10 for commercial vans, and $20 for passenger buses (16+). The park awaits you nightly, offering a breathtaking journey through the radiant landscape of festive lights. 

Celebrating the Season – Community Events

Beyond the magical park display, Tylertown celebrated the holiday spirit with a variety of events: 

Santa Comes to Town: Meet Santa for photos and enjoy stories with Mrs. Claus on Friday, Dec. 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Centennial Square. 

Country Christmas Festival & Crafts Show: Experience old-timey demonstrations, entertainment, and craft displays Friday, Dec. 8 from 10:30 a.m to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at downtown businesses and the Agri-Heritage Center. 

Prize Drawing: Don’t miss the chance to win big on Friday, Dec. 15, at the AgriHeritage Center. $1,500 in Tylertown Shopping Dollars and a free La-Z-Boy recliner are up for grabs! 

As the holiday spirit fills the air, Tylertown beckons you to join in on the festivities. Experience the joy, wonder and magic of Christmas in the Park -an unforgettable celebration that brings the community together in the spirit of the season. For up-to-date information and details, visit the Christmas in the Park FaceBook page

Experience the magic of Washington Avenue’s 58 majestic oak trees decorated for Christmas.

Downtown Ocean Springs Shines Brighter Than Ever

Step into Downtown Ocean Springs this holiday season, and you’ll find yourself in a whimsical wonderland. The iconic Washington Avenue, boasting 58 majestic oak trees, has undergone a mesmerizing transformation-each tree adorned with twinkling Christmas lights that illuminate the downtown area. The sight is so enchanting that the scene looks right out of a Hallmark movie. 

This magical spectacle is the result of a collective effort driven by the city’s leaders and enthusiastic residents. Encouraging families to explore the festive downtown, city’s leaders and enthusiastic residents. Encouraging families to explore the festive downtown, city officials have invited locals and visitors alike to revel in the holiday spirit while supporting local businesses, savoring delectable meals at charmering restaurants, and relishing the breathtaking beauty of illuminating streets. 

Reflecting on the transformation, Ward 2 Alderman Rickey Authement expressed his awe, stating, “It’s breathtaking. Friday night when we were trying to get everything finished, people were stopping, taking pictures. It was just unbelievable.” The response from the community has been nothing short of extraordinary, with individuals stopping in their tracks to capture the magic on camera. 

Mayor Kenny Holloway shared the heartwarming story behind this magnificent display, recounting how the idea sprouted from a simple conversation among city hall colleagues. “It all happened with me and two of the ladies in City Hall walking down here saying ‘what if,’ ‘do you like it?’ and everybody loved it. So, we got on it and got it done.” 

Looking ahead, the city is already planning to expand on this breathtaking display for the next holiday season. Learning from the experience, organizers intend to start the decorating process earlier, promising an even grander and more captivating spectacle for the community to enjoy. 

This luminous transformation of Downtown Ocean Springs serves as a testament to the power of community collaboration and creative vision. It has not only elevated the holiday spirit but has also set the stage for future festivities, hinting at even more magical moments awaiting both locals and visitors in the heart of this charming city. As the lights twinkle and the holiday cheer spreads, Downtown Ocean Springs has truly become a beacon of enchantment and joy during this festive season. 

Nestled in the heart of Mississippi, New Albany is a treasure trove of history, culture, and modern charm.

New Albany – The Historic Charm and Exciting New Developments

As I embarked on my journey to explore New Albany, Mississippi, it was the warmth and hospitality of its people that struck me first. The adventure began with an introduction to Joel Bennett, a key figure in the town’s economic development, thanks to the gracious Jan Cossitt. Jan, known for her deep connection with and knowledge of New Albany, saw the opportunity for a unique narrative to unfold. What was initially a casual meet-up quickly turned into an extraordinary privilege: a personal tour from Joel himself, offering an insider’s view of the exciting economic developments transforming this charming Southern town. This experience was not just a tour; it was a story of growth, community, and the vibrant future of New Albany.

Nestled in the heart of Mississippi, New Albany is a treasure trove of history, culture, and modern charm. From its picturesque courthouse to the delightful culinary offerings and recent revitalizations, New Albany is a town that proudly celebrates its past while embracing the future.

A Stroll through History: The Courthouse and Downtown

At the heart of New Albany lies its historic courthouse, a beautiful and stately symbol of the town’s rich heritage. This architectural gem sets the tone for a downtown area brimming with quaint shops and boutiques, each offering a unique glimpse into the local culture and craftsmanship.

A Taste of Sweetness: Sugaree’s Bakery

No visit to New Albany is complete without indulging in the delectable creations of Sugaree’s Bakery. Renowned for its mouthwatering cakes and pastries, this bakery is a testament to the town’s culinary prowess and a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Reviving the Past: Hotel Henderson’s Transformation

A significant highlight in New Albany’s recent developments is the renovation of the historic Hotel Henderson. Spearheaded by developer Joel Bennett, this project is transforming the hotel into a luxurious destination complete with a spa, a speakeasy-style bar, a top-notch restaurant, and a boutique hotel experience. This revival not only honors the building’s history but also brings a new level of sophistication to New Albany.

Hotel Henderson building

Culinary Delights at Nico’s Italian Restaurant

On the famed ‘corner’ in New Albany, Nico’s Italian Restaurant is a culinary gem. The red and black tiled gas fired pizza oven is imported directly from Italy and weighs over 3,000 pounds.  This establishment offers an authentic Italian dining experience, with dishes that are as rich in flavor as they are in history.  Bonus!  You don’t have to limit yourself to just pizza.  Nico’s has great steaks, too!

Embracing Nature: The Tanglefoot Trail

For those who love the outdoors, the Tanglefoot Trail offers a serene escape into nature. This is North Mississippi’s longest rails to trails at 43.6 miles.  The Tanglefoot Trail is located in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains.  It is known for its scenic beauty, is perfect for biking, hiking, or simply enjoying a leisurely walk. It’s a place where the natural beauty of Mississippi is on full display, offering a peaceful counterpoint to the bustling town life.

A Town of Harmony: Old and New

New Albany represents a harmonious blend of the old and the new. It’s a place where history is not only preserved but also celebrated in its modern developments. Whether you’re exploring its historical sites, enjoying its culinary delights, or unwinding on the Tanglefoot Trail, New Albany is a town that welcomes all with open arms.

As New Albany continues to grow and evolve, it remains a testament to the enduring charm and resilience of Mississippi’s small towns. We invite you to visit and experience the unique blend of tradition and innovation that makes New Albany a special place in the heart of the South.

For more information, visit https://www.visitnewalbany.com/

Mississippi Mardi Gras is a well-kept secret, brimming with tradition, joy, and community spirit.

Mississippi Mardi Gras: A Hidden Gem of the Gulf Coast

By Shelly Withers Janous

When one thinks of Mardi Gras, the vibrant streets of New Orleans often come to mind, filled with lively parades and colorful beads. However, there’s another gem tucked away in the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi, celebrating this festive season with equal fervor and unique charm. Mississippi Mardi Gras is a well-kept secret, brimming with tradition, joy, and community spirit.

The Rich History of Mississippi Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in Mississippi is not just a recent phenomenon; it’s a tradition steeped in history. The celebration here mirrors its more famous cousin in New Orleans but has a distinct flavor of its own. It’s a fusion of the French Catholic traditions of Mardi Gras with the local cultures and customs of the Gulf Coast, creating a unique celebration that is quintessentially Mississippian.

The Colorful Parades

The heart of Mississippi Mardi Gras lies in its parades. Towns like Biloxi, Gulfport, and Bay St. Louis come alive with floats, marching bands, and revelers dressed in elaborate costumes. These parades are less crowded than those in New Orleans, offering a more intimate and family-friendly experience. Spectators line the streets, catching beads and trinkets, as floats themed around Gulf Coast history and culture roll by.

The King Cakes – A Taste of Tradition

No Mardi Gras is complete without the king cake, and Mississippi adds its own twist to this traditional treat. These cakes are not just delicious – they’re a symbol of the season, adorned in purple, green, and gold, with a hidden trinket inside. Finding the trinket is said to bring good luck, and in some groups, it means you’re responsible for buying the next cake!

The Grand Balls and Galas

The elegance of Mardi Gras in Mississippi is best experienced at the balls and galas. These events are a spectacle of high fashion, dance, and music, harking back to the grandeur of old Mardi Gras celebrations. Attending one of these balls is like stepping into another era, filled with the glamour and mystique of traditional Mardi Gras festivities.

Family-Friendly Festivities

One of the most endearing aspects of Mississippi’s Mardi Gras is its inclusivity. The celebrations are designed to entertain people of all ages. From parades with family zones to daytime events specifically for children, the spirit of Mardi Gras in Mississippi embraces everyone, making it a perfect destination for families.

Mississippi’s Mardi Gras is a vibrant, joyful celebration that honors tradition while creating its own unique identity. It’s a must-see for anyone interested in experiencing the full spectrum of Mardi Gras in the Gulf Coast. So next time you think of Mardi Gras, remember that there’s more to it than just New Orleans – there’s a whole other world of festivity waiting in Mississippi!

Plan Your Visit

Ready to experience the magic of Mississippi Mardi Gras?

Check out the links below for parade schedules and events:

https://www.gulfcoastweekend.com/holidays/mardi-gras/
https://www.gulfcoast.org/blog/post/2024-mardi-gras-schedule/

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When the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland.

Experience the Enchantment of Christmas in Natchez, MS

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisp, our thoughts turn to the most wonderful time of the year – the holiday season! Natchez is known for its stunning architecture and historic homes, making it a place of timeless beauty. However, when the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland that captivates all who visit.

Natchez Christmas Parade
December 2nd 6 PM

As the holiday season unfolds there is an event that marks the peak of Christmas cheer in Natchez – the annual Christmas Parade. It’s a time when the community comes together to celebrate. This parade will weave its way through the heart of the city, lighting up the city with joy! The parade will start on Franklin Street, turn on Rankin Street and go West on Main Street. Go early and find a spot of the route so you will be able to share in the holiday cheer! For more information visit, Christmas In Natchez

Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll – 10K, 5K & One Mile Kids Run
December 9th 8:00 AM

Location: Wardo’s Poboys, 309 N Broadway Street, Natchez, MS 39120
Entry Fees: 10K – $35, 5K – $30 (includes T-Shirt), One Mile Kids Run – $10 (T-Shirt available for purchase on race day)
Packet Pickup: December 8 between 1 and 9 PM at Wardo’s
For more information and to sign up visit, Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll 10K, 5K, & Kids Fun Run

Caroling in the Park
Every Thursday in December

Natchez boasts many beautiful parks, and the Christmas in Natchez Committee has arranged for Caroling in the Park every Thursday in December until Christmas. Head to Memorial Park, located behind St. Mary’s Basilica, and join the caroling session amidst enchanting lighting and nursery rhyme-themed displays.

Christmas Pilgrimage Tour of Historic Homes
November 24 – December 31

Experience the delightful blend of tradition, history, and holiday cheer as the Natchez Garden Club presents Christmas Tours. Immerse yourself in the unique yuletide charm of Natchez through beautifully adorned historic homes, festive markets, and lively holiday events. Book your tickets and step into the winter wonderland of Natchez. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Linden’s Extrava-Santa Experience
December 1st – December 29th (closed December 23rd, 24th, and 25th)

Linden Historic Bed and Breakfast invites you to a Christmas journey filled with historical charm and holiday cheer. Indulge in spiced tea, holiday cookies, and explore the exquisite parlor and grand galleries adorned with Santa-themed decor. It’s an experience that captures the spirit of the season and creates cherished memories. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Candlelight Jeweled Christmas Tour at The Towers
December 2nd, 9th, and 16th 
7:00 PM

Join The Towers Mansion to witness thousands of pieces of vintage costume jewelry artistically arranged in a magical holiday display, named one of the 10 best unusual Christmas displays in the US. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours 

Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace
December 4th – December 30th
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 
10 AM and 2 PM (closed Christmas Day)

Myrtle Terrace, a Victorian home, captivates visitors with elegant trimmings, harmonious carols, and a festive ambiance that lingers in the heart throughout the year. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace – Visit Natchez 

Natchez Little Theatre Presents: Christmas Chaos
December 7th – December 17th
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows at 7:30 PM, Sunday show at 2:00 PM

As part of the 75th Season, the Natchez Little Theatre brings you “Christmas Chaos,” a delightful performance capturing the essence of the holiday season. For more information and tickets visit, Natchez Little Theatre

Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High”
December 8th, 15th, and 22nd 6:00 PM

Embark on a mesmerizing tour event featuring Choctaw Hall and Myrtle Terrace. Enjoy an Old World Candlelight Christmas, live music, and Victorian-style holiday celebrations. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High” – Visit Natchez

10th Annual Christmas High Tea
December 9th
11 AM – 12 PM and  2 PM – 3 PM

Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfast hosts a blissful hour dedicated to the ceremony of a Christmas High Tea. Savor cups of tea, seasonal sweet confections, and take home a Christmas Sweet! For more information and tickets visit, 10th Annual Christmas High Tea at Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfas

“In The First Light” at First Baptist Church Natchez
December 10th
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Celebrate the season with live music by the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church Natchez, honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.

Whether you’re singing carols in Memorial Park, strolling through the Christmas Village or watching the parade, we hope your holiday season in Natchez is filled with laughter, love and unforgettable memories. Merry Christmas Natchez!

An enchanting holiday extravaganza running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd.

17th Annual Sip-N-Cider in Historic Canton Square

Get ready to indulge in the festive spirit as Historic Canton Square in Mississippi reopens its enchanting holiday extravaganza, the 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival! Running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd, this celebration promises an array of delightful activities and heartwarming experiences for the whole family.

Sip-N-Cider Festival Highlights 

Mark your calendars for the grand event on Friday, Dec. 8th, when the festival kicks off with extended hours from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Featuring an assortment of special characters, performances, and photo opportunities, this night promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

A Wonderland of Festivities
Step into a magical world around the historic Canton Square adorned with dazzling displays and heartwarming attractions including: 

  • Enchanting Walk-Through Attractions: Explore the Christmas Interactive Village, featuring Rudolph’s barn, Frosty’s igloo, and Santa’s workshop—a haven for festive fun and exploration.
  • Captivating Rides: Children can enjoy classic rides including an old-fashioned carousel, antique cars, and the thrilling sky race, offering an array of adventures for the young and young at heart.
  • Santa Snow Village and Christmas Animation Museum: Delight in the picturesque hometown of Santa Claus and explore the miniature train depot. Dive into the Christmas Animation Museum and embark on an ‘I Spy’ adventure to uncover Canton’s history intertwined with Christmas magic, searching for the elves’ top 10 favorite toys.
  • Mrs. Claus, Storyteller Extraordinaire: Don’t miss the chance to gather ’round as Mrs. Claus weaves enchanting tales, becoming a cherished treasure of the Canton Christmas Festival. Her stories will captivate hearts and add an extra sprinkle of magic to the festive atmosphere.
Special Events and Dates

The air is filled with the sweet scent of the holidays at our special holiday festival dates! From enchanting singalongs to cherished moments with Santa Claus and delightful carriage rides, our festive activities promise to make this season truly special for you and your loved ones.

Singalong Fest with the Best: Gather ’round and join the magical cast of characters for heartwarming carols, joyful singalongs, and the creation of your favorite family holiday traditions! These delightful singalong sessions are scheduled for Dec. 1st to 3rd, Dec. 8th to 10th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Get ready to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season alongside the festive ensemble!

Photos with Santa Claus: Capture the magic of the holidays with one-on-one time with Santa himself! Don’t miss the opportunity to have your picture taken with the jolly old fellow. Dates for this cherished activity are Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Create lasting memories and share your holiday wishes with Santa!

Cozy Carriage Rides: Experience the charm of the season with a cozy stroll around the Historic Square, guided by a horse-drawn carriage! Snuggle up and enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere during our carriage rides, available on Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Let the magic of the holidays envelop you during this picturesque journey. 

17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider: Save the date for our spectacular 17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider event on Friday, Dec. 8th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participating merchants will be offering delightful Christmas hot cider, and join in on the fun competition created especially for our visitors. It’s an evening filled with joy, warmth, and the delightful tastes of the season—don’t miss out on this cherished tradition!

The 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival in Historic Canton Square offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of the holiday season. Join in the fun, explore the wonders, and create cherished memories amid this delightful celebration. Gather your loved ones and prepare for a magical experience that embodies the true essence of Christmas!

For more information: https://www.cantontourism.com/events-2/2017/2/22/victorian-christmas-festival

 
From twinkling lights to delightful parades and family activities, Cleveland promises an unforgettable holiday season

Celebrate the Holidays in Cleveland!

As the festive season draws near, the charming town of Cleveland is all set to immerse visitors in a dazzling array of holiday cheer and enchanting experiences. From millions of twinkling lights to delightful parades and unique activities, Cleveland promises an unforgettable holiday season for families and friends. 

50 Nights of Lights: A Million-Light Spectacle 

From Nov. 14th through New Year’s Day, Cleveland transforms into a mesmerizing wonderland with more than a million Christmas lights illuminating the town. Explore the fantastic window display, indulge in night shopping and partake in special events while creating everlasting memories with loved ones. Don’t miss the chance to experience the quaint Delta town aglow with the magic of the season! For more information visit, 50 Nights Of Lights.  

Cleveland Christmas Parade 

Join the community in Downtown Cleveland for the annual Cleveland Christmas Parade on Dec. 7th. This magical parade is a fun-filled affair for all ages, featuring joyous celebration, vibrant floats and the much-anticipated appearance of Santa Claus! For more information visit, Cleveland Christmas Parade.  

Ice Skating and Ice Go-Karts 

Fun Street Popups brings the thrill of ice skating and introduces a new adventure this year – ice go-karting! Glide across the custom-built synthetic ice rink and engage in competitive fun with friends and family. Secure your tickets early due to high demand and limited availability. Safety waivers are mandatory, so complete them online here in advance for a seamless experience. Get ready to bundle up and make unforgettable memories navigating the ice at the Chamber of Commerce from Dec. 8th – 23rd. For more information visit, Ice Skating and Go Karts.  

Carriage Rides

Step into a holiday wonderland with rhythmic clip-clopping hooves and the gentle jingle of sleigh bells on horse and carriage rides through Downtown Cleveland. Experience the beauty of the season during multiple sessions from Dec. 8th to 30th. Enjoy this timeless activity at $20 per person or $50 per family, with the coachman accepting cash for the ride. For more information visit, Carriage Rides | Downtown Cleveland  

Pictures with Santa at Cotton House 

Santa Claus is making a special stop at the Cotton House Hotel on Dec. 9th from 12 to 1:45 p.m. It’s a wonderful opportunity to capture the magic of the season with a holiday photo! Don’t forget your camera-this event, located at 215 Cotton Row, is open to the public, ensuring a delightful moment with Santa. For more information visit, Pictures With Santa at Cotton House.  

Get ready to create treasured memories and experience the warmth of the holiday season in Cleveland. Join in the festivities and make this holiday season one to cherish forever! 

From dazzling light displays to spirited runs, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

Celebrate The Holidays in Clinton

As the holiday season approaches, the city of Clinton, Mississippi, is gearing up to spread cheer and joy with an array of exciting events and festive celebrations. From dazzling light displays to spirited runs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! 

Yule Run: Tacky Clinton Christmas! 

Join the holiday-themed Yule Run in Clinton! This annual race, featuring a combined 5k walk/run and 8k run, winds through the historic Olde Towne area and aligns with the Christmas Parade Route along Clinton Boulevard. Get involved with the community and participate in a race that embraces the theme of “A Tacky Clinton Christmas.” After the race, settle in for the Clinton Christmas parade! For more information visit, Yule Run Clinton.  

Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade 

Mark your calendars for the Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade, a beloved tradition that’s been lighting up the city for 48 years. Scheduled for the first Saturday of December, this lively parade brings together the community, businesses, schools, clubs, and organizations to spread holiday cheer. Floats, bands, marchers, cars, and, of course, Santa, fill the streets, marking the official start of the Christmas season in Clinton. The parade is a cherished event that resonates with both young and old, signaling the joyous arrival of the holiday season. Don’t miss this spectacular event that truly embodies the spirit of unity and festive cheer in the heart of Clinton! For more information visit, Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade.  

Nature Trail Holiday Lights

Experience the enchantment of the holiday lights at the Clinton Community Nature Center throughout december. Wander through the nature trial illuminated with magical lights, creating a secure and magical atmosphere. Bring the whole family and immerse yourself in the wonder of the season. Admission is $5 per person (children under 3 free) from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th. Enjoy performances, special guests, concessions, and crafts on these special evenings. For more information visit, Nature Trail Holiday Lights.  

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

Get ready for the interactive and highly popular Shop Local initiative by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce – the “12 Days of Giveaways.” Starting on Dec. 7th, the Chamber’s FaceBook follows will have the opportunity to win special prizes from local small businesses. From gift certificates to annual memberships and more, this festive giveaway brings the community together and highlights the wonderful local businesses in Clinton. For more information visit, 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Clinton Chamber.  

Join us in Clinton for a season filled with joy, camaraderie, and the spirit of giving. These wonderful events are sure to create cherished memories for you and your loved ones. Embrace the magic of the holidays and celebrate with us in Clinton!

Train rides, carnival rides and dancing trees make this coastal holiday festival worth the trip.

Gulfport’s Winter Holiday Festival: A Coastal Experience Like No Other

For those seeking the ultimate festive experience, the collaboration between Island View Casino & Resort and the City of Gulfport has a Winter Holiday Festival that has become the crown jewel of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s holiday celebrations since 2015. Open this year from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31 you will not want to miss this spectacular show, offering an unforgettable experience like no other in the state. 

Unforgettable Attractions For The Whole Family

Prepare to be enchanted by the array of delights and attractions that promise to make your visit a cherished memory for years to come. 

Carnival Rides: Step right up and enjoy the thrilling carnival rides, adding an extra dash of excitement to your holiday celebrations. Purchase your ride tickets on-site and experience the thrill! 

Santa’s Village: Explore the wonder of Santa’s Village nestled under the Barksdale Pavillion. Meet Santa Claus himself, interact with his busy elves and witness the magic of Santa’s headquarters – it’s a festive sight that will warm your heart. 

CTA Trolley: Hop on the heated CTA Trolley for a cozy ride along Jones Park Drive. This complimentary trolley service ensures you can effortlessly navigate the park’s attractions without missing a beat. 

Dancing Trees: Marvel at our famous dancing trees, a breathtaking spectacle choreographed with over two hours of dazzling lights. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and witness this mesmerizing display! 

Train Ride: All aboard the Harbor Lights Train! Take a magical journey through the park, soaking in the beauty of the lights. The train ride promises delightful experiences for all ages and it is wheelchair accessible. 

Warming Stations: Keep warm while you explore! Find comfort in the warming stations dotted throughout the park. And don’t forget to grab a S’more kit from the local vendors to add an extra dose of coziness. 

Gift Shop and Ornaments: Discover an array of exclusive Harbor Lights merchandise available at Santa’s Village. 

Meet Santa: Santa Claus will be present nightly from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except Christmas Day) at Santa’s Village to spread cheer and hand out gifts. Remember to capture these precious moments with your camera or phone.

Plan Your Visit

The Winter Holiday Festival promises to be a treasure trove of holiday cheer and family fun. From carnival rides to meeting Santa, there’s something for everyone! 

Ticket Pricing: General Admission Sunday thru Thursday (Excluding Christmas): $15 General Admission Friday & Saturday (Including Christmas): $20 Children Ages 5-12: $5  Children Ages  0-4: $0 

Parking Information: Free parking is available at the Coast Transit Authority (CTA) parking garage at 2015 15th St. Gulfport, MS. The CTA shuttle will transport guests to and from the show every 15 to 30 minutes. There is also free parking available at the west entrance of Jones Park at the corner of Hwy 90 and 49. Both parking locations provide handicap-accessible parking spaces and assistance.

To purchase tickets and more information visit: https://gulfportharborlights.com/

Enjoy spectacular drive-thru light displays and cherished traditions like selecting your christmas tree fresh from the farm.

Southaven’s Wonderland of Holiday Magic

As the holiday season approaches, Southaven, Mississippi, transforms into a vibrant tapestry of festive activities and heart warming experiences. From spectacular drive-thru light displays to cherished traditions, this year’s celebrations promise to bring joy and wonder to families and visitors alike. 

Southern Lights Drive-Thru Extravaganza 

Running nightly from Thanksgiving Day through New Years Eve, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Southern Lights, presented by Southaven Parks and Recreation, invites all to a dazzling drive-thru experience. Set across a sprawling 116-acre park, this enchanting spectacle boasts 500,000 twinkling lights, creating a mesmerizing journey for visitors. Proceeds from admission fees ($10 for cars, $15 for vans and $30 for buses) benefit local charities, spreading the spirit of giving throughout the community. Click here for more information. 

Santa’s Festive Visits & Country Brunch/Dinner at Big Barn 

Step into the enchanting Big Barn between Thanksgiving and Christmas for a Southern Country Brunch or Dinner with Santa. Capture precious moments as you take your own photos with Santa in the charming setting of the Barn Hall. Indulge in a delightful menu, and gather with friends and family. For more information visit, Eat with Santa – Cedar Hill Farm.  

Cedar Hill Farm Christmas Tree Experience 

During the holiday season, Cedar Hill Farm opens its gates for families to pick and cut their Christmas tree straight from the farm. Hop on a delightful hayride to the back forty and find the perfect tree to bring home. No general admission fee is required-simply pay for your chosen tree, and the hayride is on the house! Start a family tradition and make memories that will last a lifetime. For more information visit, Christmas Tree Farm

Additional Festive Offerings in Southaven 

Christmas Light Show & Railroad Ride: Experience the joy of Christmas Traditions at Cedar Hill Farm through a synchronized light display, narrated stories and a delightful rail ride around the North Pole.  

Santa at Tanger Outlets: Visit Santa Claus at Tanger Outlet Memphis from Nov. 25th to Dec. 23rd, creating cherished family memories at this holiday destination. 

Light Garden Display: Immerse yourself in the Mid-South’s newest holiday experience, Light Garden, featuring stunning light displays, entertainment, and unique shopping opportunities. (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Click here for a full list of the holiday events in Southaven. 

Captivating over 25,000 visitors annually, this nightly drive-thru 40-acre park is transformed with millions of lights for the holidays.

Tylertown’s Christmas in the Park

Get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Tylertown’s Christmas in the Park! From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, witness a magnificent spectacle at Holmes Water Park, where millions of lights transform 40 acres into a dazzling wonderland of holiday cheer. The park, located at 65 Old Highway 98 E, Tylertown, MS, promises a magical experience for all ages. 

Driving Tour:  Nightly Spectacle (6:00 – 8:30 PM, weather permitting) 

Embark on a mesmerizing driving tour through the largest community event of its kind in the area. Enjoy the splendid display of lights that captivates over 25,000 visitors annually. Admission is $5 for cars, $10 for commercial vans, and $20 for passenger buses (16+). The park awaits you nightly, offering a breathtaking journey through the radiant landscape of festive lights. 

Celebrating the Season – Community Events

Beyond the magical park display, Tylertown celebrated the holiday spirit with a variety of events: 

Santa Comes to Town: Meet Santa for photos and enjoy stories with Mrs. Claus on Friday, Dec. 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Centennial Square. 

Country Christmas Festival & Crafts Show: Experience old-timey demonstrations, entertainment, and craft displays Friday, Dec. 8 from 10:30 a.m to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at downtown businesses and the Agri-Heritage Center. 

Prize Drawing: Don’t miss the chance to win big on Friday, Dec. 15, at the AgriHeritage Center. $1,500 in Tylertown Shopping Dollars and a free La-Z-Boy recliner are up for grabs! 

As the holiday spirit fills the air, Tylertown beckons you to join in on the festivities. Experience the joy, wonder and magic of Christmas in the Park -an unforgettable celebration that brings the community together in the spirit of the season. For up-to-date information and details, visit the Christmas in the Park FaceBook page

Experience the magic of Washington Avenue’s 58 majestic oak trees decorated for Christmas.

Downtown Ocean Springs Shines Brighter Than Ever

Step into Downtown Ocean Springs this holiday season, and you’ll find yourself in a whimsical wonderland. The iconic Washington Avenue, boasting 58 majestic oak trees, has undergone a mesmerizing transformation-each tree adorned with twinkling Christmas lights that illuminate the downtown area. The sight is so enchanting that the scene looks right out of a Hallmark movie. 

This magical spectacle is the result of a collective effort driven by the city’s leaders and enthusiastic residents. Encouraging families to explore the festive downtown, city’s leaders and enthusiastic residents. Encouraging families to explore the festive downtown, city officials have invited locals and visitors alike to revel in the holiday spirit while supporting local businesses, savoring delectable meals at charmering restaurants, and relishing the breathtaking beauty of illuminating streets. 

Reflecting on the transformation, Ward 2 Alderman Rickey Authement expressed his awe, stating, “It’s breathtaking. Friday night when we were trying to get everything finished, people were stopping, taking pictures. It was just unbelievable.” The response from the community has been nothing short of extraordinary, with individuals stopping in their tracks to capture the magic on camera. 

Mayor Kenny Holloway shared the heartwarming story behind this magnificent display, recounting how the idea sprouted from a simple conversation among city hall colleagues. “It all happened with me and two of the ladies in City Hall walking down here saying ‘what if,’ ‘do you like it?’ and everybody loved it. So, we got on it and got it done.” 

Looking ahead, the city is already planning to expand on this breathtaking display for the next holiday season. Learning from the experience, organizers intend to start the decorating process earlier, promising an even grander and more captivating spectacle for the community to enjoy. 

This luminous transformation of Downtown Ocean Springs serves as a testament to the power of community collaboration and creative vision. It has not only elevated the holiday spirit but has also set the stage for future festivities, hinting at even more magical moments awaiting both locals and visitors in the heart of this charming city. As the lights twinkle and the holiday cheer spreads, Downtown Ocean Springs has truly become a beacon of enchantment and joy during this festive season. 

Nestled in the heart of Mississippi, New Albany is a treasure trove of history, culture, and modern charm.

New Albany – The Historic Charm and Exciting New Developments

As I embarked on my journey to explore New Albany, Mississippi, it was the warmth and hospitality of its people that struck me first. The adventure began with an introduction to Joel Bennett, a key figure in the town’s economic development, thanks to the gracious Jan Cossitt. Jan, known for her deep connection with and knowledge of New Albany, saw the opportunity for a unique narrative to unfold. What was initially a casual meet-up quickly turned into an extraordinary privilege: a personal tour from Joel himself, offering an insider’s view of the exciting economic developments transforming this charming Southern town. This experience was not just a tour; it was a story of growth, community, and the vibrant future of New Albany.

Nestled in the heart of Mississippi, New Albany is a treasure trove of history, culture, and modern charm. From its picturesque courthouse to the delightful culinary offerings and recent revitalizations, New Albany is a town that proudly celebrates its past while embracing the future.

A Stroll through History: The Courthouse and Downtown

At the heart of New Albany lies its historic courthouse, a beautiful and stately symbol of the town’s rich heritage. This architectural gem sets the tone for a downtown area brimming with quaint shops and boutiques, each offering a unique glimpse into the local culture and craftsmanship.

A Taste of Sweetness: Sugaree’s Bakery

No visit to New Albany is complete without indulging in the delectable creations of Sugaree’s Bakery. Renowned for its mouthwatering cakes and pastries, this bakery is a testament to the town’s culinary prowess and a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Reviving the Past: Hotel Henderson’s Transformation

A significant highlight in New Albany’s recent developments is the renovation of the historic Hotel Henderson. Spearheaded by developer Joel Bennett, this project is transforming the hotel into a luxurious destination complete with a spa, a speakeasy-style bar, a top-notch restaurant, and a boutique hotel experience. This revival not only honors the building’s history but also brings a new level of sophistication to New Albany.

Hotel Henderson building

Culinary Delights at Nico’s Italian Restaurant

On the famed ‘corner’ in New Albany, Nico’s Italian Restaurant is a culinary gem. The red and black tiled gas fired pizza oven is imported directly from Italy and weighs over 3,000 pounds.  This establishment offers an authentic Italian dining experience, with dishes that are as rich in flavor as they are in history.  Bonus!  You don’t have to limit yourself to just pizza.  Nico’s has great steaks, too!

Embracing Nature: The Tanglefoot Trail

For those who love the outdoors, the Tanglefoot Trail offers a serene escape into nature. This is North Mississippi’s longest rails to trails at 43.6 miles.  The Tanglefoot Trail is located in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains.  It is known for its scenic beauty, is perfect for biking, hiking, or simply enjoying a leisurely walk. It’s a place where the natural beauty of Mississippi is on full display, offering a peaceful counterpoint to the bustling town life.

A Town of Harmony: Old and New

New Albany represents a harmonious blend of the old and the new. It’s a place where history is not only preserved but also celebrated in its modern developments. Whether you’re exploring its historical sites, enjoying its culinary delights, or unwinding on the Tanglefoot Trail, New Albany is a town that welcomes all with open arms.

As New Albany continues to grow and evolve, it remains a testament to the enduring charm and resilience of Mississippi’s small towns. We invite you to visit and experience the unique blend of tradition and innovation that makes New Albany a special place in the heart of the South.

For more information, visit https://www.visitnewalbany.com/

Mississippi Mardi Gras is a well-kept secret, brimming with tradition, joy, and community spirit.

Mississippi Mardi Gras: A Hidden Gem of the Gulf Coast

By Shelly Withers Janous

When one thinks of Mardi Gras, the vibrant streets of New Orleans often come to mind, filled with lively parades and colorful beads. However, there’s another gem tucked away in the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi, celebrating this festive season with equal fervor and unique charm. Mississippi Mardi Gras is a well-kept secret, brimming with tradition, joy, and community spirit.

The Rich History of Mississippi Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in Mississippi is not just a recent phenomenon; it’s a tradition steeped in history. The celebration here mirrors its more famous cousin in New Orleans but has a distinct flavor of its own. It’s a fusion of the French Catholic traditions of Mardi Gras with the local cultures and customs of the Gulf Coast, creating a unique celebration that is quintessentially Mississippian.

The Colorful Parades

The heart of Mississippi Mardi Gras lies in its parades. Towns like Biloxi, Gulfport, and Bay St. Louis come alive with floats, marching bands, and revelers dressed in elaborate costumes. These parades are less crowded than those in New Orleans, offering a more intimate and family-friendly experience. Spectators line the streets, catching beads and trinkets, as floats themed around Gulf Coast history and culture roll by.

The King Cakes – A Taste of Tradition

No Mardi Gras is complete without the king cake, and Mississippi adds its own twist to this traditional treat. These cakes are not just delicious – they’re a symbol of the season, adorned in purple, green, and gold, with a hidden trinket inside. Finding the trinket is said to bring good luck, and in some groups, it means you’re responsible for buying the next cake!

The Grand Balls and Galas

The elegance of Mardi Gras in Mississippi is best experienced at the balls and galas. These events are a spectacle of high fashion, dance, and music, harking back to the grandeur of old Mardi Gras celebrations. Attending one of these balls is like stepping into another era, filled with the glamour and mystique of traditional Mardi Gras festivities.

Family-Friendly Festivities

One of the most endearing aspects of Mississippi’s Mardi Gras is its inclusivity. The celebrations are designed to entertain people of all ages. From parades with family zones to daytime events specifically for children, the spirit of Mardi Gras in Mississippi embraces everyone, making it a perfect destination for families.

Mississippi’s Mardi Gras is a vibrant, joyful celebration that honors tradition while creating its own unique identity. It’s a must-see for anyone interested in experiencing the full spectrum of Mardi Gras in the Gulf Coast. So next time you think of Mardi Gras, remember that there’s more to it than just New Orleans – there’s a whole other world of festivity waiting in Mississippi!

Plan Your Visit

Ready to experience the magic of Mississippi Mardi Gras?

Check out the links below for parade schedules and events:

https://www.gulfcoastweekend.com/holidays/mardi-gras/
https://www.gulfcoast.org/blog/post/2024-mardi-gras-schedule/

The quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie.

A Festive Wonderland Awaits in Oxford, MS

As the holiday season unfolds, the quaint town of Oxford transforms into a picturesque wonderland straight out of a Hallmark movie, beckoning all to revel in its magical charm. From delightful treats along the Peppermint Trail to the joyous ice-skating extravaganza, Oxford invites you to create cherished memories during this most wonderful time of the year.

The Peppermint Trail: A Journey of Festive Delights

Step into a world of holiday surprises as Oxford’s local shops come alive with the spirit of the season on the enchanting Peppermint Trail. Indulge in delightful gifts and special treats such as coffee, cocktails, and sweets as you traverse the red-and-white candied path. This festive journey continues until January 7th, promising a merry experience for all.

For a full list of Peppermint Partners and to plan your trail adventure, visit:
Peppermint Trail’s official page.

Skating into Winter Wonderland

Embrace the wintry allure of the holiday season as Oxford unveils its magical ice-skating rink, a true delight for visitors of all ages. Nestled within the Old Armory Pavilion at 1801 University Avenue, this frosty attraction promises a mesmerizing experience for both seasoned skaters and beginners alike. Fear not, for skate aids are available for those who prefer a little extra stability on the ice.

This enchanting ice-skating affair is open until January 7, inviting you to gather your loved ones, don your warmest coats, and embark on a winter adventure in Oxford’s very own wonderland.

For more information and to plan your visit, explore Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays, and keep up-to-date by following their festivities on Facebook. Remember to tag your holiday moments with @HollyJollyHolidaysOxMS and @MadeInMSmedia.

Rink Hours and Santa’s Arrival
Prepare for some frosty fun with ice skating available during the week and weekends. Here are the rink hours:

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Skating admission costs $12 per person, inclusive of skate rentals. Limited skate aids are available for rent, so be sure to arrive early. No reservations required – walk-ups only.

And mark your calendars! Jolly old Saint Nick will be gracing the ice-skating rink on the following dates:

  • November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • December 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • December 9th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • December 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join us as Santa brings his festive cheer for holiday photos and joyful moments. Come and immerse yourself in the joyous holiday spirit of Oxford, Mississippi! Don’t miss this enchanting opportunity to celebrate the season with family and friends. Create unforgettable memories amidst the magic of Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays. Start your festive journey today!

When the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland.

Experience the Enchantment of Christmas in Natchez, MS

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisp, our thoughts turn to the most wonderful time of the year – the holiday season! Natchez is known for its stunning architecture and historic homes, making it a place of timeless beauty. However, when the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland that captivates all who visit.

Natchez Christmas Parade
December 2nd 6 PM

As the holiday season unfolds there is an event that marks the peak of Christmas cheer in Natchez – the annual Christmas Parade. It’s a time when the community comes together to celebrate. This parade will weave its way through the heart of the city, lighting up the city with joy! The parade will start on Franklin Street, turn on Rankin Street and go West on Main Street. Go early and find a spot of the route so you will be able to share in the holiday cheer! For more information visit, Christmas In Natchez

Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll – 10K, 5K & One Mile Kids Run
December 9th 8:00 AM

Location: Wardo’s Poboys, 309 N Broadway Street, Natchez, MS 39120
Entry Fees: 10K – $35, 5K – $30 (includes T-Shirt), One Mile Kids Run – $10 (T-Shirt available for purchase on race day)
Packet Pickup: December 8 between 1 and 9 PM at Wardo’s
For more information and to sign up visit, Wardo’s Rouxdolph Roll 10K, 5K, & Kids Fun Run

Caroling in the Park
Every Thursday in December

Natchez boasts many beautiful parks, and the Christmas in Natchez Committee has arranged for Caroling in the Park every Thursday in December until Christmas. Head to Memorial Park, located behind St. Mary’s Basilica, and join the caroling session amidst enchanting lighting and nursery rhyme-themed displays.

Christmas Pilgrimage Tour of Historic Homes
November 24 – December 31

Experience the delightful blend of tradition, history, and holiday cheer as the Natchez Garden Club presents Christmas Tours. Immerse yourself in the unique yuletide charm of Natchez through beautifully adorned historic homes, festive markets, and lively holiday events. Book your tickets and step into the winter wonderland of Natchez. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Linden’s Extrava-Santa Experience
December 1st – December 29th (closed December 23rd, 24th, and 25th)

Linden Historic Bed and Breakfast invites you to a Christmas journey filled with historical charm and holiday cheer. Indulge in spiced tea, holiday cookies, and explore the exquisite parlor and grand galleries adorned with Santa-themed decor. It’s an experience that captures the spirit of the season and creates cherished memories. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours

Candlelight Jeweled Christmas Tour at The Towers
December 2nd, 9th, and 16th 
7:00 PM

Join The Towers Mansion to witness thousands of pieces of vintage costume jewelry artistically arranged in a magical holiday display, named one of the 10 best unusual Christmas displays in the US. For more information and tickets visit, Experience the Enchanting Christmas Charm of Natchez on Our Delightful Holiday Tours 

Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace
December 4th – December 30th
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 
10 AM and 2 PM (closed Christmas Day)

Myrtle Terrace, a Victorian home, captivates visitors with elegant trimmings, harmonious carols, and a festive ambiance that lingers in the heart throughout the year. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Tour – Myrtle Terrace – Visit Natchez 

Natchez Little Theatre Presents: Christmas Chaos
December 7th – December 17th
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows at 7:30 PM, Sunday show at 2:00 PM

As part of the 75th Season, the Natchez Little Theatre brings you “Christmas Chaos,” a delightful performance capturing the essence of the holiday season. For more information and tickets visit, Natchez Little Theatre

Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High”
December 8th, 15th, and 22nd 6:00 PM

Embark on a mesmerizing tour event featuring Choctaw Hall and Myrtle Terrace. Enjoy an Old World Candlelight Christmas, live music, and Victorian-style holiday celebrations. For more information and tickets visit, Christmas Pilgrimage Event “Ding Dong Merrily on High” – Visit Natchez

10th Annual Christmas High Tea
December 9th
11 AM – 12 PM and  2 PM – 3 PM

Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfast hosts a blissful hour dedicated to the ceremony of a Christmas High Tea. Savor cups of tea, seasonal sweet confections, and take home a Christmas Sweet! For more information and tickets visit, 10th Annual Christmas High Tea at Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfas

“In The First Light” at First Baptist Church Natchez
December 10th
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Celebrate the season with live music by the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church Natchez, honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.

Whether you’re singing carols in Memorial Park, strolling through the Christmas Village or watching the parade, we hope your holiday season in Natchez is filled with laughter, love and unforgettable memories. Merry Christmas Natchez!

An enchanting holiday extravaganza running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd.

17th Annual Sip-N-Cider in Historic Canton Square

Get ready to indulge in the festive spirit as Historic Canton Square in Mississippi reopens its enchanting holiday extravaganza, the 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival! Running nightly from December 1st through Dec. 23rd, this celebration promises an array of delightful activities and heartwarming experiences for the whole family.

Sip-N-Cider Festival Highlights 

Mark your calendars for the grand event on Friday, Dec. 8th, when the festival kicks off with extended hours from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Featuring an assortment of special characters, performances, and photo opportunities, this night promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

A Wonderland of Festivities
Step into a magical world around the historic Canton Square adorned with dazzling displays and heartwarming attractions including: 

  • Enchanting Walk-Through Attractions: Explore the Christmas Interactive Village, featuring Rudolph’s barn, Frosty’s igloo, and Santa’s workshop—a haven for festive fun and exploration.
  • Captivating Rides: Children can enjoy classic rides including an old-fashioned carousel, antique cars, and the thrilling sky race, offering an array of adventures for the young and young at heart.
  • Santa Snow Village and Christmas Animation Museum: Delight in the picturesque hometown of Santa Claus and explore the miniature train depot. Dive into the Christmas Animation Museum and embark on an ‘I Spy’ adventure to uncover Canton’s history intertwined with Christmas magic, searching for the elves’ top 10 favorite toys.
  • Mrs. Claus, Storyteller Extraordinaire: Don’t miss the chance to gather ’round as Mrs. Claus weaves enchanting tales, becoming a cherished treasure of the Canton Christmas Festival. Her stories will captivate hearts and add an extra sprinkle of magic to the festive atmosphere.
Special Events and Dates

The air is filled with the sweet scent of the holidays at our special holiday festival dates! From enchanting singalongs to cherished moments with Santa Claus and delightful carriage rides, our festive activities promise to make this season truly special for you and your loved ones.

Singalong Fest with the Best: Gather ’round and join the magical cast of characters for heartwarming carols, joyful singalongs, and the creation of your favorite family holiday traditions! These delightful singalong sessions are scheduled for Dec. 1st to 3rd, Dec. 8th to 10th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Get ready to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season alongside the festive ensemble!

Photos with Santa Claus: Capture the magic of the holidays with one-on-one time with Santa himself! Don’t miss the opportunity to have your picture taken with the jolly old fellow. Dates for this cherished activity are Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Create lasting memories and share your holiday wishes with Santa!

Cozy Carriage Rides: Experience the charm of the season with a cozy stroll around the Historic Square, guided by a horse-drawn carriage! Snuggle up and enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere during our carriage rides, available on Dec. 1st to 2nd, Dec. 8th to 9th, and Dec. 15th to 23rd. Let the magic of the holidays envelop you during this picturesque journey. 

17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider: Save the date for our spectacular 17th Annual Holiday Sip-N-Cider event on Friday, Dec. 8th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participating merchants will be offering delightful Christmas hot cider, and join in on the fun competition created especially for our visitors. It’s an evening filled with joy, warmth, and the delightful tastes of the season—don’t miss out on this cherished tradition!

The 17th Annual Sip-N-Cider festival in Historic Canton Square offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of the holiday season. Join in the fun, explore the wonders, and create cherished memories amid this delightful celebration. Gather your loved ones and prepare for a magical experience that embodies the true essence of Christmas!

For more information: https://www.cantontourism.com/events-2/2017/2/22/victorian-christmas-festival

 
From twinkling lights to delightful parades and family activities, Cleveland promises an unforgettable holiday season

Celebrate the Holidays in Cleveland!

As the festive season draws near, the charming town of Cleveland is all set to immerse visitors in a dazzling array of holiday cheer and enchanting experiences. From millions of twinkling lights to delightful parades and unique activities, Cleveland promises an unforgettable holiday season for families and friends. 

50 Nights of Lights: A Million-Light Spectacle 

From Nov. 14th through New Year’s Day, Cleveland transforms into a mesmerizing wonderland with more than a million Christmas lights illuminating the town. Explore the fantastic window display, indulge in night shopping and partake in special events while creating everlasting memories with loved ones. Don’t miss the chance to experience the quaint Delta town aglow with the magic of the season! For more information visit, 50 Nights Of Lights.  

Cleveland Christmas Parade 

Join the community in Downtown Cleveland for the annual Cleveland Christmas Parade on Dec. 7th. This magical parade is a fun-filled affair for all ages, featuring joyous celebration, vibrant floats and the much-anticipated appearance of Santa Claus! For more information visit, Cleveland Christmas Parade.  

Ice Skating and Ice Go-Karts 

Fun Street Popups brings the thrill of ice skating and introduces a new adventure this year – ice go-karting! Glide across the custom-built synthetic ice rink and engage in competitive fun with friends and family. Secure your tickets early due to high demand and limited availability. Safety waivers are mandatory, so complete them online here in advance for a seamless experience. Get ready to bundle up and make unforgettable memories navigating the ice at the Chamber of Commerce from Dec. 8th – 23rd. For more information visit, Ice Skating and Go Karts.  

Carriage Rides

Step into a holiday wonderland with rhythmic clip-clopping hooves and the gentle jingle of sleigh bells on horse and carriage rides through Downtown Cleveland. Experience the beauty of the season during multiple sessions from Dec. 8th to 30th. Enjoy this timeless activity at $20 per person or $50 per family, with the coachman accepting cash for the ride. For more information visit, Carriage Rides | Downtown Cleveland  

Pictures with Santa at Cotton House 

Santa Claus is making a special stop at the Cotton House Hotel on Dec. 9th from 12 to 1:45 p.m. It’s a wonderful opportunity to capture the magic of the season with a holiday photo! Don’t forget your camera-this event, located at 215 Cotton Row, is open to the public, ensuring a delightful moment with Santa. For more information visit, Pictures With Santa at Cotton House.  

Get ready to create treasured memories and experience the warmth of the holiday season in Cleveland. Join in the festivities and make this holiday season one to cherish forever! 

From dazzling light displays to spirited runs, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

Celebrate The Holidays in Clinton

As the holiday season approaches, the city of Clinton, Mississippi, is gearing up to spread cheer and joy with an array of exciting events and festive celebrations. From dazzling light displays to spirited runs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! 

Yule Run: Tacky Clinton Christmas! 

Join the holiday-themed Yule Run in Clinton! This annual race, featuring a combined 5k walk/run and 8k run, winds through the historic Olde Towne area and aligns with the Christmas Parade Route along Clinton Boulevard. Get involved with the community and participate in a race that embraces the theme of “A Tacky Clinton Christmas.” After the race, settle in for the Clinton Christmas parade! For more information visit, Yule Run Clinton.  

Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade 

Mark your calendars for the Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade, a beloved tradition that’s been lighting up the city for 48 years. Scheduled for the first Saturday of December, this lively parade brings together the community, businesses, schools, clubs, and organizations to spread holiday cheer. Floats, bands, marchers, cars, and, of course, Santa, fill the streets, marking the official start of the Christmas season in Clinton. The parade is a cherished event that resonates with both young and old, signaling the joyous arrival of the holiday season. Don’t miss this spectacular event that truly embodies the spirit of unity and festive cheer in the heart of Clinton! For more information visit, Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade.  

Nature Trail Holiday Lights

Experience the enchantment of the holiday lights at the Clinton Community Nature Center throughout december. Wander through the nature trial illuminated with magical lights, creating a secure and magical atmosphere. Bring the whole family and immerse yourself in the wonder of the season. Admission is $5 per person (children under 3 free) from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th. Enjoy performances, special guests, concessions, and crafts on these special evenings. For more information visit, Nature Trail Holiday Lights.  

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

Get ready for the interactive and highly popular Shop Local initiative by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce – the “12 Days of Giveaways.” Starting on Dec. 7th, the Chamber’s FaceBook follows will have the opportunity to win special prizes from local small businesses. From gift certificates to annual memberships and more, this festive giveaway brings the community together and highlights the wonderful local businesses in Clinton. For more information visit, 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Clinton Chamber.  

Join us in Clinton for a season filled with joy, camaraderie, and the spirit of giving. These wonderful events are sure to create cherished memories for you and your loved ones. Embrace the magic of the holidays and celebrate with us in Clinton!

Train rides, carnival rides and dancing trees make this coastal holiday festival worth the trip.

Gulfport’s Winter Holiday Festival: A Coastal Experience Like No Other

For those seeking the ultimate festive experience, the collaboration between Island View Casino & Resort and the City of Gulfport has a Winter Holiday Festival that has become the crown jewel of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s holiday celebrations since 2015. Open this year from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31 you will not want to miss this spectacular show, offering an unforgettable experience like no other in the state. 

Unforgettable Attractions For The Whole Family

Prepare to be enchanted by the array of delights and attractions that promise to make your visit a cherished memory for years to come. 

Carnival Rides: Step right up and enjoy the thrilling carnival rides, adding an extra dash of excitement to your holiday celebrations. Purchase your ride tickets on-site and experience the thrill! 

Santa’s Village: Explore the wonder of Santa’s Village nestled under the Barksdale Pavillion. Meet Santa Claus himself, interact with his busy elves and witness the magic of Santa’s headquarters – it’s a festive sight that will warm your heart. 

CTA Trolley: Hop on the heated CTA Trolley for a cozy ride along Jones Park Drive. This complimentary trolley service ensures you can effortlessly navigate the park’s attractions without missing a beat. 

Dancing Trees: Marvel at our famous dancing trees, a breathtaking spectacle choreographed with over two hours of dazzling lights. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and witness this mesmerizing display! 

Train Ride: All aboard the Harbor Lights Train! Take a magical journey through the park, soaking in the beauty of the lights. The train ride promises delightful experiences for all ages and it is wheelchair accessible. 

Warming Stations: Keep warm while you explore! Find comfort in the warming stations dotted throughout the park. And don’t forget to grab a S’more kit from the local vendors to add an extra dose of coziness. 

Gift Shop and Ornaments: Discover an array of exclusive Harbor Lights merchandise available at Santa’s Village. 

Meet Santa: Santa Claus will be present nightly from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except Christmas Day) at Santa’s Village to spread cheer and hand out gifts. Remember to capture these precious moments with your camera or phone.

Plan Your Visit

The Winter Holiday Festival promises to be a treasure trove of holiday cheer and family fun. From carnival rides to meeting Santa, there’s something for everyone! 

Ticket Pricing: General Admission Sunday thru Thursday (Excluding Christmas): $15 General Admission Friday & Saturday (Including Christmas): $20 Children Ages 5-12: $5  Children Ages  0-4: $0 

Parking Information: Free parking is available at the Coast Transit Authority (CTA) parking garage at 2015 15th St. Gulfport, MS. The CTA shuttle will transport guests to and from the show every 15 to 30 minutes. There is also free parking available at the west entrance of Jones Park at the corner of Hwy 90 and 49. Both parking locations provide handicap-accessible parking spaces and assistance.

To purchase tickets and more information visit: https://gulfportharborlights.com/

Enjoy spectacular drive-thru light displays and cherished traditions like selecting your christmas tree fresh from the farm.

Southaven’s Wonderland of Holiday Magic

As the holiday season approaches, Southaven, Mississippi, transforms into a vibrant tapestry of festive activities and heart warming experiences. From spectacular drive-thru light displays to cherished traditions, this year’s celebrations promise to bring joy and wonder to families and visitors alike. 

Southern Lights Drive-Thru Extravaganza 

Running nightly from Thanksgiving Day through New Years Eve, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Southern Lights, presented by Southaven Parks and Recreation, invites all to a dazzling drive-thru experience. Set across a sprawling 116-acre park, this enchanting spectacle boasts 500,000 twinkling lights, creating a mesmerizing journey for visitors. Proceeds from admission fees ($10 for cars, $15 for vans and $30 for buses) benefit local charities, spreading the spirit of giving throughout the community. Click here for more information. 

Santa’s Festive Visits & Country Brunch/Dinner at Big Barn 

Step into the enchanting Big Barn between Thanksgiving and Christmas for a Southern Country Brunch or Dinner with Santa. Capture precious moments as you take your own photos with Santa in the charming setting of the Barn Hall. Indulge in a delightful menu, and gather with friends and family. For more information visit, Eat with Santa – Cedar Hill Farm.  

Cedar Hill Farm Christmas Tree Experience 

During the holiday season, Cedar Hill Farm opens its gates for families to pick and cut their Christmas tree straight from the farm. Hop on a delightful hayride to the back forty and find the perfect tree to bring home. No general admission fee is required-simply pay for your chosen tree, and the hayride is on the house! Start a family tradition and make memories that will last a lifetime. For more information visit, Christmas Tree Farm

Additional Festive Offerings in Southaven 

Christmas Light Show & Railroad Ride: Experience the joy of Christmas Traditions at Cedar Hill Farm through a synchronized light display, narrated stories and a delightful rail ride around the North Pole.  

Santa at Tanger Outlets: Visit Santa Claus at Tanger Outlet Memphis from Nov. 25th to Dec. 23rd, creating cherished family memories at this holiday destination. 

Light Garden Display: Immerse yourself in the Mid-South’s newest holiday experience, Light Garden, featuring stunning light displays, entertainment, and unique shopping opportunities. (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Click here for a full list of the holiday events in Southaven. 

Captivating over 25,000 visitors annually, this nightly drive-thru 40-acre park is transformed with millions of lights for the holidays.

Tylertown’s Christmas in the Park

Get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Tylertown’s Christmas in the Park! From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, witness a magnificent spectacle at Holmes Water Park, where millions of lights transform 40 acres into a dazzling wonderland of holiday cheer. The park, located at 65 Old Highway 98 E, Tylertown, MS, promises a magical experience for all ages. 

Driving Tour:  Nightly Spectacle (6:00 – 8:30 PM, weather permitting) 

Embark on a mesmerizing driving tour through the largest community event of its kind in the area. Enjoy the splendid display of lights that captivates over 25,000 visitors annually. Admission is $5 for cars, $10 for commercial vans, and $20 for passenger buses (16+). The park awaits you nightly, offering a breathtaking journey through the radiant landscape of festive lights. 

Celebrating the Season – Community Events

Beyond the magical park display, Tylertown celebrated the holiday spirit with a variety of events: 

Santa Comes to Town: Meet Santa for photos and enjoy stories with Mrs. Claus on Friday, Dec. 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Centennial Square. 

Country Christmas Festival & Crafts Show: Experience old-timey demonstrations, entertainment, and craft displays Friday, Dec. 8 from 10:30 a.m to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at downtown businesses and the Agri-Heritage Center. 

Prize Drawing: Don’t miss the chance to win big on Friday, Dec. 15, at the AgriHeritage Center. $1,500 in Tylertown Shopping Dollars and a free La-Z-Boy recliner are up for grabs! 

As the holiday spirit fills the air, Tylertown beckons you to join in on the festivities. Experience the joy, wonder and magic of Christmas in the Park -an unforgettable celebration that brings the community together in the spirit of the season. For up-to-date information and details, visit the Christmas in the Park FaceBook page

Experience the magic of Washington Avenue’s 58 majestic oak trees decorated for Christmas.

Downtown Ocean Springs Shines Brighter Than Ever

Step into Downtown Ocean Springs this holiday season, and you’ll find yourself in a whimsical wonderland. The iconic Washington Avenue, boasting 58 majestic oak trees, has undergone a mesmerizing transformation-each tree adorned with twinkling Christmas lights that illuminate the downtown area. The sight is so enchanting that the scene looks right out of a Hallmark movie. 

This magical spectacle is the result of a collective effort driven by the city’s leaders and enthusiastic residents. Encouraging families to explore the festive downtown, city’s leaders and enthusiastic residents. Encouraging families to explore the festive downtown, city officials have invited locals and visitors alike to revel in the holiday spirit while supporting local businesses, savoring delectable meals at charmering restaurants, and relishing the breathtaking beauty of illuminating streets. 

Reflecting on the transformation, Ward 2 Alderman Rickey Authement expressed his awe, stating, “It’s breathtaking. Friday night when we were trying to get everything finished, people were stopping, taking pictures. It was just unbelievable.” The response from the community has been nothing short of extraordinary, with individuals stopping in their tracks to capture the magic on camera. 

Mayor Kenny Holloway shared the heartwarming story behind this magnificent display, recounting how the idea sprouted from a simple conversation among city hall colleagues. “It all happened with me and two of the ladies in City Hall walking down here saying ‘what if,’ ‘do you like it?’ and everybody loved it. So, we got on it and got it done.” 

Looking ahead, the city is already planning to expand on this breathtaking display for the next holiday season. Learning from the experience, organizers intend to start the decorating process earlier, promising an even grander and more captivating spectacle for the community to enjoy. 

This luminous transformation of Downtown Ocean Springs serves as a testament to the power of community collaboration and creative vision. It has not only elevated the holiday spirit but has also set the stage for future festivities, hinting at even more magical moments awaiting both locals and visitors in the heart of this charming city. As the lights twinkle and the holiday cheer spreads, Downtown Ocean Springs has truly become a beacon of enchantment and joy during this festive season. 

Nestled in the heart of Mississippi, New Albany is a treasure trove of history, culture, and modern charm.

New Albany – The Historic Charm and Exciting New Developments

As I embarked on my journey to explore New Albany, Mississippi, it was the warmth and hospitality of its people that struck me first. The adventure began with an introduction to Joel Bennett, a key figure in the town’s economic development, thanks to the gracious Jan Cossitt. Jan, known for her deep connection with and knowledge of New Albany, saw the opportunity for a unique narrative to unfold. What was initially a casual meet-up quickly turned into an extraordinary privilege: a personal tour from Joel himself, offering an insider’s view of the exciting economic developments transforming this charming Southern town. This experience was not just a tour; it was a story of growth, community, and the vibrant future of New Albany.

Nestled in the heart of Mississippi, New Albany is a treasure trove of history, culture, and modern charm. From its picturesque courthouse to the delightful culinary offerings and recent revitalizations, New Albany is a town that proudly celebrates its past while embracing the future.

A Stroll through History: The Courthouse and Downtown

At the heart of New Albany lies its historic courthouse, a beautiful and stately symbol of the town’s rich heritage. This architectural gem sets the tone for a downtown area brimming with quaint shops and boutiques, each offering a unique glimpse into the local culture and craftsmanship.

A Taste of Sweetness: Sugaree’s Bakery

No visit to New Albany is complete without indulging in the delectable creations of Sugaree’s Bakery. Renowned for its mouthwatering cakes and pastries, this bakery is a testament to the town’s culinary prowess and a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Reviving the Past: Hotel Henderson’s Transformation

A significant highlight in New Albany’s recent developments is the renovation of the historic Hotel Henderson. Spearheaded by developer Joel Bennett, this project is transforming the hotel into a luxurious destination complete with a spa, a speakeasy-style bar, a top-notch restaurant, and a boutique hotel experience. This revival not only honors the building’s history but also brings a new level of sophistication to New Albany.

Hotel Henderson building

Culinary Delights at Nico’s Italian Restaurant

On the famed ‘corner’ in New Albany, Nico’s Italian Restaurant is a culinary gem. The red and black tiled gas fired pizza oven is imported directly from Italy and weighs over 3,000 pounds.  This establishment offers an authentic Italian dining experience, with dishes that are as rich in flavor as they are in history.  Bonus!  You don’t have to limit yourself to just pizza.  Nico’s has great steaks, too!

Embracing Nature: The Tanglefoot Trail

For those who love the outdoors, the Tanglefoot Trail offers a serene escape into nature. This is North Mississippi’s longest rails to trails at 43.6 miles.  The Tanglefoot Trail is located in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains.  It is known for its scenic beauty, is perfect for biking, hiking, or simply enjoying a leisurely walk. It’s a place where the natural beauty of Mississippi is on full display, offering a peaceful counterpoint to the bustling town life.

A Town of Harmony: Old and New

New Albany represents a harmonious blend of the old and the new. It’s a place where history is not only preserved but also celebrated in its modern developments. Whether you’re exploring its historical sites, enjoying its culinary delights, or unwinding on the Tanglefoot Trail, New Albany is a town that welcomes all with open arms.

As New Albany continues to grow and evolve, it remains a testament to the enduring charm and resilience of Mississippi’s small towns. We invite you to visit and experience the unique blend of tradition and innovation that makes New Albany a special place in the heart of the South.

For more information, visit https://www.visitnewalbany.com/

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When the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland.

Experience the Enchantment of Christmas in Natchez, MS

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisp, our thoughts turn to the most wonderful time of the year – the holiday season! Natchez is known for its stunning architecture and historic homes, making it a place of timeless beauty. However, when the holiday season arrives, this charming town transforms into a historic wonderland that captivates all who visit.