Time to get in the spirit

They’re already playing Christmas music in stores. I was surprised when it started the day after Halloween, but I guess there really isn’t that much time left until the Big Red Dude shows up to eat your cookies.

Looking for some events to get you in the holiday spirit? There’s plenty to do! Check websites for times and pricing.

  • Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree – The country’s oldest singing Christmas Tree, Belhaven will put on it’s 79th performance on December 2 and 3 at 7:30 each night, free for everybody. This is a beautiful event, and over the years we have gotten to hear many friends sing traditional Christmas hymns and childhood favorites. It’s an outside event, so be prepared for the weather, whatever it may be.
  • Chimneyville Crafts Festival – December 2-4, at the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson. Get your Christmas shopping finished early by buying local artisans’ beautiful, handmade crafts. Preview Party on Friday is $50 (which includes admission for Saturday and Sunday). Admission on either Saturday or Sunday is only $10.
  • The Nutcracker – Presented by Ballet Mississippi at Thalia Mara Hall, see the classic ballet December 3 or 4. We went every year growing up, and I had to wear a horrid velvet green jumper each time. Just think, you could give your kids the same wonderful memories! Tickets start at $10.
  • Jackson Christmas Parade – Downtown on December 3 at noon, come see the floats, marching bands, and Santa as he officially ushers in the Christmas season.
  • Old Time Country Christmas – December 2-3 at the Ag Museum in Jackson, find the Gingerbread Gift Market, Christmas trees, decorations, and caroling! Entrance to the Market is $2.
  • Carols by Candlelight – December 9-11, First Baptist will put on its annual telling of the Christmas story through songs and drama. You can order tickets on their website, but hurry! The shows are selling out fast.
  • Canton City of Lights – From November 25 – December 23 Canton, MS dresses up it’s town square in holiday lights and Christmas cheer. It’s free, but check out the shops around the square while you’re there. Also, horse and buggy rides are available.
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