Mississippi December 17, 2016
9 Majestic Spots In Mississippi That Will Make You Feel Like You’re At The North Pole
In terms of temperature, Mississippi couldn’t be further from the North Pole; however, there are plenty of magical places in the state that’ll make you
feel as if you’re in Santa’s hometown. From natural treasures to holiday attractions, here are 9 majestic spots in Mississippi that’ll have you feeling like you’ve been transported to the North Pole.
1. UpDown Trampoline Park (101 S 41st Ave., Hattiesburg)
During the winter months, the UpDown Trampoline Park takes fun to a whole new level with an outdoor ice skating rink. One of the only outdoor rinks in the state, a visit to this Hattiesburg attraction is a must this winter season.
2. Santa’s Christmas Factory (402 19th Ave., Meridian)
Think visiting Santa’s workshop requires leaving the state? Think again; between December 15th and 22nd, Meridian’s Industrial Heritage Museum transforms into Santa’s Christmas Factory, complete with holiday decorations, music, lights, a train ride for kids, and plenty of snow.
3. Beau Rivage (875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi)
If you’re looking for a truly magical experience, then you’ll definitely want to attend Christmas Wonderland at the Beau Rivage. The “musical extravaganza” features singers, dancers, festive sets, and dazzling costumes, promising to bring the “magic of the North Pole to south Mississippi.” Christmas Wonderland will take place from December 21st to 29th.
4. Animation Museum (147 N Union St., Canton)
When it comes to magical, it doesn’t get much better than this Canton museum, which is filled with more than 150 life-sized animated figures. The festive figures are used to depict everything from Victorian-era life to children’s Christmas tales.
5. Tishomingo State Park (105 Co Rd. 90, Tishomingo)
Rated one of the top state parks in the nation, Tishomingo attracts visitors from all over the country year-round. Schedule a visit during the winter and you’ll be in for even more of a treat, since snowfall is a real possibility because of the park’s location.
6. Gingerbread Village (351 University Ave., Oxford)
Each Christmas season, the University of Mississippi invites visitors to explore a magical village made of gingerbread. Touring the village is free; however, visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to a local food bank.
7. The Polar Express (1 Public Square, Batesville)
Definitely the closest you can get to the North Pole without leaving the state, Grenada Railroad’s Polar Express train ride takes passengers on a magical journey straight to the North Pole. The hour-long ride includes hot chocolate, singing elves, and a visit from Santa Claus.
8. Mid-South Ice House (10705 Ridgeway Industrial Dr., Olive Branch)
Even though Mid-South Ice House is open year-round, the winter season is the perfect time to spend a day on the ice. And just to keep things from getting boring, Mid-South Ice House has a ton of holiday events planned, including a visit from Santa Claus himself.
9. Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Museum Blvd., Jackson)
Winter means many things, and at the Mississippi Children’s Museum it means it’s time for the annual Holiday Spectacular. The festivities last for the entire month of December and offer children the chance to learn about holiday traditions from around the world, hop aboard the Polar Express, visit with Santa Claus, build their own gingerbread house, and more.
What magical place would you add to this list?
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