Mississippi December 05, 2015
Here Are The Top 10 Christmas Towns In Mississippi. They’re Magical.
Tis the season! It’s December, which means the holiday season has officially begun. Towns all over the state will be getting into the Christmas spirit through community-wide events and activities. And while every town’s celebration is magical, some really go all out. From holiday performances to spectacular holiday displays, here are 10 Mississippi towns worth checking out this Christmas season.
In celebration of Christmas, the state’s capital city has a ton of holiday-themed events planned for the entire month of December. Whether you’re looking for events geared specifically toward children, such as the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Bethlehem Tree exhibit, or something for the entire family, like the annual Carols by Candlelight, Jackson is a great place to get into the holiday spirit. For a complete list of the city’s Christmas events, click
Getting in the Christmas spirit in this coastal city is a breeze. From the city’s annual Christmas on the Water celebration, which includes land and water parades, fireworks, arts and crafts, and Santa Claus, to the stunning decorations at Beauvoir, a visit to Biloxi is just what Santa ordered. For a complete list of the Gulf Coast’s holiday events, click
Each Christmas season, the “City of Lights” turns into a winter wonderland with attractions and events for people of all ages. The city’s holiday celebration includes everything from the Canton Animation Museum, an area filled with 135 life-size animated holiday figures, to historic trolley tours. The city’s Christmas fun began at the end of November and will continue until December 23rd. For more information, click
From mid-November until the beginning of January, the city of Natchez transforms into a magical winter wonderland. All aglow with lights, the festive city is filled with special events that include everything from an array of tours to appearances by the big guy in red himself. For a complete list of the city’s Christmas events, click
For over two decades, the Lewis family has been helping the city of Purvis get into the Christmas spirit with their larger than life Christmas display, which includes over 200,000 lights and several pieces of original art. Each year, residents look forward to the beautiful lights, but locals aren’t the only ones who enjoy it. The display has actually attracted visitors from as far away as Canada, Europe, and Asia! The light show is located at 280 White Chapel Road, is free to attend (donations accepted), and is open seven days a week, weather permitting, from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm until Christmas and then 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm until December 31st.
6. Olive Branch
The city will kick off the Christmas season with its 39th annual Christmas parade, which will be led by a group of Clydesdale Horses and includes bands, floats, motorcycles, performers, and, of course, Santa Claus. The day of the parade, local food and craft vendors will be located in the heart of the city’s Old Towne area. The holiday fun continues at the city’s Old Towne Christmas, which includes photo-ops with Santa, train rides for children, and carriage rides for adults. For additional information, call 662-893-0888.
Meridian started off the Christmas season with the lighting of the city’s 35-foot tall Christmas tree. And the holiday fun continues all month, providing residents with a simple, old-fashioned Christmas fit for a Hallmark movie. The historic Soule’ Stream Works transforms into Santa’s Christmas Factory, complete with snow flurries, in addition to holiday-themed performances, train rides, a decorated Victorian mansion open for touring, and more. For additional details, click
Southaven’s Christmas celebration has been in the works since last month with the opening of the city’s annual Southern Lights holiday display. All 116 acres of Central Park are adorned with 500,000 twinkling lights, making for a magical drive. And while there, be sure to check out the Christmas Tree Farm, which is synchronized to music by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The amazing light show is a must-see and is open until the end of the month. For more information on Southern Lights or any of the city’s other holiday activities, click
Through a variety of holiday-themed events, this college town really gets into the spirit of the season. It all started on December 3rd with the opening of the University of Mississippi’s Gingerbread Village, which is free and open to the public. The Yuletide fun continues with events such as the Oxford Film Festival Holiday Party, the opening of Santa’s Workshop, a parade, and holiday performances. For more details on these events, click
10. Cotton Plant
Known as “north Mississippi’s best kept secret,” Christmas in Cotton Plant has to be seen to be believed. Enjoy!
Nobody does Christmas quite like Mississippi! Have you visited any of these places during the holidays? How does your hometown celebrate the Christmas season? Tell us in the comments section below.