Holiday Fun

By NIKKI ROWELL,

The holiday season is upon us, and Northsiders have plenty of events to choose from to help you have a holly jolly Christmas.

The most wonderful time of the year will kick off with the first of the Christmas festivities taking place at the Mississippi Children’s Museum.

Drawing inspiration from lessons in navigation and geography, along with traditional holiday literature, Journey to the North Pole will transform the Gertrude C. Ford Exhibition Hall into a magical winter village of twinkling lights and train cars on November 29.

Only a few feet from the entrance into the exhibit will also be the Snowflake Slide, a 45-foot tall slide down the center staircase.

Children must be 36″ or taller to ride the Snowflake Slide, but children who do not meet the height requirement can play MCM’s fantastic Bingo to earn a special prize.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Madison Christmas Parade will be held on December 1 at 9 a.m.

The registration form to participate in the parade can be found on the city website. The form must be completed and returned by November 26 to Brittany Mayfield at bmayfield@madisonthecity.com or to the Parks and Recreation office.

The winning floats will be announced at a ceremony immediately following the parade at the Red Caboose.

Tickets are on sale for "Winter Wonderland," Madison's Night Out presented by Madison the City Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Nov. 30.

The event, 6-9 p.m. at Madison Square Center for the Arts," will feature a silent auction and music by The Patrick Harkins Band. Food and beverages will be provided.

Tickets are $40 and available online at madisonthecitychamber.com or by calling the Chamber at 601-856-7060.

The Ridgeland Christmas parade will be held on December 1 at 2 p.m. Registration forms can be found on the city’s website.

Forms must be filled out and returned to the Ridgeland Parks and Recreation office or sent to wendy.bourdin@ridgelandms.org no later than Monday, November 26.

On November 29, the city of Ridgeland will host its inaugural tree lighting ceremony.

Local choirs and bands will provide entertainment. Food and crafts booths will also be available.

The event will take place on Jackson Street at the railroad plaza at the corner of Jackson Street and Madison Drive from 6 to 8 p.m.

Immediately following the parade, winners will be announced at Holmes Community College.

The city of Jackson will host its Christmas parade on Saturday, December 1 at 5 p.m. This year’s theme is “Christmas lights, winter nights.”

On Friday, November 30, Jackson will light up City Hall with its annual Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m.

Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion will be from December 1 through 18. The historic section of the Governor’s Mansion features traditional holiday decorations using seasonal greenery. 

Free guided tours are offered Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the half-hour. The mansion will be closed weekends and Mondays. 

Reservations must be made in advance for groups of 10 or more. 

The mansion may be closed at other times during the month for official state functions. To confirm the availability of the mansion for tours or for information, call 601-359-6421.

The Christmas by Candletlight Tour will be on Friday, December 7 from 4:30–8:30 p.m.

This popular annual event features seasonal decorations, live holiday music and refreshments at the Governor’s Mansion, Eudora Welty House and Garden, Manship House Museum, Mississippi State Capitol, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Museum of Mississippi History and Old Capitol Museum.

The beloved model trains of Possum Ridge will run at the Two Mississippi Museums. Free transportation will take visitors from site to site, with parking available at the Old Capitol and the State Capitol.

The event is free.

For more information call 601-576-6850 or email info@mdah.ms.gov.

The 86th Annual Singing Christmas Tree at Belhaven University will be held Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1.

The event will be at the Belhaven Bowl Stadium and will begin at 7:30 p.m. both nights.

The family-friendly event is free.

New Stage Theatre will take the stage with “a new look at the classic tale” of “A Christmas Carol.”

The show, adapted by Michael Wilson, will run December 1, 6-8, 12-15 and 18-21 at 7:30 p.m. and December 2, 9 and 16 at 2 p.m.

The Jackson Zoo invites families out to decorate cookies and write Christmas wish letters at the Gertrude C. Ford Education Display Hall.

Then, children will get to personally deliver their letters to the Big Man himself, followed by a photo op.

The event will be held at the Jackson Zoo on Saturday, December 1 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Ballet Mississippi is kicking off the holiday season with the classic story of the Nutcracker.

The 2018 guest artists include international ballet stars, Joseph Phillips and Katherine Barkman.

The performances will run December 7 through 9 at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson. Tickets are available for purchase online.

The Westin is getting in on the holiday festivities with its inaugural Festival of Trees. This community-wide event is the result of a partnership with Eventful, Visit Jackson and Friends of Children’s Hospital.

Local designers will elaborately decorate Christmas trees, which will be on display at the Westin before they are auctioned off to families that fall in love with the creations.

Auction proceeds will benefit Children’s Hospital. The event will run November 30 through December 9.

First Baptist Jackson will present the message of Christmas through music and drama in “Carols by Candlelight.”

The performances will run December 7 through 9. Friday, December 7, the performance will be at 7 p.m.

On December 8 and 9, performances will be held at 3 p.m. and at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at carolsbycandlelight.org.

The Reunion Polar Express trolley ride, light judging, hot chocolate and visit with Santa will be held December 9 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The trolley will start at 5 p.m. and take a trip every 30 minutes around the neighborhood to view Christmas lights.

The trolley holds 20 people each ride. Be prepared to judge the great Reunion Light Fight.

Please purchase your Polar Express tickets for the allotted time and be sure to show up 10 minutes before your trolley departs. Due to limited seating, if you do not show up on time, seats will be rewarded to the next person in the stand-by line.

Ballet Magnificat is bringing its largest show to date back to Thalia Mara Hall. The one-of-a-kind production will feature elaborate sets, costumes and dancing in “Snow Queen.”

“Snow Queen” will hit the stage December 15 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online.