The holidays are finally here and we’ve got some great celebrations in and around Ridgeland to put you into the Christmas spirit. So make your list and check it twice for these nice holiday special events!
November 30 & December 7 @ 6-8 pm
Pet Photo Nights with Santa at Northpark Mall, Ridgeland
Bring a 5 lb. pet food donation for CARA to Hollywood Feed on County Line Road and receive a 50% off discount coupon for your pet photos. Please enter the main mall entrance lower level between Belk and Dillard’s. Have your pet on a leash and be prepared to clean up any accidents and keep them occupied while they wait their turn with Santa. For more information, call (601) 863-2300.
December 1 @ 4:30-8:30 pm
22nd Annual Christmas by Candlelight Tour @ MS Dept. of Archives & History, Jackson
An evening of music and traditional holiday decorations and treats. The State Capitol, Governor’s Mansion, Old Capitol Museum, Manship House Museum, Eudora Welty House and Garden, and the William F. Winter Building will be decorated for the tour. Free bus transportation will run between the sites or drive your own vehicle. For more info, call (601) 961-4724.
December 1, 2, 3 and 9 (at 2 pm & 7 pm) & 10 (at 2 pm)
The Nutcracker @ Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center
Join the Mississippi Ballet for its annual performance of this classic holiday story. The popular Sweet Tea Parties for children will follow both matinee performances on December 9 & 10. For tickets, call (601) 853-4508 or visit www.balletms.com
December 2 @ 2 pm
Ridgeland Christmas Parade
The Ridgeland Christmas Parade will begin at Holmes Community College and this year’s theme is Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.
December 2 @ 9:30-10 am
Breakfast with Santa at Northpark Mall & Photos with Santa
Head over to Center Court in the mall and enjoy milk and cinnamon rolls with Santa! Photos with Santa are available now thru December 24 beginning at 10 am each day. Location: Center Court. For more info, call (601) 863-2300.
December 2 @ 1-3 pm
Christmas Cooking Class at Seafood R’evolution
Join Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto for an amazing taste of the holidays. Cost is $99 per person and includes wine and tastings of each dish. Menu includes: Blood Orange and Rosemary Daiquiri, Chestnut Cappuccino with Sambuca Crema, King Salmon with Cucumber and Medjool Date Salad and Lemon Dill Pistachio Vinaigrette, Roasted Christmas Goose with Sweet Farre Dressing, Southern Eggnog and Bay Leaf Custard. Call 601.853.3474 for reservations.
Wonderland of Lights @ Freedom Ridge Park, Ridgeland
Enjoy enchanting Christmas lights and decorations nightly until 10 pm. For more info, call Ridgeland Recreation & Parks at (601) 853-2011.
December 7 @ 5-8 pm
Christmas Open House at The Township at Colony Park, Ridgeland
With lots of special giveaways, kid’s activities and delightful jazz music there’s great holiday fun to be had at this annual event. Pictures with Santa from 5:30-8:00 pm. For more info, call (601) 368-9950.
December 7 & 20 @ 8:45-10 am
Compassionate Santa at Northpark Mall, Ridgeland
Compassionate Santa provides a subdued and welcoming atmosphere for children and adults with special needs. For more information, call (601) 863-2300.
December 9 @ 12-5pm
Dog Pictures with Santa at Orvis at Renaissance at Colony Park, Ridgeland
Have your fur baby’s pic made with the Orvis Santa and help raise funds for Rescue Revolution of Mississippi. Orvis will also be hosting a special shopping and holiday gift wrapping day. For more info, call (601) 856-5347.
Now thru December 23 @ 5-9 pm
Canton Victorian Christmas Festival, Canton
Visit the historic Madison County Courthouse Square decorated in over 200,000 lights for this festival that includes a new interactive Christmas Village, carousel rides, the Canton Animation Museums and other delightful amusements and glorious decorations. Light and Character Parades will be held at 6:30 and 8 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. For more information, call (601) 859-1307 or visit Canton Victorian Christmas Festival.
Now thru January 7
Journey to the North Pole @ Mississippi Children’s Museum, Jackson
It’s a North Pole adventure at the Mississippi Children’s Museum this holiday season. Meet the train conductor as you climb aboard Santa’s Steam Engine and enter a magical winter village filled with twinkling lights. Race down the 45-foot tall thrilling Snowflake Slide. Old St. Nick himself will be around for photos on Saturdays between 10 am and 2 pm. There’s also Gingerbread House Workshops available and a special ‘Twas a Night at the Museum on December 9 & 16. For more info and tickets, call (601) 981-5469 or visit mschildrensmuseum.org.
December 16 & 17
Ballet Magnifcat’s Light Has Come – The Angel’s Story @ Thalia Mara Hall, Jackson
An epic ballet performance of the story of salvation from the unique perspective of angels. America’s premier ballet company’s performance allowing the audience to experience the greatest love of the King of all kings. For info call (601) 977-1001 or visit www.balletmagnificat.com
Carols by Candelight @ First Baptist Church Jackson
Over 700 volunteers bring this cherished tradition to audiences each year. Some performances are already sold out. For tickets and info, visit Carols by Candlelight.