The Season Is Upon Us

The City of Canton hosts its annual Christmas festival throughout the season. Photo courtesy Canton Christmas Festival

The City of Canton hosts its annual Christmas festival throughout the season. Photo courtesy Canton Christmas Festival

Museum Store Day and Santa Visits MCM

The Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Museum Blvd.) will celebrate national Museum Store Day on 
Sunday, Dec. 1, with a holiday sale at the museum's 
Trading Post from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Shopping at The Trading Post does not require daily admission to MCM. The event will also include a visit from Santa Claus from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit mschildrensmuseum.org or call 601-981-5469.

The Children's Museum is also offering photos with Santa for children beginning on Nov. 25 and running through Dec. 22. Dates and times for photo sessions vary. For more information and a list of times, you can visit mschildrensmuseum.org.

A Christmas Carol at New Stage

New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) will host 
Michael Wilson's adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 3., and running through Sunday, Dec. 22. Tickets are $30, and dates and show times vary. For information and show times, visit newstagetheatre.com or call 601-948-3533.

Ballet Mississippi's "The Nutcracker"


Ballet Mississippi presents a performance of “The Nutcracker.” Photo courtesy Ballet Mississippi

Ballet Mississippi will host its production of "The Nutcracker" from Friday, Dec. 6, through Sunday, Dec. 8, at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.).

The Friday performance is also “Ballet, Blue Jeans, and Bubbly” night, in which Ballet Mississippi invites patrons to dress in casual attire to attend the show. The event will include complementary hors d'oeuvres, jazz music and a cash bar. Pre-performance festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. on the mezzanine level of Thalia Mara Hall, and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $13 and will be available at the door or online at balletms.com. For more information, visit balletms.com or call 601-960-1560.

The Ballet Mississippi Guild will also host the Sugar Plum Fairy's Tea Parties at the Westin Jackson Hotel (407 S. Congress St.) before the Saturday and Sunday matinee performances of "The Nutcracker." The parties begin at 1:30 p.m. and include a traditional seated tea and visits with "The Nutcracker" characters. Tickets for the tea parties are $35 per person and are available online.

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!

The Mississippi Puppetry Guild will host its holiday puppet show "Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!" at the Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive) on Friday, Dec. 6, and on Wednesday, Dec. 11, through Friday, Dec. 13. All shows take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Individual tickets are $10 per person, and teachers get in free. Group tickets for one adult and 10 children are $8 each. For information, email [email protected] or call 601-977-9840.

STEM with Snowflakes

The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive) will host "STEM with Snowflakes" on Friday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. The science, technology, engineering and mathematics-themed event will include experiments with instant snow and dry ice, crafting paper snowflakes to learn about snowflake symmetry and the story of "Snowflake Bentley," the naturalist and photographer who first captured snowflakes on film. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children over age 3. 
Museum members and 
children under 3 get in free. For information, visit mdwfp.com/museum or call 601-576-6000.

'Twas a Night at the Museum

The Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Museum Blvd.) will host its late-night holiday pajama party, "'Twas a Night at the Museum," on Friday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Visitors can dress in holiday pajamas, 
participate in holiday activities and attend readings of 
classic holiday stories performed by holiday-themed characters. Admission is included with general admission or museum membership. Children must be 36" or taller to ride the Snowflake Slide. For information, visit mschildrensmuseum.org.

Winter Fun Day Camp

The Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Museum Blvd.) will host an educational day camp for children ages 5 to 10 on Monday, Dec. 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children will read "Snowmen at Night," paint landscapes, learn about winter-planted vegetables, decorate gingerbread houses and participate in STEM-related activities. 
For information, visit mschildrensmuseum.org or call 601-981-5469.

CrossFit Charity Ball

CrossFit gym in Jackson will host its annual charity Christmas ball to raise money for Methodist Children's Home of Mississippi on Friday, Dec. 20, at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive) from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The goal of the event is to deliver 200 presents to children and raise $2,000 to donate to the charity. Attendees must wear formal dress, and the theme is black and gold. The event will include a three-course meal, a live band, a silent auction and a cash bar.

Tickets are $60 per person, which includes the meal and a Champagne reception. Guests can reserve a table for 10 for $700, which comes with two bottles of Champagne. Visit msagmuseum.org or find the event on Facebook.

Canton Christmas Festival

The City of Canton will host its annual Christmas festival from Nov. 29 through Dec. 23. The festival will include horse and buggy rides, story time with Mrs. Claus, sales at Canton shops, a carousel, photos with Santa, trolley rides, a miniature train, holiday character parades and more. Festival hours will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit cantontourism.com/events.

Send event info to [email protected].


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