Things to do that don’t involve shopping

This Christmas season, avoid the fuss and expense of the mall and head out to see a few of Mississippi’s historic places. You can even take along a friend or family member as a Christmas gift that you’ll both enjoy!

Let me know if I’ve missed an important architectural event in your town!

Old Jackson Christmas by Candlelight

Traditional holiday decorations will be on display at the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, Old Capitol Museum, Mississippi State Capitol, Eudora Welty House and Garden, and William F. Winter Archives and History Building on Friday, December 6 for the eighteenth annual Old Jackson Christmas by Candlelight Tour. Free transportation will take visitors from site to site, with parking available at the Old Capitol, state capitol, and Winter Building. The tour begins at 4:30 and runs until 8:30.
This year a giant Christmas tree returns to the Old Capitol, Jackson’s oldest building, along with many of the ornaments visitors may remember from years past. Garlands will hang around the rotunda railing on the second floor and the stairwells, and wreaths will decorate the exterior of the building. Enjoy cookies and punch while listening to musical groups from across the city.

LEGO Jackson

December 7th, Lego Jackson Opening Reception, 10 a.m. Meant to inspire civic pride, LEGO JACKSON is an idealistic model of Jackson, built by Dr. Scott Crawford, done all in LEGO bricks. Come and help us celebrate Jackson! The display will be up through mid-January. You won’t want to miss the big addition this year: THE STANDARD LIFE BUILDING, an original creation taking six months to build, and containing more than 25,000 bricks. There are four other new buildings and a new high-speed train. You won’t want to miss this bigger than ever LEGO JACKSON! Meet the artist and play his “Find It Game” in the Center Gallery.

Holly Springs

Tour eleven of Holly Springs’ historic landmarks, visit the Marshall County Historical Museum, enjoy the Christmas Parade, and a concert by the Rust College A’capella Choir. Advance tickets are $15 per person, $20 after December 5th. Buy your tickets online before December 5 and save $5!

Natchez Christmas Home Tour

December 8th, 2-5 PM: Visit five houses not normally on tour. $15 for one ticket and only $25 two tickets.

Tickets can be purchased at:

  • The Judge George W. Armstrong Library
  • The Natchez Visitors Center
  • Any of the locations on the day of the Tour
  • May be paid by credit card at the Refreshment Center

Featured Homes

New Orleans 38th Annual Holiday Home Tour

Tour private historic homes in the Garden District, in all their holiday glory. Visit the tour headquarters for regional cuisine and holiday shopping among dozens of local artists, craftsmen and retailers. Enjoy the fascinating history and incredible architecture of a cherished neighborhood, with the tunes of talented New Orleans musicians at each destination on the tour.

The Holiday Home Tour is on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15 in the Garden District. Seven stunning private homes and a beautiful “bonus house,” the newly renovated Abby Hall at the Louise S. McGehee School, will captivate patrons and tourgoers with their architectural integrity and holiday charm.

Advance Tickets*
$30 for PRC members & groups of 10 or more
$40 for non-members
*Advance ticket sales close at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13.

On the day of the tour, all tickets are $45, available at the tour headquarters at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Categories: Holly Springs, Jackson, Natchez, Preservation Education, Preservation People/Events

3 replies

  1. A wonderful Greenwood tradition: At 6:30 Thursday, December 5, the Leflore County Courthouse and Keesler Bridge will be lit with thousands of white lights….Just stunning to see these 2 landmarks (1906 and 1925) outlined in the night. Following that, a Christmas movie will be shown on the south side of the 222 Howard Street building, where B.B. King’s voice was first broadcast over WGRM’s airwaves. And if that’s not enough, the oldest and largest Christmas parade in Mississippi will kick off December 6th at 3pm. At the height of Delta Band Festival’s 78-year history, more than 120 units with 4000 band students participated. It’s not that big now, but it’s still a blast as it winds through downtown, over the Keesler Bridge and up Grand Boulevard. Watch the levee fireworks and stay ’til Saturday, when the Kiwanians will serve up pancakes (for the zillionth year) at 63-year old Bankston Elementary. If you’re not in the Christmas mood yet, we can cure that in Greenwood!


  2. Port Gibson has a holiday house tour on December 7 and 8. Call Claiborne County Economic Development for details: 601-437-2006.


  3. The beautifully restored Charnley Norwood House in Ocean Springs will be open for a Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 8 from 2-5 p.m. Visit for details.


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