This holiday season is different than most, but you can still safely take advantage of the holiday spirit in Jackson! The city turns into a real winter wonderland and it’s a sight you cannot miss. We’re breaking down what you need to know about our favorite Christmas events in Jackson, MS, so you can get inspired! Read on, take notes, and get ready to have a magical time.
Celebrate Safely at These Christmas Events in the Greater Jackson, MS Area
1. Attend the City of Lights Christmas Festival in Canton
You don’t have to stay in Jackson to enjoy fun Christmas events. Drive to the nearby town of Canton and attend the City of Lights Christmas Festival! It’s a month-long celebration that takes you back to the Victorian era through several enchanting activities. Take a ride on the carousel, listen to a story by Mrs. Claus, or go on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the charming town. You’ll be blown away by the 200,000 lights shining throughout the historic Courthouse Square! This year, the festival is running November 27 – 29 and December 4 – 23, 2020.
2. Browse the Chimneyville Arts Festival
Before the holiday, you have to get all your shopping done! Mississippi-made products are the perfect Christmas present. Meet local artisans and find meaningful gifts for the whole family at the Chimneyville Arts Festival that is taking place at the Bill Waller Craft Center in Ridgeland this year the first two weekends in December. This annual event is put on by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi and you don’t want to miss it!
3. Experience Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion
For a historical Christmas celebration, head over to the Governor’s Mansion downtown. Each December, this architectural masterpiece turns into a gorgeous Christmas temple with sparkling ornaments, twinkling lights, and more. This year, you can still tour the historic section of the mansion December 4 – 5 and December 7 – 9, 2020. A maximum of ten visitors are allowed per each half-hour time slot, and face coverings are required. Make your reservation for this historic experience.
4. Celebrate Winter Solstice at Highland Village
Join Highland Village for a special celebration of the Winter Solstice on the night of December 21st. Get access to exclusive shopping, festive entertainment, and cheery food and drinks. Advance purchase tickets are required to ensure social distancing.
5. Head Over to Christmas in Natchez
Natchez is another wonderful town you should try to visit while you’re in Jackson. Christmastime in Natchez is a magical scene that involves a parade (held “backwards” this year on December 5th) and many festive displays. It’s a great opportunity to check out their various historical houses – many of which are decorated for the holiday. Driving around to gaze at glittering lights and meticulously decorated mansions is the perfect socially distanced Christmas activity. Find out more details about the various Christmas events in Natchez.
6. Hang Out with Santa at McClain Lodge
Children will have many opportunities to let Santa know exactly what they want for Christmas this year at McClain Lodge in Brandon, MS. Enhance your safari tour on Sundays in December with a Santa photo-op, decorate Christmas cookies with the big man on December 12th, or savor a special breakfast with Santa on December 19th.
7. Indulge in a Festive Prix Fixe Dinner
Let 1908 Provisions do the cooking and cleaning on Christmas Eve! Executive Chef Connor Mize has prepared a traditional three-course meal complete with an appetizer, main dish, and dessert for $39 per person. View the menu here and make your reservation here. The regular dinner menu will also be available.
Enhance Your Experience With Our Christmas Specials
After reading about all these exciting events, you might be thinking: How can this get any better? Let us tell you about our amazing Christmas specials at the Historic Fairview Inn.
Feel at home away from home with the cozy Christmas Vacation package. Relax in one of our spacious suites, indulge in a festive three-course dinner at 1908 Provisions, and wake up to a delicious homemade breakfast! We’ll even put some milk and warm cookies in your room on Christmas Eve.
Jingle All the Way
We play Santa for a day with the Jingle All the Way package! Stay between November 27th and December 24th for only $179 a night and receive a special Christmas gift in your room upon arrival.
Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas at the Historic Fairview Inn
Bring the holiday cheer from one of these tremendous Christmas events back to the Historic Fairview Inn! Our charming boutique hotel is the ideal place to spend a safe and intimate holiday vacation with your loved ones, especially your significant other. Browse our gorgeous selection of rooms and suites and pick the one that suits you. They all boast beautiful decor and cozy amenities. Don’t forget about our Christmas specials, either. They will make your stay even more special. This year is no doubt different, but the Fairview Inn remains ready to host you this holiday season.