It’s never too early to plan for Christmas! Treat yourself to the ultimate holiday getaway and spend Christmas in Jackson, MS. The capital of Mississippi turns into a winter wonderland in November and December, offering a variety of festive events you don’t want to miss. Attend the Christmas Parade, marvel at mistletoe, and admire countless strings of lights decorating the streets. You can participate in many fun events and enjoy the tradition with your loved ones! Read on to discover some of our favorite holiday activities and be sure to download our free Vacation Guide before your stay. It has recommendations for local restaurants, museums, shops, and outdoor adventures. You’ll have all you need to know about Jackson and the surrounding towns to have the merriest Christmas ever!
Your Guide to the Best Christmas Events in Jackson, MS
Is there a more beautiful time of year than Christmas? This year, experience the holiday magic in Mississippi! Check out these Christmas events in Jackson, MS, that will make your visit unforgettable.
Jackson Christmas Parade
Christmas isn’t complete without a parade! Luckily, we have a stellar one right here in Jackson. Every November, our beautiful city presents an annual Christmas Parade in the heart of downtown. It’s one of the best events of the season, and it’s free for everyone! Remember to bring your camera to take photos of the colorful floats and performers that welcome the holidays. If there’s one event you cannot miss, it’s the Jackson Christmas Parade!
Mistletoe Marketplace in Jackson
There’s nothing like Jackson’s Mistletoe Marketplace during the holidays! This four-day celebration is organized by the Junior League and gives you a taste of Christmas cheer during your visit to Jackson. The extravaganza begins with a preview gala, then continues with plenty of shopping, silent auctions, and other surprises. The celebration also includes a children’s party and raffle, so don’t hesitate to bring your entire family!
Note: We highly recommend booking a ticket to the annual Marketplace Jazz Brunch in addition to Mistletoe Marketplace. Enjoy soulful music and scrumptious cuisine that you’ll dream about for years to come!
Belhaven Living Christmas Tree
Are carols your favorite part of the holidays? They’re ours too! Join us for a unique tradition at the Singing Christmas Tree at Belhaven University this winter. The outdoor celebration draws thousands of visitors each year and showcases the talented Belhaven Concert Choir, which features both current students and alumni. Hum along to your favorite holiday classics like “O Holy Night,” “White Christmas,” and the satirical version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion
Keep the Christmas spirit going strong and take a tour of the historic Mississippi Governor’s Mansion in downtown Jackson. Each December, this architectural masterpiece is adorned with sparkling ornaments, twinkling lights, and extravagant Christmas decorations. It’s the perfect place to learn more about our town’s history and spend time with the ones you love.
Other Christmas Celebrations Near Jackson
City of Lights in Canton
Every year, Canton, MS, offers their highly anticipated City of Lights event. This month-long, Victorian-style celebration includes many holiday happenings. You can hop on the carousel, drive an antique car, or ride a horse-drawn carriage through the charming town. During your tour, marvel at over 200,000 lights shining in historic Courthouse Square. Many more attractions are available during City of Lights, including unique displays at the Canton Animation Museum and railroad museum, a nighttime parade, decorated log cabin, and more!
Christmas in Natchez
There are so many things to do in Natchez, MS, during the holidays. This quaint town is a short drive from Jackson and offers a wonderful array of outdoor activities, restaurants, historical tours, and more. Make sure you catch a glimpse of the Christmas Parade. Then, take a trip down the Natchez Trace Parkway to enjoy other festivities!
Have a Magical Holiday Stay at Fairview Inn
Make your trip even better with a cozy place to stay. The Historic Fairview Inn captures all the magic of the holiday season and is perfect for a romantic winter getaway. If you’re searching for a present for your significant other, purchase a Fairview Inn gift certificate! You can celebrate the holiday in a unique way and give the gift of an experience.
Next, browse our selection of gorgeous guest rooms and pick your favorite! Take a look at our Eudora Welty Room, for example. The room displays delicate decor and charming furnishings, but also offers a king bedroom with an additional trundle bed, along with a garden view. Enjoy a relaxing moment in the private bathroom, which includes a whirlpool tub as well as a separate walk-in shower, and freshen up with our luxury bathroom amenities!
Amenities That Inspire Comfort and Joy
On top of charming accommodations, we’re also proud to offer our guests some of the best services in Jackson. You can have fun exploring the area and come back to a pampering session at our spa! Whether you choose a facial treatment or a well-deserved massage, you’ll leave feeling rejuvenated.
End the day at our in-house restaurant, 1908 Provisions. It’s one of the most sought-after eateries in town! While you wait for your table, take a moment to relax in our Library Lounge. We have a wide selection of signature cocktails that you must try!