See and Do: Jxn in Winter

From holiday celebrations, right on into the New Year, all the way to yippy ki yay, cowboy, plan your trip to the City With Soul!

Confetti falls over a celebratory crowd.
Noon Year's Eve at the MS Children's Museum.
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December

Journey to the Northpole mschildrensmuseum.org
(November 20 through January 8) Mississippi Children’s Museum
Drawing inspiration from lessons in navigation and geography along with traditional holiday literature, Journey to the North Pole is set to transform the Gertrude C. Ford Exhibition Hall into a magical winter village of twinkling lights and train cars. Only a few feet from the entrance into the exhibit will also be a 45-foot slide down the center staircase of the museum called the Snowflake Slide. The exhibit is included with regular Museum admission.

Capital City Lights capitalcitylights.com
(December 2) Downtown Jackson
Downtown Jackson’s community celebration to kick-off the holiday season! Events include the Festival of Trees at The Westin Jackson, Nutcracker performances at Thalia Mara Hall, the Magnolia Sunset Markets, and Christmas by Candlelight Tours of MS Department of Archive and History locations, including the Two Mississippi Museums plus live music, food trucks, window decor, and lights. Presented in partnership with nearly two dozen Jackson organizations and entities.

Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree
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(December 2 & 3) Belhaven University
Belhaven's Singing Christmas Tree is a rich Belhaven tradition, enjoyed by more than a thousand people each year. This annual event, started in 1933, is considered to be the world's oldest outdoor singing Christmas tree tradition. A large new 35 foot tall wooden and metal tree structure accommodates up to 100 singers.

Deck the District
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(December 2 & 3) The District at Eastover
Help light The District’s Christmas tree to kick-off Friends of Children’s Hospital’s annual holiday fundraiser, Light-A-Light presented by BankPlus during this two-day event. Visit with Santa, hear live music and celebrate with holiday-themed performances, shopping and food and drink. The event is free.

Central Mississippi Record Convention
(December 3) Duling Hall
Vendors from Mississippi and several other surrounding states will bring vintage and collectible vinyl in all formats including 33 1/3’s, 45’s, 78’s records as well as cassettes, CD’s along with some stereo equipment and other music related memorabilia to Jackson for this one-day event.

Homestead for the Holidays
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(December 8 & 9) Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum
Enjoy breakfast for supper, story time with Mrs. Claus and a picture with Santa and Rudolph! Take a stroll through Small Town and see demonstra- tors, visit Fortenberry-Parkman Farmstead and experience Christmas during the late 1800s. Carousel and train rides will be available as well as hands on historic crafts and live music throughout the grounds.

Priced to Move
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(December 9 & 10) Fertile Ground Beer Co.
Jackson’s premier pop-up art gallery & sale featuring original, handmade, local art, all priced $100 or less - and live music.

Snow Much Fun
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(December 9 & 10) Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Give your kids a snow day! Well, a snow NIGHT, actually. Play in scheduled “snowfalls”, take a frosty selfie with Santa, create winter woodland crafts, and see winter STEM experiments.

Carols By Candlelight Get tickets
(December 9-11) First Baptist Jackson
The First Baptist Jackson choir and orchestra share the timeless message of God’s greatest gift to us through music, song, and dance—a tradition to be enjoyed by the entire family.

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular
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(December 11) Thalia Mara Hall
Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular brings the joy and excitement of the holiday season to your theater like never before. This all-new production features some of the greatest holiday songs of all time performed with the world-renowned cast of Cirque Musica. Experience the chills, thrills, and excitement of the best Cirque performers from around the world performing to your holiday favorites.

JSU vs MSU Basketball
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(December 14) MS Coliseum
Catch college basketball action - the SEC versus the SWAC!

The Weeks 16th Annual Mississippi Christmas Party Get tickets
(December 16 & 17) The Martin's Downtown
Raucous Mississippi rock combo The Weeks got their start in 2006 while all four members where still in high school. This time around, the quartet brings Twist to town for the holiday ride.

Ballet Magnificat’s Most Incredible Christmas thaliamarahall.net
(December 17) Thalia Mara Hall
With over 100 dancers in the cast, "Most Incredible Christmas" is a Broadway-style contemporary ballet highlighting the most extraordinary and incredible thing about the Christmas season.

Noon Year’s Eve mschildrensmuseum.org
(December 31) Mississippi Children’s Museum
Join us at Noon for Noon Year’s Eve! Fill the rocket with New Year’s wishes and watch it blast off during the countdown at noon! Enjoy special programming and more as we ring in the New Year. This event is the grand finale of MCM’s Holiday Spectacular that ignites the imagination and inspires the New Year ahead.

New Year’s Eve Glow Party mdwfp.com
(December 31) Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Bring your family to ring in the New Year in an especially “Glow-tastic” way! Catch "Space: Journey to Our Future." The last day to see it is 12/31/22.

Soulabration Get tickets
(December 31) MS Coliseum
The 2022 NYE Soulabration is the Most Soulful Night of the Year starring Grammy nominated Calvin Richardson, Adrian Bagher, Wendell B, LJ Echols, Arthur Young and Big Yayo all live in concert.

a female rider on a horse rounds a barrel
Dixie National season begins mid-January at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds.

January 2023

BANKPLUS 35TH ANNUAL RACING VEHICLE EXTRAVAGANZA
January 8-9
MS Trade Mart
Special 35th Year Anniversary of Mississippi's Premier Racing Event featuring over 175 Radical Customs, Race Cars, and Performance Street Cars competing for over 100 awards, including a giant 7 ft. "BEST OF SHOW" award.

JXN INDIE MUSIC WEEK

(January 8-15) Various Venues
Jackson Indie Music Week, a celebration of Central Mississippi’s independent music scene, is a week-long series of concerts, showcases, panels, and parties, spotlighting creatives from ALL genres including Rock, Hip Hop, EDM, Blues, Singer-Songwriter, and Independent Film & Video.

THE BE FUNNY TOUR WITH COMEDIAN NATE BARGATZE

January 12
Thalia Mara Hall
Hailing from Old Hickory, Tennessee, stand-up comedian Nate Bargatze has been recognized this year as “The Nicest Man in Stand-Up,” by The Atlantic Magazine and a “Rising Star,” by CBS Morning.

MLK Weekend

January 14-16
Two Mississippi Museums
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 14-16, admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will be free thanks to FedEx. The annual MLK Night of Culture at the Two Mississippi Museums, January 16, is inspired by the Black Empowerment gallery of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum which highlights the unity and determination of Black Mississippians demanding their civil rights in the late 1960s.

STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
January 14
MS Children's Museum
An artistic, literary adventure celebrating the art of storytelling in many forms with special guests, performances, and workshops celebrating storytellers of all kinds.

LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL
January 17
Thalia Mara Hall
Fabulously fun and international award-winning Legally Blonde - The Musical is the ultimate Broadway tribute to Girl Power! The story follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams, and proves that you can be legally blonde and STILL the smartest person in the room.

DIXIE NATIONAL LIVESTOCK SHOW & RODEO
January 18-February 18
Mississippi State Fairgrounds
The Mississippi Coliseum hosts the largest livestock show east of the Mississippi River and second largest PRCA Rodeo, featuring five horse shows, Junior Livestock show, two-day Western Festival, two trade shows, rodeo dance, parade over three weeks and the Mississippi AG and Outdoor Expo.

MONSTER TRUCK NITRO GLOW SHOW
January 21
MS Coliseum
An action packed visual spectacle, fun for the entire family! See these incredible illuminated 10,000-pound, car crushing giants compete in racing, wheelie contests, and then rock the house with amazing freestyle action during the Monster Truck Nitro Tour.

runners at the start line of a race
The Mississippi Blues Marathon runs February 25.

February

KERWIN CLAIBORNE: THEEESE FOLKS CRAZY TOUR
February 11
Thalia Mara Hall
Kerwin Claiborne has just begun a new comedy production called “Thees W@#$ Folks Crazy” which has sold out many venues thus far.

IGNITE THE NIGHT

February 11
Mississippi Children's Museum
MCM Partners invites grown-ups to take over the museum as Ignite the Night: The Love of Fun. Come dressed in an outfit you LOVE. Feel free to be brave and let us see your fun side. Prepare to fall in LOVE with music that will move you, food that will delight you, and artwork like no other. Of course, you can bid on fabulous silent auction items while also soaking up surprise fun activities.

WORLD-FAMOUS GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
February 15
Thalia Mara Hall
The world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra brings timeless classics like In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Pennsylvania 6-5000, String of Pearls and Tuxedo Junction back to the stage.

MISSISSIPPI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S NOTHIN’ BUT THE BLUES!
February 18
Thalia Mara Hall
Her credits swing from Broadway to backup for Bette Midler, Rhianna and Kelly Clarkson all the way to successful albums of her own. Singer, songwriter and knockout performer Shayna Steele, whose voice the London Jazz Times says “unleashes enough voltage to light up the West End,” once called Biloxi home.

MISSISSIPPI BLUES MARATHON
February 25
Downtown Jackson
With live music before, after and throughout the course, this marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k bring runners from across the country (and world) to Jackson. A 13.1 mile double-loop takes runners through downtown, Belhaven and Jackson State University.

DR. SEUSS’ SILLY BIRTHDAY
February 25
MS Children's Museum
Get messy with ooey-gooey oobleck, hunt for clues on a Seuss-themed scavenger hunt, and in true Seuss-style, enjoy delicious green eggs outside on the Literacy Porch! Readings of Dr. Seuss’ most popular books will be enjoyed throughout the day, and guests can snap their photo with Thing 1, Thing 2, and of course – The Cat in the Hat.

GEM & MINERAL SHOW
February 25 & 26
Mississippi Trade Mart
Over 25 dealers from across the country come to sell minerals and fossil specimens, beads, lapidary tools and cutting materials, gems, jewelry and more. Exhibits and educational opportunities for all ages are provided by various state organizations, colleges and earth science professionals. MGMS members also display some of their own collections of fossils, minerals and artifacts (many found here in Mississippi).

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