See and Do: Jxn in Winter

Walking in a winter wonderland? There may not be snow, but Jackson has the potential to wow you this season. 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!


Journey to the Northpole
(Through January 2) 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. Special Santa visits will be available Nov. 22, December 4 & 5, 18 and 23. See MCM website for hours. The exhibit is included with regular Museum admission.

Capital City Lights
(December 3) 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, caroling, food trucks, antique cars, trees, window decor, and lights. Presented in partnership with nearly three dozen Jackson organizations and entities.

Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree
(December 3-4) 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 3-4) 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 4) 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.

Symphony and Cicadas: Music Under the Oaks
(December 4) The Reed House at Live Oaks
Raise a glass to celebrate the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra! Guests will celebrate the evening with music, a cocktail dinner, a silent auction, and more!

Million Dollar Quarter Christmas
(December 6) Thalia Mara Hall
Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley come together again to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Sun Records, now donned with a Christmas tree, garland, and mistletoe, rings with the sounds of the season and the chart toppers that made these four famous. Follow along with the gang’s usual antics as we journey through a story of Christmas past, present, and future.

Homestead for the Holidays
(December 9-10) 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
(December 10 & 11) Hal & Mal's
Jackson’s premier pop-up art gallery & sale featuring original, handmade, local art, all priced $100 or less. Music (Friday): DJ Young Venom, DJ Stephan Urkel and DJ Daddy Bug and (Saturday): 5th Child and Newscast

Snow Much Fun
(December 11) 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.

Ballet Magnificat’s A Christmas Carol
(December 18-19) Thalia Mara Hall
Inspired by Charles Dickens’ classic tale, Ballet Magnificat brings Ebenezer Scrooge’s life-changing journey to stage.

An Officer and a Gentleman
(December 20) Thalia Mara Hall
Based on the Oscar-winning film, An Officer and a Gentleman is the timeless love story that celebrates triumph over adversity. The new musical features an iconic score including the Grammy and Oscar-winning #1 hit “Up Where We Belong” (Joe Cocker/Jennifer Warnes), and your favorite 80’s hits including: “Higher Love” (Steve Winwood), “Owner of a Lonely Heart” (Yes), “Love is a Battlefield” and “Invincible” (Pat Benatar), “Lost In Your Eyes” (Debbie Gibson), “Right Here Waiting” (Richard Marx), “Venus” (Bananarama), “I Can’t Hold Back” (Survivor), “Never Surrender” (Corey Hart), “Do The Walls Come Down” (Carly Simon), “Fly By Night” (Rush), “Hold On to Your Dream (Rick Springfield), “Overkill” (Men at Work).

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular
(December 22) 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.

Lindsey Stirling Christmas
(December 23) Thalia Mara Hall
You can’t miss Lindsey Stirling’s Ugly Sweater Christmas Party this year! Buy your VIP access to the party complete with interactive photo opportunities, activities, and Christmas cookies! Enjoy a holiday-themed Meet & Greet and listen to Lindsey share an uplifting motivational speech. All packages include a premium seat to watch the show and exclusive merchandise.

Noon Year’s Eve
(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
(December 31) Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Bring your family to ring in the New Year in an especially “Glow-tastic” way! Catch the Wild Weather exhibit before it blows away. The last day to see it is 12/31/21. Masks are recommended.

January 2022

Old School Hip Hop Reunion
(January 15)
Mississippi State Fairgrounds
"Stand Against Hate" at the Old School Hip Hop Reunion concert featuring Scarface, Bun B, 8 Ball & MJG, Mystikal, Ying Yang Twins, and the Queen Boyz.

MLK Weekend
Two Mississippi Museums
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 17, FedEx Corporation is providing free admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson.

Storytelling Festival
(January 15) Mississippi Children's Museum
Mississippi has a great collection of storytellers. On this special day, celebrate those storytellers from our past and listen to those with us now. This event is an artistic, literary adventure as we share the art of storytelling in many forms with special guests. The Storytelling Festival is included in general admission and museum membershipMLK, Jr. Celebration and Parade(Saturday before the Observance of MLK's Birthday) Parade Starts at Freedom CornerTwo weeks of activities lead up to the big parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This annual celebration features gospel singing, a talent show, live entertainment and more.

Dixie National Livestock Show & Rodeo
(January 19-February 20) 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.


Ignite the Night
(February 12) Mississippi Children's Museum
MCM Partners invites grown-ups to take over the museum as Ignite the Night: New York State of Mind welcomes the museum’s biggest little kids to come take a bite out of the Big Apple in the heart of Jackson. Come dressed in your most Cosmopolitian of New York City style, enjoy entertainment by street performers and musicians and savor a variety of NYC’s finest culinary offerings.

Mississippi Blues Marathon
(February 19) 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 Celebration
(February 26) Mississippi Children's Museum
Celebrate with MCM as they create Lorax mustaches, oobleck, cook green eggs and Seuss kabobs, and learn about the beloved author Dr. Seuss at their annual birthday bash.

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
(February 27) Thalia Mara Hall
In celebration of the anniversary of Abbey Road, Rain will bring the greatest hits of this epic recording to life, in addition to all your early Beatles favorites. This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is “the next best thing to seeing the Beatles” (Associated Press).

Gem & Mineral Show
(End of February) 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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