2nd Annual Capital City Lights - December 2, 2022

Returning for a second year, this holiday spectacular brings the collaborative efforts of multiple organizations to the streets of Downtown Jackson to usher in a season of joy in the City With Soul!


Mississippi Department of Archives and History Christmas by Candlelight Tour 2022 - 4-8 pm

Free live music, holiday decorations, and treats - Mississippi State Capitol, Mississippi Governor's Mansion, the Old Capitol Museum, Museum of Mississippi History, and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

Park and take advantage of the shuttle buses running between sites, walk or drive and come and go on your own schedule.

1 - Session Jazz Ensemble, Chambers of House and Senate will be open to enter, Offices of Speaker and Governor available to view, Capitol Gift shop will be open - MS State Capitol - 4-8 pm

2 - Possum Ridge train display, choirs, museum store open, holiday craft activity for families - Two Mississippi Museums - 4-8 pm

3 - Traditional Holiday decorations, festival holiday lighting, faux snow, Welty House set up in the Nichols Room - Old Capitol Museum - 4-8 pm | Choir 5-5:45 pm

17 - Trackless Train Rides and Photos With Santa - MS Governor's Mansion - 4 - 8 pm

7 - Musical Performances and an appearance from Santa (5-8 PM), MS Capital City Pride Block Party & HBO "We Are Here" Jackson episode watch party (8-9 PM), and more surprises! - Main Stage presented by Greater Jackson Arts Council - 8-10 pm

8 - AIA Jackson Holiday Storefront Competition Area architectural firms, interior designers, event planner, downtown businesses and more compete with magical storefront displays. Vote via QR code in each window.

10 - Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, live Christmas-themed music courtesy of the Forest Hill High School Band and students from John Hopkins Elementary School, with performances provided by cheerleaders from Boyd Elementary School and Lanier High School. Forest Hill student Aniya Bennett will perform as a soloist - City Hall - 4:45 pm

11 - The Mash Up Mini Art Exhibition and Mixer - 418 East Capitol
Featuring visual artists, performing artists and more. More details.

12 - Magnolia Sunset Markets - Heritage Building - 5-9:30 pm
Featuring a selection of vendors showcasing artistan merchandise, foods and more.

13 - Iconic cross will be lit - Capitol Towers Building

14 - Holiday Happy Hour, Views & Decorations - Capital Club
More details

15 - Clock Tower lit in red and green - Lamar Life Building

16 - MS Science Museum, Smith Robertson Museum, Municipal Art Gallery and BeanPath - 300 Block of East Capitol Street
Activities for kids and families from our friends and neighbors citywide inlacing live animals, robotics, face painting and balloon animals (sponsored by 601 Studios).

18 - Building Open for tours - Walthall/Courthouse Lofts

20 - Aurora Lighting Display - Regions Plaza
Bring your family and friends down to enjoy this interactive lighting display in one of downtown’s great pocket plazas.

21 - Featuring a cookie decorating activity, Santa's workshop and - SANTA, plus 10% off merchandise (22% off Bicentennial merch) - JXN Welcome Center - 4-8 pm

23 - 601 Studios' teachers and students performing holiday favorites in the bistro-style outdoor plaza - Arts Center of Mississippi - 5-8 pm

24 - Lights, food trucks and holiday music - Jackson Planetarium

25 - Younger Foundation Crèche and Bethlehem Tree Collection, Holiday shopping at The Museum Store, Hot Chocolate station, Children’s art activity, Current exhibitions available to view - Mississippi Museum of Art

26 - Nutcracker ballerinas and performers greet guests, offer special treats - Plaza of Thalia Mara Hall

The Nutcracker performance by Ballet Mississippi - Thalia Mara Hall - 7:30 pm

27 - 5th Annual Festival of Trees | Ice Skating Rink - The Westin


1 - Mississippi State Capitol Gift Shop
2 - Two Mississippi Museums Museum Store
4 - Offbeat - “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” - an Offbeat toy sale for all ages + live DJs (more details)
5 -Thimblepress - Thimblepress x Cathead drink collab (more details)
6 - Pretty Slayer - Holiday Hair Glam (more details)
14 - JXN Welcome Center
19 - Mississippi Museum of Art Museum Store


9 - The Weekend JXN - “The Real WE ARE SWAC Friday Kickback” tickets are available in advance and at the door. 21+
17 - Food Trucks
22 - 4th Avenue Lounge - Bicentennial beverages, 21+ dining
19 - Names & Faces Lounge - 21+ dining
28 - Estelle at The Westin Jackson - Specialty cocktails, dining
29 - Martin's Downtown - Bicentennial beverages, dining
30 - Hal and Mal's - Drinks + Dining, “Snow” the courtyard, Christmas cookie decorating for kids hosted by Campbell’s

About Capital City Lights

2021 marked the first ever-holiday event in Downtown Jackson produced by a community collective. This year's collaborators include The Westin Jackson Thalia Mara Hall , Ballet Mississippi, Mississippi Museum of Art, Arts Center of Mississippi, Jackson Planetarium, Municipal Art Gallery, 601 Studios, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Magnolia Sunset Markets, Two Mississippi Museums, Old Capitol Museum, Mississippi State Capitol, City of Jackson MS, Offbeat, Thimblepress, Pretty Slayer, Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, Greater Jackson Arts Council, Capital City Pride, Downtown Jackson Partners, Visit Jackson, Cathead, AIA Mississippi, 4th Avenue Lounge, Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association, BeanPath, Jackson Heritage, LeFleur Bluff Properties, Community Foundation for Mississippi, Tell Agency, Capitol Police, Jackson Police Department, The MashUp, The Weekend, Cricket Wireless, Steven James Foundation, Walthall Lofts, The Courthouse, Hal and Mal’s, Martin’s, Names and Faces, The Faulkner, The Artistry, The Real 105.1, Mattiace Properties, Capital Club, Steven James Foundation, Cricket Wireless

Lamar Life Building during Capitol City Lights
Credit: Drew Dempsey/Tell Agency

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