Capital City Lights to Shine Bright in Downtown Jackson December 1

October 24, 2023

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Capital City Lights returns for its third annual seasonal event on Friday, December 1 starting at 4:00 PM.

This holiday spectacular brings the collaborative efforts of multiple organizations to Downtown Jackson to usher in a season of joy in the City With Soul. The event, presented in part by Visit Jackson and Downtown Jackson Partners will feature family-friendly activities, shopping, tours, and more centered on Capitol Street.

"We are excited to be a part of Capital City Lights, a new holiday tradition in the City With Soul," said Dr. Rickey Thigpen, Visit Jackson President & CEO. "This event showcases the best of Jackson and is a perfect example of the collective ambition driving our city forward. We are working together with our partners in the public and private sectors to create an event that will be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Capital City Lights is a great opportunity to celebrate our city's unique culture and heritage and to create lasting holiday memories."

Organizations and businesses from throughout Jackson are represented at the event, each bringing a unique activity or flavor to the festivities. Returning this year is the collaboration with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) for their Christmas by Candlelight Tour that will allow participants tours of downtown museums with a connecting shuttle service.

"Visit Jackson is proud to be part of such a vibrant and anticipated event," said Kim Lewis, Visit Jackson's Tourism & Destination Development Manager. "The Capital City Lights celebration is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy some of our city's best things: music, food, shopping, and most importantly, its people!"

Additional Capital City Lights events throughout downtown Jackson that night include a holiday-themed marketplace courtesy of Magnolia Sunset Markets, the AIA Jackson Holiday Storefront Competition, Ballet Mississippi’s presentation of “The Nutcracker,” The Westin’s Festival of Trees, food trucks, kids activities and more.

The City of Jackson will celebrate the event with its annual tree lighting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Jackson City Hall.

Capital City Lights is a free event. For more information about Capital City Lights, including how to get your organization involved in the holiday festivities, visit

About Capital City Lights

2021 marked the first-ever holiday event in Downtown Jackson produced by a community collective that included the Ballet Mississippi, Capital City Pride, City of Jackson, Downtown Jackson Partners, the MS Governor’s Mansion, Greater Jackson Arts Council, Highland Village, Mississippi Arts Commission, Mississippi Museum of Art, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Mississippi State Capitol, NOLA D’s, the Old Capitol Museum, Sugar Rays Sweet Shop, Thalia Mara Hall, Thimblepress, the Two Mississippi Museums, The City With Soul and The Westin Jackson.