Post-Christmas blues have you down? These Mississippi Christmas lights are still shining brightly! One city even has a 100 percent chance of snow!
Published 8:59 pm Thursday, December 28, 2023
Now that the busyness of Christmas Day is over, there are plenty of lights shining bright to enjoy now that many people have more time to relax together. If you’re looking for a winter wonderland, one Mississippi city even has a 100 percent chance of snow!
- The Hattiesburg Pocket Museum features snow every evening from 6 until 8 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 30. The attraction is free and features ever-changing exhibits throughout the year. Visit their website at https://hattiesburgpocketmuseum.com for more information.
- The Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival has quickly grown to be one of Mississippi’s largest Christmas events and was even featured in a Hallmark movie! Now in its Nineth year, the 1.5 million lights draw thousands of visitors to Jones Park, right at the corner of Beach Boulevard and Highway 49 in Downtown Gulfport.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the last tickets sold are at 9:30 p.m. Continuing through Sunday, Dec. 31, free parking is available with free shuttles, but there is an admission fee. General admission on Friday and Saturday is $20 while Sunday is $15. The fee is $5 for children 5 – 12 and free for children four and under. For more information or two purchase tickets ahead of time, visit www.gulfportharborlights.com.
- Southern Lights in Central Park features half-a-million twinkling lights in Southaven. Although there is a fee, proceeds benefit charities and nonprofits. The lights are on from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. through Sunday. Fees include $10 for cars, $15 for vans, and $30 for buses.
- The Trees of Christmas at Merrehope features decorators from across Mississippi and several states. More than 50 trees and attractions draw people to this historic mansion in Meridian. Tours are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 1 until 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for military and senior citizens, and $5 for students. Visit www.merrehope.com for more information.
- The tradition of Natchez Garden Club’s Christmas Tours continues through Dec. 31.
“Our Christmas tours offer a delightful blend of tradition, history, and holiday cheer, allowing you to immerse yourself in the unique yuletide charm of Natchez. From exploring beautifully adorned historic homes to strolling through festive markets and attending lively holiday events, there are countless ways to create cherished memories during this special time of year. Let us guide you through the winter wonderland of Natchez, where the spirit of Christmas comes alive in every corner. Join us for an unforgettable holiday experience filled with joy, laughter, and the timeless traditions that make Christmas in Natchez truly magical,” the description reads.
For ticket prices and more information, visit https://littleeasytours.com/christmas-tours/
- One of the newer events, Brandon’s Magic of Lights has quickly become one of the most visited. The event is open from 6 until 10 p.m. nightly through Sunday. Tickets are for the vehicle, not the individual. The admission for a vehicle for the remaining nights is $35. For advance tickets or for more information, visit https://magicoflights.com/events/brandon/
There are also several privately-owned exhibits still open, along with town squares, parks, and other venues. Please share information about your favorite displays still open in the social media comments!