The Natchez Trace Compact is excited about Christmastime! This December you can find plenty of fun Christmas parades and events along the Parkway. Whether you’re in Mississippi, Alabama or Tennessee this holly jolly time of year, there’s a Christmas parade near you. Bundle up with family and friends and head out to one of these exciting holiday events this December:
November 20 – December 2: Chimneyville Crafts Festival in Ridgeland: Reserve your tickets now for the Chimneyville Preview Party. To be held Friday, November 30 from 7 – 10 pm. Enjoy a lavish array of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and the chance for a sneak peek/first choice of our exhibitor’s exquisite works of art.
November 23 – December 23: Christmas in Natchez: In Natchez, the winter holidays begin the Friday after Thanksgiving with the annual Lighting of the Tree and continue through city-wide New Year’s celebrations, including tours of beautifully lit and decorated historic homes, holiday concerts, candlelight carriage rides and more.
November 30 – December 24: The Trees of Christmas in Tuscumbia: The holiday season is captured through a unique and meaningful exhibition using nine 12-feet- tall live spruce and fir trees
December 1 – Sheffield Christmas Parade: Parade begins at North Montgomery Avenue, beginning at 10th Street and proceeding to Second Street.
December 1: Tupelo Christmas Parade – The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association and Reed’s announced the Healthy Tupelo Task Force would be the Grand Marshals of 2012 Reed’s Tupelo Christmas Parade.
December 1 – Treasures on the Trace in Natchez – Enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride through the beautiful grounds of Brandon Hall Plantation followed by a Christmas tour of the breathtaking antebellum home.
December 2 – A Plantation Christmas at Belle Mont Mansion in Tuscumbia: Historic Belle Mont will be decorated for the holidays with fresh greenery and fruit. You’ll find period Christmas music and vintage ballroom dancers, complete with refreshments. This event is reminiscent of the Old South!
December 3 – Kosciusko Christmas Parade: Kosciusko Court Square comes alive with the spirit of Christmas. This year’s theme is “A Character Christmas”, so get your floats ready and be a part of one of the most festive community events in Kosciusko.
December 7 – Nashville Christmas Parade: This year’s theme pays tribute to all of the people who serve their friends and neighbors for the greater good. This type of salute is normally directed at our nation’s soldiers fighting for freedom across the globe and defending us here at home.
December 8 -9 – Dickens of a Christmas in Franklin: It’s a 27-year holiday tradition in Historic Downtown Franklin on the second weekend in December to travel back in time about 150 years to a Main Street from the time of Charles Dickens. Dickens of a Christmas is a free street festival, is open to the public, and is expected to attract some 50,000 visitors over the weekend.
December 8 – Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade: The 9th Annual Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade kicks off at 2 p.m. Parade watchers can expect the unexpected in this quirky annual parade as everything from antique tractors and trucks to lawnmowers and a menagerie of animals – cows, pigs, horses, llamas and dogs march in the Village of Leiper’s Fork.
December 8 – Toy Run & Motorcycle Parade in Tupelo: ALL churches, groups, and individuals are encouraged to help sponsor a child. Let’s make sure all the kids gets sponsored and have a GREAT Christmas.
December 14 – The Christmas Star, French Camp: Rainwater Observatory in French Camp, MS will be offering a free program for the Christmas season called “The Christmas Star.” You won’t want to miss this!