Holiday season

Jackson starts a new downtown tradition to kick off the holiday season

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – If you’re looking for holiday-themed events, lights, decorations, music, food and shopping, Friday is for you!

The City of Jackson is throwing a new tradition to kick off the holiday season.

The series of events, called Capital City Lights, runs from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. in downtown Jackson.

Capital City Lights is a one-of-a-kind partnership with city and state agencies, media, nonprofits and businesses to celebrate the holiday season.

One of the features of Capital City Lights is a scheduled candlelight tour of 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. locations of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, including the Mississippi State Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion, the grounds of the Old Capitol Museum, the Museum of Mississippi History, and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

This is the Capital City Lights map:

Here is a list of Friday’s events:

  • City of Jackson City Hall at 4:30 p.m., find the illumination ceremony of the tree of lights of the capital with the mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba.
  • Mississippi Museum of History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museumadmire the holiday lights and decor, stop by the Museum Store Open House and Possum Ridge Train Exhibit, and hear the choir from Johnson Elementary School (5 p.m.), Germantown High School, and high school singers Velma Jackson (6 p.m.) and TB Ledford and the Accumulators (6:45 p.m.).
  • Visit the Jackson Visitor Center, MS JXN (308 East Pearl Street): Admire the holiday decorations, enjoy a hot drink and cookies, take pictures with Santa Claus and enjoy in-store discounts. It is also a rest area for first responders and a food truck location.
  • heritage building (401 East Capitol Street): Look for Magnolia Sunset and JXN Flea Markets | Capital City Lights Holiday Market and plan to bring a toy for their holiday toy drive.
  • On Lamar Street, between Capitol and Pearl streetslook for a photo exhibit of historic downtown, fire trucks and police cars – Touch-a-Truck style.
  • Save room for At Hal and Mal For dinner!
  • On the Capital City Lights Stagelisten to Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba at 5 p.m., followed by special performances including the Jackson Public Schools Arts Program performance, a special reading of the Emmy-winning animated classic “Mouse Before Christmas” by Walt Grayson and the James Hawkins Band .
  • Thimble on State Street: Join the holiday kick-off with food, wine and shopping, plus a hot chocolate bar for adults.
  • JXN Planetarium the dome will be illuminated with lights and look for food trucks there.
  • The WestinJackson will animate their Tree Festival and offer an ice rink! While you’re there, head to the hotel’s Estelle Wine Bar & Bistro for dinner and specialty cocktails.
  • MS Capital City Pride After Hours Block Party 8-11 p.m. in partnership with Highland Village, with additional music and entertainment.
  • On the ground of the Capitoline Museumlook out for outdoor decorations, including a “cool” surprise, free refreshments, and performances by the Mississippi Boychoir (5 p.m.) and 41st Army Quintet (5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.).
  • The Shopkeep Co.: find holiday lights and decor, and an open house of holiday shopping and treats.
  • look for it Children’s corner near Mississippi Governor’s Mansion with LeFleur Museum District (Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, Mississippi Children’s Museum, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, and Mississippi Sports Museum and Hall of Fame) with games, animals, holiday treats and fun lights activity.
  • On Capitol Street, between West Street and State Street, find the AIA Mississippi Holiday Storefront Challenge.
  • Stick around for later dinner with the 4th Avenue Lounge (21 years and over).
  • The Mississippi State Capitol The gift shop will be open with holiday decor, take self-guided tours (including Chambres and Offices) and listen to the Sessions Jazz Ensemble (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.).
  • The former Capitol Inn: Admire the holiday lights and decor, enjoy complimentary appetizers and purchase a drink from the lobby bar.
  • Mississippi Governor’s Mansion: First Lady Reeves will greet visitors. Snap photos with Santa, ride the trackless train, and enjoy holiday treats
  • To look for classic cars along Capitol Streetcourtesy of the Magnolia Region Porsche Club of America.
  • And, save room for dinner at Names and Faces Fair!
  • AT Thalia Mara roomlisten to music on the balcony, see The Nutcracker (7:30 p.m.) and discover the Sugarplum Shoppe open until 8 p.m.
  • At Mississippi Art Museumsee the Bethlehem Tree, shop at the Museum Store Open House (free ornament for the first 50 people).
  • To see the Walthall and Courthouse Lofts. Tours are available on request.
  • look for it historic building in lights and decoration.
  • And, at Arts Center Squarelisten to musical performances and admire the temporary public art installation, ‘Those Who Lit Our Souls’.

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