Exploring Events in December

Christmas Parades:
December 1
Iuka, MS
Tupelo, MS
Greenwood, MS
Collierville, TN

December 2
Tishomingo, MS
Corinth, MS
Olive Branch, MS
Vicksburg, MS
Como, MS
Holly Springs, MS
Grenada, MS
Memphis, TN

December 4
Senatobia, MS
Pontotoc, MS
Columbus, MS
Oxford, MS
Hernando, MS
Burnsville, MS

December 5
Batesville, MS

December 12
Sardis, MS

Panola Playhouse Presents “Elf Jr. The Musical”
Through December 3
Panola Playhouse
Sardis, MS
Directed by Lauren Suddoth. For more information visit panolaplayhouse.com or call 662-487-3975.

The Phantom of the Opera
Through December 10
Orpheum Theatre
Memphis, TN
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera will return to Memphis as part of its North American Tour. For more information and tickets visit orpheum-memphis.com or call 901-525-3000.

Cookies & Milk with Santa
Through December 17
Cedar Hill Farm
Hernando, MS
Between 1:00pm-5:00pm, Nov 24-26, Dec 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17 you can visit with Santa and have your picture taken, while enjoying light refreshments that include farm fresh donuts, cookies, chocolate & white milk, coffee, tea and water. Cost is $9.95 (+ tax) per person to visit with Santa. Price also includes admission to the petting zoo, train ride, chicken show, play areas and hayride. For more information, call 662-429-2540 or visit
Merry Christmas Tree Farm
Through December 24
Nesbit, MS
Merry Christmas Tree Farm is the number one tree farm in the Mid-South, with a huge selection of Christmas trees in a variety of sizes. Take a free hayride into the tree farm during the holidays and choose and cut your favorite tree or it can be cut for you. For easier handling, trees are netted at no extra charge. Pre-cut trees also available. For more information, call 662-429-2773 or 662-429-9462 or visit merrychristmastreefarm.com.

Southern Lights
Through December 31
Central Park
Southaven, MS
Drive through the 116-acre park with 500,000 twinkling lights. Cars can tune to five FM radio stations playing Christmas music as they ride through the park. Don’t miss the Christmas Tree Farm synchronized to music by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Proceeds benefits local charities. Open weekdays dark until 9pm & weekends dark until 10pm. Closed Christmas Day. Admission: cars $10, vans & hay rides $15, buses $25 and motorcycles $5. For more information, visit southaven.org or call Southaven Parks & Recreation at 662-280-2489.

50 Nights of Lights
Through December 31
Downtown Cleveland, MS
4:00pm – 11:30pm
Drive or walk through the beautiful holiday lights and themes by blocks in downtown Cleveland. This new annual colorful event will be the perfect addition to your holiday shopping or light viewing trip! For more information call 662-843-2712 or visit visitclevelandms.com.

Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees
Through December 31
Pink Palace Museum
Memphis, TN
Children of all ages will be charmed by the animated characters set in the magical snowy setting of Enchanted Forest. For more information, visit memphismuseums.org or call 901-636-2362.

DeSoto Family Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol, The Musical”
December 1 – 10
Landers Center
Southaven, MS
Tickets are $15-$30. Purchase tickets at LANDERS Center box office 662-470-2131 or ticketmaster.com.

Christmas in the Valley
December 1
Water Valley, MS
5:30pm – 8:00pm
Festive night of Shopping, Carriage Rides, Entertainment, Frosty the Snowman, Food and Dining. Sponsored by the Water Valley Chamber of Commerce. For more information call 662-473-1122
Tracks of Generals
December 2
Holly Springs Depot
Holly Springs, MS
10:00am – 5:00pm
Learn about the raid that stopped the Union land-invasion to Vicksburg in December 1862 and, thus, delayed the end of the war by many months. Tour the Depot grounds and the Square. Admission is $10 at the door or $5 as part of the Marshall County Historical Museum Holiday Home Tour 2017. For more information visit thehollyspringsdepot.com.

Hernando’s Annual Cookies with Santa
December 3
Gale Community Center
Hernando, MS
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Bring your children to have their picture made with Santa and enjoy cookies, crafts and more. Admission $3, children 12 and under are free. For more information, call Hernando Parks and Recreation 662-429-2688 or
visit hernandorec.com.

The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Celebration Tour
December 9
Gold Strike Casino
Tunica Resorts, MS
For tickets visit ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster
at 1-800-745-3000.

Dickens on the Square
December 9
Covington, TN
10:00am – 7:00pm
Shopping, refreshments, carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and lighting of the community Christmas tree at 7:00pm on the courthouse lawn. For more information call 901-476-9727 or visit covington-tiptoncochamber.com.

Author event with Robert St. John and Wyatt Waters: “A Mississippi Palate”
December 12
Turnrow Books
Greenwood, MS
Chef, restaurateur, and author Robert St. John and watercolorist Wyatt Waters return to Greenwood to present their latest collaboration, A MISSISSIPPI PALATE: HERITAGE CUISINE AND WATERCOLORS OF HOME. For more information call 662-453-5995 or visit

59th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl
December 30
Liberty Bowl Stadium
Memphis, TN
Celebrate the patriotic spirit of America at the 59th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl, as two of the country’s best teams “Battle for the Bell.” The game will be nationally televised on ABC. You will be entertained by a spectacular halftime show. To order tickets, call the AutoZone Liberty Bowl at 901-795-7700, email tickets@libertybowl.org or visit ticketmaster.com.

New Year’s Eve at Bonne Terre Country Inn
December 31
Bonne Terre
Nesbit, MS
4:30pm – Midnight
Enjoy a delicious dinner in the Garden Room. Book a room in the Bed and Breakfast and wake up to 2018 with a BIG country breakfast! For more information or to make reservations call 662-781-5100 or visit bonneterreinn.com.

Read More in DeSoto Magazine online.