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December 02, 2014 - December 19, 2014

December 2–19 at the Governor’s Mansion.  The historic section of the Governor’s Mansion features traditional holiday decorations using seasonal greenery.  Free guided tours are offered Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the half-hour.  (Closed weekends and Mondays.)  Reservations must be made in advance for groups of ten or more.

Christmas at the Governor's Mansion

The Governor’s Mansion will be closed for tours from Tuesday, December 23, through Monday, January 5, 2015.  The Mansion may be closed at other times during the month for official state functions.  To confirm the availability of the Mansion for tours or for information, call 601-359-6421.

December 05, 2014

Friday, December 5, 4:30–8:30 p.m. This popular annual event features traditional seasonal decorations at the Eudora Welty House and Garden, Governor’s Mansion, Manship House Museum, and Old Capitol Museum.  The Train Town of Possum Ridge and the historic Christmas trees exhibit in the William F. Winter Archives and History Building will also be on the tour.

Christmas by Candlelight


Full Schedule


The Old Capitol, Jackson’s oldest building, interprets the history of the structure that served as Mississippi’s seat of government from 1839 to 1903. Garlands hang around the rotunda railing on the second floor and the stairwells, wreaths decorate the exterior of the building, and a Christmas tree decked with hand-made ornaments is on display in the Chancery Court. Old Capitol holiday ornaments and gift bags are on sale at the Candlelight Marketplace. La Brioche will provide bite-size pastries and confections from their bakery from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

4:40—Jim Hill High School

5:30—Mississippi Boychoir

6:20—Mississippi Girlchoir

7:10—East Rankin Choir

The Hinds Community College Brass Ensemble will perform at 7:40 p.m. and between choir sets.


The Mississippi Governor’s Mansion was completed in 1842. The governor maintains an official residence in the two-story family annex behind the historic section of the mansion. The Governor’s Mansion is decorated with seasonal greenery. A very special guest from the North Pole is greeting visitors in the East Garden. Hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies will also be served.

4:30—Dan Michael Colbert

6:30—Jimmy Jarratt

 Christmas by Candlelight

In the lobby of the William F. Winter Archives and History Building you’ll find vintage toys and Christmas trees decorated as they would have been in the Antebellum, Victorian, Depression, and post-WWII eras. In the state archives you can view historical films, nineteenth-century Christmas cards, and other documents from the past. Down the hall the popular model town of Possum Ridge and its trains are on display. Hear readings from A Special Visitor Comes to Possum Ridge at 6:45, 7:15, 7:45, and 8 p.m. in the lobby.

4:45—First Presbyterian Day School Fifth-Grade Choir


Tour the first floor of the Eudora Welty House and see Welty’s holiday photographs and a selection of greeting cards with a British Isles theme from Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen, English writers E.M. Forster and V.S. Pritchett, P.L. Travers, and more. Enjoy pumpkin bread and hot tea and cider at the Visitors Center as the Celtic band Spirits of the House perform jigs and reels along with a selection of holiday musical standards.

Christmas by Candlelight

Built in 1857 by Charles Henry Manship, the Civil War mayor of Jackson and decorative painter, the Manship House, is an example of the Gothic Revival “cottage villa.” Though currently under restoration, the house will open its doors for a Victorian Christmas. Living history characters from the nineteenth century will share their holiday memories. Enjoy bite-size appetizers provided by the Manship Wood Fired Kitchen.

5-8 p.m.— Flagship Band, Civil War era music in the Manship House

6:30-7:15 p.m.— Madison Station Elementary School Fifth-Grade Honor Choir on the Manship side porch

For more information, call 601-576-6800.