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slider_candlelightTraditional holiday decorations will be on display at the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, Old Capitol Museum, Mississippi State Capitol, Eudora Welty House and Garden, and William F. Winter Archives and History Building on Friday, December 6 for the eighteenth annual Old Jackson Christmas by Candlelight Tour. Free transportation will take visitors from site to site, with parking available at the Old Capitol, state capitol, and Winter Building. The tour begins at 4:30 and runs until 8:30.

This year a Christmas tree returns to the Old Capitol, Jackson’s oldest building, along with many of the ornaments visitors may remember from years past. Garlands will hang around the rotunda railing on the second floor and the stairwells, and wreaths will decorate the exterior of the building. Enjoy cookies and punch while listening to musical groups from across the city. Old Capitol holiday ornaments and gift bags will be for sale at the new Candlelight Marketplace.

Musical entertainment at the Old Capitol:
4:40—East Rankin Choir
5:30—Mississippi Boychoir
6:20—Mississippi Girlchoir
7:10—Madison-Ridgeland Young Singers
The Hinds Community College Brass Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. and between choir sets.

At the Winter Building, the 1950s and 60s aluminum Christmas tree will be on display along with Antebellum, Victorian, and Depression-era trees. The ever-popular model town of Possum Ridge and its trains will be on display on the first floor of the Winter Building. Characters from A Special Visitor Comes to Possum Ridge will read from the children’s book inspired by the train exhibit.

Musical entertainment at the Winter Building:
4:45—First Presbyterian Day School Fifth-Grade Choir
5:30—Baker Elementary School Fourth and Fifth Grade Choir
6:15—Tim Avalon and Friends

The grand Mississippi State Capitol will be decorated with Mississippi-grown Leyland Cypress Christmas trees, garlands, and poinsettias, and the offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, and Speaker of the House will be open to visitors. Musical entertainment will be the Christmas Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Bob Davidson, director of Senate Legislative Services, and refreshments will be served.

The circa-1841 Mississippi Governor’s Mansion will be decorated with seasonal greenery. The East Garden will be open, and a very special guest from the North Pole will greet visitors in the garden’s gazebo. Light refreshments will be served.

The Eudora Welty House and Garden will feature original holiday greeting cards and decorations, as well as enlarged photos of the Welty family during the holiday season. This year’s collection of holiday cards includes a unique long, hand painted greeting by artist Agnes Simms, whose modernist painting Rome hangs above the living room mantel. Cards from President and Mrs. Clinton, author Kathryn Anne Porter, poet laureate William Jay Smith, and others will be on display.

Visitors may tour the first floor of the House and stop by the Visitor Center for hot cider and homemade white fruitcake baked by volunteers using Miss Welty’s recipe, while listening to classical, jazz, and Brazilian music performed by guitarist Leonnardo Moreira and cellist Marcelo Vieira.

For more information about the Old Jackson Christmas by Candlelight Tour call 601-576-6800.

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