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Enjoy the holiday events at the sites of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History—from model trains to Christmas trees to stories for little ones.

Through December 20 at the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, Jackson. Christmas 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.  The Governor’s Mansion will be closed for tours from Tuesday, December 24, through Friday, January 3, 2014.  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.

Through December 31 at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building, Jackson. Winter Holidays. Enjoy the model trains of Possum Ridge and period toys and Christmas trees. Exhibit open Mondays, noon–4:30; Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Reservations required for groups of ten or more. Closed December 24-25. For more information or to make a reservation, call 601-576-6800.

Through December 31 at the Old Capitol Museum, Jackson. Years of Yuletide: Christmas in Jackson. From the 1950 Jackson Christmas Parade to ornaments and toys, this exhibit offer a glimpse of how Jackson has celebrated, and still celebrates, one of its most beloved holidays. Included are photos from the 1940s to the present and artifacts including a camera given as a gift in 1917. For more information call 601-576-6920.
December 5, 12, and 19, 10 a.m. at the Old Capitol Museum, Jackson. Telling Tales. Join us for story time with the Cat in the Hat on December 5; Stephanie Maxwell of WAPT on December 12, and First Lady Deborah Bryant on December 19. For more information call 601-576-6920 or email

December 13 and 14, noon at the Old Capitol Museum, Jackson. Sounds of the Season. Enjoy local choirs in the Old Capitol Museum’s rotunda. On December 13 the Jim Hill High School Choir will perform. On December 14 Covenant Presbyterian Handbell Choir and Baker Elementary School Choir will perform. For more information call 601-576-6920 or email

Through December 31 at Historic Jefferson College, Washington. Celebration of Christmas Trees. Local school groups and home educators adopt Christmas trees and decorate them for class projects. For more information call 601-442-2901 or email

December 14, 2 p.m. at Winterville Mounds, Greenville. Holiday Open House. There will be singing, food, punch, good cheer, and Christmas presents for the children. The public is encouraged to donate Christmas lights and/or outdoor extension cords, which can be dropped off at any time. Free. For more information call 662-334-4684 or email

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