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Christmas events in NatchezYour perfect Christmas 2017 Getaway starts at the Devereaux Shields House Bed & Breakfast!  We are ideally located in historic Natchez Mississippi a short walk from many of our decorated antebellum homes on holiday tour, from the Downtown holiday festivities and the Natchez Bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The 2017 Christmas season in historic Natchez is a delightfully enchanting time of the year.  Lights, garland and decorations of charming long-ago Christmas customs may be viewed in the homes and throughout town accompanied by a wide range of events throughout late November and December. Revel in the events, dine, shop and enjoy the season’s bright sights, live sounds and delightful flavors!  What more would one want for Christmas!  Check out our list of our favorite Christmas events below and make plans to put a trip to Natchez on your wish list this season.

1.     Kickoff the Natchez Christmas Season On November 24th

Enjoy a Turkey Gumbo Cook-Off, Lighting of the Natchez Christmas Tree and caroling with friends!

  • 9th Annual Turkey Gumbo Cook-Off (3 pm-5:30 pm)
  • Lighting of Natchez Tree with Community Caroling (5:30 pm)
  • 6 tasting tickets (available near the tree) for $10 all occurring at the City Christmas Tree located in the center of the intersection of Main St & Commerce

 

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2.     Delight to Lights, Decorations & Stories

Tour Natchez Antebellum Homes and enjoy historic homes decked out for the holidays, including:

  • Rosalie, Magnolia Hall, Stanton Hall (many days & times). Walk/Drive about with onsite guides.
  • The TowersDelight to “The Jeweled Christmas at The Towers” in Natchez Mississippi, named by USA Today as one of the Top Ten Most Unusual Christmas Displays in the United States and the only indoor display on that list! Saturday, November 25, 2017 through Saturday, January 6, 2018. Tours begin promptly: Wednesdays 2 pm, Fridays 10 am & 2 pm, Saturdays 10 am, 2 & 4 pm, Sundays 10 am. Other times by appointment.  $20 per person. $15 per child (8-12), Group Rates Available – 20 or more. Please call 601-446-6890 or visit the Natchez Welcome Center for tickets. View more details here.
  • The Towers – Special Christmas Candlelight Tours – An intimate evening with the owners followed by refreshments including complimentary champagne! Friday 7-9pm, December 8, 15, 22, 2017   Advanced Reservations Only, Adults Only with Limited Tickets Available, $40 per person.
  • Christmas at Sunnyside Antebellum – Come tour the antebellum home Sunnyside…where a whimsical Christmas awaits! Every room is filled with Christmas decor… Christmas trees made of books, hundreds of elves on shelves, several Christmas trees in every room! Truly a feast for your eyes! November 24th through December 31st, Friday Candlelight Tours at 6:00 pm, Saturday Tours at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm and Sunday Tours at 2:00 pm, Located at 102 Rembert Street. $20 per person. Purchase tickets here.
  • Milk Punch Christmas Tour at Linden – Enjoy a wonderful sense of homecoming as often described by Linden visitors! Come delight to a Holiday tour of this beautiful Antebellum home and enjoy a famous Milk Punch with Miss Jeanette! Friday’s and Saturday’s at 11:00 am, beginning November 24th going through Saturday at 1 Connor Circle. December 30th. $20 per person and $10 per child (ages 13 – 17). May purchase tickets here.
  • Stanton Hall Nutcracker Christmas Tour & Gingerbread House Display – Enjoy a celebration of Christmas in Natchez. 401 High Street. Event dates, times and prices to be announced.
  • Christmas at Auburn – Annual Open House featuring 1812 refreshments with entertainment. Event details to be announced.

Guided Downtown Walking Tours:

  • Rolling River Bistro – Stroll the streets and follow the paths that have been followed since 1716. Who knows who may join us along the way-Natchezians walk the streets day and night-some are restless, some may be seen, some may not-just their spiritual presence! $25.00 per person (which includes a “spirit” from Rolling River Bistro). Departure time is 6:00 – November – February. Please check in at Rolling River Bistro located at 406-408 Main Street 15 minutes before departure. Times vary with the change of season and weather conditions.  Inform the host that you are with the walking tour. Tickets may be purchased by calling Rene Adams at 601-660-7300 or tourologysales@gmail.com. Please check www.Tourology.net for updates on availability or weather conditions.

Guided City Tours:

  • Southern Carriage Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage, Downtown, walk up availability $20
  • Open Air Tour of City by Electric Cart, $20 pp, daily 9:15 am, 10:30 am, 1:15 pm and 2:30 pm, reserve seats at Natchez Visitors Center or call 601-446-6345.
  • Downtown Karla Brown City Tour by Van, largest city overview $25, call 907-540-0001
  • Double-Decker Hop-on Hop-Off Open-Top City Tour – See over 40 spectacular Hop-On Hop-Off sights and attractions. Get off or on the tour bus at any stop and enjoy the ride through historic Natchez. Spend as much time as you like at any of their stops. Tours run Tues – Sun 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets are $20 1-day, $22 for 2-day rides. Children (3-12) $10. Group discounts available. Click here for a route map. Purchase tickets at Natchez Visitor Center, Natchez Convention Center, Grand Hotel on River, or Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens.

 

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3.     Visit with Santa and The Grinch

There are several opportunities are available to enjoy and to capture photos of your children’s delight while they visit with Santa.

  • Santa Arrives at the Natchez Mall – Saturday, November 25th
  • Dunleith Christmas Brunch at The Castle Restaurant and photos with Santa – Sunday, November 26th, 11 am to 2 pm. Call 601-446-8500 for information and reservations.
  • Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Stanton Hall – Sunday, December 10th, 2pm-4pm. Admission is free and open to the public. Bring your camera to take a photo of you and your children in a beautiful, historic Natchez house. Stanton Hall is located at 401 High Street in downtown Natchez. Call 601-442-6282 for more information.
  • 2nd Annual Natchez Junior Auxiliary
  • Breakfast with the Grinch – Saturday, December 9th, 8:30 am and 10:30 am. Come have breakfast with the Grinch and delight to the story as Grinch interacts with guests. Breakfast service will be green eggs and ham with pancakes, sausage and juice. Tickets are $10 each and every one must purchase a ticket. Children under two are free with an accompanying paying parent or guardian. There will be no admissions without a ticket! Purchase tickets at the door.

 

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4.     Christmas Luncheons/Teas

  • Victorian Luncheon at Magnolia Hall – Friday, December 8th, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, 215 Pearl St, $15 per person. Enjoy a wonderful luncheon and soup & casserole sale. For tickets contact Natchez Garden Club at (601) 443-9065.
  • Christmas Tea at Magnolia Cottage – Saturday, December 10th, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Come and enjoy live Christmas music. $25/person, includes take-home Christmas treat, for ages 12 and up; includes an assortment of teas plus coffee, sweet confections, tea sandwiches, scones & jam and more.  To reserve your spot call 601-807-5260 on or before December 7th
  • Milk Punch Christmas Beverage at Linden – Enjoy a wonderful sense of homecoming as often described by Linden visitors! Come delight to a Holiday tour of this beautiful Antebellum home and enjoy a famous Milk Punch with Miss Jeanette! Friday’s and Saturday’s at 11:00 am, beginning November 24th going through Saturday, December 30th at 1 Connor Circle. $20 per person and $10 per child (ages 13 – 17). May purchase tickets here.

 

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5.     Christmas Season Music

  • Christmas Cabaret at The Natchez Convention Center – Friday, December 1st, 7:00 pm, $35.00 per person and a Table of 10 is $300.00., visit www.natchezfestivalofmusic.com for more information.
  • Christmas Concert in Majestic St. Mary Basilica – Sunday, December 3rd, 7:00 pm – by the award-winning Alcorn State University Concert Choir (Free)
  • Live Music nightly Mon-Sat at Rolling River Bistro – Enjoy YZ Ealey as Natchez’s only living MS Blues Trail Marker living legend that is still playing with other local accompanists.  YZ recently celebrated his 80th Birthday and teams up with locals to create unique experience for all for the Christmas Season.

 

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Photo Credit: Natchez Democrat


6.     Enjoy Theatre with the “A Natchez Christmas Carol”

Enjoy a Southern version of Charles Dickens’ famous play based in Natchez, by the Natchez Little Theatre. “A Natchez Christmas Carol” is an original family holiday musical featuring beloved Christmas Carols and 19th-century costumes.

  • December 2 – 23, 2016 Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm.
  • For will-call ticket purchase online using PayPal go to natchezlittletheatre.org or call 601-442-2233 or click here to purchase from Natchez Pilgrimage Tours.

 

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7.     Natchez Christmas Parade

Enjoy a festive Christmas inspired parade through charming downtown Natchez.

  • Saturday, December 2nd, 6:00 pm – Downtown Natchez

 

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8.     Armstrong Public Library Tour of Homes

An annual favorite Natchez event, tour several private homes, bedecked with Christmas finery, with refreshments, all part of their annual fundraising efforts.

  • Sunday, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm December 3rd
  • Go to natchezlibraryfriends.org to purchase tickets, $20/person, and $15 children (8-12).

 

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9. Christmas Shopping & Gifting     

Delight with exploring Christmas gift ideas for family and friends, plus fun and creative ways to give. Gift buying and giving can be exciting when you are being creative and explore downtown Natchez shopping opportunities.  Ask for our new 2017 Downtown Shopping Guide at check-in for your shopping pleasure.

Some traveler favorite shops are:

  • Specialty & Gift
    • The Old South Trading Post is a specialty and gift shop carrying all sorts of items and souvenirs from all natural jams and jellies, pralines and candles, T-Shirts, hand-made soaps, caps and more.
    • Silver Street Gallery & Gifts is located under the hill by the Mississippi River and carries unique gifts, art and home décor.
    • Darby’s Gifts & Fudge is located in downtown Natchez and boasts two stories of beautiful furniture, gifts, home décor, clothing, accessories and the best fudge the South has to offer.
    • Moreton’s Flowerland is more than just a great place to get fresh cut flowers; it is a magical gift shop with lots of unique treasures for your home or to give as gifts to newlyweds or graduates.
    • The Nest offers seasonal blooming flowers, unique gifts, home decor, and event planning for your every need. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday 10-6 and by appointment.
  • Antiques
    • Consign & Design is a consignment shop with all kinds of trinkets and treasures that have been handed down from generation to generation.
    • Franklin Street Antique Mall is the place to go if you’re looking for furnishings from an earlier time in American history, and you will find they offer a nice mix of 17th and 18th-century furnishing to browse.
  • Fashion
    • The Pampered Soul Boutique located in downtown Natchez offers women’s fashions, formal dresses, gowns, jewelry, shoes and much more.
    • The Mill is a clothing and apparel store with a stylish wardrobe for men of all ages. Prices are reasonable and there are many unique finds to help you complete your signature look.
    • Mon’ Amie Children’s Boutique is a shop for kids of all ages with clothing for newborns and up to sizes 12-16 for girls and boys. Mon’ Amie also carries toys, accessories, shoes, bedding, artwork and more.
  • Traditional Christmas Markets at Rosalie Bicentennial Gardens – Hosted by American Queen Steamboat Company Shore Excursions. Admission is free to all shoppers! December 7, 14 and 21, 2017 at 8:30 am – 12:30 pm at N Broadway St. Contact Carly DeAngelo (610) 253-6392 for more information.
  • Downtown Natchez Second Saturday Christmas Festivities – Enjoy shopping, music, art events and refreshments. Shops and galleries extend their hours so visitors and locals can immerse themselves in true Southern hospitality and culture. Saturday, December 9th all day.

 

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10. Christmas Dining Celebrations in Historic Natchez

Tuesday, December 19, Special 3-Course Holiday Dinner

  • Dunleith Historic Inn (Main House) $60 per ticket, for more information call 601-446-8500 (final dates/times may change)

Sunday, December 24, Christmas Eve Dining: (final dates/times may change)

  • Monmouth Historic Inn, Restaurant 1818 will be open and serving their normal menu. Seating times are 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm; the Quitman Study will be open for Casual Dining 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Call 601-442-5852.
  • Dunleith Historic Inn, The Castle Restaurant serving a la carte menu. Seating at 6:00 pm.
  • Rolling River Bistro will be open and serving a Special Christmas menu. Seating at 6:00 pm.
  • Magnolia Bluffs Casino Restaurants:
    • Bandsaw Buffet: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    • The Bluffs Bistro: 11:00 am – 2:00 am (excluding wing night promotion)
    • Cypress Mill Italian Steakhouse: 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Monday, December 25, Christmas Day Dining: (final dates/times may change)

  • Monmouth Historic Inn, Restaurant 1818 will offer a Special Christmas Menu 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm; Monmouth’s  Quitman Study will be open for Casual Dining 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Rolling River Bistro will be open and serving a Special Christmas menu. Seating at 6:00 pm.

 

Photo Credit: Natchez Democrat

Photo Credit: Natchez Democrat

11.  New Year’s Eve Dining Celebration in Historic Natchez

Ring in the New Year with a memorable dinner and watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks over the Mississippi at 9 – 10 pm. Final dates and times may change.

  • Monmouth Historic Inn, Restaurant 1818 will be offering a special New Year’s Eve menu 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Monmouth’s Quitman Study will be open for more casual dining 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
  • Dunleith Historic Inn, The Castle Restaurant will be open and serving a la carte menu. Seating at 7:00 pm. Enjoy Champagne and party favors.
  • Rolling River Bistro will be open and serving a Special Christmas menu. Seating at 6:00 pm.