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Christmas events in NatchezYour perfect Christmas 2016 Getaway starts at the Devereaux Shields House Bed & Breakfast!  We are ideally located in historic Natchez Mississippi a short walk from some of our decorated antebellum homes on holiday tour, from the Downtown holiday festivities and the Natchez Bluff overlooking the Mississippi River.  The 2016 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 25th

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

  • 8th Annual Turkey Gumbo Cook-Off (3pm-5:30pm)
  • Lighting of Natchez Tree with Community Caroling (5:30pm)
  • 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 Towers – especially revel in a Jeweled Christmas Tour (many days & times), and enjoy a Special Candle Light Tours (2 days/times). Call The Towers at 601-446-6896 or to view available time/dates and to purchase tickets contact Tourology – Rene Adams at 601-660-7300 or email tourologysales@gmail.com.
  • Linden – enjoy decorations & famous Natchez Milk Punch. $20 adults, 11am Dec 8,9,10,15,16,17. For tickets go to www.natchezpilgrimage.com OR call (601) 446-6631.
  • Auburn – Annual Open House featuring 1812 refreshments with entertainment, Dec 11 1:30-4:00pm.

Guided Downtown Walking Tours:

  • Rolling River Bistro – 7pm Nov 25, 26, Dec 2,3,9,10,16,17,25,26 and Jan 1,2, $25.00 per person (which includes a “spirit” from Rolling River Bistro)

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 9:15am, 10:30am, 1:15pm and 2:30pm, 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



3.     Visit with Santa

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

  • Saturday, November 26 – Santa Arrives at the Natchez Mall
  • Sunday November 27, 11am to 2pm Enjoy a Dunleith Christmas Brunch at The Castle   Restaurant and photos with Santa 10am to 2pm. Call 601-446-8500 for information.
  • Sunday, December 11, 2pm-4pm at Stanton Hall. Stanton Hall will be free and open to the public. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, so 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 or go to www.natchezpilgrimage.com to purchase tickets.


4.     Christmas Luncheons/Teas

  • Thursday, December 1st, 11:30am to 1:00pm – Victorian Luncheon at Magnolia Hall, 215 Pearl St, $15 per person. For tickets contact Natchez Garden Club at (601) 445-4420.
  • Saturday, December 10th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm and 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Enjoy a Christmas Tea at Magnolia Cottage, come and enjoy live Christmas music. $25/person, includes take home Christmas treat, for ages 12 and up; includes 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
  • Every week in December, 11:00am Thursday, Friday & Saturday – Christmas at Linden, $10/child, $20/adult, $15/person in groups. Come and admire the antebellum home & Christmas decorations and enjoy a famous Natchez Milk Punch. Call (601) 446-6631 or go to www.natchezpilgrimage.com to purchase tickets.



5.     Christmas Season Music

  • Friday, December 2, 9, 16, 22, 6:00pm – Mistletoe Magic and Music at Stanton Hall with Alvin Shelby and Friends, $20 per adult/$10.00 per child (12 and under). For tickets contact Natchez Pilgrimage Tours at (601) 446-6631.
  • Friday, December 2, 7:00pm – Christmas Cabaret at the Community Center, $35.00 per person, visit www.natchezfestivalofmusic.com for more information.
  • Sunday , December 4th  7:00 P.M. – Christmas concert in majestic St. Mary Basilica by the award-winning Alcorn State University Concert Choir (Free)



Photo Credit: Natchez Democrat

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

Enjoy a version of Charles Dickens’ famous play based in Natchez, by the Natchez Little Theatre.

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



7.     Natchez Christmas Parade

Enjoy a festive Christmas inspired parade through charming downtown Natchez.

  • Saturday, December 3rd 6:00pm – Downtown Natchez



8.     Armstrong Public Library Tour of Homes

An annual favorite Natchez Event, tour four private homes, bedecked with Christmas finery, with refreshments, all part of their annual fund raising efforts.

  • Sunday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm December 4th
  • Go to natchezlibraryfriends.org to purchase tickets, $20/person, and $15 children (8-12).



9.     Christmas Dining Celebrations in Historic Natchez

Tuesday, December 21st:

  • Dunleith Historic Inn (Main House) Serving a 3-Course Holiday Dinner $60 per ticket, for more information call 601-446-8500

Thursday, December 24th, Christmas Eve:

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

Sunday, December 25th, Christmas Day:

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


Photo Credit: Natchez Democrat

Photo Credit: Natchez Democrat

10.  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 10pm.

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