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Natchez Christmas TreeYour perfect Christmas 2019 Getaway starts at the Devereaux Shields House Bed & Breakfast as we highlight our top Christmas Events in Natchez! We are ideally located in historic Natchez, Mississippi – a short walk from many of our decorated antebellum homes on holiday tours, close to the downtown holiday festivities and the Natchez Bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The 2019 Christmas season in historic Natchez promises to be a delightfully enchanting time of 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 the season. 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. Kick Off the 2019 Natchez Christmas Season

10th Annual Lighting of the Natchez Christmas Tree – Come join our community on November 29, 2019 for our annual tree lighting and caroling with friends in the center of town at the intersection of Main St & Commerce! Experience an award-winning Mississippi event and enjoy our city tree lighting and community sing-along cuddled by artificial snowfall in the air.

At 4:00, Santa will arrive at Home Bank with cookies and hot chocolate. We will also have food trucks in case you get hungry. Caroling around the tree at 6:15. We light the Christmas tree in the middle of downtown at 6:30 with pyrotechnics, music and snow, making this festive event merry and bright!

Antebellum Home Decorated for Christmas

2. Delight in Lights, Decorations & Stories

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

Rosalie, Magnolia Hall, Stanton Hall

  • Walk or Drive about Natchez and experience three wonderful Antebellum Homes with onsite guides at Christmas
  • Many days and times available

The TowersDelight to “The Jeweled Christmas at The Towers

  • The Towers is a grand mansion dating from 1798 with beautiful recent restorations of its North and South towers.  This event is the most unique Southern seasonal tour, mixing Christmas with jewelry displays. Come see thousands of incredible pieces of vintage costume jewelry. Previously 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! This event is held Sundays at 10am, Saturdays at 10am, 1pm and 4pm, Tuesdays & Wednesdays 1pm, Fridays 10am and 1pm, Saturdays 10am, 1pm and 4pm. Other times by appointment.
  • December 1 to Dec 29, 2019
  • $25/adults, $15/children (8-12), group rates available for 20+ people
  • Call 601-446-6890 or visit the Natchez Welcome Center for tickets

The Towers – Special Christmas Candlelight Tours 

  • An intimate evening with the owners followed by refreshments including complimentary Champagne!
  • December 6 and 20, 2019 at 7pm
  • Advanced reservations only, adults only
  • Limited tickets available, $45 per person

Christmas at Sunnyside – A Few of My Favorite Things

  • Come tour the antebellum home Sunnyside, where “a whimsical Christmas meets tradition” awaits! This hidden gem is a beautiful 5500+ square foot home and master gardener maintained grounds situated on 10 acres. 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 30 to December 31, 2019

Christmas by Candlelight at Sunnyside

  • Experience the way Christmas was meant to be through the illumination of Candlelight at Sunnyside. Tour this enchanting privately owned Antebellum Home with over twenty Christmas trees each with their own unique style. Purchase tickets at the Visitors Center or at Sunnyside.
  • December 6, 13, 20, 27, 5pm-6:30pm, or daily Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 11am-12:30pm with added tours on selected days.
  • Located at 102 Rembert Street
  • Admission Cost: $20
  • Call 601-807-1148 for tickets

Jingle All the Way

  • Come join the owners of Choctaw Hall and Sunnyside for a festive, candlelight evening filled with delicious samplings of cuisine and libations. Evening event includes tours of both homes, and refreshments. The Tour will start at Choctaw Hall and will end at Sunnyside.
  • Cost: $70.00 per person.
  • Purchase tickets here, or call Choctaw Hall at 601-807-0196 or Sunnyside Bed and Breakfast at (601) 807-1148.

Christmas Carols & Champagne at Stanton Hall

  • A beautiful, breathtaking event that takes place in one of our historical homes The Stanton Hall. Come and enjoy one of our whimsical Natchez Style way to celebrate the holidays. Our guest Vocalist and Pianist, Dan Gibson will enchant you with tradition and cheer. Champagne and Christmas hors d’oeuvres will be severed as you enjoy your holiday event.
  • (December 7, 2019)
  • Cost: $35.00 per person.
  • Purchase tickets here.

Christmas Open House at Auburn Antebellum

  • Enjoy annual open house with tours featuring entertainment and 1812 refreshments.
  • December 8, 2019, 1:30pm-4:00pm
  • Located at 400 Duncan Ave.
  • Free admission.
  • Call 601-4425981 for more information.

Guided City Tours provide an overview of the Season in Natchez:

Karla Brown Light ToursChristmas Lights Tour by Downtown Karla Brown 

  • Create magical memories on our Christmas Lights Tour! Karla will treat you with Hot Chocolate, Christmas Music and the most enchanting outdoor Christmas lights in the Natchez area. There’s no place like Natchez for the holidays!
  • November 29-30, December 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Cost: $20.
  • Many other delightful tours available, call 907-540-0001.

Southern Carriage Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage

  • Downtown, walk up availability for $20.

Open Air Tour of City by Electric Cart

  • One of the most historically accurate tours.
  • Daily at 9:15am, 10:30am, 1:15pm and 2:30pm
  • $20 per person.
  • Reserve seats at Natchez Visitors Center or call 601-446-6345.

Downtown Karla Brown City Tours by Van

  • Largest city overview, many tours to choose from.
  • $30 per ticket.
  • Call 907-540-0001 or visit website here.

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 the stops. Click here for a route map.
  • Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm
  • Tickets are $20 for 1-day, $22 for 2-day rides. Children (3-12) $10. Group discounts available.
  • Purchase tickets at Natchez Visitor Center, Natchez Convention Center, Grand Hotel on River, or Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens.

Miss Lou Heritage Group & Tours

  • Designed to explain, enrich and empower individuals from all walks of life on the astonishing history and accomplishments of people of African descent in Natchez and the surrounding areas.
  • Contact Jeremy Houston to learn the ins and outs of Natchez African-American history! Call (601) 597-2112 or (601) 334-4486.

Visit with Santa

3. Visit with Santa

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

Santa Arrives at Magnolia Hall

  • Join us at Magnolia Hall for a visit with Santa on December 1st. There will be treats, Storytime, a Christmas craft and of course a chance to sit on Santa’s knee. Bring your camera for a photo with Santa. All proceeds benefit preservation.
  • Admission Cost: $10.00.
  • Call 601-443-9065.

Concord Quarters 1st Lunch with Santa

  • Join us for our 1st annual Lunch with Santa. It will include story time, caroling, pictures and lunch with Santa! This is all done in a beautifully decorated historic home. There are 3 Christmas trees decorated with children in mind. There will be gifts to take home and raffles.
  • December 7, 11:30am to 2:30pm
  • Admission Cost: $10.00 per person/ $15.00 at door.

Breakfast with Santa at St Mary’s CYO Family Center

  • Got a little one who’s been really nice? Is your child excited about Christmas yet? Whether your answer is yes or no – we invite you and your family to the St. Mary Catholic Youth Organization Annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa!  Every child will have the opportunity to make lasting memories and holiday traditions by sharing some up close and personal time with ol’ Saint Nick himself. St. Mary’s CYO will be up early working with Santa and his elves to get everything ready for the big event so it will be extra special. Following the yummy breakfast, you’ll also have the opportunity to pose for photos and present a holiday wish list to the big guy in the red suit. Bring your own camera to capture the moment!
  • December 14, 8:30-10:30am
  • $10 for first two tickets, $5 each additional ticket.

4th Annual Natchez Junior Auxiliary Breakfast with the Grinch

  • 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.
  • December 7, 9am and 10:30am.
  • Located at the JA canteen at Duncan Park.
  • 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.

Christmas Tea in Natchez

4. Christmas Luncheons & Teas

Christmas High Tea at Magnolia Cottage

  • Come experience our annual Christmas Tea with us at the Magnolia Cottage Bed and Breakfast! Enjoy delicious food, a medley of teas, and create a memory to treasure for years to come. Learn history of 1831, Magnolia Cottage with tour and door prizes. Everyone goes home with a gift!
  • November 30 2019 at 11 am.
  • Located at 35 Homochitto St.
  • Tickets are limited. Admission cost: $25
  • Purchase tickets through Eventbrite.com.

Natchez Garden Club Christmas Luncheon

  • Everyone may enjoy menu items prepared by club members as a lovely way to kick off the Christmas season. Soup and Casserole sale will be held on the back porch during the event. All proceeds benefit preservation.
  • December 06, 2019, two seatings 11:00am and 2:00pm
  • Admission Cost: $20.00
  • Call Magnolia Hall at (601) 443-9065.

Christmas Music in Natchez

5. Christmas Season Music

A Blue Blue Christmas at Sunnyside B&B

  • Join us at Sunnyside with award winning Elvis Tribute Artist, Nick Perkins, for A Blue Blue Christmas! This evening promises to be one of the best December events in Natchez! Join in the festivities of Music, Cocktails and a Christmas tour and find out why Nick is so in demand! Limited seating!
  • December 7, 6:30- 9:30pm.
  • Tickets are $35 and must be prepaid with a credit card over the phone. No refunds on purchase.
  • Call 601-807-1148.

Christmas Cabaret by the Natchez Festival of Music

  • Get ready for a swinging holiday kickoff when the Natchez Festival of Music presents its Christmas Cabaret, “Ringin’ Swingin’ Christmas” features three of the Festival’s favorite musical stars, Maryann Kyle, Jessica Medoff and David Walker. A cash bar with wine by the bottle and glass, cocktails, sodas and water will be available. Attendees may bring the food of their choice to enjoy during the event. Sponsors of tables of 10 are encouraged to decorate their tabletops with festive arrangements which will be judged. The winner will receive two tickets to all 2020 May Festival main stage events. The community center will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the day of the event to allow sponsors to decorate. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • December 6, 7pm–10pm
  • Admission Cost: $40 individual ticket; $350 for table of 10.
  • Buy tickets here.

Christmas Carols & Champagne at Stanton Hall

  • A beautiful, breathtaking event that takes place in one of our historical homes The Stanton Hall. Come and enjoy one of our whimsical Natchez Style way to celebrate the holidays. Our guest Vocalist and Pianist, Dan Gibson will enchant you with tradition and cheer. Champagne and Christmas hors d’oeuvres will be severed as you enjoy your holiday event.
  • December 7 & December 27, 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
  • Located at the Natchez Community Center a5 215 Franklin St
  • Admission Cost: $35.00.
  • To purchase tickets click here or call (601) 445-4155.

Christmas Caroling on the Steps of the First Presbyterian Church

  • On December 18th, everyone is invited to walk, carol, and meet our neighbors in downtown Natchez. We’ll start the walk a few minutes early and arrive at the big tree on Main Street around 5:30 PM. From there, we will make our way from stop to stop ending up on the front steps of First Presbyterian Church. We will be serving hot cider and cookies and will conclude with a theatrical presentation by our children and youth – “Christmas By The Book.”
  • Admission Cost: Free to the public!

Callon Caroling in the Courtyard  

  • Come enjoy caroling, refreshments, and a visit from Santa at the Callon Petroleum Company office. Bring your camera for a photo with Santa.
  • December 13, 2019, 6:00om – 7:00pm.
  • Free Admission.
  • For more information, call 601-442-1601.

Christmas in Natchez

  • “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” will be our theme as bands and choirs from all over our area demonstrate the spirit of the season through jubilant song!
  • December 13, 6pm-7pm.
  • Located at Memorial Park.
  • Admission: Free to the public!

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” at Stanton Guest House

  • Enjoy a magical Christmas evening that will transform you to Christmas’ past with wonderful music, foods & libations with “I’ll be home for Christmas.”
  • December 21, 6pm–9pm.
  • Located at 411 N. Commerce St.
  • Admission: $40.00.
Photo Credit: Natchez Democrat

Photo Credit: Natchez Democrat

6. Enjoy Theatre for Christmas

“Natchez Little Theatre’s Spectacular Christmas Show” 

  • With the true spirit of Christmas missing in these modern times for yet another year, Santa Clause is determined to cancel by retelling the true story of Christmas’ miracle and the true meaning of Christmas. Can Christmas be saved? Will Santa have a change of heart? Join us to see at Natchez Little Theatre’s Spectacular Christmas Show. After the show, come meet Santa and all of his elves and enjoy Christmas cookies and hot chocolate!!!!
  • December 6, 7, 13, and 14 at 7:30pm and December 8 and 15 at 2pm 
  • Admission Cost: $20 per person

Murder at Mistletoe Manor at Glenfield Plantation 

  • Enjoy a killer evening of laughter and mayhem with a zany cast of characters throughout a delicious 4-course meal. As the mystery unfolds, your detective skills will help solve the crime of “Who Dunnit?” Prize for “Best Detective” awarded at the end of the evening!
  • December 27, 28, 29, 30 at 7:00pm
  • Tickets $69 each / 4-course meal. Cash Bar with B.Y.O.B @ $10 corkage fee.
  • Advance Reservations required by calling 601-442-1002.
  • To see Menu information click here.

Antique Car with Christmas Wreath

7. Fun Outdoor Natchez Activities

Natchez Christmas Parade

  • Enjoy a festive Community Christmas inspired parade on main streets through charming downtown Natchez.
  • December 7, 6:00 pm.

Holly Half Marathon & 5k

  • Run through Our Beautiful Natchez Street at Christmas! Welcome to the 2nd Annual Holly Half Marathon and 5k in Natchez, Mississippi. Our goal is to host the premiere road race in the city of Natchez and give back to the community we love. The Half Marathon starts at 8:00am and the 5K starts at 8:15am at North Broadway St. Our event will be hosted on the streets of beautiful Natchez. Please join us and be a part of the growth of our event and city.  The race will finish at the Natchez Brewing Company with your favorite refreshments. More race specifics to come. Stay tuned!
  • December 21, 2019, 6:30am – 12:00pm
  • Visit their Facebook page for updates. Get tickets here.

Grand Village Open House 

  • On Saturday, December 7, the museum store at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians will host an open house and sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All pottery and baskets will receive a fifteen percent discount and all other merchandise will receive a ten percent discount. The sale will continue through Monday, December 23. Brenda Van Handel will demonstrate Native American style pottery techniques from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Natchez Powwow chairman Chuck Borum and Grand Village director Lance Harris will lead demonstrations of Native American style beadwork techniques. Other activities include a children’s craft corner. Refreshments will be served.
  • The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians was the main ceremonial mound center of the Natchez people from 1682 until 1730. The 128-acre National Historic Landmark features three mounds, a plaza, nature trail, museum, and store. Administered by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the Grand Village is located at 400 Jefferson Davis Boulevard and is open free of charge to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays 1:30pm – 5 pm.
  • Call 601-446-6502 or email info@natchezgrandvillage.com for more information.

Delta Music Tour 

  • Enjoy a Delta Music Tour at Frogmore Plantation. Join us for this fun, interactive, historical musical presentation featuring live vocalists relating the history of gospel music on cotton plantations. Guests may participate in call & response songs that relay secret communication techniques.
  • December 22, 23, 31 & January 1 at 2:30pm
  • Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for students.
  • Call for reservations 318-757-2453.

Close-Up of Decorated Christmas Tree

8. Friends of the Library Christmas Tour

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

The annual Armstrong Library Christmas Tour of Homes features notable properties, not often seen by the public. All proceeds support the Armstrong Library in Natchez. Tickets are tax-deductible.  $20 per ticket. May be purchased at the door of any of the homes on the day of the event. Credit cards may be used at Garden Song.

The homes featured this year include:

  • Garden Song, 705 Washington Street. Home of Dan Gibson
  • Crain Home, 206 Martin L. King Jr. Street. Home of Paulette and Des Crain
  • Walker Home, 606 State Street. Home of Al Walker

Christmas Ornaments for sale in Natchez store

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 Downtown Shopping Guide at check-in for your shopping pleasure. (Published by our Natchez/Adams County Chamber of Commerce)

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 top 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.
  • Old Man River Antiques offers antiques, art, rugs, collectibles, handmade jewelry and much more in downtown Natchez, Mississippi.

Fashion

  • 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.

Very Merry Christmas Market at the Natchez Convention Center 

  • Enjoy the Christmas Vendor Event at the Natchez Convention Center with 30+ vendors
  • 9am to 4pm.
  • Admission Cost: Free!
  • Call 601-442-5880 for information.

Natchez Christmas Market at Rosalie Antebellum

  • Join us for our annual Southern Holiday Plantation Markets. Your experience that will surely be a highlight of your holiday season. Reminiscent of the lavish Christmas Market Festivals offered in Europe, the American Queen Steamboat Company Southern Holiday Plantation Markets bring the spirit of the holidays to both locals and tourists.
  • Unlike the large and crowded European markets, our Southern Holiday Plantation Markets feature a cozier, more intimate and up-scale experience. As the vessel navigates the Mississippi waters, she will bring us to Nottoway Plantation, Louisiana; Natchez, Mississippi; and St. Francisville, Louisiana, where the festivities will be located. Each port features an opulent, Southern plantation, each unique in their own way – these plantations will house the market festivities.
  • Stop at the Southern Holiday Plantation Markets to listen to live Christmas jingles and admire the stunning décor, as you shop some of the best local vendors of the south. You will find a collection of hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind items perfect to gift to the family, or to keep for yourself! For more information click here.
  • December 12 and 19, 8am-1pm.

Annual Southern Holiday Markets at Rosalie Bicentennial Gardens

  • Stop at the Holiday Plantation Markets to shop, listen to live Christmas jingles, and admire the stunning decor, support some of the best local vendors of the south. You will find a collection of hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind items perfect to gift to the family, or keep for yourself!
  • December 6, 13 and 20, 2018 at 8:00am–1:00pm
  • Located at N Broadway St.
  • Admission is free to all shoppers!
  • Contact Carly DeAngelo at (610) 253-6392 for more information.

Christmas Dinner

10. Christmas Dining Celebrations in Historic Natchez

Monday, 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..
  • 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
    • Cypress Mill Italian Steakhouse: 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Monday, December 25, Christmas Day Dining: (final 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
Fireworks Display

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 date and time subject to weather conditions.

  • 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.
  • Natchez Brewing Company will host a New Year’s Eve Party. Details coming.

Don’t delay, book your holiday stay with us at Devereaux Shields House today!

 
 
 

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