Holiday Festival, Capital City Lights, Set For December 3

Capital City Lights is December 3 in Downtown Jackson.

Capital City Lights, a community kickoff of the holiday season in the City With Soul, was announced today.

The Downtown Jackson-based event, December 3 from 4 – 11 pm, also serves as the launch event of the city’s year-long bicentennial celebration.

Events include the Festival of Trees at The Westin Jackson, Nutcracker performances at Thalia Mara Hall, shopping at two outdoor markets – Magnolia Marketplace and JXN Flea, classic cars, emergency vehicles set up “touch-a-truck” style, live music, hot chocolate, caroling, marching bands, holiday décor, and more, and, of course…lights!

Under the “Lights” umbrella this year is the annual “Christmas by Candlelight Tours” of MS Department of Archive and History locations, including the Mississippi State Capitol, Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, the grounds of the Old Capitol Museum, Museum of Mississippi History, and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The Candlelight tour takes place from 4 pm until 8 pm.

“Capital City Lights started as two events: a staple holiday offering of Christmas by Candlelight orchestrated by MDAH and an emerging, adaptive event called Downtown Holiday Open House,” said David Lewis, one of the organizers of the event and the City’s Deputy Director of Human and Cultural Services. 

“In honor of the City of Jackson’s Bicentennial and its spirit of community-centered celebration, we’ve come together to host one large downtown holiday celebration. While the event is still young, the energy is electric and we can’t wait to welcome everyone to experience downtown in December.”

Visit Jackson President and CEO Rickey Thigpen also weighed in on the event.

“This is certainly an exciting time for the city of Jackson as we approach our Bicentennial. The robust schedule of events earmarked to celebrate this momentous occasion presents an opportunity to residents and visitors alike to reflect on our history, actively engage in our present and gaze into our future.” 

Attendees can park and take advantage of the shuttle buses running between sites or walk or drive between locations on their own schedule.

Capital City Lights is a partnership with the City of Jackson, Visit Jackson, Thalia Mara Hall, the MS Dept. of Archives and History, Downtown Jackson Partners, Highland Village, MS Museum of Art, Mississippi Arts Commission, Sugar Rays Sweet Shop, Thimblepress, NOLA D’s, Magnolia Sunset Markets, AIA Mississippi, MS Capital City Pride, Metro Jackson Attractions Association, MS Sports Hall of Fame, The Faulkner, The Westin Jackson, One Voice, Visit Mississippi, The Manship, Greater Jackson Arts Council, Arts Center of Mississippi, Ballet Mississippi, The Walthall Lofts, The Shopkeep Co., Jxn Flea, WJTV and the Old Capitol Museum.

Stay in the know at capitalcitylights.com.