Welcome to our annual listing of local Christmas parades and other Christmas-themed events. To have yours listed in this space, please e-mail email@example.com and, in the body of the message, let us know when and where it's taking place and a phone number, website and/or e-mail address we can pass along to listeners.
Now until Dec. 20th Petal Children's Task Force: Toy Drive Please help the task force toy drive by dropping off toys for the less fortunate. You may drop off your toys at one of the following locations in Petal: Rodgers Family Pharmacy, The Kick, El Mariachi, Merle Norman, Walgreen’s, Walmart, Service Master, Sunrise Trading Post, Factory Connection, Fox’s Pizza, Corner Market, Salon Associates, The city of Petal, Sassy Girl, and Carter’s Jewelry. In Hattiesburg, they can be dropped off at Coburn Supply Company. For more details, call 601-255-5578.
Select dates from now until Dec. 20th The Mission Store: Christmas Donation Drive Donations of money or new unopened items will be collected at 121 South Main Street in Petal Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and on Saturday from 9:00am to 3:00pm. For more details, call 601-543-2089 or 601-543-2303.
Select dates from now until Dec. 21st Zoo Lights Takes place every Friday and Saturday from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Hattiesburg Zoo. Hop aboard the Polar Bear Express and enjoy some warm cocoa as the lights are in 3D (with special 3D glasses provided). For more details, call 601-545-4576.
Now until Dec. 24th Operation Christmas Child Christmas is just around the corner. You can pack a shoebox with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for a little boy or girl affected by war, disease, poverty or disaster. It may be the only gift they receive this year, and it could be from you. So get involved this year with Operation Christmas Child. For more details, call 1-800-809-3882.
Now until Dec. 25th KZ94.3 Airing Christmas music throughout each broadcast day. Enjoy the holiday tunes on WKZW 94.3 FM.
Select dates from now until Dec. 28th Christmas Celebration at Bettie D. Robertson Park Open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00pm-9:00pm at the park, located off Highway 49 in Collins.
This holiday season will be filled with thousands of sparking lights, angels and displays at the park. The celebration depicts the nativity and life of Jesus, a patriotic scene with soldiers raising the American flag amidst 3-foot crosses, and displays that will delight all ages.
Admission is free. For more details, call 601-765-6012.
Dec. 10th Extra Table Christmas Concert Show times are at 6:00pm and 8:00pm at the Saenger Theater in Downtown Hattiesburg. The event will include performances from Petal Harvey Baptist Church handbell choir, the Hattiesburg Chamber Orchestra, and local school choirs from Hattiesburg, North Forrest, Oak Grove, Presbyterian Christian School, Petal, Sacred Heart, and William Carey University. Proceeds benefit the Extra Table organization. For more details and ticket information, visit the websites of the Saenger and Extra Table, which we've listed below, or call the Saenger box office at 601-584-4888.
Dec. 12th (prepaid reservations by Dec. 10th) YWCO: Victorian Christmas Tea Takes place from 3:30pm-5:00pm at the YWCO (428 West Oak Street, downtown Laurel). Elegant china, silverware and crystal as well as beautiful table decorations will enhance the occasion. Two different varieties of tea and special goodies will be served. For more details, call 601-428-5694.
Dec. 12th Toy Drive for Batson Takes place from 6:00pm-9:00pm at the Hattiesburg location of Chili's (4500 Hardy Street). Proceeds benefit the MHP Toy Drive for the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson. For more details, call 601-296-1131.
Dec. 14th Breakfast with Santa Sponsored by the Friends of the Ellisville Public Library, the breakfast starts at 9:00am at the Harrison Multi-Purpose Building in Ellisville. Admission is free. For more details, call 601-477-9271, ext. 3.
Dec. 14th Birthday Party for Jesus Starts at 1:00pm at the Lt. Ben McNair Recreation Center (300 N. 12th Avenue, Hattiesburg). The party is open to children age 12 and under; children must be accompanied by an adult. The party is presented by Christian Services, Inc. For more details, call 601-582-5683.
Dec. 15th Community Christmas Celebration in Collins Starts at 3:00pm at the Collins Civic Center (3220 Highway 49). The celebration is presented by First Baptist Church of Collins. Admission is free. For more details, call 601-765-6279.
Dec. 15th Jeff Bates Performing in a Christmas concert at 7:00pm at Summerland Baptist Church (80 SCR 28-4, Taylorsville). Admission is free; donations will be collected for Cause of Hope, the church's cancer ministry. For more details, call 601-729-4544.
Dec. 16th A Christmas with David Phelps The Christian vocalist, songwriter and member of the Gaither Vocal Band will present a special Christmas show at Hardy Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm).
All tickets are $25 and are general admission. Tickets are available at the church, at 1508 Hardy Street and at iTickets.com. For more information, call 601-544-1794.
Dec. 20th A Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas Starts at 6:00pm at the Arabian Theatre (408 North 5th Avenue, Laurel). Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children, and can be purchased at either Southern Antiques (317 Central Avenue, 601-426-2322) or Lee's Coffee & Tea (409 West Oak Street, 601-649-4161) in Laurel.
Dec. 21st Landrum’s Homestead & Village: Christmas Candlelight Tour Open from 9:00am-8:00pm. The candlelight tour itself will be from 4:30pm-8:00pm. Admission is $8; children 3 years and under are free. Step back in time and take a Christmas walking tour of the past with thousands of white lights, candlelit pathways and beautiful Christmas music. For more details, call 601-649-2546