The annual Christmas parade is among the many upcoming events planned in downtown Philadelphia to coincide with the holidays.

"Holly Jolly Christmas" is the theme of this year's parade, set for Monday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.

Kaye Rowell, tourism director, said there were already 15 entrants in the parade.

"We want the floats to tie into the song Holly Jolly Christmas," Rowell said. "We're looking for an old-fashioned, jolly Christmas float."

The entry fee is $10 with the deadline being Friday, Nov. 8. Entries received after the deadline will pay a $5 late charge. No entries will be accepted after Dec. 5, she said.

Events kicking off in downtown Philadelphia prior to the parade, include the annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 1-5 p.m.

The Philadelphia Main Street Board is looking for a few entertainers for the downtown event.

"Everyone is excited," Rowell said. "We're hoping for the best and encourage everyone to shop downtown."

Main Street Director Tim Moore added that a new event for this year is "Ham Jam Bucks."

Using proceeds from Ham Jam, there will be four drawings for $260 each to be spent downtown, Moore said.

Registration boxes can be located at the various downtown merchants after Nov. 1.

"Enter as much as you want," Moore said.

Drawings will be held on Nov. 11 and Dec. 2, 13 and 20.

Also planned for November is the Neshoba Artist Guild's Depot Artists Art Show.

As of Monday, 15 artists had signed up and more are expected for the art show set for Nov. 22 and 22 at the depot.

"We have three new vendors including one selling hand-carved walking canes, pastel paintings and bottle art," Rowell said.

"As of right now all of the vendors are from Neshoba County."

The Friday night show will include a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday's show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The final holiday event will be Moonlight Madness on Dec. 12 from 6-10 p.m.

Five stories have already signed up, Rowell said.

For more information about the upcoming events call Rowell or Moore at 601-656-1000.