Thanks to the many clubs, organizations, and churches in Neshoba County, there are many local events this holiday season. If you’re in the mood for a festive outing, check out these important dates to make the season merry and bright.

Nov. 30

The Junior Auxiliary of Neshoba County hosts Breakfast with Santa at Northside Park Senior Citizens Center on Saturday, November from 8 until 11:30 a.m. Admission is $10 which includes breakfast, a photo with Santa, story, games and an ornament. Door Prizes will be given away each hour at this annual event that helps the service group raise funds for club projects like Stuff the Bus. 

Dec. 2

The Community Development Partnership’s Annual Christmas Parade rolls through town at 6 p.m. on Dec. 2 About 100 groups and individuals will participate this year, including marching bands and holiday floats. 

Dec. 5

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will hold the Lighting of the Christmas Tree at 5:30 p.m. at the Tribal Government Headquarters. This yearly event for tribal members will feature a cabin from the recent USET Conference, repurposed for a spot in Santa’s Village. The Warrior Youth Football Cheerleaders will sing traditional Christmas Carols in the Choctaw language, and Chief Ben will make donations to several deserving tribal entities and service groups.

Dec. 7

Trinity Baptist Church will hold their first Jingle Jam Market and Breakfast with Santa Event. From 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the Breakfast event will be a ticketed affair ($10) in the Fellowship Hall at the church with cookie decorating, ornament making, photo and biscuit breakfast with the Jolly Old Elf. The Jingle Jam Market will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the church’s Family Life Center. 

Vendor space fees as well as Breakfast ticket proceeds will all go toward Centrikid, a faith-based summer camp for youth.

The Philadelphia-Neshoba County Public Library will hold its sixth annual Christmas open house from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The event will feature local artists and crafts for sale, a cake walk and bake sale benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of East MS - Neshoba County, and plenty of activities for the kids. Weather permitting, Deweese Park will have a variety of inflatable jumpy houses, games and a petting zoo. Santa will drop by for a visit and story times at 1p.m. and 3 p.m. Youth will be able to construct their own ornaments and help decorate the tree for this Christmas season. Youth Librarian Leaha Winstead encourages families to drop by, “we have a lot of fun every year.” The day-long event is free to all.

First Baptist Church will worship on Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 7-8) at 6 p.m., holding their Church Wide Christmas Musical featuring their Chancel Choir, Children's Choir, Praise Band, Drama Team, Handbells. 

Church members look forward to the event every year as a special acoustic experience celebrating the holiday season. 

Dec. 8

Grace Baptist Church will hold a Cookies & Cocoa with Claus event on at 2 p.m. Youth are encouraged to come visit Santa, hear stories, make ornaments and have holiday cookies alongside a cup of hot chocolate. Cost for the event is $5.

Dec. 12

Rounding out the first two weeks of Holiday events, there’ll be the CDP Annual Moonlight Madness Sale for local businesses. Extended hours from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. will make after-work shopping much easier for those last minute gifts. 

If you have a Christmas event, let the Democrat know by calling 601-656-4000 or email