Christmas Eve Feast of Joy

Event by: 1908 Provisions Restaurant
Where: Fairview Inn

This trademark, annual event is set amidst the perfect atmosphere of festive holiday decor, cozy fireplaces, and unparalleled service. We encourage you to take family photos by our over-sized Christmas tree, around one of our multiple fireplaces, or on our front porch (adorned with countless wreaths and trees!).

1908 Provisions invites you to join us at our table Monday, December 24th from 5 – 9:30pm.

This year we 1908 is giving you the option to choose between our consistently satisfying, nightly dinner menu, or a specially-crafted Christmas Feast prix fixe. Chef Corey Ellison has prepared you and your loved ones a robust three-course meal; the meal begins with a crisp salad and warm soup, followed by a traditional stuffed Cornish game hen, with all the fixings, and ending on a high note, with a melt-in-your-mouth Egg Nog Panna Cotta.

Be merry, create memories, and fill your belly with amazing food! Afterwards, head home and settle down for a long winter’s nap – and we’ll take care of the dishes!

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Nation’s First Singing Christmas Tree Celebrates 86 Years at Belhaven University

For the past 85 years, Belhaven students have readied their voices and gathered on a 35-foot tall structure to be part of the first and oldest singing Christmas tree in the United States. This year, students will continue that tradition for the 86th performance of Belhaven’s Singing Christmas Tree.

“It’s not often we get the chance to make history,” said Christopher Phillips, specialty instructor and director of the singing Christmas tree.

“To be a part of Belhaven’s Singing Christmas Tree is the opportunity to do just that. As the oldest event of its kind in the nation, it’s thrilling and humbling to be a part of this special tradition. We are honored to present this gift to our community this year for the 86th time.”

Since its creation in 1933, the tree frame has grown taller, candles were exchanged for LED lights, voices and music were amplified and more singers were added each year. Today, the wood and metal structure holds over 100 men and women. The LED lights change colors in various patterns and sequences according to the character of each Christmas carol, creating a visual spectacle for listeners.

Both performances on November 30 and December 1 are free to the public and will take place at the Belhaven University Bowl Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
Certain traditions have become expected elements to the tree. An auditioned soloist is positioned under the star located at the very top of the tree. This honored soloist performs “O Holy Night” near the Tree’s conclusion. Other traditions include artificial snowfall during “White Christmas” and humorous “insider jokes” interposed into the lyrics of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and other Christmas carol favorites.

Mignonne Caldwell, the originator of Belhaven’s tree and music professor, created the event as a way to give back to the surrounding community. Caldwell recruited college engineer Mr. C. V. McLain to construct the first wooden tree frame for the choir to stand on. Caldwell’s concert idea became a reality and debuted to the public in December 1933. After the success of the first performance, it became a yearly tradition.
Ms. Bettye Quinn, Associate Professor of Education and Director of Elementary Education, has attended the event for 78 years and remembers seeing the tree for the first time. Quinn said, “I remember when I was three in 1937 and a family friend brought me to see the Belhaven singing Christmas tree.

At the time the tree was a group of 50 girls on a platform between the columns, they had on white robes and held bright lights that reflected into the lagoon. It was just a glorious sight for a little child to see. I have come every year since to see the Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree.”
Belhaven’s Singing Christmas Tree was named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, and it continually draws in thousands of people each year. The Singing Christmas Tree tradition continues serving the Jackson community by providing a spiritually edifying, fun-filled event of visual and musical splendor.

Noon Year’s Eve

Event by: MS Children’s Museum
Where: 2145 Museum Boulevard Jackson, MS 39202

Noon Year’s Eve
Monday, December 31
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Get ready to lift-off into 2019 at the Noon Year’s Eve celebration on Monday, December 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Mississippi Children’s Museum! This program is included with general admission or museum membership.

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Greater Belhaven Foundation Hosting Re-Zoning Information Meeting

Join the Greater Belhaven Foundation on Wednesday, November 28 at 5:00 pm for a Q and A Session regarding two upcoming Rezoning requests. If you have questions or would like additional information regarding the rezoning request for 836 North Jefferson Street or 1704 North State Street please join us. This meeting will take place at the Foundation office located at 954 E. Fortification Street, please park in the Froogel’s Parking lot and walk up.

Come Celebrate 12 Years in Business and 8 Years with Mo at Old House Depot

Old House Depot is inviting everyone to come celebrate with them this Friday, November 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm!! Come on down to 639 Monroe Street, there will be live music and birthday cake and of course shopping!! Free T-shirts while they last!!

You’re Invited to a Neighborhood Meet and Greet With Chief Davis

The Greater Belhaven Foundation would like to invite all of our neighbors to meet newly confirmed Chief James Davis on Tuesday, December 4 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at The Rickhouse, 717 Poplar Blvd. Chief Davis will be presenting on Jackson Police Department updates and new programs that he will be implementing. Come meet the Chief and your Neighbors!!!

Journey to the North Pole

Event by: MS Children’s Museum
Where: 2145 Museum Boulevard Jackson, MS 39202

Journey To The North Pole
Friday, November 20-January 4
Drawing inspiration from lessons in navigation and geography, along with traditional holiday literature, Journey to the North Pole transforms the Gertrude C. Ford Exhibition Hall’s 1,800 square feet of space into a magical winter village of twinkling lights and train cars. Only a few feet from the entrance of the exhibit guests will find our thrilling Snowflake Slide, a 45-foot slide down the center staircase of the museum. Journey to the North Pole also provides special times for children to have their photo with Santa, put together a Gingerbread House with family members and attend special late-night PJ parties with hot cocoa and a train conductor. This exhibit is Jackson’s best family annual holiday tradition, great for your child’s holiday party, and the perfect backdrop for your holiday card photo. This program is included with general admission or museum membership.
Please note that children must be 36″ or taller to ride the

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Ballet Magnificat! Presents: “Return of the Snow Queen”

Event by: Ballet Magnificat!
Where: Thalia Mara Hall – 255, 4115, E Pascagoula St, Jackson, MS 39201

Date: December 15, 2018 & December 16, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Featuring Kathy Thibodeaux as the Snow Queen, and inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen classic, The Return of Snow Queen fantastically dips into the beauty of storytelling through the art of dance. The audience is taken on a journey with a young girl who fearlessly faces the fury of the Snow Queen with boldness, bravery and love.

This fast moving production stands strong on the cast of 75 professional dancers, enhanced by powerful choreography, creative costuming and bigger-than-life sets and scenery.

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Very Eric Carle – Visiting Exhibit

Event by: MS Children’s Museum
Where: 2145 Museum Boulevard Jackson, MS 39202

Very Eric Carle – Visiting Exhibit
Saturday, September 22- Friday, January 11
Step into the pages of your favorite books by Eric Carle in this play-and-learn exhibit: Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit. Carle’s classic “Very” series, all illustrated in his hand-painted tissue paper collage technique, introduces five special insects who take journeys of discovery. Each story is a testament to Eric Carle’s love of nature, his respect for the emotional lives of children, and his recurring themes of friendship, creativity, and the power of imagination. Visitors will:
• Become the Very Hungry Caterpillar as they follow his path
• Weave a web with the Very Busy Spider
• Find their light with the Very Lonely Firefly
• Make the Very Clumsy Click Beetle flip and jump
• Compose a night symphony with the Very Quiet Cricket
• Create artwork using many of Eric Carle’s materials and techniques
• Enjoy a gallery of prints from Eric Carle’s “Very” book series

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More Than a Tourist’s Belhaven Neighborhood Walking Tour

Event by: More Than a Tourist, llc
Where: Starting/Finishing Laurel Park

Welcome to the Belhaven Neighborhood! Come Walk & Learn about this Historic Neighborhood – How did Belhaven get it’s name? What did Laurel Park first look like? What is Shady Nook? & Who all lived in the popular Pink Apartments?… Find out about this & MORE!

Start & Finish at Laurel Park, about a 2 hour Tour at a very medium pace with stops. Refreshments will be served half way through.
$27 per person. Paypal: or email me for other payment options.

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