Canton, the "City of Lights," comes alive each holiday season with attractions and events for young and old alike now through Dec. 23. From the Victorian Festival to old-fashioned carousel rides, you'll find something to tickle your holiday fancy. Held Nov. 23-Dec. 23.

Nov. 29- Dec. 16

A Christmas Memory

New Stage Theatre presented Truman Capote's holiday musical "A Christmas Memory" for a review night on Nov. 29. Curtain times and dates for all other performances are Thursday through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Ticket prices are $25 with discounts available for students, senior citizens and groups. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, located inside the Jane Reid Petty Theatre Center, charged by phone by calling the theatre at (601) 948-3531 or ordered online at

In efforts to help CARA (Community Animal Rescue and Adoption), New Stage Theatre will collect much needed items during the production of "A Christmas Memory from Nov. 29-Dec. 16." Patrons can bring one or more of the following items with them when they come to the performance: Wal-Mart and/or Home Depot gift cards, dry and canned dog and puppy food, dog treats and chew bones, canned kitten food, clay cat litter, blankets, sheets, and towels. Patrons who bring an item to the Nov. 29-Dec. 2 performances will receive $5 off their ticket when they purchase at the window.

Dec. 13-14

Masquerade Jewelry Sale

Just in time for the holiday season, the Volunteer Auxiliary at Madison River Oaks in Canton is holding a $5 masquerade jewlry sale in the multi-purpose room Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 pm. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Gala Christmas Concert

The Mississippi Community Symphonic Band presents its annual Gala Christmas Concert at 7 p.m., Dec. 15 at Christ UMC in Jackson. With more than 75 local musicians on the stage, this free concert will delight you with old favorites and new music. With a marvelous mixture of sacred and secular Christmas tunes, the band shows why it's the most popular adult concert band in the Gulf States Region. In addition to the fabulous concert band, there will be a special appearance by the Mississippi Swing!, a 20-piece jazz band, playing their own special jazz Christmas tunes.

With free parking and free admission, you won't want to miss the family-friendly event. And it is rumored a very special Guest Conductor, who hails from a snowy Northern clime, will be there. Make this a special annual event with your family and friends, an evening guaranteed to fill your hearts with wild Christmas joy. For more information, please visit, email Conductor David Miller at or call 601-605-2786.

Dec. 26-Jan. 4

Christmas Tree Pickup

The Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Department will pick up Christmas trees for recycling Dec. 26, 27 and 28 and Jan. 2, 3 and 4. Trees must be bare. All lights, ornaments, stands and nails must be removed or the tree will not be picked up.

Do not place tree in a bag. You may drop off your tree at Freedom Ridge Park located at 235 West School. Signage at the park indicates the drop off area.

Local fishermen are encouraged to pick up trees for fish habitat before they are chipped. Residents can pick up mulch after January 14. You may contact Recreation & Parks Department at 601-853-2011 for details.