There is no shortage of holiday cheer in the Jackson metro area during the Christmas season.

Even after the city parades have concluded, local children will have multiple opportunities to meet Santa including stops in downtown Canton through December 23 and at Northpark Mall through Christmas Eve.

Under Canton’s famous lights, families can participate in a variety of events during the Canton Christmas Festival. Light and Character Parades roll through Friday and Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to accompany a host of other family friendly events.

The Mississippi Children’s Museum continues to host events through Dec. 23. Friday and Saturday include their 10 a.m. Gingerbread House Workshop and Saturday morning Santa will visit the ongoing North Pole Exhibit.

The Journey to the North Pole exhibit will continue through the first week of the new year. The exhibit fills the Gertrude C. Ford Exhibition Hall with scenes from traditional holiday literature transforming the hall into a magical village of Christmas lights and train cars. The exhibit features lessons in navigation and geography and features a 45-foot slide.

On Christmas Eve, First Baptist Madison is hosting its Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. First Baptist Jackson will host their Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m.

St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Madison will Christmas Eve communion service at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Christ United Methodist in Jackson will offer communion and candle lighting services at 4 p.m.

The First Presbyterian Church of Jackson will have its Family Carols Service at 4 p.m. Redeemer Presbyterian Church will meet at 5 p.m., as will Trinity Presbyterian Church.

St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gluckstadt will hold two Christmas Eve services at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. They will hold Christmas Day Mass at 8:15 a.m. the next day. St. Francis of Assisi Church in Madison will hold Christmas Eve Mass at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., with two Christmas Day masses at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.