Canton Christmas kicks off 35th year

Canton Christmas kicks off 35th year


CANTON — Mississippi’s original City of Lights prepares to shine this holiday season. The 2022 Canton Christmas Festival kicks off on the Historic Canton Square with Opening Weekend and Merchants’ Holiday Open House Friday-Sunday, from 5-9 p.m. The festival reopens nightly Dec. 2-23, with the 16th Annual Sip ‘N Cider event taking place on Friday, Dec. 9.  

Popular favorites return, such as Canton Christmas Festival treasure, Storytime with Mrs. Claus, along with performances by her Magical Cast of Characters. The towering 4 story LED Christmas tree will once again be present on the historical courthouse grounds, along with over 100,000 twinkling lights around the Square. Also returning are family favorite firetruck and train rides around the Square, as well as the Victorian carousel, sky race, and miniature cars for children. On select dates, cozy up with a horse- drawn carriage ride and stop by the Canton Welcome Center for photos with Santa himself and see if you made the Nice List.  

New features visitors can look forward to include a massive 18-foot walkthrough giftbox light display and Rudolph’s Playground, where children will find Mrs. Claus’ reading porch, magical reindeer and festive penguin photo ops, and a glittering Finding Nemo display returns with a splash! Here, children of all ages will also find one of 3 mailboxes where they can mail their Letters to Santa, provided by Canton Tourism. Letters written from home are also encouraged! 

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