Celebrate the Holidays Along the Natchez Trace

2014 Christmas Parades and Festivals Along the Natchez Trace Parkway

Santa is out on the Trace & you should be too! Credit: Jerry Brinegar

Santa is out on the Trace & you should be too!
photo credit: Jerry Brinegar

It’s Christmastime along the Natchez Trace Parkway! Eighteen beautiful communities dot the 444-mile scenic byway, and there are plenty of exciting holiday events for one and all. You can find all sorts of events here, but here are a few more you may not have made plans for just yet.

Natchez, Mississippi

The Natchez Little Theater will present A Christmas Carol, the classic Christmas story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a old cranky man who had his Christmas spirits lifted by visits from spirits of a more ghostly quality. The show will go on Fridays, Saturdays, and Tuesdays at 7:30pm from December 5th – 20th. On Sundays, you can catch A Christmas Carol December 7th, 14th, and 21st at 2:00pm.

If you’re in the mood for a tasty adult beverage, check out Libations at Linden on Saturday, December 20th. Admire the Christmas decorations at Linden and enjoy a famous Natchez Milk Punch. You can find tickets here.

Ridgeland, Mississippi

photo credit: craftsmensguildofms.org

Credit: craftsmensguildofms.org

If you find yourself in Central Mississippi, don’t miss the Chimneyville Crafts Festival. The festival runs Friday, December 5th through Sunday, December 7th. Named the “Best Festival in Mississippi,” you can find fine crafts of wood, pottery, glass, metal, jewelry, and just about anything else! The preview party is Friday, December 5th from 7-10pm.

Tupelo, Mississippi

photo credit: Tupelo Main Street Association Facebook

Credit: Tupelo Main Street Association

Make a holiday stop in Elvis’s hometown! The 66th Annual Reed’s Tupelo Christmas Parade will be Monday, December 8th on the streets of downtown Tupelo.  The parade will begin at 6:30pm at the intersection of Main Street and Front Street.

Florence, Alabama

Florence, Alabama

Florence, Alabama

From December 5th through December 24th, community groups and local individuals will create an alluring exhibition using nine, 12-foot tall spruce and fir trees to tell their stories. At The Trees of Christmas, decorators use a variety of uncharacteristic techniques and materials to carry out both traditional and unexpected trees. A wonderful and visual Christmas pleasure is in store for audiences who attend this one of a kind exhibit.

Franklin, Tennessee

Santa Steps Out in Franklin

Santa Steps Out in Franklin, TN

Join the locals in Historic Downtown Franklin, TN where Main Street will be packed with revelers for the annual Franklin Christmas Parade. The parade starts at 2:00pm on December 6th. Once the parade is over, be sure to check out the excellent choices for food and drink in town!

Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee

The Annual Christmas Parade in Leiper's Fork

The Annual Christmas Parade in Leiper’s Fork, TN

The nearly world-famous, quirkiest, most charming homegrown Christmas Parade begins at 2:00 pm on December 13th in Leiper’s Fork, TN. Check it out here!

Nashville, Tennessee


Country Christmas in Nashville

From November 14, 2014 – January 3, 2015, the magic of the Christmas season comes to life at Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas in Nashville, TN. Visitors can enjoy snow slides, ice skating and riveting shows. You’ll find it all here.

You can also celebrate the holidays in Music City with a dinner and show on the General Jackson Showboat! The show will keep you entertained with the Heart of Christmas in the Victorian Theater. A sixpiece show band and six outstanding featured performers fill the stage with colorful production numbers of Christmas favorites like “Sleigh Ride,” “Winter Wonderland” and Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song.” Fill your belly too with a selection of holiday foods from master chefs on board. The show is going on now through December 23rd from 6:15pm to 9:45pm.

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Frozen Waterfall on the Parkway

Here’s to a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Natchez Trace Compact! To plan your trip, give us a call at 866.TRACE56 (872-2356) or visit scenictrace.com. Get social with us and follow the Natchez Trace on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram @TheNatchezTrace

Download our 2014 Visitors Guide HERE

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