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Downtown Candlelit Christmas

12/10/2022 - 12/11/2022
Downtown Hattiesburg
, Hattiesburg 39401

The Downtown Hattiesburg Association, in partnership with the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association, invites the public to celebrate the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, and Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, for Downtown Candlelit Christmas.

The 2022 holiday weekend includes a variety of special events, all centered in and around Downtown Hattiesburg. Festivities include one of Hattiesburg’s longest running holiday traditions, the 45th Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas, hosted by and taking place in the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood, along with the continuation of luminaries and other traditional activities expanded into the greater downtown district.

This year’s Downtown Candlelit Christmas event will include the guided walking tour Ghosts of Christmas Past presented by HCLO, extended holiday shopping at several retail locations downtown, historic virtual home tours, and a nostalgic self-guided holiday window display contest, A Downtown Christmas Story.

The Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas event, hosted by the Historic Neighborhood Association, is a two-day holiday-favorite event that draws hundreds of visitors from across the region to explore the spectacle of 18,000 white bags with flickering candles, lining the sidewalks of the Historic Neighborhood and the downtown district. Guests are invited to experience the nostalgia of a simpler time as they travel historic streets lined with luminaries alongside more than 300 homes and businesses decorated for the holidays with garlands, bows, and twinkling lights. Sacred Heart Church will be caroling on the church front steps, and virtual holiday home tours will be a part of the 2021 event offerings.

With Downtown’s "Go Cup” ordinance, adults can grab a drink and stroll through the candle lined streets, enjoying the activities throughout downtown.