Mississippi is known for its gorgeous Gulf Coast and fine Southern cuisine. When making plans for a Christmas vacation in Mississippi, you have plenty of options, including quaint cities with festive Christmas parades, waterfront festivities, and holiday bazaars. See the sparkling lights throughout the streets of the cities of Collins and Biloxi, or make your way to the state’s capital to see exquisite tree displays hosted by local museums. Wave to the motorcyclists starring in various Christmas parades, or take a trip to the coast and relax on sandy beaches. Book your Mississippi vacation rental for the holidays at one of these incredible getaway destinations.

1. Collins

Experience a magical, musical Christmas season with a vacation rental in Collins. This vibrant city is home to the annual Christmas parade the last weekend in November each year with festivities lasting through the month of December. Enjoy Christmas in the Park while browsing craft vendors and local restaurant booths. Admire the sparkling lights throughout the city as well as the annual light show. The holiday spirit is abundant in this town that includes attractions such as the Grand Paradise Water Park and the 1,500-acre Mitchell Farms.

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2. Biloxi

If a vacation on the coast is what you’re looking for, get that and some holiday spirit when making Biloxi your vacation destination in December. The city hosts an annual Christmas on the Water celebration that includes a visit from Santa, a water parade, arts and crafts activities, and fireworks in the evenings. This spectacular Gulf Coast holiday town pulls out all the stops with a Winter Wonderland celebration that offers both land and water attractions. Before retreating to your Biloxi vacation rental, catch a glimpse of the Christmas boat parade that begins at the Biloxi Lighthouse and travels to Point Cadet.

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3. Jackson

The state capital of Mississippi is not only home to historic buildings, but also Christmas celebrations that include extravagant decorations and tree exhibits. Spend the day wandering through the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Bethlehem Tree exhibit and then join in with the Carols of Candlelight sing-along in the city center. Enjoy a little retail therapy while shopping at the Mistletoe Marketplace. Jackson also delights locals and tourists with an annual Christmas Parade where Santa rides along on a float and waves at the kids.

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4. Canton

Dubbed as the state’s “City of Lights,” Canton is a premier vacation destination for families wanting to get into the Christmas spirit. View Canton’s Winter Wonderland at the Canton Animation Museum that features 135 life-size animated figures decked out for the holidays. Enjoy the beauty of the city on a historic holiday trolley tour. Head to the downtown area to see the city’s decorated tree while admiring the decorations in the storefront window displays and lights strung throughout the town.

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5. Purvis

Purvis has a long history of creating a spectacular Christmas display, and you can see it first hand from your Mississippi vacation rental. The city’s Christmas display includes original works of art by locals and more than 200,000 lights that set Purvis aglow. Take the family to the Purvis light show on White Chapel Road. This spectacle of lights is on display seven days a week. Head to the downtown shopping area for large Christmas displays and pick up a few souvenirs or gifts at the locally-owned specialty shops. After sight-seeing, stop in at The Stonehouse Restaurant for the fresh catch of the day and American fare.

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6. Olive Branch

Mississippi is known for Southern hospitality, but the residents of Olive Branch do more than just welcome you to your vacation rental during the Christmas season. The city kicks off the holiday celebrations with an annual Christmas parade that includes live performances by local musicians, a viewing of beautiful Clydesdale horses, festively-decorated motorcycles, and of course, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Food and craft vendors line the streets for you to sample Southern cuisine and purchase handmade gifts right in the city’s Old Towne center. Take the kids on a train ride with Santa or share a special moment with your loved one on a carriage ride when making Olive Branch your holiday vacation destination.

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7. Meridian

In December, the city of Meridian turns into “Merry Meridian” when hosting Christmas festivities that kick off with an annual Christmas parade. This evening parade includes a stunning light show with brightly-colored floats and displays. The celebrations continue with local theatrical productions that include sing-alongs with local performers. You can also see the Miss Merry Meridian pageant and be a part of the city’s tree-lighting ceremony. See a variety of unique Christmas trees on the Trees of Christmas tour hosted by local residents. The young ones in your group can spend a few hours doing arts and crafts at Santa’s Christmas Factory while mom and dad shop through the holiday gift bazaar in the highly decorated downtown area.

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