Here in beloved Oxford, Mississippi, we know that Spooky Season transitions into Holiday Season with a quickness, and you would have to be substantially Scrooged to deny the charm that befalls the town post-Halloween.
To help us glide into the Christmas spirit, Visit Oxford’s Holly Jolly Holidays presents festivities galore all the way into the New Year.
Your opportunity to show off your ice-skating skills is finally here when the Old Armory Pavilion transforms into an ice rink starting Saturday, November 18. For hours and pricing details click here
The highly anticipated lighting of the Square will take place at 6 pm Sunday, November 19 accompanied by FOX Business Network’s Small Town Christmas crew who will capture the moment for an episode to air December 16 at 2 pm.
Of course, an abundance of family friendly activities will be going on around town in partnership with Visit Oxford.
New this year to Holly Jolly Holidays, the Peppermint Trail will lead guests to special holiday treats and promotions. Guests are encouraged to follow the trail of peppermints on the sidewalks all around Oxford to explore a variety of peppermint treats. From coffee to cocktails, sweets, and more—the peppermint craze along the red-and-white candied trail continues from November 18 through January 7. Some of the participating businesses include Bouré, Funkys, SoLa, and Volta, but check VisitOxfordMS.com for a full listing and see if you can visit them all!
This annual event at the Ford Center offers a magical atmosphere with Gingerbread houses designed by community members and civic groups, a miniature village with a working train, a holiday-themed Lego house, a mailbox for Santa, a decorated tree surrounded by gifts by a fireplace hung with stockings, and a multi-cultural display of holiday traditions from around the world, all enveloped by cheerful and inspirational music. Hundreds of children visit the Ford Center to wander through the Village, listen to stories read by Mrs. Claus. This event is free and open to the public in December and raises funds and collects goods for the Pantry.
From November 30 through December 2, Theatre Oxford presents Peppermint Bear & the Toy Elves, a family-friendly musical featuring Santa, Elves, and Peppermint Bear. This fun holiday musical features local actors and an elf chorus of local children, directed by René Pulliam.
On Monday, December 4 at 6:30 pm, gather for the Oxford Christmas Parade and see the festive Whoville-related floats.