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Santa visits with Julia Gregory at last yearâ€™s Festival of Trees Cookies with Santa event. Santa is making a special trip to Starkville today, eat a few cookies, and get an idea of what local children have on their Christmas list this year. Santa will be at the Festival of Trees â€” Cookies with Santa event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. today at the Palmeiro Center at Mississippi State University. Tickets will be available at the door for a $10 donation to the United Way of North Central Mississippi.