By GWEN SISSON
Over the next few days, Starkville will be filled with famous musicians, authors and artists to help get the town in the Christmas spirit.
The Criss Christmas Concert on Nov. 30
Gorgeous music and a famous musician will help local residents remember the reason for the season.
The Annual Criss Christmas Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bettersworth Auditorium in Lee Hall on the Mississippi State University campus. This year, one of the world’s most talented jazz musicians will join the Starkville-MSU Smphony in concert.
“Wycliffe Gordon is one of the most significant jazz musicians on the international scene today,” said Dr. Michael Brown, conductor for the Starkville-MSU Symphony. “It will be a great opportunity for Starkville to have a musician of his caliber come for a visit.”
Holiday Bazaar Dec. 1-3
The 38th Annual Starkville Holiday Bazaar will take place in new location this year.
Formerly operated by the MSU Campus Activities Board (CAB,) the 38th Annual Holiday Bazaar will take place at the Starkville Sportsplex for the first time this year. This popular event will be very similar to previous Holiday Bazaar’s but will be in a new location this year, according to Jennifer Gregory, director for this year’s event.
“We were honored that the MSU Campus Activities Board has asked us to spearhead this successful and popular event this year, and we hope to follow the same successful practices of CAB, but with a few new twists,” said Gregory.
Over 100 booth spaces have been filled and vendors from all over the southeast have been accepted to sell holiday décor, crafts, handmade items, jewelry, pottery, food products, and much more, making sure there’s something for everyone on your Christmas list.
In addition to a new location with increased parking, the Holiday Bazaar will also offer a café in which local restaurants will sell food during the lunch and dinner hours to provide an additional convenience for shoppers and vendors.
The 38th Annual Holiday Bazaar will be open for shoppers from 10 a.m. to 7:p.m. on Dec. 1-2 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 3. Admission is free.
For for more information, contact the GSDP at 323-3322 or e-mail Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Maben Christmas Parade on Dec. 2
Dr. Steve Young, president of East Mississippi Community College, will serve as the Grand Marshall for the annual Maben Christmas parade.
The “True Meaning of Christmas” parade is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 2 with free hot chocolate. Floats will line up near First Baptist Church on Second Avenue.
Ackerman Christmas Parade on Dec. 2
This year’s theme will be “Christmas Brings Hope” at the annual Ackerman Christmas Parade set for 6 p.m. Dec. 2. The parade route will begin at Ackerman High School and travel west down Main Street
Santa’s Workshop on Dec. 3
The elves at Comfort Inn and Suites will be hosting a special Santa’s Workshop event to benefit the Oktibbeha County Humane Society.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Starkville Comfort Inn and Suites.
Elves and guests are invited to make toys for the animals at the shelter. All materials and treats will be provided.
Cristina Tapia of Comfort Inn and Suites said visitors are also invited to bring their pets to have photos made with Santa throughout the day.
For more information, call 324-9595.
MSU Plant Sale on Dec. 3
Dozens of poinsettia varieties and holiday plants will be available at the Dec. 3 holiday plant sale hosted by Mississippi State University’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.
The MSU student horticulture club will sell poinsettias and other holiday plants from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the campus greenhouses behind Dorman Hall on Stone Boulevard. Thirty-two varieties of poinsettias in shades of red, pink and white will be available in 6-inch pots and 10-inch baskets.
Proceeds from the sale support the club’s service projects and educational activities. For more information, call the department office at 325-2311.
Nature Crafts for the Holidays on Dec. 4
The Friends of Noxubee Refuge will hold Nature Crafts for the Holidays on Dec. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Refuge Visitor Center.
Get in the holiday spirit by making evergreen swags, ornaments and birdfeeders with natural materials.
Organizers will have materials available and they encourage participants to bring some materials collected from their yards to share with others.
Sturgis Christmas Parade on Dec. 4
The town of Sturgis will host their annual Christmas parade at noon Dec. 4 in downtown Sturgis.
Eupora Christmas Market and Parade on Dec. 4
The town of Eupora will hold their annual Christmas Market in downtown Eupora, beginning at 10 a.m. Artists from around the state will have unique gift items available. The event will be followed by the annual Christmas parade at 6 p.m.
Starkville Community Christmas Market Dec. 4
The Community Christmas Market and Tree Lighting will be a fun way to celebrate the holidays.
The market portion of the event is brand new and will be sponsored by the Starkville Community Market. Organizers expect home-grown products and art as part of this special event, that will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 4, ending with the annual lighting of the Community Christmas Tree.
Starkville Christmas Parade on Dec. 4
The Starkville Christmas Parade will begin just after the Community Christmas Tree Lighting event at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in downtown Starkville. This year’s theme will be “It’s a Magical Christmas.”
“We are expecting several of our favorites such as our marching bands, the classic old antique cars, and ending with our grand finally, Santa,” said the Greater Starkville Development Partnership’s Special Events Coordinator, Tasha Hill. “And with a theme like ‘It’s A Magical Christmas,’ we are expecting a wide range of creativity and the sky is the limit!”
Annual 12 Days of Christmas event Dec. 4-18
Each year, Three Generations Tea Room hosts the “Twelve Days of Christmas” event, as a fund-raiser for a local charity. This year, the event will raise money for the Oktibbeha -Starkville Emergency Response Volunteer Services, better known as OSERVS. Each event is open to the public.
This year’s schedule includes:
• On Dec. 4 from 9-11 a.m., Starkville Public Library’s Children’s Librarian Laura Foxworth will entertain the crowd.
• On Dec. 6 at 11 a.m., Dr. Elaine Peterson from MSU’s Music Department and her students will perform favorite holiday selections.
• On Dec. 7 at 11 a.m., Vic and Jane Zitta and Company will have a “Country Christmas Sing-A-Long.”
• On Dec. 8 at 11 a.m., Ethan Ewing will perform on the cello and share Christmas music “of bygone days.”
• On Dec. 9 at 11 a.m., I (Gwen Sisson) will lead the crowd in a special presentation of the Christmas story.
• Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. is an open date for a Christmas luncheon or bridge party.
• On Dec. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m., 12 year old violinist Daniel Jones will perform music from the Nutcracker Suite at the “Happy Birthday Jesus” party.
• On Dec. 13 at 11 a.m., Three Generations’ hostess and historian Paige Lawes will discuss the historic origin of many American Christmas traditions.
• On Dec. 14 at 11 a.m., members of the Starkville Community Theatre will share a “Merry Christmas Reading.”
• On Dec. 15 at 11 a.m., Starkville Daily News Managing Editor Brian Hawkins will share “merry tunes to delight you heart.”
• Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. is an open date for a Christmas luncheon or bridge party.
• On Dec. 17 at 11 a.m., Madeline Golden, Bruce Lesley and Lyle Tate will entertain the crowd.
• On Dec. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m., Becky Kelly will play Christmas music on her mountain dulcimer.
Reservations go fast, so be sure to call Three Generations Tea Room at 324-1507.
Holiday Home Tour and Tea Dec. 5
The Holiday Home Tour and Tea is set from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Sherwood Forest community of Starkville. The event is sponsored by the Starkville Civic League and GSDP. Tickets are on sale now at the GSDP office.
Featured on this year’s tour will be the homes of Carey and Bonnie Hardin at 501 Canterbury Road; Robert and Vicki Katz at 112 Tuxford Road; Tom and Lynda McReynolds at 3 Courtland Street; phone: 662-323-3556 (home); and Amy Tuck, at 104 Tuxford Road.
For more information, contact the GSDP office at 323-3322.
Santa to visit OCH Regional Medical Center Dec. 6
Santa Claus is coming to town! Join Santa in the OCH Regional Medical Center’s Educational Facility Dec. 6 from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.
Santa’s Sweet Shoppe will offer holiday festivities, refreshments and a visit with Santa for the young and “young at heart.”
Parents should bring a camera to capture special moments with Jolly Ole St. Nick. Children should bring their wish lists!
For more information, call the OCH Marketing and Public Relations Office at 615-3067.
Welch Funeral Homes’ Memory Service Dec. 6
In honor of those who will not be with us this holiday season, Welch Funeral Home will hold their annual Christmas Memory Service.
The special service will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 a the Funeral Home. The event is open to the public and guests are asked to bring an ornament to place on the trees as part of the service.
Walt Grayson book signing set Dec.9
Walt Grayson will visit Starkville at a special book signing event set for 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at the BookMart in downtown Starkville. He will be signing “Oh! That Reminds Me: More Mississippi Stories from Walt Grayson.”
Wyatt Waters book signing set Dec. 10
Mississippi artist Wyatt Waters will be signing his new book, “Christmas Memories from Mississippi,” set for 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 10 at the BookMart in downtown Starkville.
Experience Bethlehem Dec. 10-12
Come, experience the excitement of walking through the city of Bethlehem during the birth of the Christ Child.
See the landscape of the city, and the buzz of the marketplace containing clothing, pottery and stonecutting. The air is alive with music and singing of the coming of the Lord. A short walk away, you will find the stable with Joseph and Mary with baby Jesus along with the shepherds and Kings of the East.
This special event will be at First United Methodist Church Starkville on December 10-12 from 5 to 8 p.m. each night.
Tickets are available in the church office. Tickets are free, but must be reserved. Call 323-5722.