Nothing says Christmas like seeing lights dance against the darkness, full Nativity scenes on display, Santa and all his reindeer and even the mean one – Mr. Grinch. Christmas lights are always a joy for your children or the young at heart to see.
If you’re looking for the best light display, follow our 2019 Christmas Lights Trail around the area.
Our tour kicks off in Montgomery County!
Winona: The Cain Christmas Light show, 409 Greensboro Street in Winona, has been an annual tradition. A colorful array of lights set to music makes it a show worth watching and one your children will certainly enjoy!
Kilmichael: You can’t leave Montgomery County without seeing the Kilmichael Square! Surrounding the pavilion is the Nativity scene which tells the story of the birth of Jesus. In the grassy area, just before the train tracks, a light show set to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” dance against the night sky. And you can’t leave without seeing Santa’s Workshop, the North Pole, Elsa, Cinderella, the Minions or a Very Charlie Brown Christmas.
Now Entering: Carroll County!
Vaiden: The Vaiden Beautification Committee has worked tirelessly to not just decorate Vaiden but to work to promote Vaiden as a whole. They’re like Vaiden’s own Main Street Association and this Christmas is no different. From the Vaiden Children’s Park, to Town Hall, to the grassy area across from the Courthouse, the group has Vaiden in lights. With an all-white Nativity scene lit by spotlights to Santa Claus, it almost gives you a Hallmark Christmas scene feel, and it’s worth checking out.
Now Entering: Attala County!
Hesterville: If you driving down Highway 35 toward Kosciusko, there are two houses in Hesterville that are hard to miss. The reflection from the lights are seen on the water and as the water moves, it appears that the lights are moving as well.
Now Entering: Winston County!
Flower Ridge/Center Ridge: Flower Ridge United Methodist Church has a drive-through live Nativity Scene that is displayed two days before Christmas Eve. Located on Highway 15, between Louisville and Noxapater, the scenes depict the story of the birth of Jesus.
Now Entering: Lowndes County!
Columbus: The Garrett Family Christmas Spectacular-Oswalt Road Light Show is widely-known and is always a great show. Located at 1760 Oswalt Road, Columbus, it’s a computerized show set to music, much like the Cain’s show. It is also worth the drive. But, be prepared for very long lines. The family says the show is a four-hour show, and it’s best to break it up into parts. The show runs in two cycles 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. They also ask that when you come you park near their driveway and turn your flashers on, leaving a space so their neighbors can get home.
Now Entering: Madison County!
Canton: We’ve seen the Kilmichael Square, now travel down Highway 51 North to see the Canton Square. As with Kilmichael, the entire square is decorated for Christmas. The square sees many visitors yearly, so be prepared for long lines and a wait time, but it’s worth the drive.
Madison: You can’t leave Madison County without checking out the Richardson Light Show. Located at 219 Sundial Road in Madison, it’s known for its inflatables and its computerized light show, and it’s sure to be a sight. Owners ask those who visit the light show enter from Tisdale Road, off of Highway 51, onto Sundown Road, before turning onto Sundial Road to see the show. The light show was featured on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight 2018.”
If you’re wanting to travel farther, here are a few more light shows: Christmas in the Park in Tylertown, Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival, Derma Christmas Light Show in Calhoun County, and Southern Lights in Southaven.
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