Lauderdale County, Miss.
The Mississippi Welcome Center at Toomsuba hosted its annual Christmas Open House Monday.
Once a year, local restaurants and hotels all come together to donate items that showcase what Meridian and Lauderdale County have to offer, in addition to the regular dose of hospitality.
"We want to encourage visitors to the city of Meridian," said welcome center supervisor, Sandra Chambers. "We want them to come see what's going on in Lauderdale County and in the area, which we have some great activities, Christmas activities, going on in the area. And we want to share that with the rest of the world."
Chambers says as the Christmas holidays get closer, the normal traffic at the welcome center will almost double to more than 1,200 people each day.