Merry Meridian: "An Old Fashioned Christmas"

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

"An Old Fashioned Christmas." That's the theme for the fourth annual Merry Meridian holiday celebration.

The Meridian Downtown Association announced the plans, saying this year promises to be one of the best yet.

"It draws people to downtown. It tells people in Meridian what downtown has to offer. I've said this in the past, people pick at me, but we want people to stay here. We don't want you to go outside of Meridian to look for something to do during the holidays. We have it right here," said event chair Stacy Davis. "That's the reason why we want to make sure everybody outside Mississippi and Alabama knows about this."

This year's Merry Meridian will feature several performances including:
"A Christmas Carol" at Meridian Little Theatre, featuring Mayor John Robert Smith as Scrooge; the Meridian Symphony Orchestra in a special holiday performance at the MSU Riley Center, "Many Moods of Christmas"; the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker.

Television personality Walt Grayson will be the Grand Marshal for the Meridian Christmas Parade. And country entertainers Mel and Pam Tillis will come to Meridian to present "A Tillis Family Christmas" at the MSU Riley Center.

Merry Meridian wraps up with the Singing Christmas Tree at Highland Baptist Church, where thousands have been known to show up to hear a choir of 75 voices from within a lighted Christmas Tree, joined by a full orchestra and a cast of actors.

December 2, 2008
Event: City of Meridian Christmas - Tree Lighting Ceremony
Sponsor: City of Meridian Cultural Affairs
Special Features: Local Holiday entertainment
Location: Tree Lighting – Dumont Plaza
Time: Tree Lighting – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Information: Call City of Meridian Cultural Affairs –Connie Royal 601-485-1944

Live Nativity Play
6:30 p.m.
Dumont Plaza, downtown Meridian
Contact: Kathy Carpenter, 601-693-5966

December 4, 2008
Event: Trees of Christmas at Merrehope, “Candlelight- Tour
Sponsor: Meridian Restoration Association
Location: Merrehope and the F.G. Williams home
Address: 905 Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Drive, Meridian, MS
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost:$20.00 adult, $10.00 child
Information: Call 601- 483- 8439 or Contact Karen Wallace at 1-601-954-2684

December 4 -10, 2008
Event: Meridian Little Theatre’s 2nd Play of the 76th Anniversary Season
Play: “A Christmas Carol” starring Mayor John Robert Smith as “Scrooge”
Sponsor: Meridian Little Theatre
Location: Meridian Little Theatre Playhouse
Address:Hwy 39 North, Meridian, MS
Times: Curtain at 8:00 p.m. each night / Sunday – Curtain at 2:00 p.m. No performance on Monday
Information: Call 601-482-6371 for Ticket Prices and Availabilities Or

December 5, 2008
Miss Merry Meridian Pageant
7 p.m. at Highland Baptist Church Family Life Center
Information: Lorie Anderson and Connie Joyner, 601-616-8980

December 5, 2008
Meridian Symphony Orchestra
"Many Moods of Christmas"
8 p.m. MSU Riley Center

December 6, 2008
Merry Meridian Market on Dumont Plaza and surrounding streets – 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sponsor: Meridian Downtown Merchants’ Association and The City of Meridian

December 6, 2008
Christmas Parade- Downtown City Streets
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free Entry Fee and applications for parade participants
Information: Call Meridian Downtown Merchants’ Association or City of Meridian Cultural Affairs – Connie Royal 601-485-1944.

December 6, 2008
Big Boy Toyland
Downtown Meridian
10 a.m. - 3 p.m

December 6, 2008
Featuring: 1 Mile Children's Run
Location: Downtown Meridian
Address: 22nd Avenue
Time: 8:00 am
Cost: Postmarked by Nov. 28, 2008 $13 Race Day $15
Information: This is the 3rd year for the race to be in downtown Meridian. For more information call Melissa Estes 601-479-0888

December 6, 2008, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Temple Theatre

December 7, 2008
Event:“The Riley Center” 2008-2009 Main Stage Season
Featuring: “Tillis Family Christmas”
Sponsor:The MSU Riley Center
Location: The MSU Riley Center
Address: 2200 5th Street
Time: 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Admission: $43. & $37.
Information: Call 601-696-2200

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