December Happenings

Dec. 6-9
Sanders Family Christmas
7PM & 2PM @ Sumrall Community Theatre

Travel back in time to the Blue Ridge Mountains at Christmas time as the Sanders family teaches the true meaning of Christmas in this musical/play. Sumrall Community Theater presents Sanders Family Christmas: Smoke on the Mountain Part II Dec. 6-9 at the Cotton Gin in Sumrall. Show times are 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9. Adult tickets are $15 and children under 12 tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Tickets can also be purchased at Plum Trophy Sales of Swilley Vanilli in Sumrall or Main Street Café in Collins. 

For more information, call 601.270.5328.

Dec. 8
Elf Jr. 
2PM @ Historic Saenger Theater

StageStruck Performance Studio presents a Christmas favorite, Elf Jr., at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Historic Saenger Theater in Downtown Hattiesburg. Elf the Musical Jr. is an uplifting musical about one boy’s quest to find his true identity and is enjoyable for all ages. StageStruck is one of the first theatre groups in the state to present Elf the Musical Jr. All seats are reserved, and tickets are $18 (some processing and other fees may be applicable) and are currently on sale. Tickets are available online at 

For more information on the show please call the Saenger Box Office at 601.584.4888 or StageStruck performance studio at 601.450.SHOW (7469). 

There will be no intermission during this performance.

Dec. 8
Ghosts of Christmas Past
6PM @ Downtown Hattiesburg 

Downtown Hattiesburg has a storied past, present and future. This Christmas season, the Downtown Hattiesburg Association is offering its second Haunted History Walking tour, the “Ghosts of Christmas Past,” as a part of “Olde Tyme Christmas” celebrations. Tour takers will take a step back in time to visit the legendary spirits that make up the history of Hattiesburg while hearing about people and places that shaped the city. Tours will depart from the Downtown Visitors Center at 207 East Front Street in the America Building every 30 minutes beginning at 6 p.m. This guided walking tour will highlight various locations in central downtown and feature authentic era attire and a cast of characters from the Hub City Players. “Ghosts of Christmas Past” is sponsored by the Downtown Hattiesburg Association, Visit Hattiesburg, and Hub City Players.

The tour will last approximately 55 minutes and includes hot chocolate or cider, a sweet treat, and optional adult beverages for purchase. Tickets are $18 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-12.

December 8 – 9
Victorian Candlelight 
Dusk @ Downtown Hattiesburg

This year, the Historic Hattiesburg Neighborhood Association celebrates the 42nd Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas event. The atmosphere during this weekend is nostalgic and family-friendly. Candle luminaries will line the streets of the historic neighborhood and Downtown Hattiesburg, and horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered in the neighborhood. Add the outdoor Christmas music in Town Square Park, and visitors will be sure to find their holiday cheer. The Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas event is a longtime, two-day holiday favorite that draws hundreds of visitors from across the region to explore the spectacle of 18,000 white bags with flickering candles lining the sidewalks of the historic neighborhood and the downtown district. Guests experience the nostalgia of a simpler time as they walk along streets lined with luminaries and see more than 300 homes and businesses decorated for the holidays. In the neighborhood, visitors can enjoy the popular horse-drawn carriage rides, the Holiday Tour of Historic Homes, refreshments at the Walthall, and carolers throughout the district. 


Dec. 8
Christmas Open House
10am - 4:30pm @ African American Military History Museum

Join the African American Military History Museum, located at 305 E. 6th Street in Hattiesburg, for a Christmas Open House. The African American Military History Museum, formerly a USO Club for African American soldiers stationed in Hattiesburg, features locals who served in the military as well as involvement in all major wars. 

Admission to the museum is free.

Dec. 8-9
Painting from the Soul
9am-4pm @ Hattiesburg Cultural Center

Taking the fear out of abstract art and of making art in general, participants will be led through a series of exercises and tools to expand creative thinking and mark making. Artistic self-discovery happens before you know it. This workshop is good for beginners as well as longtime painters who just want to loosen up, get out of a rut, or just break out into something different for a while.

Cost is $225 per person. Materials are not provided. Reservations required. Ticketing link has the list of materials need:

Dec. 13
Christmas Concert
7pm @ Hardy Street Baptist Church

A Christmas concert featuring Charles Billingsley is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Hardy Street Baptist Church. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $20 and are available in the Church Office or online at

December 14-16 & 21-23
Zoo Lights & Holiday Market
6-8PM @ Hattiesburg zoo

We don’t know if there will be snow, but we promise there will be lots of cheer! The Hattiesburg Zoo’s annual ZOO LIGHTS and Holiday Market will cover TWO weekends in December this year. You can expect unlimited rides on the Polar Express Train and Candy Cane Carousel, story time with Mrs. Claus, animal encounters throughout the night, and of course, a chance to meet and greet with Santa himself.

Mouthwatering holiday treats including hot cocoa and libations will be available for purchase. ️ Tickets are $10 for ages 2 and up and are available to purchase online starting December 1st at 10 a.m. or at the gate each night.

Tickets are $10 for ages 2 and up and are available for purchase at the gate at 10 a.m. each day, or at the gate the night of the event.

Dec. 13-15
Children’s Show
7pm @ Joe & Virginia Tatum Theatre, William Carey Campus

This year, WCU presents “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” for its annual children’s show. Performances will be held at 7 pm Thursday Dec. 13, Friday and Dec. 14, as well as a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Dec. 15. All shows will be held in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre.

The box office opens Dec. 10 and will be open 1-4 p.m. daily. Tickets are $5. Email or call 601.318.6221 for reservations and general questions.


Save the date

Thursday, Jan. 31 – an evening with Travis Tritt

The Hattiesburg Saenger Theater presents country music star Travis Tritt in a rare acoustic performance you won’t soon forget.

More than 27 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Southern rock-influenced artist continues to display strong sales activity, sell-out shows, and stays true and relevant to country music fans across the globe. Continuously performing shows and withholding a heavy appearance schedule, Tritt is proving to be unstoppable!

Closing in on what will be his third decade as a nationally recognized figure in music, Tritt continues to stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. His compilation album, Very Best of Travis Tritt, which was released in 2007, saw a resurgence of sales that started in Nov. 2014. The 20-track album features some of Tritt’s biggest hits, including “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive,” “Here’s A Quarter,” and “Anymore.”

Tickets range from $49-$99 and are available to purchase at