December Happenings


6 PM @ Hattiesburg Zoo
Jones Companies presents Lights of the Wild at 6 p.m. Dec.  6-29 at the Hattiesburg Zoo. Bring the entire family to experience the magic this holiday season. Hundreds of sculptural LED lantern displays featuring animals, plants, and traditional Asian elements will be placed throughout the zoo, and can be upwards of 19 feet tall and nearly 50 feet long. This is the first and only event of its kind in Mississippi. Advance tickets are $13 per person. Tickets purchased at the gate are $15 per person. Children under the age of 2 get in free. Admission includes: unlimited rides on the train and carousel; story time with Mrs. Claus in the Asbury Discovery Center; animal encounters; and a chance to meet and take a photo with SANTA. Elsa and Anna will also be in attendance for all of the Frozen fans. There will be holiday treats and libations available for purchase. Tickets are on sale now!  This event is presented by Jones Companies and is available to the public for 14 nights during December, 2019: (6 - 8), (13 - 15), (20 - 23), (26 - 29).


11 AM-12:30 PM @ Petal High School Cafeteria
For 33 years the women of Petal’s Cosmopolitan Club has been cooking up quite a spread for its annual tasting luncheon. This year’s event is scheduled from 11 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Petal High School cafeteria. Guests may come at any time between the appointed hours. This year’s theme is Blue Christmas. Yes, think Elvis. The cafeteria will be colorfully decorated in blue, white and silver to celebrate the King of Rock and Roll, as well as the holiday season. And who knows, there might just be a special visit from a sideburned heartthrob in a white jumpsuit. And no, not St. Nick. A cookbook containing all of the recipes featured at the tasting luncheon will be available for purchase. Cookbooks from previous years’ luncheons will also be available. The tasting luncheon is a major yearly fundraiser for the club. Tickets for the luncheon, which are $7, can be purchased from any Cosmopolitan Club member, by contacting Meri Newell at (601) 307-6004, or at the door the day of the event. Be sure and get a ticket, because we’ll be blue without you.


5 PM @ Trinity Episcopal
Trinity Episcopal Church will present a service of Advent Lessons and Carols at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the church. A reception will be held in the parish hall immediately following the service. The church is located at 509 West Pine Street in Hattiesburg. For more information, call (601) 544-5551.

3 PM @ Westminster Presbyterian
John Rutter’s Magnificat will be performed at 3pm Dec. 8 under the direction of Dr. Connie Roberts. This event will also be a celebration of Roberts’ 32 years as musical director at Westminster Presbyterian Church. The performance will feature soprano soloist Susan Ruggiero accompanied by a 17-piece orchestra. This is a setting of the Song of Mary (“My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord”) from Luke 1:46-55. Mary rejoices that God has chosen her as the vessel for the Christ child. Admission is free and all are welcome. The church is located at 115 N. 25th Avenue in Hattiesburg.


2, 7 PM @ Tatum Theatre, WCU Campus
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, a children’s show  presented by the William Carey University Theater Dept., will be held at 7pm Thursday, Dec. 12 and 13, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14,  in the Joe & Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus. Based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo, the play follows the adventures of a china rabbit who is owned and loved by a little girl named Abilene. Edward doesn’t appreciate the life he has, and after an accident at sea leaves him abandoned, he slowly learns many lessons about real love. The box office opens Monday, Dec. 9, and will be open from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to each performance. Tickets are $5. Call (601) 318-6221 for reservations.


6 PM @ University Baptist
University Baptist Church in conjunction with Forrest General Hospital Home Care & Hospice will host the annual Blue Christmas service at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.18, at the church located on Arlington Loop. The program will be followed by a chili supper. This year’s guest speaker is the Rev. Dr. Kat Spangler Kimmel.