As the holiday season approaches, be prepared to fall in love with the historic grandeur Natchez has become famous for– this time amplified by a magnificent snow globe of lively festivities.

Perhaps best known for its quintessential Southern hospitality, sweeping Mississippi River views and grand, historic homes, Natchez encapsulates more than just its storied heritage and alluring landscape. Today, Natchez is home to a bustling calendar of popular annual events, like the Natchez Balloon Festival and the Grand Fall Pilgrimage, as well as a lineup of fun, seasonal activities that look like a scene from a Hallmark movie.

In fact, the Hallmark Channel just wrapped up production of its newest made-for-TV movie, “Every Time a Bell Rings,” which was filmed in Natchez and will premiere this holiday season on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies Now app. The movie was filmed in multiple recognizable spots around Natchez and features several local Christmas traditions, and unlike other movies that take place in fictional towns, “Every Time a Bell Rings” uses Natchez as the storyline’s setting. A special premiere of the movie will be held in Natchez on Sunday, Nov. 14 at Bluff Park. Admission is free, and guests are asked to bring lawn chairs, as there will be plenty of room to relax and spread out at this outdoor event.

The wonder and beauty of Natchez will also be on display at the inaugural Allumer Natchez light festival November 19-21. This immersive outdoor art exhibition will be held on the grounds of the Dunleith Historic Inn and will feature a contemporary and cutting-edge art installation that portrays a reimagined Natchez. This weekend-long illumination show is free to the public.

The Christmas season will be officially underway on Saturday, Nov. 27, when the ceremonial tree-lighting event is held. The annual Christmas in Natchez Kickoff Celebration will be held in the center of downtown on Main Street, and this can’t-miss, socially-distanced event will include pyrotechnics set to music, visits with Santa, caroling around the tree, delicious food vendors, children’s rides and other activities.

And no visit to Natchez would be complete without a tour of its awe-inspiring, historic homes, particularly in December when the homes are decorated for Christmas. In particular, three of Natchez’s most beloved estates, Longwood, Stanton Hall and Rosalie, offer tours year-round but should undoubtedly be included on every visitor’s holiday itinerary.

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