by Sherry Lucas

I just finished cinching 20 Hefty bags full of sweetgum and oak leaves. So, yeah, I’m hoping that means I’m done with fall and ready to welcome Friday’s winter solstice. And after that, Christmas. Let’s just say I have an increasing appreciation for evergreens.

Now, about that winter solstice. Longest night of the year. How are you going to fill it? I’m sure some of these ideas might suit.

The Busty Petites shake it up at Duling Hall, 8 p.m. Wednesday, with Hood Baby and the Barnacles opening. Tickets are $10 advance and day of show, at ardenland.net and at the door.

The Busty Petites perform Wednesday night at Duling Hall. Image: ardenland

Stitch together a fun evening Thursday at the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Museum After Hours, where a “Mississippi Made” theme unfurls in a pop-up exhibition of quilts by local makers S.E.W., an art lab of Mississippi collages, line dancing (7:30 p.m.) with Bridget Archer and more. It starts at 5:30 p.m.

A pop-up quilt show by the group S.E.W. (Sewing Every Wednesday) is Thursday at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Image: Mississippi Museum of Art

Family in town? If kids are in tow, it’s the perfect time to check out Journey to the North Pole at the Mississippi Children’s Museum, for extra seasonal fun. There’s also a Gingerbread House Workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, for an extra-sweet treat. The museum will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The season’s final performances of “A Christmas Carol — A Ghost Story of Christmas” are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at New Stage Theatre. Tickets are $35 adults, $28 seniors, students and military, at newstagetheatre.com, the theater box office, or 601-948-3533.

The deadline’s approaching. If you still need a Photo with Santa, Highland Village has got you covered in the South Plaza, 1-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday.

Chill with ambient music from Spirituals and Krishna Friday at Sneaky Beans. Weather permitting, the front-porch vibe is 7-9 p.m.

Mustache the Band, known as the world’s most powerful ‘90s country party band, kicks up the festivities with a Friday night gig at Duling Hall, 8 p.m. Friday. Buckle up and boot up for fun, folks. Tickets are $10 advance (ardenland.net) and $15 day of show.

Mustache the Band entertains Friday night at Duling Hall. Image: ardenland

Cirque Musica Holiday presents “Wonderland,” combining acrobats, aerialists, music and more in a holiday-based show of grace and athleticism, 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Thalia Mara Hall. Find tickets, $25 to $115 and up, at ticketmaster.com.

At The Iron Horse Grill, enjoy music from Ted Hefko, 6 p.m. Thursday; Stan Black, 9 p.m. Friday and Scott Albert Johnson, 9 p.m. Saturday.

The HRC Mississippi Annual Holiday Party is 7-10 p.m. Thursday at Seafood R’evolution, with mixing, mingling, food, drink and more. RSVP and find tickets, $25, at act.hrc.org.

Singer/songwriter/Lilian Axe lead singer Brian Jones performs solo at Hal & Mal’s in the dining room, 6-9 p.m. Thursday. On Friday, master guitarist Barry Leach anchors the night’s entertainment in the dining room, 7-10 p.m.

Two Nights of The Weeks, Friday and Saturday at Martin’s, make a fitting musical anchor at the nightspot. Door’s at 9 p.m. Find tickets, $18, at tickefly.com, $20 at the door.

Tour the Canton Christmas Lights with More Than a Tourist, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday in Canton. The $85 price includes a round trip on the MS Party Bus, a guide through the door, dinner and a tour and tasting at Rich Grain Distillery, horse and buggy ride on the Square and time to soak up the ambiance. Details and payment options, check the event’s Facebook event post or email mtattravel@gmail.com.

More Than a Tourist offers a Canton light tour Friday. Image: Canton Tourism

Saturday, Jackson highlights are the focus for More Than a Tourist’s three-hour tour that includes MS Party Bus transportation to downtown, Belhaven, Midtown and Fondren (plus snacks and drinks on the bus), starting at 1:30 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. It’s $50 per person. Payment options include Paypal or Venmo at mtattravel@gail.com.

Find kids’ fun at Saturday’s Children’s Holiday Party, 9 a.m. Saturday at Sal & Mookie’s, where hot cocoa, holiday cupcake decorating, photos, classic movies and a tasty slice of pizza are all party of the fun, for $8 a child.

The Vamps take the stage with their crack combination of Latin, deep funk, New Orleans, bebop, reggae, Memphis soul, jazz and blues, 8 p.m. Saturday at Duling Hall. It’s a chance to get the best earful of cool music Jackson has to offer. It’s $10 advance (ardenland.net) and $15 at the door.

The Vamps put stellar music on the stage at Duling Hall, Saturday night. Image: ardenland

Get your tacky jollies at the Barrelhouse Tacky Christmas Party, 8 p.m. Saturday, with your tackiest Christmas wear, holiday drinks and food and live music. Wyatt Edmondson will be playing music, starting at 9 p.m.

On Christmas night Tuesday, the Cats Purring Holiday Classic Vol. IV, 9 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s, offers the finest in homegrown Mississippi entertainment. Tickets are on sale at the door for this 18 and older show.

Christmas night festivities light up Martin’s, too, with its annual Christmas show, with Robby Peoples and Rooster Blues.

Sherry Lucas, a features writer in Jackson for the last 35 years, is here on Wednesdays with “The Mix,” highlighting a curated sampling of creativity and culture from across the metro area. For additional Fondren events, see our online calendar here. Reach Sherry at sherry@finditinfondren.com.

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