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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Tishomingo and visitors and guests are being invited to help ring in the 2014 holiday season by taking part in several special activities.

In lieu of Pink Friday celebrations of the past, on Friday, Nov. 28, country music superstar Miranda Lambert’s Pink Pistol will celebrate its second anniversary Birthday Bash. The Pink Pistol will have extended store hours from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., featuring giveaways, drawings, birthday treats, specials and fun in the store.

The Platinum Ballroom at Miranda Lambert’s Ladysmith Bed and Breakfast will feature live music both Friday and Saturday. Friday night’s program—the inaugural event open to the public at the ballroom—will feature the group Sideshow Drifters. Doors open at 7 p.m., with music starting at 8 p.m. There will be a $10 cover charge, customers must be 21 and have a photo ID to enter.

On Saturday the Platinum Ballroom’s doors will open at noon. Barbecue sandwiches will be available for $5 while supplies last. All ages are welcome until 8 p.m.; after 8 p.m. there will be a $12 cover charge and customers must be 21 and have a photo ID to enter. Featured performers on Saturday will be the Ally Venable Band from 5 to 8 p.m.; and Shady 5 Eighty from 9 p.m. to midnight. There will be a full service bar.
In addition, both the Platinum Ballroom and the Ponderosa at the Pink Pistol will host televised football games.

Christmas festivities begin Saturday, Nov. 29, when the Tishomingo Main Street Committee hosts its inaugural “Very Merry Main Street” festival from noon to 6 p.m. Designed as the local observation of Small Business Saturday, the event will include food, live music, vendors and a variety of shopping specials offered by downtown retail merchants. Raffle punch cards will be available in all the stores, with hourly drawings and prizes for participating shoppers. There will also be an inflatable slide for children, face painting and pictures with Santa at the Main Street pocket park located between Baker’s Mercantile and the Pink Pistol. The Pink Pistol Race Car will also be on display during the event.

The day’s activities will also include live performances on Main Street by Clancy Davis from noon to 2 p.m.; and Ella Shore from 2 to 6 p.m.

The celebration continues on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 3, as the Johnston County Courthouse hosts the eighth annual County Christmas Tree Lighting on the front lawn of the courthouse grounds. The evening’s festivities will begin at 6 p.m. and is expected to last 30 to 45 minutes. The program will include special holiday music provided by the Tishomingo High School Choir, and a holiday message presented by the Johnston County Ministerial Alliance. The ceremony will culminate with the lighting of a community Christmas tree on the courthouse lawn.

From there visitors will be invited to stroll up and down Main Street to view the annual “Living Window” displays presented by community business owners during the evening. That event will begin immediately following the tree lighting ceremony and last until 8 p.m. As in past years, participating displays will present depictions geared towards the religious significance of the holiday season.

On Thursday, Dec. 4, Murray State College’s Veterinary Technology Department will host its annual “Santa Night” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Johnston County Fair Barn in Tishomingo. The free event – for children 10 years of age or younger – will feature Christmas caroling and games, along with cookies, hot chocolate and apple cider. Santa Claus will be present to hand out gifts.

The next phase of the community Christmas celebration arrives with the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Main Street Christmas Parade Thursday, Dec. 11. The theme of this year’s parade is “The Story Of Christmas.” The parade is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

This year’s community holiday celebration will culminate on Christmas Day with the annual Johnston County Christmas Dinner with more information to come in a future post.

So come to Tishomingo and enjoy our small town charm by joining in this year’s festivities! Stay tuned for future updates!

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