NATCHEZ, MS- The Natchez National Historical Park presents "Christmas at Melrose", a FREE holiday program, on December 2nd and 3rd from 5:30pm until 9:30pm at the Melrose estate. Performances begin every 20 minutes and those interested may ride horse drawn carriages up to the decorated estate prior to the performance. Tickets are required and are available on a first come/first serve basis. They may be picked up only on the day of the performance.
This years theme focuses on Christmas: Past, Present and Future. Character vignettes inside Melrose will focus on the evolution of the holiday and, from the antebellum perspective, what the future holds. Topics like wassailing, decorating, benevolence and commercialism are examined. The dining room vignette focuses on how the Melrose slaves and their families celebrate the holiday, much different from slaves working on a plantation.
The "Christmas in the Quarters" exhibit, located in the slave cabin, explains the difference between celebrations in the "Big House" and those in the slave quarters. The Santa Around the World exhibit explains various holiday traditions from a variety of countries.
The program is free of charge and any donations received will be used for the Junior Ranger History Camp scheduled for the summer of 2006. Melrose is located at 1 Melrose-Montebello Parkway in Natchez, MS. The site can be located using either U.S. 61 North or South and following signs for the Natchez National Historical Park.
For more information, please contact Angie Lurz at 446-5790.