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Christmas on Deer Park

... opens the season in splendor and sparkle

By Nancy Jo Maples

Christmas on Deer Park

Christmas on Deer Creek marks its 55th anniversary this year as Leland hosts its unique tradition of welcoming the holiday season, which will be on display from November 30 until December 31.

Splendid homes facing the creek feature tasteful décor and window candles. Lighted trees along the creek add sparkle, and anchored floats, evenly spaced along the creek, tell the story of the birth of Christ and showcase snowmen, carolers and seasonal symbols.

November 30 is the kickoff, as a children’s parade rolls at 3 p.m. featuring folks 12 and younger riding on decorated bikes and in decorated strollers pushed by parents. The evening includes community singing and culminates with the arrival of Santa, at 5:30 p.m., in his sleigh drifting down the creek in a motorized float. Afterward, he poses for free pictures.

Leland, located about 7 miles east of Greenville, is also home of the late Jim Henson, creator of Kermit the Frog.

A museum in his memory, Jim Henson’s Delta Boyhood Home Exhibit, will offer visitors free gifts and photo opportunities with Kermit on the day of the creek event.

“I remember coming to Leland as a child at Christmas time to ride around the creek to look at the floats and the beautiful homes all lit up,” said Mary Anne Brocato, of the Leland Chamber of Commerce.

“It was always one of my favorite things at Christmas. When my children were young, we brought them to Leland to see the floats and lighted Christmas trees. Now that I live here, I still enjoy the beauty of it.”

Call 662-686-2687 for more information.

Nancy Jo Maples is an award-winning journalist who has been writing about Mississippi people and places for more than 30 years. Contact her at nancyjomaples@aol.com.

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