One never knows what to expect when visiting a new place to experience their Christmas lights.
Such was the case this past weekend. Wifey and I decided to take an overnight trip to Canton, MS which hosts a "City of Lights" celebration for the holidays.
I had done a search on the Internet for Mississippi locations offering Christmas festivities and then headed out on the 200-mile one-way trip and I was hoping that it would be an unusual experience.
We arrived early in the afternoon and took a walk about the courthouse square which was lined by buildings dating back to the 1800s. Unlike some cities that haven't been able to keep up with the changing times, the area, although having a few vacant spots, was vibrant and alive.
We could see figurative displays and trees that were to come alive with thousands of lights once the sun went down.
A trip around the square and we then headed to our accommodations with plans to return about 5 p.m. after resting from the five-hour trip.
Our return included experiencing bumper-to-bumper traffic heading into downtown. Lights outlined the buildings along the main thoroughfares adding to the festivities.
And then the courthouse square came into view and it was a delight to behold.
We couldn't find a place to park on the square so settled for a spot about a block away.
Our trip around the inside of the square brought on a feeling joy.
Hundreds of children, parents and grandparents made their way around the square enjoying the sights and sounds of the holidays.
There was a carousel and other rides for the little ones. Rides were also offered on horse-drawn buggies, a small ''train'' and trolleys, all which circled the town square.
As we began to leave the area for the night, I just felt like I could sit on a park bench in the square for hours on end just enjoying what Canton had to offer.
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