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Canton Christmas light spectacular

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CANTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Christmas Festival features a huge Christmas tree, a replica antique carousel, rides in a miniature train or fire truck or horse and buggy, and, of course, thousands and thousands of lights. Many visitors have come for several years.

"The kids have a good time. It's not expensive. It's very pretty and then it's small so you can keep an eye on everybody," said festival attendee, Letha Hassen.

Other parents say they use the experience to teach their children a lesson.

"It's gets us in the spirit and also it a great way to teach the kids that, yes, Christmas is coming up but no one can compare it to the true meaning of Christmas is the birth of Christ,"added Scott Tagert, festival attendee.

There are outdoor features but also animated figures that are more than a hundred years old that, in their own way, tell the history of canton. Organizers say the events continues to grow.

"It started in the late 80's and it has just kind of continued to grow from year to year and every year we just pride ourselves in adding one more spectacular thing," said Jo Ann Gordon, Canton Visitors Bureau.

The Victorian Christmas Festival will continue through Friday, December 23.

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