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Singer Amy Grant performs at Mistletoe Marketplace

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It's becoming a common site at Mississippi's premier holiday shopping event: Mistletoe Marketplace at the Trademart in Jackson. Lots and lots and lots of people, almost exclusively women, waiting to bust through the doors and start their holiday shopping.

"I'm mainly looking for pj's for the kids, special food items, anything and everything," says Layla Hutton of Brandon.

Along with all the shopping for unique pieces, handmade items, clothing, and crafts, you will also find a few elegant additions at Mistletoe.

This year, all of the bays, or entryways to the shopping hall, have been renovated by interior designers into dream breezeways. Guests love the special touch.

"It gives you some great ideas for your home. You just remember it. If you don't get the stuff here, you can go back to the store to purchase later," says Heather Smith of Canton.

"It's very unique. Something for everyone. It's gorgeous," Lisa Little of Brandon tells us.

Visitors to the big tent Friday morning found high fashion by Coattails of Ridgeland. The store put on a runway fashion show for those who bought tickets to the luncheon called "The Style of Giving." The event was put on by Baptist Health Systems.

Christian singer Amy Grant headlined the special day, singing and sharing personal stories with the crowd.

The special events benefit the numerous charitable endeavors of the Junior League of Jackson.

"Just to name a few, we have Feed a Family. It's a partnership with the Ronald McDonald House and UMMC. We also have a project called Book Buddies with JPS, McLeod Elementary, as well as Midtown Backpack Buddies," says Lindsay Hamm, Promotions Chair for Mistletoe Marketplace.

Saturday morning, children can build their own gingerbread houses at an event called "Gingerbread Treats and Sugarplum Sweets" in the tent. The event runs from 9:30a to 11a. The cost is $40 per child. 

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