6812
Natchez
Celebrate Christmas in Historic Natchez on the Mississippi
Celebrate Christmas Natchez-style on the banks of the Mississippi, exploring festively decorated mansions, antebellum architecture and taking in holiday music and a Christmas concert!
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Program No. 6812RJ
Length
5 days
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5 days
4 nights
10 meals
4 B 3 L 3 D
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Natchez, MS
D
Natchez Grand Hotel

Activity note: walking

Afternoon: 4-5 p.m. Registration in the hotel lobby. At 5 p.m. is complimentary wine at the hotel. At 5:45 p.m. At 6 p.m. is a Welcome-to-Natchez session at the hotel, with overview of the Road Scholar program.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.

Evening: A musical concert featuring Christmas classics by noted vocalist and her accompanist at the hotel.

DAY
2
Natchez History, Architecture & Decorative Arts, Mansions
Natchez, MS
B,L
Natchez Grand Hotel

Activity note: walking

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is served every morning beginning at 6:30 a.m. in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Programs about Natchez history and architecture and decorative arts by two highly regarded professionals. Attend a concert of classical music at Trinity Episcopal Church, an Advent highlight.

Lunch: Lunch will be at Magnolia Hall, the last mansion built before the Civil War. A guided visit of the mansion follows the buffet luncheon.

Afternoon: Stroll along the historic downtown streets with a history buff. Visit historic Rosalie and Pleasant Hill, two of the earliest mansions in downtown Natchez, both decorated for the holidays. Wind up the afternoon with a complimentary glass of wine at your lodging place.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own in one of Natchez's many renowned restaurants. Pick from top-rated, high quality cuisine and wine to down-home comfort food, all delicious. Road Scholar staff will assist with recommendations.

Evening: Free evening with Dutch-treat options:(1) "A Natchez Christmas Carol" at Natchez Little Theatre @ $15; (2) "A Christmas Cabaret," hosted by the Natchez Festival of Music at the Convention Center @ $45; (3) "Musical Christmas at Historic Stanton Hall @ $15. Tickets available in advance by going to www.visitnatchez.org.

DAY
3
Christmas on the Plantation & in Natchez, Stanton Hall
Natchez, MS
B,L,D
Natchez Grand Hotel

Activity note: walking

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Enjoy learning about "The Mississippi: A River of Change" by the author of a new book about the subject. Then learn about Christmas in wealthy Natchez. Next be entranced by the William Johnson story of Free Blacks in Natchez.

Lunch: Lunch is at the famed Carriage House restaurant on the grounds of Stanton Hall, noted for its huge, lighted Christmas tree.

Afternoon: Explore palatial Stanton Hall, decorated for Christmas in period attire. Then revel in the hundreds of historic photographs of Natchez from 1850s to 1950s. Enjoy a hometown Christmas parade just outside the hotel. Wind up the day with complimentary wine at your place of lodging.

Dinner: Dinner is at The Pilot House at The Vue Hotel overlooking the river, following a theme of "The 12 Days of Christmas."

Evening: Enjoy a concert of classical piano music and a taste of bubbly afterward at "Chopin and Champagne," a professional event in historic Joseph Stone House. After the concert, sip champagne, wine, or juice while exploring the house and its many collections.

DAY
4
Optional Church, Wm. Johnson House, Alcorn State U. concert
Natchez, MS
B,L,D
Natchez Grand Hotel

Activity note: walking

Breakfast: Breakfast is at the hotel.

Morning: Learn about the Civil War and its influence on Natchez by a local historian. An option is to attend an Advent church service at one of several historic downtown churches or another church away from downtown.

Lunch: Brunch buffet is at a downtown location.

Afternoon: A guided bus trip around Natchez leads to the William Johnson House, part of the Natchez National Historical Park, once home of the Free Black whose diary from the early 19th century was published in 1951. Optional tour of local homes decorated for Christmas, a benefit event for the public library, $15 pp, payable at the door of the first house you visit.

Dinner: Dinner will be at a downtown restaurant near the hotel famous for its food. The restaurant is housed in an historic brick building near the river.

Evening: Annual crowd-pleasing Christmas concert by the Alcorn State University Choir, a group that entertained in Washington, D.C., at President Obama's first inauguration. Concert to be held in historic St. Mary (Catholic) Basilica.

DAY
5
Program Concludes
Natchez, MS
B

Breakfast: Breakfast is at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of the hotel by 11 a.m.