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Weekend Ticket: Ice skating on tap for Christmas celebration

Editor’s note: The original version of this story included an incorrect time for the dancing on the bluff. The event is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. We are happy to set the record straight.

NATCHEZ — Between ice skating and Christmas carols, finding something to do this weekend won’t be difficult.

Temperatures will be in the upper 60s, with a small chance of rain in the forecast.

Family fun on the bluff

The annual Family Fun Day to benefit the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the bluff.

The event will include games, face painting, raffles, concessions and a petting zoo.

All proceeds will go to the children’s hospital.

Coinciding with the fun day, an ice-skating rink will be set up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on the bluff behind Callon Petroleum.

Thirty minutes of skate time is $15. Skates are provided.

Team Tatas will be “Dancing for a Cure” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the bluff. The group will be selling T-shirts and taking donations for the American Cancer Association.

Christmas Cabaret

Natchez Festival of Music is sponsoring A Christmas Cabaret beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at the Natchez City Auditorium.

Vocalists Paul Houghaling, Maryann Kyle, Jennifer Hart and the Natchez Cabaret Jazz Trio will perform a variety of Christmas music.

A limited number of individual table tickets remain for $30. Stadium seating is $20 for adults and $10 for children.

“A Natchez Christmas Carol”

The Natchez Little Theatre will continue its holiday showings of “A Natchez Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.natcheztheatre.org or by calling 601-442-2233.

Christmas concert

The Zion Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church is having its annual Christmas concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in the church sanctuary.

The church choir will perform Christmas music under the direction of the church’s minister of music Tony Fields. The church is located on 228 North Martin Luther King Jr. St.

5K run/walk

The Jingle All the Way River Bridge 5K run/walk across the Mississippi River Bridge to benefit the Miss-Lou Regional Health Fair and Online Regional Health Director begins at 8:30 Saturday morning at the Natchez Visitor Reception Center.

The Rudolph 1-mile Fun Run along the Vidalia riverfront is at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Vidalia Amphitheater.

Registration for the 5K run/walk is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 6 to 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Natchez Visitor Reception Center. The entry fee is $25.

The Rudolph Fun Run is $15.

Lessons & Carols

St. Mary Basilica, Holy Family, Assumption and St. Anne Catholic churches are presenting Lessons and Carols from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary Basilica.

The traditional 19th century Christmas service will include scripture readings, caroling and traditional hymns to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus.

A reception will follow the program at the Family Life Center.

The program is free and open to the public.

Jefferson College open house

Historic Jefferson College is having its annual Christmas open house and Celebration of Christmas Trees is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Santa Claus will make an appearance between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Hot chocolate and cookies will be available along the tours.

Area children decorated the Christmas trees, and they will be available for viewing until Dec. 23.

Live nativity scene

The Jefferson Street United Methodist Church youth group will present its live nativity scene from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday on the corner of Union and Jefferson streets.