Celebrate Art & Inspiration in Carthage

As the days begin to darken early and the nights begin to chill, retailers focus their attention on the holidays. It is a great time to see an upswing with extra sales and holiday bonuses but the holiday hustle and bustle can come with its own stresses. I find it is best to slow down and really enjoy time with the family to bring about Christmas Cheer. Take some time to celebrate the season and give your family traditions and memories to share and pass down. We have a few traditions in Carthage, Missouri, that families enjoy each year and are FREE of charge!

The sights and sounds of Christmas have come alive in grand fashion at the inspiring Precious Moments Chapel, as more than 50,000 sparkling lights illuminate the Chapel and grounds. Through the month of December, choirs and soloists from across the region are taking part in the Choirs of Christmas, a series of performances Friday and Saturday evenings in the Precious Moments Chapel.

CarthageAtrium decorated for Christmas 2013A beautifully decorated 18-foot tall Christmas tree is the centerpiece of the candyland-themed Visitor Center Atrium.  In addition, each child 12 and younger who visits Friday or Saturday evenings will receive a free teddy bear.  All activities are free.

For additional information, contact Tim Metcalf, (417) 359-2855; or visit the Precious Moments Chapel website.


Holiday Traditions continue after dark with a variety of lighting displays. The Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix (CMC) offers the Way of Salvation Driving Lights Tour. The tour is fun for all ages as the lights move to show Jonah being swallowed by a whale, Moses floating downstream as a baby & parting the Red Sea as an adult, and David defeating Goliath with a slingshot. Drivers can tune into a local radio station for holiday music and messages and walkers can hear the music over speakers.


CMC Way of Salvation Driving Lights Tour.
CMC Way of Salvation Driving Lights Tour.

Mt. Moriah’s lighting display is a celebration set to music. Park to enjoy six songs synchronized with lights to commemorate the reason for the season. Lights throughout Carthage display the pride of community in jubilation of the holiday season. The Jasper County Courthouse is draped in white lights, while the Mayor’s Christmas tree brings a new tradition to the square in 2013. Every Saturday in December, at 6 p.m., the mayor will light a 35-foot tree that’s decked out with more than 5,800 lights. For more details and addresses, check out the event calendar.

Enjoy a magical Christmas in Carthage, where art meets inspiration and family traditions are made.

Written by Wendi Douglas of the Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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