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Zachariah Smith and Holly Brand to perform at Christmas by Candlelight Tour

Zachariah Smith (left) and Holly Brand (right) both made runs on hit TV shows earlier this year. 

The star at the top of the Christmas tree won’t be the only thing shining this weekend as Mississippi natives Zachariah Smith and Holly Brand are set to perform at Jackson’s annual Christmas by Candlelight Tour.

Smith, who lives in Amory, most recently made a name for himself as a top-five finalist on American Idol. Brand, on the other hand, is a former Miss Mississippi out of Meridian who went to the semifinals of The Voice season 23.

First Lady Elee Reeves announced the news on Monday.

The Christmas by Candlelight Tour is set for Friday, Dec. 1 from 4-8 p.m. with stops at the Two Mississippi Museums, the Governor’s Mansion, the State Capitol, and the Old Capitol Museum.

The full schedule

Two Mississippi Museums

5 p.m. – Johnson Elementary School Choir

6 p.m. – Johnson Elementary School Choir

7 p.m. – Germantown High School Choid

  • Model trains and town of Possum Ridge on the second floor
  • Shop at the Mississippi Museum Store
  • Holiday craft activity

Governor’s Mansion

4–6:30 p.m. – Holly Brand and Zachariah Smith perform in the East Garden

  • Photo with Santa Claus
  • Trackless train rides
  • Hot cocoa and cookies
  • Self-guided tours of the historic mansion and East Garden

State Capitol

5–8 p.m. – Sessions Jazz Ensemble

  • Chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives are open for all to enter
  • Offices of the Speaker of the House and the Governor are available for viewing
  • Stop by the Capitol Gift Shop for that special Christmas gift

Old Capitol Museum

6–6:45 p.m. – Holmes County Central High School Singers

  • Enjoy festive holiday lighting, traditional decorations, and faux snow on the grounds
  • Eudora Welty House & Garden staff will offer holiday ornament crafts in the North Corridor

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