Holiday Events Along The Mississippi Gulf Coast

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Enjoy a happy and safe holiday season this year. Be sure to click the event link for more information as well as updates.

November 28

Holiday Market at Biloxi Visitors Center – Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday until December 20, 2020. Do your holiday shopping at the Biloxi Visitors Center every weekend! Local artists will showcase their work and have tos of beautiful items for sale. Find the perfect (local) give for all your holiday needs.

November 28

Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum Open House – Come enjoy a tour through the museum on us and shop with local vendors for art and treats! Take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Admission is free there will be Cookies and Hot Cocoa! Give a gift with Coastal Flavor. Arts & crafts and plenty of food. Admission is free.

November 29

Lighting of the Town Green & Caroling – Waveland Town Green on Coleman Ave. Enjoy an evening of caroling and Christmas lights. Free admission.

December 4

Downtown for the Holidays – Downtown Pascagoula. Main Street Pascagoula presents the annual Downtown for the Holidays with the 41st Annual City of Pascagoula Christmas Tree Lighting, followed by a holiday parade. Enjoy downtown shops and restaurants, other local vendors, performances, carriage rides and a holiday parade all in the beautiful downtown Pascagoula area.

December 4

Holiday Celebration at Jones Park Harbor Market Pavilion – Movie night (6-8p.m.) December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 22-23. Visit with Santa (6-10 p.m.) December 4-5, 11-12, 18-23. Light displays will be on each night December 1 – 31 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. For more information call 228-868-5881.

December 4

Kids Street Christmas at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center – Join us for our seventh annual event being held at Kids Street and the grounds of LMDC! Stroll through our 7.5 acres to enjoy the Christmas lights. Visit with Santa, make ornaments, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, caroling by WINGS Performing Arts and more! Admission is $3

December 4 – 6

Ocean Springs Holiday Open House – Local businesses offer refreshments, specials & beautiful decorations!

December 5

Christmas on the Water Boat Parade – Biloxi Channel between Beau Rivage and Golden Nugget. Join in on a community-wide celebration that offers something for all ages and all interests. Boats parade in full holiday décor, with a fireworks show after the parade. Best parade viewing locations: between the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor and Casino Row, or between the Biloxi Lighthouse and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. For more information call 228-617-3112 or 228-432-2563.

December 5

Sea Santa Sail – A  – Bration in Long Beach at Harper McCaughan Town Green. Waterless Boat Parade starting at 5:45 pm with festivities at the Town Green following the parade. Tree lighting, Santa, awards and more.

December 5

Santa’s Workshop and Children’s Walking Parade – D’Iberville Town Green. Admission is the donation of 1 non-perishable food item. Open to the public, Santa’s Workshop will host various fun-filled stations with activities such as pinecone decorating, Christmas ornament making, and other arts and crafts. Hot chocolate, cookies and concessions will be available. Mrs. Claus and the elves will be there so bring your cameras for pictures!  Decorate your jeeps, scooters, atv’s, truck wagons and golf carts and join us in the annual D’Iberville Christmas Parade. Line up at Warrior Stadium for a magical children’s walking parade ending at the town green where prizes will be awarded for different participants. Santa’s arrival and lighting of the city tree will immediately follow.

December 5

Christmas on the Water aboard the Biloxi Schooner – Schooner Pier Complex. $45 adults, $25 children (3-12). The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum invites you to sail aboard a Biloxi Schooner for the Christmas on the Water Boat Parade. The schooners depart the Schooner Pier Complex at 367 Beach Blvd., Biloxi at 4:30 p.m. to rendezvous with the parade lineup at Channel Marker #5 south of the Biloxi Lighthouse. The parade starts at 6 p.m., a fireworks display will follow the end of the parade, and we will return to dock at about 8:00 p.m. You are welcome to bring food and refreshments aboard. We will provide ice chests and ice. The schooners will be decorated and will have Christmas music on board. Tickets may be purchased by calling 228 435-6320 Monday-Saturday.  Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

December 5

Laying of the Wreaths to Honor Our Fallen Beauvoir, The Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library Beauvoir and Shieldsboro Rifles SCV Camp #2263 will be hosting a remembrance ceremony honoring the Confederate Veterans and their wives and widows buried in the Beauvoir Memorial Cemetery. Following the ceremony, we will place Christmas wreaths on the 784 graves that are located in the cemetery. Free – must check-in at the Gift Shop located in the main building.

December 6

Discover Christmas Parade –  2 p.m. Front Beach Ocean Springs. Each person on every float, vehicle, or other unit should bring an unwrapped toy in lieu of an entry fee. We also ask parade-goers to bring unwrapped toys which will be collected before and during the parade.   We are looking for sponsors/ donations to contribute toward the insurance fee required by the city and the fees involved in getting Santa to the parade. Personal donations of $25 are wonderful.   This is a small parade which doubles as a toy drive. Social distancing should not be an issue.   We all need some good in our lives. Let’s celebrate Christmas and get some toys collected for families who are in need.

December 6

Waveland Christmas Festival – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. MLK Park, Herlihy St. Waveland. Enjoy an evening of caroling and Christmas lights.

December 11

International Christmas Festival & Pastry Sale – at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Biloxi. Enjoy the cultural and entertainment program, taste delicious foods, and buy gifts for your friends and family. Experience the pleasures of life and cuisine of Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Germany, Hungary, Belarus, and America.   Holy Trinity’s Pastry Sale has been celebrated for over 50 years and brings to the coast many of the traditional Greek Pastries such as Baklava, Chocolate Baklava, Kourambiedes (the wedding cookie), Koulourakia (a buttery twist that goes great with coffee), Almond Cookie, Finikia (almond, nuts and cinnamon).  Also available is Tsoureki (popular Greek Sweet Almond Bread), Spanakopita (spinach pies), Tyropita (cheese pies), Ouzo Cake, Tiramisou, Greek  Canolli.  Also included are some Russian/Ukrainian pastries:  Ukrainian Rye Bread, Cognac Cake, Kolachy Pastries with plum filling and  Vareniki (potato/cheese filled pierogies) and Poppyseed rolls and nut rolls.

December 12

Christmas on the Bayou on Bayou Bernard – Lighted boat parade down Bayou Bernard. The Parade begins in Gulfport Lake, down Bayou Bernard to the conclusion at the mouth of the Bayou at Big Lake. Bleacher seating available for public viewing at Gulfport Lake, and at the foot of the Cowan Lorraine Bridge. Not only do the boats participate in the lighted parade but the waterfront houses also compete to be named the Parade Captain’s Best House on the Bayou and serve as parade judges. This is the only waterfront parade in Gulfport and offers an up-close and personal view of the boats with a public viewing at three Gulfport boat launches/parks, and several waterfront restaurants. Follow Christmas on the Bayou on Facebook for updates.

December 12

Brunch with Santa at Beauvoir – Come out to Historical Beauvoir and have brunch with Santa and meet some of his friends. Write letters to Santa, have your picture with Santa, Create a Christmas Craft. Children ages 2 years and under Free with adult ticket purchase.

December 12

Christmas in Waveland Parade – Parade starts at Lafitte Street goes down Beach Blld and up Coleman Avenue to the library. Best decorated Golf Coast Award. 4 p.m.

December 13

Gingerbread House Family Decorating Workshop at Lynn Meadow Discovery Center – $35 per family. Looking for something fun to do with holiday guests in town? Bring the family and decorate a gingerbread house together without all the mess. We provide the fresh and tasty unassembled gingerbread house pieces, frosting and all of the edible decorations. Hot cocoa, cookies, and holiday music will make this a memorable family experience.  Space is limited. Registration is required.

December 13

Kids Christmas Celebration at Lazy Gator Sports Bar & Steamer – $5 for kids. Christmas Movies, Hot Chocolate, Arts & Crafts, Pictures With Santa, and Christmas Caroling.

December 18

Exotic Tacky Christmas Sweater Party at Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company – Admission is $25. Lazy Magnolia Brewery invites you to their Annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party. Admission fee includes beverages, souvenir pint glass, and admission into the sweater competition. Porch Pals free admission. Live Music by The Dave Mayley Band & Assumed Risk! The theme this year is Tiger King. We encourage everyone to dress up and compete in the costume contest. Everyone who enters the competition will receive a 2020 Care Package. We will also have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner! And to top off the Exotic night we will have Joe Exotic in the Hancock County Pirates in the Bay jail. We will be accepting donations to free Joe Exotic. All proceeds will benefit Friends of the Animal Shelter of Hancock County.

December 19

Christmas in Camp The Nightmare Before Christmas at Beauvoir – Christmas in Camp with a twist. We have decided to partner with our friends SPARS Paranormal and do a joint event. Our Halloween Event was canceled due to the storm. December 1864. Somewhere in the CSA, there is a unit of Confederate and Union soldiers encamped near each other. The men are tired of war and the Christmas season has them homesick. Step back into time on December 19, 2020, to experience an authentic 1860’s Christmas in Camp. Our gallant boys in grey will be joined by their brothers in blue to come around the campfire and share in the Christmas spirit. They will reminisce of Christmas’s past and enjoy the company of their brethren during the holiday. Beauvoir will also be hosting a Holiday Social in the Presidential Library. Nightmare Before Christmas will be fun and games with Face Painting, glow in the dark candy hunt, and plenty more for loads of Family Fun!

December 19

Frozen Tea Party at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center – $18 per person. Bring your princes and princesses and join us for a magical “Frozen Tea Party”. During the event, guests will enjoy a meet and greet with Elsa and Anna and enjoy a craft. There will be tea & snacks provided. Prince and Princess costumes are encouraged. A limited number of tickets will be sold. You don’t want to miss this  Frozen holiday experience! Tickets:$18 per person (children must be accompanied by a paid adult)

Now through January 17

Ice Skating at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum – $13 Includes skate rental

Now through January 2

Annual Snowflakes in the Bay – Beautiful century-old Live Oaks decorated with illuminated snowflakes. Throughout the Bay St Louis and Waveland area. Admission is free.

Now through December 31

35 Days of Christmas & Trains – Relive the Magic of the Christmas Train with the Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum’s Christmas Lights Display. Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day! Free, donations recommended $5 adults, $2 children.