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32th Annual Ron Meyers Christmas City Gift Show

November 13-15

Is one of the largest gift shows in the Southern Region. Over 300 booths feature Handmade crafts, unique and one of a kind items, different foods, and gifts for everyone.  A large Santa Playland featuring photos with Santa, free kids crafts, facepainting, live music, and plenty of fun. Visitors plan a day of shopping and spending the night here on the Coast.  For more information about Christmas City, visit

Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Fall Event 2010 & 2012.

  • Date(s): 11/13/2015 - 11/15/2015
  • Times: Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday 9am–5:30pm; Sunday 10am – 5pm
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Ron Meyers - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: (800) 476-9336 or (228) 831-3020
  • Admission: $8 (1-day), $12 (2-day)

Christmas at Beauvoir

December 1-31

Don't miss these exceptional Christmas season events at Beauvoir. Stroll the grounds to view the Christmas lights and see our decorations. Enjoy carolers, crafts for kids, yard games, tours of the house with period decorations and dressers, pictures with Santa, dance performances, a hay ride, coffee and hot chocolate as you stroll the grounds. Sunday - Thursday $5 (family of 4). Events subject to change.

  • Date(s): 12/01/2015 - 12/31/2015
  • Times: 6pm - 8pm
  • Location: Beauvoir, 2244 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis Home
  • Phone: 228-388-4400
  • General Admission Adult: $12.50
  • General Admission Child: $7.50 (6-18) Under age 6 - Free
  • General Admission Senior: $10 seniors, military and AAA

30th Annual Christmas in the Pass

December 4-5 

Start the holiday off  Pass Christian style! Events planned include:

Friday, December 4, 2015
5-7pm Misc Live Music with Pass High Jazz Band, SSC Jazz Band, and more (Small Stage located at People's Bank)
5:30pm Tree Lighting in beautiful Pass Christian War Memorial Park
5:45-6pm Santa Parade (from PC War Memorial Park down beautiful Scenic Drive to Hancock Bank)
7-10pm Live Music with Starz (Main Stage located between Hancock Bank and Martin's Hardware)

Saturday, December 5, 2015:
12-3pm Pet Photos with Santa (in front of Hancock Bank Annex - Davis Avenue) $10
1:30pm Dog PAW-rade (100 block on Davis Avenue) FREE
4-5pm Registration for Pass Under the Lights 5k Run/Walk
5pm Pass Under the Lights 5k Run/Walk (starts and finishes in Sazerac Square)
6:30-10pm Live music with Dr. Rock

Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Fall 2009 & 2011 & 2012 Event
Awarded American Bus Association (ABA) Top 100 North American Events 2011

  • Date(s): 12/04/2015 - 12/05/2015
  • Times: 12pm-10pm
  • Location: Downtown Pass Christian & Harbor, Highway 90
  • Contact: Chamber of Commerce; Pass Christian Main Street
  • Phone: 228-452-3315
  • Admission: Spectators Free

30th Annual Christmas on the Water Boat Parade

December 5 (tentative) 

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.

  • Date(s): 12/05/2015 - 12/05/2015
  • Times: 6pm
  • Location: Mississippi Gulf Coast - Biloxi
  • Contact: Rusty David - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: (228) 617-3112 or (228) 432-2563
  • Admission: Spectators Free

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Annual Snowflakes in the Bay

November 27-January 1

Beautiful century year old Live Oaks gloriously lit with snowflakes make the area a magical coastal wonderland! Bring the camera as you walk the Depot District landscaped with a quaint duck pond surrounded by walking paths and art sculptures created by local artists. 

  • Date(s): 11/27/2015 - 01/01/2016
  • Times: Nightly
  • Location: Downtown Bay St. Louis & Depot Row, Bay St. Louis
  • Contact: Mississippi's West Coast, Hancock County
  • Phone: (228) 463-9222 or (800) 466-9048
  • Admission: Free

Ocean Spring Christmas Tree Lighting with Santa

December 3

Kick off the holiday season with choirs singing holiday music, the lighting of the Christmas tree, parade & charity toy drive (held @ Al Fresco's) along with a shiny red fire truck carrying a very special guest - Santa!

  • Date(s): 12/03/2015 - 12/03/2015
  • Times: 6pm-8pm
  • Location: Marshall Park, Downtown Ocean Springs
  • Contact: Ocean Springs Chamber
  • Phone: 228-875-4236/228-875-4424
  • Admission: Free

Ocean Springs Holiday Open House

December 4-5

Come out & enjoy a two day event “Holiday Open House, Uptown, Downtown, and All Around Town!”  Local businesses offer refreshments, specials & awesome decorations! 

  • Date(s): 12/04/2015 - 12/05/2015
  • Times: 10am-5pm
  • Location: Downtown Ocean Springs
  • Contact: Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce
  • Phone: 228-875-4424
  • Admission: Spectators Free

11th Annual Biloxi Christmas in the City

December 5 (tentative)

Enjoy great entertainment featuring choirs, bands and dancers, pictures with Santa, and special Biloxi treats Pusharattes. The region's favorite artisans and antique dealers will be offering beautiful merchandise for all your gift-giving needs, in addition to delicious and specialty foods. Sponsored by the Biloxi Main Street Association. 

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  • Date(s): 12/05/2015 - 12/05/2015
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Location: Rue Magnolia & Water Street - Downtown Biloxi Arts District
  • Contact: Kay Carter
  • Phone: 228-435-6339
  • Admission: Spectators Free

4th Annual Snowflakes & Sugarplums and Christmas Festival

December 5 (tentative)
Enjoy the holidays the "Bay St Louis", vendors, food, fun, fellowship and more! The Historic Depot District is transformed into a fabulous winter wonderland, with twinkling holiday decorations, shops and galleries decked to the halls, snow maze and world's largest rocking horse, shopping and H&H Express Train and much more. Bring the family for some local hometown Christmas spirit. Hosted by the Snowflakes and Sugarplums Committee.

  • Date(s): 12/05/2015 - 12/05/2015
  • Times: 11am-9pm
  • Location: Historic Depot District, Bay St Louis
  • Phone: 228-463-9222
  • Admission: Free

54th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes

December 6

View beautifully decorated houses for the holidays! Major fundraiser with all proceeds going back into the community to provide services for adults & children with special needs. Refreshments served following the tour @ the Teahouse (Grasslawn - 720 East Beach, Gulfport). Sponsored by The Civic League of Gulfport. Homes to be determined.

  • Date(s): 12/06/2015 - 12/06/2015
  • Times: 2pm-5pm
  • Location: Throughout Gulfport Area
  • Contact: Donna Gewin - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228 896-0415, 228-896-9582, 228-863-3856
  • Admission: $15.00 to tour all homes

14th Annual Christmas on the Bayou

December 12 

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. 

Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Fall Event 2008 & 2010

  • Date(s): 12/12/2015 - 12/12/2015
  • Times: Festivities start 6pm
  • Location: Bayou Bernard, Gulfport
  • Contact: Jennifer & Jack Wittmann - Event Coordinators
  • Phone: 228-896-4869
  • Admission: Spectators Free

On-Going Events

WAMA Holiday Open House

December 10

Join us for some Holiday Cheer! Shop from a variety of local artists and the museum gift store, and enjoy complimentary Holiday treats and beverages. All ages welcome,

  • Date(s): 12/10/2015 - 12/10/2015
  • Times: 5pm - 7:30pm
  • Location: Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs
  • Contact: Corey Christy
  • Phone: 228-872-3164
  • Admission: Free