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October 2014

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31st Annual Ron Meyers Christmas City Gift Show

November 8-9

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. This year a 5k Santa Run is being added along with a 1 mile fun run. Visitors plan a day of shopping and spending the night here on the Coast.  For more information about Christmas City, visit www.christmascitygiftshow.com

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

  • Date(s): 11/08/2014 - 11/09/2014
  • Times: Saturday 9am – 6:30pm; 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 Adults, 16 and under FREE - Free Parking

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.

Dec. 5, 12, 19 Family Night
It's a Charlie Brown Christmas performed by Gulfport Little Theater

Entertainment Saturdays
Dec. 6 Mary Elizabeth Sawyer
Dec. 20 Kelly School of Dance

Entertainment Sundays
Dec. 14, 21

*Awarded Top Events USA Newsblog 2012

  • Date(s): 12/01/2014 - 12/31/2014
  • 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

Santa and Friends on Ice

December 2-28

"Santa & Friends on Ice" is a fun-filled joyous journey into the Christmas holidays, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages! Santa, Mrs. Claus and their helpers transform the Beau Rivage showroom into a glittering frozen winter pond made of REAL ICE. World class figure skaters, vocalists and actors will present a warm holiday storyline. Sections of the show include audience participation routines and surprise visits from some of Santa's favorite pals. It's guaranteed snowfall at every show, so guests will be part of a true snow-globe come to life experience!

  • Date(s): 12/02/2014 - 12/28/2014
  • Times: 7pm Tuesdays - Fridays; 3pm & 7pm Saturdays - Sundays
  • Location: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, 875 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: (888) 566-7469 or (228) 386-7111
  • Admission: $12.95, $16.95 & $24.95 +tax & service charge

29th Annual Christmas in the Pass

December 5-6

Start the holiday off  Pass Christian style! The two-day event includes a tree lighting, visit from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause and their elves - continuing with music on the streets, craft and food vendors as well as activities for children and pets on both days. It concludes with "Pass Under the Lights," a 5K fun run on Saturday.

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): 12/05/2014 - 12/06/2014
  • Times: 12pm-10pm
  • Location: Downtown Pass Christian & Harbor, Highway 90
  • Contact: Jenny Levens - Executive Director
  • Phone: 228-604-0014 or 228-452-3315
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Christmas on the Avenue

December 13

Bring the children and the whole family to shop, eat, or just sit and relax as approximately 100 arts and craft vendors gather on the Harper McCaughan Town Green, in Long Beach, MS to kick off the Christmas season.  Enjoy live music performances, train rides, bounce house for children, food booths and much more.  Eat a pancake and sausage breakfast with Santa 8am-11am at First United Methodist Church, and feed the "reindeer". Don't leave without taking a memorable photo with Santa.   Hosted by the Long Beach Concert Choir Association.

  • Date(s): 12/13/2014 - 12/13/2014
  • Times: 9am-5pm
  • Location: Harper McCaughan Town Green, Jeff Davis Avenue, Long Beach
  • Contact: Long Beach Concert Choir Assocation
  • Phone: 601-460-1754
  • Admission: Free (Breakfast w/Santa $5 adults, $3 children)

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30th Annual Asgard Motorcycle Club TOY RUN

November 30

FUNdraising charity motorcycle ride to benefit needy children! Open to motorcycles, cars and trucks or just about anything on "wheels"! Held Rain or Shine...we "RIDE" for the "KIDS". Join us for this worthy "FUN"draising day! Click here for route and event details.

  • Date(s): 11/30/2014 - 11/30/2014
  • Times: Ride begins @ 10
  • Location: Harley Shop, Cedar Lake Road
  • Contact: Smokey Stepputat - Publicity
  • Phone: 228-392-8281
  • Admission: 1 new toy and/or clothing per motorcycle or $10

Annual Snowflakes in the Bay

December 1-31

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): 12/01/2014 - 12/31/2014
  • 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 4

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! Come out for this wonderful family event!

  • Date(s): 12/04/2014 - 12/04/2014
  • 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 5-6

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): 12/05/2014 - 12/06/2014
  • Times: 10am-5pm
  • Location: Downtown Ocean Springs
  • Contact: Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce
  • Phone: 228-875-4424
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Pascagoula Downtown for the Holidays

December 5

Carriage ride, classic cars, children’s games, outdoor movie, food, entertainment, arts & crafts, fire engine rides, shopping, events and much more!

  • Date(s): 12/05/2014 - 12/05/2014
  • Times: 5pm-9pm
  • Location: Downtown Pascagoula
  • Contact: Rebecca Davis
  • Phone: 228-938-6604
  • Admission: Spectators Free!

10th Annual Biloxi Christmas in the City

December 6

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. 

Vendors applications available at www.mainstreetbiloxi.com. 

  • Date(s): 12/06/2014 - 12/06/2014
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Location: Rue Magnolia & Water Street - Downtown Biloxi Arts District
  • Contact: Kay Carter
  • Phone: 228-435-6339
  • Admission: Spectators Free

3rd Annual Snowflakes & Sugarplums and Christmas Parade

December 6

Enjoy the holidays the "Bay St Louis" way...music, 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): 12/06/2014 - 12/06/2014
  • Times: 11am-9pm
  • Location: Historic Depot District, Bay St Louis
  • Phone: 228-463-9222
  • Admission: Free

53rd Annual Christmas Tour of Homes

December 7

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 (38 Shoreline Lane, Gulfport). Sponsored by The Civic League of Gulfport. Homes to be determined.  For tickets call 228-896-6009 or 228-424-4083.

Featured homes:
Leslie Grandberry, 9 Old Oak Lane
Carolyn and Calvin Foster, 2 Bayou Place
Bill and Larry Reddoch, 61 Shoreline Lane
Alish and Derek Ware, 37 Shoreline Lane
Linda and Thomas Zakkak, 38 Shoreline Lane 

 

  • Date(s): 12/07/2014 - 12/07/2014
  • Times: 2pm-5pm
  • Location: Throughout Gulfport Area - Bayou Oaks
  • Contact: Donna Gewin - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228 896-0415, 228-896-9582, 228-863-3856
  • Admission: $15.00 to tour all homes

Geekonomicon

December 12-14

Geekonomicon is a family friendly, science fiction, fantasy, horror, gaming, comic, anama, multi-fandom convention with a healthy geek lifestyle twist. Lots of attractions, activities, shows, and celebrity appearances. There will be a large dealers room and artists/writers autograph area for Christmas shopping.

  • Date(s): 12/12/2014 - 12/14/2014
  • Times: 12noon - 1am Friday, 9am - 1am Saturday, 10am - 10pm Sunday
  • Location: Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center
  • Contact: Geekonomicon
  • Phone: 228-324-5116
  • Admission: Other
  • General Admission Adult: $20 per day or $50 for the weekend
  • General Admission Child: $10 per day or $30 for the weekend, under 13 are free
  • General Admission Senior: 10% discount for seniors, military, civil employees, and students or faculty
  • Accessibility:
    • Fully Accessible
    • Children

13th Annual Christmas on the Bayou

December 13 

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): 12/13/2014 - 12/13/2014
  • Times: Festivities start 6pm
  • Location: Bayou Bernard, Gulfport
  • Contact: Jennifer & Jack Wittmann - Event Coordinators
  • Phone: 228-896-4869
  • Admission: Spectators Free

D'Iberville's Santa's Workshop and Festival

 December 13

There will be booths for kids to decorate ornaments, pine cones, and cookies. There will be a gift wrapping station so that they can wrap their handmade gifts. There will be craft vendors also. We will have food, caroling, and of course, SANTA! Admission is free with a canned food donation.

  • Date(s): 12/13/2014 - 12/13/2014
  • Times: 9am - 4pm
  • Location: D'Iberville Recreation Center
  • Contact: Desiree Marquez
  • Phone: 228-257-9734
  • Admission: Free
  • Accessibility:
    • Fully Accessible

White Christmas the Musical

December 15-16

The Mary C and William Carey University Present, White Christmas. The Broadway version of the famous movie of the same title arrives in Ocean Springs. A troupe of former soldiers tries to help their former World War II commander who has fallen on hard times. Welcome to 1950s Vermont!

  • Date(s): 12/15/2014 - 12/16/2014
  • Times: 7pm
  • Location: Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government Street, Ocean Springs
  • Contact: Mary C. O'keefe Cultural Center
  • Phone: 228-818-2878
  • Admission: $20 (Groups of 10 or more - $10.00 per Ticket)
  • General Admission Adult: $10 Military
  • General Admission Child: Children 10 and Under - $5.00; Students with ID - $5.00

A Blue Christmas Featuring Brandon Bennett's Elivs Christmas Show

December 19-20

The Ultimate Elvis Tribute artist performing live.

  • Date(s): 12/19/2014 - 12/20/2014
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: Hard Rock Casino, 777 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: (877) 877-6256 or (228) 374-7625
  • Admission: Tickets start at $9.99

Living Nativity Show

December 19-20

Come out and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas - "The Reason for the Season" with a Live Nativity Show!  Presented by the BSL Little Theatre!

  • Date(s): 12/19/2014 - 12/20/2014
  • Times: 7pm
  • Location: Depot grounds, Bay St. Louis
  • Contact: Cheryl Grace - Theatre Board President
  • Phone: 228-864-2882
  • Admission: Free!

Merry Christmas Darling - A Carpenter's Christmas

December 19

Merry Christmas Darling, A Carpenters' Christmas - Carpenters' Christmas records still top "Favorite Holiday Album" lists every year. This wonderful show celebrates those classic Carpenters' Christmas recordings with a full complement of their biggest pop music hits. Michelle Berting Brett takes center stage accompanied by a live 7-piece Nashville band directed by Harry Sharpe. You'll hear fascinating stories and sing along to songs like "Close To You," "Yesterday Once More," We've Only Just Begun" and all you holiday favorites.

  • Date(s): 12/19/2014 - 12/19/2014
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: IP Casino Studio A, 850 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi
  • Phone: (888) 946-2847 or (228) 436-3000
  • Admission: Tickets start at $20

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

On-Going Events

21st Annual Fall-De-Rah

October 8 – January 4

Fall-de-Rah, Moss Point's unique celebration of Autumn is considered one of the most photographed seasonal attractions! This celebration begins in October and extends through Thanksgiving when it gives way to Christmas Beauty! A stunning display of pumpkins transforms the riverfront into unique scenery! After Thanksgiving, the pumpkins turn into Christmas decorations! Santa and other decorations are magically transformed from stacks of pumpkins!  Displays extend throughout downtown Moss Point, accessed by exit 68 on I-10. Bring your kids and cameras; don't miss this free chance to capture the wonder of not one, ut two seasons! Very exciting theme and to see these transformed pumpkins...is a MUST see!

  • Date(s): 10/08/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Times: Display viewing available daily with added beauty featuring lights in the evening
  • Location: Riverfront Park - Downtown Moss Point
  • Contact: Linda Holden
  • Phone: 228-219-0161
  • Admission: Spectators Free