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Author: Patrick Clay

From our dazzling light displays to headline holiday entertainment at our casino resort properties, Christmas celebrations in Coastal Mississippi are quite unlike any other. In fact, our Secret Coast seasonal festivities made their way to the small screen in the 2017 Lifetime holiday hit Christmas in Mississippi!

Filmed on location in Gulfport, the movie follows photographer Holly Logan (Jana Kramer) as she returns home for the holidays. Along the way, she rediscovers her love for Gulfport and her high school sweetheart, Mike (Wes Brown).

From the plentiful seafood in our coastal waters down to every grain of sand on our scenic shores, nature is vital to the fabric of Coastal Mississippi. Along our 62-mile coastline, aquatic and aviary life come together to form a bountiful ecosystem ready to be discovered. With sustainability being so vital to the continued growth of our region, many of our partners are now Going Green in Coastal Mississippi – and you can too!


Scarlet Pearl Associate Garden

Picture courtesy Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort

Many people associate casinos with a certain kind of “green”

In Coastal Mississippi, we always find a reason to celebrate – and Christmas tops the list (well, maybe behind Mardi Gras)! From the nationally acclaimed Christmas light show at the Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival to the dazzling holiday entertainment at the casinos, we celebrate with families in mind.

Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival

Bringing in over 215,000 visitors over a five-year span, Jones Park in Gulfport plays host to one of the largest holiday light celebrations in the entire country!

A dazzling display of over 1,500,000

Coastal Mississippi may enjoy summer-like temperatures for much of the year, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love a few months of fall as much as anyone else! In fact, The Secret Coast offers a bundle of seasonal options fit for any pumpkin spice enthusiast, so break out the boots and flannel and start planning your Coastal Mississippi fall getaway today.

Thursday – Jackson County

As the leaves start to change color, so do the temperatures start to cool, making fall the perfect time to get outside and explore all the wondrous scenery our 62-mile

Taking place September 13-14 at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center in Moss Point, the Hummingbird and Nature Festival celebrates the beautiful Ruby-throated Hummingbird migration pattern through Coastal Mississippi! From live animal shows for the kids to a happy hour exclusively for the adults, this inaugural event offers fun for all ages.

Hummingbird Happy Hour

Jumpstart your festival experience Friday evening at Hummingbird Happy Hour! From 5 to 7 p.m., this adults-only event takes beer-on-the-bayou to the next level with a new signature

Much like a bite of our delicious local seafood is packed with flavor, every inch of Coastal Mississippi’s 62-mile shoreline is rich with history. With iconic structures dating back to the 1800s, a step into any one of our coastal establishments can feel like a step back in time, while local entrepreneurs continue to breathe new life and new experiences into these historic buildings.

Centennial Plaza

Centennial New

Photo courtesy of Centennial Plaza

What was once an abandoned Veterans Affairs hospital is now considered one of the "crown jewels of Coastal

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