As the year draws to a close, ‘tis the season to celebrate and spend quality time with family and friends. While you may not be able to take that skiing trip or cross an international destination off your bucket list this holiday season, unforgettable memories are waiting to be made right here on The Secret Coast. The region’s 62 miles of scenic shoreline boast a temperate climate year-round, so there is plenty of outdoor fun to be had. Add a plethora of holiday events and seasonal culinary offerings, and you and your loved ones are sure to leave feeling festive.

Before visiting, we encourage you to check with individual businesses on any potential changes to their availability and/or hours, but rest assured Coastal Mississippi is working diligently with our partners to ensure your safety and health is the top priority. Find out how in our Destination Promise of health and safety. 

Festive Fresh Air

From beautiful bayous and bays to the longest man-made beach in the nation, Coastal Mississippi offers an array of outdoor adventures throughout the year. Take a stroll along sugar-white sand beaches and build your own holiday “sandman,” enjoy miles of hiking trails at parks such as Gulf Islands National Seashore at Davis Bayou, and experience an array of wildlife in their native habitat. Spend some time on the water paddling your way along scenic blueways, take a fishing trip, or jump aboard a boat excursion for a truly unforgettable holiday experience. Cap your day of outdoor adventure watching one of Coastal Mississippi’s famously beautiful sunsets cuddled up by a fire pit on the beach – just don’t forget the s’mores!

Celebrate Culture

Immerse yourself in Coastal Mississippi’s rich cultural scene and enjoy festive events, exhibits, and workshops at museums and attractions across the region. Explore the array of public art installations across the region and find the perfect gift for your loved one on a stroll through one of our 12 coastal communities, packed with galleries and boutiques offering a range of local and artisanal delights. 

Seasonal Sustenance

What would the holidays be without a certain amount of indulgence? Coastal Mississippi’s culinary scene is booming, offering an expansive assortment of gastronomic delights and seasonal specials. From quaint seafood spots serving Gulf-fresh seafood with a view, to sustainable fine dining and fusion cuisine, there is something to satisfy every taste bud on The Secret Coast this holiday season.

Holiday Happenings

There is always something to celebrate on The Secret Coast, and when it comes to holiday festivities, our 12 coastal communities know how to put on a great party. This season, enjoy safe and joyful holiday-themed events for every age and budget across the region, and make memories that will last a lifetime.