Christmas is about a week and a half away, and Hanukkah is here. Schools soon will be out for their holiday breaks, so find something to do with your family.
Jones Park in Gulfport is glowing with lights, snowflakes are dancing on trees (no matter what the temperature) in Bay St. Louis and you can skate on ice at the Coast Coliseum. And, by the way, Santa is at Edgewater Mall in Biloxi to visit with the kids until Christmas.
If the thought of outdoor activities leaves your teeth chattering, there are plenty of indoor holiday things to do across the Coast.
Through Dec. 31
Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival
at Jones Park, U.S. 90, Gulfport. $10 per person, 4 and under admitted free. Light show presented as a walking tour or aboard a free heated trolley. Santa is in Santa’s Village nightly, hot chocolate and concessions available. Tickets for carousel, train and other rides. 228-868-5881.
5:30-9:30 p.m.;show ends at 10:30 p.m.
Through Dec. 31
Snowflakes in the Bay
Live Oak trees decorated with lighted snowflakes throughout business areas of Bay St. Louis and Waveland.
Christmas at Beauvoir
each Thursday, Friday, Saturday at Beauvoir, 2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Thursday is family Christmas movie night; $5 for a family of four. Friday and Saturday stroll the grounds, meet Santa Claus, hear carolers on the front porch and Christmas stories in the library pavilion. The Beauvoir Home and Museum and the gift shop will be open. $12.50 adults; $10 military and seniors; $7.50 children (6-18); under 6 free.
Christmas on Ice
at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Watch a magical snow globe of a show come to life on a stage made of real ice, featuring real snowfall. $12.95, $16.95, $24.95, and $29.95 plus tax and service charge. 888-566-7469 or 228-386-7111
3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Through Jan. 5
Ice Skating at Coast Coliseum
Various dates and times. $12 admission includes ice skate rental, while supplies last. Each session lasts 90 minutes.
Photos with Santa
at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. See Santa in the Buffet on Dec. 10-14 and Dec. 17-21. Guests can receive two complimentary photos with each purchase of an adult buffet. Special children’s menu and complimentary photo with Santa included with purchase.
5-9 p.m. Dec. 10-14, Dec. 17-21
4th Annual Kids Street Christmas
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. $3 per person. Visit with Santa, make ornaments, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, face painting, performance by WINGS Performing Arts and more. At Kids Street and on the Green. 228-897-6039. www.lmdc.org
Old Fashioned Musical Celebration of Christmas
Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. $10 members and students, $15 nonmembers. The Ocean Springs Chorale, Chamber Orchestra and Lessye Moore Handbell Choir will present a musical celebration of Christmas. Tickets available online at themaryc.org. 228-818-2878. 228-818-2878. themaryc.org/?event=december-2017-old-fashioned-musical-celebration-christmas
Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. $5 suggested donation. An evening of Victorian Christmas storytelling with Charles Dickens Scholar Lawrence Hicks, who explores lesser-known fairy tales by the author of “A Christmas Carol.” Spiced hot cocoa and holiday cookies. Later in the evening, a circa 1880 children’s toy magic lantern will project colored scenes on transparent plates, accompanied by original Christmas fair tales. 228-818-2878. themaryc.org/?event=december-2017-christmas-fairytales
Amour Danzar Christmas Party Dance
Amour Danzar Ballroom, 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. $6 buffet dinner, $10 casual dress dance. Attendees should bring a gift that costs $10 or less to swap. Buffet, $6, served from 7:30-8 p.m.; $10 casual dress dance follows from 8-10 p.m. 228-324-3730. email@example.com
7:30-8 p.m., 8-10 p.m.
Gautier High School Madrigal Feast
Singing River Academy, 4601 Gautier-Vancleave Road, Gautier. $10 adults, $5 students. The Gautier High School Fine Arts Department’s annual Madrigal Feast. Dessert will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the entertainment will begin at 7:30 p.m. Performances from theater, band, choir and visual art. 228-522-8803.
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Shopping On The Avenue
West Howard Avenue, Howard Ave., Biloxi. A festival-type event with vendors, food vendors, entertainment in downtown Biloxi’s West End of Howard Avenue. Pictures with Santa 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Polar Express story time. 228-207-6472.
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Mary C Holiday Art Market
Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Free to attend. A day of last-minute shopping, plus puppets, plays and music. 228-818-2878. themaryc.org/?event=december-2017-mary-c-holiday-art-market
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Brunch with Santa
at Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, 2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Guests start with a short stack of pancakes, smoked bacon or sausage links before Santa arrives at 11:30 a.m. for photos and Christmas songs. Door prizes, a Christmas goody bag, a printed picture with Santa and unlimited digital downloads of the event. $13 at box office. After brunch, present their ticket for 20 percent off ice skating. 228-594-3700
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Mary C. Holiday Open House
Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Cookie decorating and kids’ craft stations, photos with Santa, holiday art market. “Santa’s Reindeer Show” presented by the Jackson County Library at 1 p.m. (free). “’Twas the Week After Christmas” presented by Wings Performing Arts at 2 p.m. ($5). 228-818-2878. themaryc.org/?event=december-2017-mary-c-holiday-open-house
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Countdown to Christmas Parents’ Night Out
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. $20 and up. Christmas shop while kids play in the museum and get in the holiday spirit by creating a Christmas craft, watching a Christmas movie and listening to a Christmas story. Pizza and water provided. Ages 4-10. Registration required. 228-897-6039. www.lmdc.org
6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Delmas Estates Luminaries
Delmas Estates, 1401 Gallery St., Pascagoula. East end of Ingalls Avenue, in Delmas Estates. For this annual event, the neighborhood will light candles. People are welcome to drive through the neighborhood and enjoy the lights. Rain date: Dec. 17. 228-726-7804.
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Ballet Theatre South’s ‘The Nutcracker’
Saenger Theatre, 170 Reynoir St., Biloxi. $15-$20. The Gulfport ballet school’s 19th annual production of the holiday classic. More than 100 dancers and performers will take the stage. 228-435-6291.
7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Give a Little Christmas
Gulf Coast Family Church of the Nazarene, 14700 Big Ridge Rd., Biloxi. Free. Pick out Christmas gifts for everyone on your list at no cost. An outreach program. Free gift wrapping station. Books, toys, clothes, shoes, etc. 228-875-0860.
‘My Italian Christmas’
holiday show with singer Franco Corso, “The Voice of Romance,” at Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, 9380 Central Ave., D’Iberville. $20. 888-752-9772 or 228-392-1889
7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
at L&N Depot, 398 Blaize Ave., Bay St Louis. Presented by Bay St. Louis Little Theatre. Free. 228-864-2882
Annual Family Chanukah Party
Congregation Beth Israel, 12277 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport. No charge to attend party. Fun and games, along with the traditional candle-lighting and holiday foods, for young and old. Chanukah, sometimes called the Jewish “Festival of Lights,” is an eight-day holiday. 228-539-1655.
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Photos with Santa
Vancleave Public Library, 12604 Highway 57, Vancleave. Free. Old St. Nick will talk with children and families. Parents, dress your kids up in their holiday best, and bring your camera. Refreshments provided. Details: 228-826-5857.
Mrs. Claus and the Christmas Elves Story Time
Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave., Pass Christian. Free. Come visit with our very special guests Mrs. Claus and the Christmas Elves during the Pass Christian Library’s Story Time on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 starting at 10:30 am. Mrs. Claus will read her favorite Christmas book and we will sing and dance with the Christmas Elves. The program will end with a special Christmas Cookie Decorating Activity. All children are invited to attend.For more information, please contact the Pass Christian Public Library at 228 452-4596. 228-452-4596. harrison.lib.ms.us
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Songs and Stories Christmas Celebration
Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Free. Ring in the holidays with Songs and Stories Radio Show. Guests: Double D, Kris Jordan, Cheyenne Stork, Amanda Jones, SNO (Special Needs Organization). Band Members: MudFoot Mary and the Sidewinders, (Gene Groom, Ronnie Davis, Jimmy Gray, Kevin Westbrook, and Kevin Westbrook Jr.), Blackwater Brass, Frank Newby, Gram Rea. 228-818-2878. themaryc.org/?event=december-2017-songs-stories-radio-show-christmas-celebration
7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Christmas Family Matinee
Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave., Pass Christian. Free. The movie features a young Mariah and her Christmas wish to own a puppy named Princess. But first Mariah has to prove she can dog-sit her uncle’s dog, Jack, who is the worst dog in the country. Movie is rated G and runs 1 hour and 30 minutes. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or 228-452-4596. 228-452-4596. harrison.lib.ms.us
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Cookies for Santa
at Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Families can decorate a dozen cookies for $10. One-hour sessions begin at noon. Registration deadline is Dec. 21. 228-818-2878