It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with plenty of events across the Coast

The lights shine in Jones Park for the Gulfport Harbor Lights Festival last year.
The lights shine in Jones Park for the Gulfport Harbor Lights Festival last year. SUN HERALD FILE

It’s Christmastime on the Coast.

There will be boat parades, shopping events, theater events, lighting events and more this weekend and beyond to help you get into the Christmas spirit.

Here we present all the Christmas events we could find that are happening across the Coast, so check the list — check it twice — and get out and have yourselves a merry little Christmas now.


Second Annual Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival

Spectacular Christmas light show, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. (weather permitting) daily through Jan. 1, Jones Park, U.S. 90, Gulfport. Admission is $5 – or a $40 Holiday Savings Pass (12 visit punch card for the price of 8 visits). For details, call 228-868-5881.

Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival had a trial run on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015.

Disney on Ice: ‘Dream Big’

Disney On Ice’s “Dream Big,” presents Tinker Bell who will take you on a journey featuring Ariel, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White, Tiana and Belle, who promise to inspire you to be strong, kind and fearless. Guests also will travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with Anna, Elsa and Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen,” daily though Sunday at the Mississippi Coast Colieseum and Convention Center, 2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Times are 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $15. Details: 800-745-3000.

Biloxi’s Christmas on the Water Children’s Christmas Parade

The annual parade features kindergarten to third-grade age children riding in hay wagons in celebration of Christmas. The parade will start at 6 p.m. at the Frank G. Gruich Center, 591 Howard Ave., travel west on Howard Ave., through the Vieux Marche, turn south on Reynoir, east on Jackson, south on Lameuse Street and end at the Town Green. Find the registration form at biloxi.ms.us.

Christmas on the Town Green

Celebrate Christmas with holiday festivities on the Town Green, 710 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The free event will feature the lighting of the Christmas Tree by Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, Santa Claus giving away goodies and hot chocolate will be available while event-goers decorate the Christmas tree.

‘A Nightmare Before Christmas, Escape Krampus’

Through Dec.23 at Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, D’Iberville. Groups of up to 10 people discover clues and solve puzzles to uncover the secret of escaping Krampus, a horned, anti-Santa Clause who punishes children who have misbehaved. Tickets are $25 plus online booking fees and include a free Krampus T-shirt. Ages 12 and up. Details: EscapeKrampus.ScarletPearlCasino.com.

‘A Christmas Carol’

The Salvation Army Kroc Theatre, Kroc Center, 575 Division St., Biloxi, presents the Charles Dickens’ holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Donations go to the Performing Arts Department.

Waveland Festival Of Lights

The Waveland Festival of Lights will begin at dusk at Coleman Avenue in Waveland and the free event will feature the lighting of the Christmas tree, caroling, photos with Santa, a golf cart parade, food vendors. Includes Art Wave on Cleveland, a show of works by watercolorist Herb Willey and potter Regan Carney, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Downtown for the Holidays

Downtown for the Holidays in Pascagoula. The event is 5-9 p.m. Friday. At 7 p.m., the Pascagoula Christmas Parade will come through downtown. Details: 228-219-1114.

Bay-Waveland Yacht Club Christmas Bazaar

Bay-Waveland Yacht Club Christmas Bazaar, 1 Yacht Club Drive, Bay St. Louis, will feature 30 vendors and food. In lieu of entrance fee, bring donations for the food pantry. Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Details: 228-467-4592.

Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House at Ocean Springs with participating shops, restaurants and galleries, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday.

Gallery 782 Annual Christmas Exhibit

From 5-8 p.m. Friday Gallery 782 at 782 Water St., Biloxi, will host the opening of its annual Christmas Exhibit with Christmas ornaments and gifts handmade by artists and the gift shops will have Christmas items. Artists from all mediums, including painting, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, wood turning, glass, photography and more will be showcased. And, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday the open house will feature a Christmas Ornament Workshop for children in a tent in front of the gallery and artists will be on hand to help them make ornaments to take home. After they’ve made their ornaments, they can go inside to see Santa and have cookies and lemonade. Also on Saturday the Biloxi High School Choir will be singing Christmas Carols on the 782 porch from from 10 am. until noon. Admission is free. Details: 228-436-7782.

Nativity in Clay

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Each student will receive sufficient terra cotta clay to sculpt an entire Nativity. Fee includes all clay, instruction, glazes and firing. Class level is advanced beginner to advanced. If you have favorite tools or glazes, please bring them to class along with sketches or ideas. We will have a big pot of soup to share for lunch and you are welcome to bring something yummy to share, too. Cost: $50 per person. Class limited to 15 students. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Details: 228-374-5547.

Holiday Gala and Art Show

Gulfport Galleria of Fine Arts, 1300 24th Ave. Guest artists are a group of art students from Gulfport High School. Visual art by some of the Coast’s up-and-coming talent will be on display. The juror for the student artwork is Traci Stover, artist and adjunct professor in the Department of Art and Design at USM. Event will be from 5-8 p.m. Wine, beer, soft drinks and hors d’ oeuvres. The visual artists of the Gulfport Galleria will display new, one-of-a kind works. The Galleria authors will offer book signings, and a special section will feature holiday gifts of $50 and under.

Christmas in the Pass

War Memorial Park, Scenic Drive, Pass Christian, 6- 9 p.m. Parade into town led by an antique fire truck and Pass Christian volunteer firefighters followed by the Pass Christian High School band, a selection of classic cars and a group of Pass High alumni Pirates. The parade will travel down Davis Avenue, which will be lined with food and craft vendors. Applications for food and artistic vendors are available. Activities for kids at the pavilion including a special reading at 7 p.m. of “Pirate Night Before Christmas” by Will Koolsbergen, Pass High alumni and artistic director of the Pass Christian Theatre Project. Santa will be available for photos at Peoples Bank. Music by Hadley Hill. Details: 228-452-3315.

‘Elf the Musical Jr.’

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Admission is $7 students; $10 seniors, military and LMDC members; and $13 general admission. Shows: 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 3 p.m. Dec. 3-4, 7 p.m. Dec. 9, and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 10. Details: 228-897-6039. www.lmdc.org.


Biloxi Visitors Center Holiday Open House

Biloxi Visitors Center Holiday Open House will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday featuring almost 50 local artists and craftsmen showing and selling their wares at the Biloxi Visitors Center for the Holiday Open House. In addition to shopping, there will be refreshments, children’s activities, pictures with Santa, free tour train rides to the downtown Christmas in the City festival and more. Bring the whole family for this free fun family event.

12th Annual Biloxi Christmas in the City

The 12th Annual Biloxi Christmas in the City will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Rue Magnolia and Water Street in the Downtown Biloxi Arts District. The event will feature bands, choirs, dancers, pictures with Santa, Pusharattes, arts and antiques and more. Admission is free. For details, call 228-435-6339.

D’Iberville Town Green tree lighting

D’Iberville Town Green, 10004 Central Ave., 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Details:228-392-2293.

Third Annual Santa’s Workshop and Children’s Walking Parade

D’Iberville Christmas celebration, D’Iberville Town Green, 10004 Central Ave. Santa’s Workshop with arts and crafts and face-painting from noon-3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free with a nonperishable food donation. Parade staging at 3:30 p.m. at AutoZone parking lot. Parade at 4:30 p.m. Arrival of Santa and lighting of town tree at 5:30 p.m. Details: 228-257-9734.

Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party

Oak Crest Mansion and The Gulf Coast Ballet Theatre present the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in the Grande Ballroom of Oak Crest Mansion, 5267 Menge Ave., Pass Christian. The event includes hot cocoa with marshmallows and peppermints. Participants can make their own Christmas ornaments and decorate sugar cookies. Entertainment will be provided by Clara and other characters from the Nutcracker Ballet. Drosselmeyer will have balloon fun for everyone. Admission is $29.99 for children 12 years old and under and $9.99 for adults. Purchase your tickets soon and receive a free child ticket to the Nutcracker Ballet. Tickets are available online at www.universe.com/sugarplumfairytea. Details 228-324-6296.

Christmas on the Water Boat Parade

Christmas on the Water Boat Parade, Biloxi will be 6 p.m. Saturday. Boats decorated in Christmas lights parade along the Mississippi Sound beginning at 6 p.m. south of the Biloxi Lighthouse and traveling east, ending at Point Cadet. The parade will be followed by a fireworks spectacular that will fill the east Biloxi sky. Get out and enjoy this free event. Best parade viewing locations are between the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor and Casino Row, or between the Biloxi Lighthouse and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. Details: 228-617-3112.

Views of the Biloxi Christmas on the Water boat parade from the Biloxi Schooner Glenn L. Swetman

Board a Schooner in Boat Parade

Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, 115 First St., Biloxi. Ride aboard a Biloxi Schooner in the Christmas on the Water Boat Parade in Biloxi. Boarding starts at 4 p.m. at the Biloxi Schooner Pier Complex, 367 Beach Blvd. Depart at 4:30 p.m. and we come back to the dock after the fireworks. Welcome to bring food and refreshments aboard; we provide ice chests and ice. Tickets are $40 adults; $25 children (3-12). Limited seats available. Details: 228-435-6320. maritimemuseum.org

Third Annual Christmas Craft & Jewelry Show

The Third Annual Christmas Craft & Jewelry Show will be 9 a.m. -4 p.m. Saturday at the Saucier Evacuation Center, 23771 Saucier Lizana Road, Saucier. The free event will feature local items for sale as Christmas gifts, photos for Santa from 1-2 p.m. and more. Details: 228-806-8451.

Kroc Center Breakfast with Santa

Have breakfast with Santa 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Kroc Center, 575 Division St., Biloxi. Tickets are $5. Details: 228-207-1218.

Ninth annual Bay St. Louis Christmas Parade

Old Town Bay St. Louis Historic District. Parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Necaise Avenue and Main Street and end at the Historic Train Depot with the annual Snowflakes and Sugarplums Festival.

Snowflakes and Sugarplums Festival

Snowflakes and Sugarplums Festival will be 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and feature holiday fun hosted by Hancock County Tourism at the Depot District.

Pearlington Christmas Parade

Pearlington Christmas Parade starts 1 p.m. Saturday at Oak Harbor Road and ends at Community Center/Pearlington Firehouse.

Christmas by the River in Moss Point

Moss Point’s Christmas by the River will be Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. with Breakfast with Santa Christmas at the Moss Point Recreation Center featuring food, music, free photo with Santa, stories and prizes. The parade, with the theme “Merry Christmas Baby” will go from Southgate Mall to the Riverfront. The line up will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and the parade will start at 3 p.m. Saturday. Grand Marshal will be Ennit Morris, civil service commissioner, and Parade Marshal will be the Rev. David Newton, Dantzler Memorial United Methodist Church. The tree lighting will be 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Riverfront Welcome Center and feature holiday music; The Boat Parade will begin at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at the Riverfront Dockside; and fireworks will be at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Lights & Lagniappe on the Bayou

Lights & Lagniappe on the Bayou at Gautier City Hall, 3330 U.S. 90, Gautier, is 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday with a pet parade at 1:30 p.m. Saturday (Registration information is at gautier-ms.gov.

Singing River Chorale

Singing River Chorale presents “The Peace of Christmas” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Westminister Presbyterian Church, 5005 Lawson Ave., Gulfport.

Paw Parade at Christmas in the Pass

War Memorial Park, Pass Christian, 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. Dogs will be dressed up in their best holiday garb. Prizes for best dressed in the small, medium and large dog categories. Santa will also be available to have his photo taken with the dogs starting at 12:30. For more information, contact Amy Rishel with Pass Christian Main Street at 228-452-3315 or info@passmainstreet.com or Jenny Levens with the Chamber of Commerce at 228-604-0105. Details: 228-452-3315.

Family Holiday Open House

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Free. Join us for the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s free Family Holiday Open House, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Pictures with Santa from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., holiday crafts, face painting, music from the Messiah Chorus, storybook reading, refreshments, vendor booths, the Biloxi Fire Department, special museum store discounts, refreshments and more. Details: 228-374-5547. georgeohr.org

Sea Santa Sail-a-Bration

Long Beach Town Green, Jeff Davis Avenue, 4:30-9 p.m. Saturday. Crafts for children, entertainment and holiday decorations around the Harper McCaughan Town Green. Topping the evening off is a visit from Santa Claus. Awards will be given for the best-decorated boat in several categories. Parade entries must be boats or other watercraft. Details: 228-697-3868. www.longbeachcda.com


Holiday Tree Gala

Bay St. Louis Library, 312 U.S. 90. The Hancock County Library’s 22nd annual Holiday Tree Gala, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, showcases more than 50 trees decorated by area businesses, organizations and schools. Choirs will provide holiday music. Santa will visit to hear children’s wishes. Refreshments served. Details: 228-467-5282 or www.hancocklibraries.info.

‘A Christmas Carol’

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Reserved seating: $25 members, $30 non-members, $80 member family of four, $100 non member family of four. Details: 228-818-2878.

Kids Street Christmas

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport, noon-4 p.m. Cost: $6 per person. Join us for our third annual event being held at Kids Street and On the Green at LMDC. Visit with Santa, make ornaments, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, face painting, performance by WINGS Performing Arts and more. Included with museum admission. Details: 228-897-6039. www.lmdc.org


Christmas Tree Lighting

John Henry Beck Park, 671 Division St., Biloxi. Free. Christmas Tree Lighting, 6-7 p.m. Monday, in John Henry Beck Park. Details: www.eastbiloxicc.org.

Tree of Remembrance celebrations

Riemann Family Funeral Home, 11280 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport, 6-8 p.m. Free entry. Please bring a Christmas ornament to place on our Tree of Remembrance in memory of your loved one. Light refreshments will be provided. Event will be held at the Biloxi and the DeLisle locations on Dec. 6, the Ocean Springs and the Long Beach locations on Dec. 8. Details: 228-539-9800. reimannfamily.com


A Nutcracker Christmas

A Nutcracker Christmas, Santa and refreshments at Waveland Public Library, 345 Coleman Ave., Waveland 6 p.m. Tuesday. Details 228-467-9240.


A Gingerbread Christmas

A Gingerbread Christmas will feature Santa and refreshments at Pearlington Public Library, 6096 First Ave., Pearlington at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Dec. 9

A Christmas Story Dinner

Based on the classic holiday movie “A Christmas Story” with a dinner will be presented 6-8 p.m. Dec. 9. The dinner includes crab rangoons, seared duck breast with plum sauce glaze with Chop Suey, garlic soy green beans, steamed sponge cake with fresh fruit. At The Mary C. O’Keefe Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Members: $30, non-members $40. Details 228-818-2878 or info@themaryc.org.

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

Gulfport Little Theatre, 2600 13th Ave. Free and open to all, although reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 228-864-7983. Santa will be on hand to greet kids of all ages, and photos with Santa can be taken with a donation of new, unwrapped toys for ages 0-18. There will also be additional activities for the kids. Shows: 7:30 Dec. 9-10 and 2 p.m. Dec. 11. Arrive early for activities. www.gulfportlittletheatre.org

Stroll Beauvoir for Christmas

Beauvoir, 2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 9-10, Dec. 16-17 and Dec. 23-24. See Santa, stroll Beauvoir, take a wagon ride, see the lights in the garden, listen to music by local artists and enjoy kids crafts. Costs: Adults, $12.50; seniors and military, $10; children, $7.50; under age 5, free.

Dec. 10

Escatawpa Christmas Parade

Escatawpa Christmas Parade will be 1 p.m. Saturday. The route begins in Merchants & Marine Bank parking lot (Elder Ferry Road), turns left on Old Saracennia and left onto Mississippi 613, south to Rosa and left to Jamestown and disbands at Escatawpa Elementary School.

International Christmas Festival & Pastry Sale

International Christmas Festival & Pastry Sale will be 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 255 Beauvoir Road, Biloxi. The event will feature live music and foods that are favorites of Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Germany, Hungary, Belarus and America, such as Gyro, Dolmathes, Blini, Vareniki, Mititiei, Sarmale, Plov, Draniki, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut and Bratwurst, Hungarian Goulash, Khachapuri, Hot Dogs, and many more. Pastry specialties include Baklava, Kourambides, Cognac and Ouzo Cakes, Poppyseed Roll, Kolachy Cookies, Medovik, and many more. Also available will be Greek, Russian and Romanian ice cream sundaes for the kids, and The Kneipe with beer and wine for the adults. Details: 228-831-5820 or 228-297-0526. Admission is free. Foods cost extra.

Christmas On The Bayou

Boat parade and boat/home decoration contests with free public viewing areas in bleachers. Parade begins at 6 p.m. between The Dock Bar & Grill and the public boat ramps, proceeds down Bayou Bernard to the mouth of the bayou at Big Lake. Boats reach Cowan-Lorraine Bridge about 7:30 p.m. and proceed on the Industrial Canal and return to The Dock Bar & Grill on the north side of the shore for fireworks. Seating areas near boat ramps on south side of Gulfport Lake, The Blow Fly Inn, the foot of the Cowan-Lorraine Road Bridge (Kremer’s Landing) and John Hill Park (off Switzer Road). Prizes for best decorated boats and homes. Details for boaters and homeowners: 228-896-4869.

Dec. 13

Coast Big Band Holiday Show

Coast Big Band Holiday Show, “A White Christmas,” will be 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Mary C, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. A 20-plus piece big band orchestra will play. $15 reserved seating. Details: 228-818-2878.

Dec. 13-18

Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi will be noon-5 p.m. Dec. 13-18 with local artists and vendors and gourmet dining samples from Beau Rivage restaurants. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday.

Dec. 17

Holiday Art Market

Holiday Art Market on the lawn will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. of the The Mary C. O’Keefe Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Santa Gator Puppet Show at 1 p.m. and The Elves and Shoemaker at 2 p.m. followed by Christmas Caroling by MGCCC Choir. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Nutcracker Ballet

Gulf Coast Ballet Theatre will present The Nutcracker Ballet starring Daniel Sarabia and Liu Man Ting at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Saenger Theatre, 170 Reynoir St., Biloxi. Tickets are $20 adults $10 children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased at Gulf Coast School of Performing Arts or by calling 228-324-6296.

Dec. 19 and 20

Christmas Mini Camp

Maritime & Seafood Museum of Biloxi will present a Christmas Mini Camp Dec. 19 and 20. The mini Christmas camp will let kids explore the museum, make crafts and finish the day with a Christmas movie. Children ages 6 to 12 are welcome. Cost is $100 for the full-day and $50 for the half-day. All supplies are included. In the Oyster Shell Craft Class with Shari Schaubhurt campers will be able to turn an ordinary oyster shell into an ornament, magnet or other work of art. In the Holiday Painting Class with Patt Odom, they will paint the perfect present. Spots are limited so call or email to register. Contact Michelle Peterson at 228-435-6320 and outreach@maritimemuseum.org.

Dec. 21-29

Christmas Wonderland

Christmas Wonderland at the Beau Rivage Theatre, Biloxi. Family show with singers, dancers, festive costumes. Tickets range from $10.95-$29.50 plus tax and fee or packages of four for $40. Details: 888-566-7469 or beaurivage.com. Shows are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily.