Boat parades, Christmas parades, musical events -- we have rounded up some of the top Christmas events on the Coast this weekend. Enjoy!
Ocean Springs' Holiday Open House: 10 a.m. Dec. 4-5, downtown Ocean Springs. Hands-on activities, participation from local businesses, featured artists and demonstrations, refreshments, vendors and more. The Ocean Springs Municipal Library is participating from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Holiday bazaar: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 5, Bay-Waveland Yacht Club, 666 N. Beach Blvd. Bring donations for the Food Pantry. Features 30 vendors and dine with Ladies Auxiliary for lunch, dinner and drinks.
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Holiday Tasting and Recipe Swap: 3 p.m., Lucedale-George County Public Library, 507 Oak St. Bring samples of a favorite holiday treat, snack or dessert (with printed recipe to share). Registration suggested. Details: 947-2123.
Fourth annual Reindeer Fun Run and Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival: 4 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Cost: $20 adult entry fee for run and $10 children preregistration; $30 day of event. Walking, jogging and pushing a stroller in 5K fun run. Cookie decorations, face painting, kids workshop and pictures with Santa Claus. Details: 897-6039 or lmdc.org.
Coastal Christmas Show: 4-6:30 p.m., Art House, 921 Cash Alley, Ocean Springs. Features the work of 29 artists/members of the Ocean Springs Art Association Co-op. Details: 875-9285.
30th annual Christmas in the Pass: 5-9 p.m. Dec. 4, War Memorial Park, Pass Christian. Christmas tree lighting, arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Follow the town elves and parade to Davis Avenue in downtown Pass Christian for the Holiday Open House, street fair, live music, photos with Santa, children's activities and an Arts & Crafts Village with almost 100 vendors. On Dec. 5, pet photos with Santa will be available 2-4 p.m., with a pet parade at 1 p.m. The annual Pass Under the Lights, a 5K run and 1/2-mile fun run will begin at 5 p.m. Live music will take place at multiple locations throughout town late into the night. Details: 452-3315 or 604-0014.
Holiday Pub and Restaurant Crawl 2015: 5-11 p.m., downtown Biloxi tour for adults. Participating businesses will have food and appetizer specials as well as door prizes.
Serata Italiana annual Holiday Dinner and Dance: 5:30 p.m. cocktails and 6 p.m. dinner followed by program, Keesler Air Force Base, Bay Breeze Event Center, Building 6732, 500 Ploesti Drive, Biloxi. Cost: $40 per person and $70 per couple. Children ages 12 and younger can eat for $15. Presented by Gulf Coast Italian American Cultural Society. Details: 539-4571 or 365-2769.
Biloxi Children's Christmas Parade: 6 p.m. Route starts at the Frank G. Gruich Center, 591 Howard Ave., travels west on Howard Avenue, through the Vieux Marche, turns south on Reynoir, east on Jackson, south on Lameuse Street and ends at the Town Green. Details: 388-7170.
Fifth annual One Starry Night: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 1-3 p.m. Dec. 5, First Baptist Church, Long Beach. Details: 864-2584.
Ice skating: 6 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 4-5; 2 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 6; 6 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 17-18; 3:30, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 19; 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20; 6 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 21-23; 3:30, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 26; 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 27; 6 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 28-31, Coast Coliseum, Biloxi. Tickets include admission and skate rental while supplies last. Purchase tickets in person at the box office 30 minutes before each session. Details/tickets: 594-3707.
Christmas on the Town Green: 6:30-8 p.m., 710 Beach Blvd. This free event will feature the lighting of the Christmas tree by Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich, Santa Claus will give away goodies and chocolate will be available while participants decorate the tree.
The Wonder of Christmas presentation: 7 p.m. Dec. 4-6, Cedar Lake Christian Assembly, 11555 Cedar Lake Road, Biloxi. Traditional carols, Big band Christmas medleys and more.
Kids for Christmas: 7 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Presented by Orange Grove Rotary Club and WINGS. Program will present holiday musical event featuring comedy, songs and dance. Proceeds benefit needy families. Cost: $5 ticket donations. Details: 897-6039.
Gulf Coast Messiah Chorus performance: 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 870 Howard Ave., Biloxi. 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Fine Arts Auditorium, Jefferson Davis campus, Gulfport. Also 3-5 p.m. Dec. 6, Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1028 Denny Ave., Pascagoula. Each concert is free.
SATURDAY, DEC. 5
Jim Franks Merry Fishmas Fun Run: 8 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. one-mile fun run and 9 a.m. 5K, Front Beach and Biloxi Bay Bridge in Ocean Springs. Cost: $25 registration and $20 early registration. Details: 818-8816.
Saucier's Second Christmas Craft and Jewelry Show: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saucier Community Center, Ball Park, 23771 Saucier Lizana Road. Santa will be in attendance from 1 to 2 p.m. Booths available. Details: 806-8451.
Christmas Bazaar and Cookie Walk: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, 705 Rayburn at Porter Avenue, Ocean Springs. Features children's choir, cookies with Santa, handbell choir, Christmas tea, Christmas wreaths, ornaments and decorations and more. Details: 875-4454.
Family holiday celebration: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Family activities, Santa, face painting, entertainment, vendor booths and more. Details: 374-5547.
Christmas in the City: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., downtown Biloxi Art District on Rue Magnolia and Water Street. Dancers, choirs, bands, vendors, pictures with Santa, Biloxi Pusharats and more. Details: 435-6339.
Eighth annual Bay St. Louis Christmas parade: 11 a.m. starts at Necaise and Main to Beach Boulevard, ends at The Depot District with 4th annual Snowflakes and Sugarplums Festival, Bay St. Louis. Marching bands, fire trucks, classic cars, floats and more.
Snowflakes Sugar and Plums: Noon-5 p.m., Bay St. Louis Depot District. Live music, food vendors, Christmas attractions, Santa Claus and more.
Holiday Open House: Noon-5 p.m., Beau Rivage Casino, Biloxi.
Pearlington Christmas Parade: 1 p.m. starts at Oak Harbor Road and ends at the Community Center/Firehouse, Pearlington. Details: 342-5441 or 533-9949.
Santa gift-making workshop: 1-3 p.m., East Central Public Library, 21801 Slider Road. Designed for teens. Learn special crafting techniques. Refreshments. Details: 588-6263.
Second annual Santa is Coming: 1-3 p.m., Hope Chest, 7198 Beatline Road, Suite E, Long Beach. Bring children for pictures with Santa and refreshments. Door prizes for adults. Details: 206-3668.
Sixth annual Pet Memorial Christmas Tree: 1-4 p.m., Pet's Memory, 1520 28th St., Gulfport. Tree decorating and refreshments. Details: 863-7389.
Ride in Christmas on the Water Parade: 4:30 p.m. depart the Schooner Pier Complex, 367 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Cost: $40. Parade begins at 6 p.m. Returning to the dock at 8 p.m. Fireworks display. Details: 435-6320.
Sea Santa Sail-a-bration: 5 p.m., Jeff Davis Avenue, Long Beach. Waterless boat parade, crafts, entertainment, Santa Claus and more. Details/registration: 806-7979 or 326-7207.
D'Iberville Town Green lighting: 5:30 p.m., Santa arrives, D'Iberville Town Green. Presented by D'Iberville/St. Martin Area Chamber of Commerce and city of D'Iberville.
Christmas on the Water Boat Parade: 6 p.m., lineup at Biloxi Channel Marker 5 south of Lighthouse. After parade, the annual fireworks show will celebrate the parade's 30 years. Details and registration: 388-7170 or 617-3112.
Moss Point Christmas by the River: 6 p.m., city docks, downtown. Boats line up at 5 p.m. at Escatawpa River west of Mississippi 613 bridge. After lighted boat parade, the festivities will end with a fireworks show.
HO HO HOSA cocktail party: 6-8 p.m., Lagniappe Restaurant, 703 Cox Ave., Ocean Springs. Cost: $30. Only 100 tickets are available for the event. Details/tickets: 217-0421 or 872-0846.
Christmas in the Quarters Gala: 7 p.m., 19th Street Community Center, Gulfport. The program will recognize all 33rd Avenue alumni, former teachers, band members, athletes and more. Reception to follow. Donations accepted for the placement of the 33rd Avenue High School plaque.
Toys for Tots Bicycle Ride: 7 a.m., Tri-Hard Sports, 1016 Government St., Ocean Springs. Bring an unwrapped toy; participate in 11-mile bicycle ride over the Biloxi Bay Bridge to the Biloxi Lighthouse and back to Tri-Hard Sports. Refreshments. Helmet, reflective apparel and flashing light required. Details: 860-6127.
10th annual Talons Toy Run: 10 a.m. registration, Fred's parking lot, corner of Jefferson Avenue and Telephone Road, Vancleave. Route will end at the Salvation Army. Details/route: 990-1287.
Holiday Tree Gala: 1-4 p.m., Hancock County Library, Bay St. Louis. Santa Claus, beautiful trees and holiday music.
"Smith Family Christmas": 3 p.m., Biloxi Little Theatre, 220 Lee St. Door prizes, refreshments and more. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children and $25 for family of four. Tickets: 4blt.org.
Festival of Lights and Chanukah party: 5:30 p.m., 12277 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport. Free and open to all those of the Jewish faith. Holiday songs, traditional foods, games, goody bags and more. Details: 539-1655.