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You can find holiday fun all over South Mississippi this month

Kolachy cookies with plum filling are one of the pastries that will be served at the annual International Christmas Festival and Pastry Sale at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Biloxi. This year’s festival will be held Dec. 9.
Kolachy cookies with plum filling are one of the pastries that will be served at the annual International Christmas Festival and Pastry Sale at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Biloxi. This year’s festival will be held Dec. 9. amccoy@sunherald.com

These chilly temperatures should get you into the holiday spirit.

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 actitivies across the Coast.

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Ongoing

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.

Dec. 7-23

Christmas at Beauvoir

each Thursday, Friday, Saturday at Beauvoir, 2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Thursday is family Christmas movie night; $5 for a family of 4. 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.

6-8 p.m.

Dec. 15-25

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.

Dec. 8

Rat Pack Christmas Show

Christmas hits with Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack (tribute) at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Biloxi. Tickets start at $14.99. 877-877-6256 or 228-374-7625

8 p.m.

Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale Holiday Concert

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, 730 E. Beach Blvd., Long Beach. Free. Seasonal choral music for the whole family. In Fleming Auditorium 228-865-4500.

7 p.m.

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ & ‘’Twas the Week After Christmas’

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. $10. Animated television special in a stage adaptation; “’Twas the Week After Christmas” is about what happens when the North Pole loses the Christmas spirit. Suitable for preschool and up. 228-897-6039. www.lmdc.org

7 p.m.-9 p.m.

‘Everyone’s Christmas Story’

Caswell Springs United Methodist Church, 18601 Highway 63, Moss Point. Free. Caswell Springs United Methodist Church presents a dramatic production of “Everyone’s Christmas Story.” Two performances: 7:30 Dec. 8 and 6 p.m. Dec. 10. 228-588-6546.

7:30 p.m.

Ornament exchange dance

Amour Danzar Ballroom, 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. $6 dinner, $10 dance. Bring a gift-wrapped old ornament to swap for a different one. The $6 buffet served from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Casual dress dance from 8 to 10 p.m. 228-324-3730. amourdanzarevents@gmail.com

7:30 p.m.-8 p.m., 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

Gulfport Little Theatre, 2600 13th Ave., Gulfport. Free. Celebrating 72 years of Gulfport Little Theatre. Santa will be on hand and there will be activities for children. For a donation of a new, unwrapped toy (for ages 0 -18), photos can be taken with Santa. Seating limited; reservations recommended. No charge for admission; seating on first come, first seated basis. Reservations: 228-864-7983. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. 228-864-7983. www.gulfportlittletheatre.org

7 p.m. Dec. 8; 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Dec. 10

Dec. 8-9

Brian Setzer Orchestra

at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. 14th Annual Christmas Rocks! tour. Tickets start at $34.95. 888-566-7469.

8 p.m. Dec. 8-9

Dec. 9

Christmas on the Avenue

at Harper McCaughan Town Green, 301 Jeff Davis Ave., Long Beach. Pancake breakfast with Santa and his reindeer at First United Methodist Church, 208 Pine St., is $5 for adults, $3 for children. Musical performances, food booths.

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

2017 Toys for Tots Benefit

Beacon Theatre, 310 US-90, Waveland. One unwrapped toy or $10 per person. Beacon Theatre will present a matinee showing of Disney/Pixar’s “Coco” for kids and “Easy Rider” for adults. Santa available for selfies. Admission is one new, unwrapped toy or a $10 donation per person. 228-342-1346.

10 a.m.-noon

Christmas Open House

Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, 115 First St., Biloxi. Free. Artists with pottery, canvas prints, photography, glassware, books and jewelry. Cookies and hot cocoa. 228-435-6320. www.maritimemuseum.org

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Escatawpa Volunteer Fire Department Christmas Parade

Escatawpa Volunteer Fire Department Christmas Parade, 7610 Elder Ferry Road, Moss Point. The Annual Christmas Parade will begin in the Merchants & Marine Bank parking lot on Elder Ferry Road, turn left on Old Saracennia and left on Highway 613, south to Rosa and left to Jamestown, disbanding in the Escatawpa Elementary School parking lot. Rain date: Dec. 16.

2 p.m.

Pass Christmas Social

at Hotel Pass Christian, 116 W. Scenic Drive, Pass Christian. Food, beverages, arts and craft vendors and door prizes. Free. 228-222-2130

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

International Christmas Festival

and Pastry Sale at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 255 Beauvoir Road, Biloxi, with favorite foods and pastries from many countries. Also live entertainment, folk dancers, crafts, children’s activities. Greek, Russian and Romanian ice cream sundaes for the kids and The Kneipe with beer and wine for adults. Free. 228-831-5820

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Beverly Belles

Enjoy vintage style holiday caroling at Island View Casino Resort, 3300 West Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. $25. 877-774-8439

8 p.m.

Brandon Bennett’s Blue Christmas

at Hard Rock Casino, Biloxi. Tickets start at $9.99. 877-877-6256 or 228-374-7625

8 p.m.

Diverse City Divas

Holiday Jollies Revue at Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. A Las Vegas style female and celebrity impersonator show. $20 for members, $25 non members. 228-818-2878

8 p.m.

Dec. 9-10

A Cedar Lake Christmas

Cedar Lake Church, 11555 Cedar Lake Road, Biloxi. Free. A Christmas musical extravaganza for the whole family with a message. Doors open at 6:15.

7 p.m.

Dec. 10

Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale Holiday Concert

Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 870 Howard Ave., Biloxi. Free. Seasonal choral music for the whole family. 228-374-1717.

2 p.m.

Dec. 10-14, Dec. 17-21

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 p.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 10-14, Dec. 17-21

Dec. 12

Vancleave Choir Holiday Concert

Vancleave Public Library, 12604 Highway 57, Vancleave. Free. Celebrate the holidays at the Vancleave Public Library with the Vancleave High School Ensemble. Light refreshments provided.

4 p.m.

Holiday Cookie Swap

Ina Thompson Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview St., Moss Point. Free. Share both cookies and recipes with others at the library. Those participating should bring a gift bag of cookies and a copy of the recipe to trade with others. Coffee provided. Space limited; sign up at the library or call 228-475-7462.

4 p.m.

Christmas Cuddles Storytime

Gautier Public Library, 2100 Library Lane, Gautier. Free. Parents and preschool children may attend in P.J.s and enjoy an evening of fun Christmas books, and songs. Children can make ornaments and help decorate the tree. Refreshments. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

5 p.m.

Family Night @The Library Christmas Edition

Orange Grove Public Library, 12135 Old Hwy 49, Gulfport. Free. Annual event with crafts, cookies, hot chocolate, letters to Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, live music.

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

A Down Home Christmas

Kiln Public Library, 17065 Hwy. 603, Kiln. Santa Claus will arrive on a fire truck to meet with the children. Refreshments, along with a display of homemade stockings. 228-255-1724. www.hancocklibraries.info

6 p.m.-7 p.m.

Dec. 14

Coast Big Band Holiday Show

at Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Mississippi Gulf Coast 20 plus piece big band orchestra will perform. $15. 228-818-2878

7: 30 p.m.

A Natural Christmas

East Hancock County Library, 4545 Shepherd Square, Diamondhead. Santa will visit, refreshments will be served and activities for children will be available. 228-255-4800. www.hancocklibraries.info

6 p.m.-7 p.m.

Dec. 15

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

5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Christmas Fairytales

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

8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

Amour Danzar Christmas Party Dance

Amour Danzar Ballroom, 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. $6 buffet dinner, $10 casual dress dance. Attenders should bring a gift which costs $10 or less to swap. Buffet, $6, served from 7:30 to 8 p.m.; $10 casual dress dance follows from 8 to 10 p.m. 228-324-3730. amourdanzarevents@gmail.com

7:30 p.m.-8 p.m., 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

Dec. 16

Holiday Art Market

at Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Free. Vendor booths available. 228-818-2878

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.

Countdown to Christmas

Parents Night Out at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Drop off the kids and shop while they plan in the museum, make a Christmas craft, watch a Christmas movie and listen to a Christmas story. Pizza provided. Ages 4-10. Registration required at 228-897-6039.

6-10 p.m.

‘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.

Live Nativity

at L&N Depot, 398 Blaize Ave., Bay St Louis. Presented by Bay St. Louis Little Theatre. Free. 228-864-2882

7 p.m.

Dec. 17

Gingerbread House Workshop

at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Everything needed for families to assemble and decorate a gingerbread house is provided, along with refreshments and holiday music. $30 per family. Registration required. 228-897-6039

2-5 p.m.

Dec. 23

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

Noon-4 p.m.

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