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Parades, performances offer coastal Christmas cheer

AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD/FILEA family watches the brightly colored boats float by during a previous year's Christmas on the Bayou. This year's annual boat parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday on the Gulfport Lake near The Dock Bar & Grill.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD/FILEA family watches the brightly colored boats float by during a previous year's Christmas on the Bayou. This year's annual boat parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday on the Gulfport Lake near The Dock Bar & Grill. SUN HERALD

Christmas celebrations are in full swing along the Coast as communities embrace the season with ice skating, boat parades and holiday performances.

Families with little ones won't want to miss the Disney on Ice production of "Let's Celebrate!" at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, and at 2 p.m Sunday. Come out for the holiday celebration featuring Disney's most beloved characters. Details/tickets: 800-745-3000.

Long Beach is getting into the spirit during its annual Christmas on the Avenue event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on the Harper McCaughan Town Green. The festivities, featuring arts and crafts, food, performers and demonstrations, are presented by the Long Beach Concert Choir Association.

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The Spirit of Christmas celebration at Hiller Park in Biloxi will open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. From a children's area with games and crafts to a variety of vendors selling food and art, The Spirit of Christmas will brighten up your weekend with plenty of holiday cheer. Details: 388-7170.

The annual Christmas on the Bayou boat parade will get underway at 6 p.m. Saturday on the Gulfport Lake near The Dock Bar & Grill. The parade will travel down Bayou Bernard to the mouth of the bayou at Big Lake. Seating stands are available for public viewing at Gulfport Lake, the foot of the Cowan-Lorraine Road Bridge, the Blow Fly Inn, Kremer's Landing and Switzer Park. The lighted boats will enchant every age, so bring the family out for a striking Christmas spectacle. Details: 896-4869.

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