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This Week in South Mississippi: Cheers to 2016, New Year's celebrations

BEAU CABELL/THE TELEGRAPH/FILECelebrate the arrival of 2016 with a New Year's kiss during one of the many festive events along the Coast.
BEAU CABELL/THE TELEGRAPH/FILECelebrate the arrival of 2016 with a New Year's kiss during one of the many festive events along the Coast. BEAU CABELL

Break out the bubbly and embrace the inevitable sparkle of confetti during the upcoming New Year's Eve dances, parties and concerts along the Coast.

On Thursday, give the kids a chance to enjoy the typically adult festivities during Countdown to Noon from 10 a.m. to noon at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Included with museum admission, the celebration will feature music, snacks, New Year's crafts, a ball drop at noon and more. Details: 897-6039.

Ring in 2016 at one of South Mississippi's New Year's Eve celebrations on Thursday. Among the highlights:

— Amour Danzar Ballroom will host a New Year's Eve Dance Party with a potluck dinner, ballroom dancing and midnight champagne toast at 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m., and the Blue Star Orchestra will perform. Champagne and party favors are provided, but attendees are asked to bring a covered dish for the potluck dinner. Cost: $50 per person. Reservations required. Details: 324-3730.

— If you prefer a more specific form of dancing to celebrate the new year, head over to the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi at 8 p.m. for Tango Night. No experience necessary. Cost: $10. Details: 374-5547.

— The French Club of Biloxi will host a New Year's Eve dance at 9 p.m. at 182 Howard Ave. Enjoy party favors, champagne and breakfast while Nick Mattina and the Checkmates perform. Cost: $20. Details: 436-6472.

— The Molly Ringwalds, a coastal favorite, are bringing their annual show back to Biloxi's Beau Rivage Theatre at 11 p.m. Take a break from 2015's Kimye couture and dust off your favorite '80s fashion -- including brightly colored scrunchies, leg warmers and acid-washed denim -- to welcome 2016. The concert will feature a complimentary champagne toast and party favors at the countdown to midnight. Tickets start at $19.95, and guests must be at least 21 to attend.

— Looking for a little more modernity in a New Year's Eve celebration? Don't miss the Hard Rock Casino Biloxi's New Year's Eve party with DJ Hypee and Mixed Nuts from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the Hard Rock Live theater. The $50 ticket includes admission to the party, Boogie Nights and Live #Remix, and the $150 VIP pass includes all the perks of a general admission ticket plus priority access with unlimited drinks. VIP ticket distribution will begin at 5 p.m.

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