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Looking for that festive feeling? Check out these holiday events on the Mississippi Coast

The first two weekends in December are usually packed with holiday activities, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find plenty more before Dec. 25 arrives.

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.


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. 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.

5-9 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. Bring a gift bag of cookies and a copy of the recipe to trade. 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.

5:30-7 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.

6-7 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.

6-7 p.m.

Dec. 14-15

Gautier High Madrigal Feast concert

The Gautier High School performing arts programs will perform a holiday program. The wind ensemble will perform holiday selections, the chorus will perform Christmas pieces and theatre department will perform “A Christmas Carol.” Tickets $10 for adults and $5 for students. Email to reserve tickets.

6:30 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.

5:30-8 p.m.

Old Fashioned Musical Celebration of Christmas

Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. $10 members and students, $15 nonmembers. The Ocean Springs Chorale, Chamber Orchestra and Lessye Moore Handbell Choir will present a musical celebration of Christmas. Tickets available online at 228-818-2878. 228-818-2878.

7-8:30 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.

8:30-10 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 7:30-8 p.m.; $10 casual dress dance follows from 8-10 p.m. 228-324-3730.

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

The Mary C. Holiday Open House

Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Cookie decorating and kids’ craft stations, photos with Santa, holiday art market. “Santa’s Reindeer Show” presented by the Jackson County Library at 1 p.m. (free). “’Twas the Week After Christmas” presented by Wings Performing Arts at 2 p.m. ($5). 228-818-2878.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Shopping On The Avenue

West Howard Avenue, Howard Ave., Biloxi. A festival-type event with vendors, food vendors, entertainment in downtown Biloxi’s West End of Howard Avenue. Pictures with Santa 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Polar Express story time. 228-207-6472.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Mary C Holiday Art Market

Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Free to attend. A day of last-minute shopping, plus puppets, plays and music. 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

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. $20 and up. Christmas shop while kids play in the museum and get in the holiday spirit by creating a Christmas craft, watching a Christmas movie and listening to a Christmas story. Pizza and water provided. Ages 4-10. Registration required. 228-897-6039.

6-10 p.m.

Ballet Theatre South’s ’The Nutcracker’

Saenger Theatre, 170 Reynoir St., Biloxi. $15-$20. The Gulfport ballet school’s 19th annual production of the holiday classic. More than 100 dancers and performers will take the stage. 228-435-6291.

7:30-9:30 p.m.

Delmas Estates Luminaries

Delmas Estates, 1401 Gallery St., Pascagoula. East end of Ingalls Avenue, in Delmas Estates. For this annual event, the neighborhood will light candles. People are welcome to drive through the neighborhood and enjoy the lights. Rain date: Dec. 17. 228-726-7804.

6-8 p.m.

Give a Little Christmas

Gulf Coast Family Church of the Nazarene, 14700 Big Ridge Rd., Biloxi. Free. Pick out Christmas gifts for everyone on your list at no cost. An outreach program. Free gift wrapping station. Books, toys, clothes, shoes, etc. 228-875-0860.

9 a.m.-12 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.