Christmas in the City

BMSD-citc-fpg-Go2placesFIN_Dec-2013The city of Biloxi always shines and is a welcoming, warm destination for visitors and locals alike. Throughout the year Biloxi hosts all kinds of wonderful, family friendly events but Christmas in the City is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and should not be missed. The city will be brimming with holiday cheer and fun throughout the month of December, and all decked out in it’s Christmas finery. Biloxi is one of America’s oldest cities and is the epitome of charm and grace. Christmas in the City is nestled in historic downtown and showcases one-of-a-kind gifts and unique treasures that you won’t find anywhere else! So get your loved ones together and head to beautiful Biloxi on Saturday, December 7th, for a holiday experience you won’t soon forget.
Executive Director of Biloxi Main Street, Kay Carter, took us behind the scenes as the city prepared for all the festivities. The promotion of Downtown Biloxi is made possible by a grant from Deep Water Horizon. “It is because of our volunteers that we are so successful with each event and festival. They assist with everything from the Farmer’s Market, the cemetary tours, Grillin on the Green, Cruisin the Coast, Finally First Friday, and Christmas in the City. Events are always very well attended and continue to grow each year. It is a very exciting time for Downtown Biloxi as the baseball stadium is coming to the city and that will encourage a great deal more development and will help fill up the empty buildings that we have,” Kay said. Biloxi Main Street has a very clear vision of what we want for Biloxi. The goal is to revive the area, a rebirth, and they are well on their way.
A very unique area that should not be overlooked in Biloxi is the Rue Magnolia. It is a charming stretch of little shops and is perfect for a leisurely stroll. In the Spring, the Mardi Gras Museum will open in the Magnolia Hotel. The Mardi Gras Museum Gift shop is now open inside the Magnolia Hotel. The Magnolia Hotel is the chosen design for this year’s Biloxi Christmas ornament. Each year, for seventeen years, a building from the Main Street District has been chosen to be represented in an ornament. These ornaments are highly prized by collectors. They are proudly displayed on Christmas trees right here at home as well as all over the country. The Rue Magnolia is being revitalized and given new life thanks to a group of twenty five female investors, the Rue Vieux, LLC, who have purchased four buildings there. The buildings have been remodeled and are now occupied by new retailers. In addition, the city purchased and moved the Slay House and the Creole Cottage to the Rue Magnolia area and the focus is exclusively on the Arts. “The transformation of these buildings has been fabulous,” Kay said.
The View Marche continues to grow with several development projects in the works. Biloxi Main Street is very supportive of two way traffic flowing in this area and is hopeful that it will become a reality. On every first Friday of the month, business hours are extended in the shops throughout Downtown, from 5:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. Shoppers can save with special discounts and they also have an opportunity to win $100.00 gift certificates to a downtown business or restaurant of your choice . Live entertainment plays throughout the evening and fills the streets with wonderful music. The brand new Mardi Gras Museum Gift Shop is open! It is a must see treasure-trove of specialty items. Take a walk and simply enjoy the ambiance of downtown Biloxi, it is like nowhere else on the Coast.
Christmas in the City is a one day, outdoor, Christmas festival that features all kinds of unique gifts for sale, in particular the brand new Biloxi Christmas ornament and beautiful Biloxi afghan. Over one hundred of the region’s top artisans will be showcasing their wares and you will certainly find that perfect present. The Rue Magnolia Arts District will be transformed into a Christmas village complete with holiday music playing in the open air provided by live entertainment. “It is a tradition for many people. They come out and meet old friends and reconnect with people they haven’t seen in awhile. It’s a whole weekend of family fun, unique to Biloxi. We are also giving away $100 per hour for lucky registered shoppers during Christmas in the City. Just come by the Biloxi Main Street booth and sign up,” Kay added.
The weekend begins with the lighting of the Town Green and Children’s Christmas Parade on Friday, December 6th. It takes several weeks to set up the decorations and string the lights that turn the Biloxi Town Green into a whimsical land of color and Christmas pageantry. It is an irresistible stop for kids of all ages and can be enjoyed the entire month of December. Beautiful lights and decorations also adorn the streets of Biloxi. The excitement continues on Saturday with Christmas in the City and the festivities of the weekend will conclude with the Christmas on the Water Boat Parade at nightfall. There is nothing quite so beautiful as sitting on the shoreline and watching these beautiful boats pass by. Each boat is decorated with thousands of lights and they create an almost magical view that simply takes your breath away. The boat owners go to great lengths and expense to provide everyone with this very special kick off to Christmas which is a long time Coast tradition.
Throughout the month of December the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary will host a concert series beginning on Sunday, December 1st. Concerts are free to the public and everyone is welcome. Holiday dance performances can be enjoyed at the Saenger Theater during the Christmas season as well, during the entire month of December.
So come to beautiful downtown Biloxi and enjoy a very special holiday season. Merry Christmas to all!

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