Holiday Events along the Mississippi Gulf Coast

As the holiday season gets into full swing along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we would like to let all of our readers know about some exciting events taking place. Travel with us from historic Ocean Springs all the way to Bay St. Louis and Waveland as we take a holiday tour of each beautiful city along the way.

Our first stop will be in Ocean Springs for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting with Santa. There will be choirs singing holiday music, a parade, tree lighting and a charity toy drive for all to enjoy. Meet at Marshall Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 4th and bring the family to watch a shiny red fire truck deliver Santa to visit the kids. Sponsored by the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce, admission is free and you can get more information by calling the chamber at 228-875-4236 or 228-875-4424.

Just across the bridge is the fabulous city of Biloxi. Steeped in tradition and known for its holiday charm, the 10th Annual Christmas in the City Festival will be held Saturday, December 6th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be great entertainment featuring choirs, bands and dancers, pictures with Santa, and special Biloxi treats Pusharattes. The event will take place on Saturday December 6th from 10:00 to 4:00, in the Downtown Biloxi Art District on Rue Magnolia & Water Streets. For any information on Main Street Biloxi and this Christmas event, please contact 228-435-6339 or

Next stop is Gulfport, the 2nd largest city in Mississippi. Take a Thanksgiving themed culinary adventure at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center with a focus on how you can make your Thanksgiving Day meal a delicious success. On November 11th at 6 p.m., a coast chef will teach you everything you need to know about creating a holiday feast to remember. The menu consists of oven baked macaroni, collard greens, cornbread dressing, lemon pepper baked chicken, oven fried baked chicken and peach cobbler.

Admission to the class is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. You can call Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for more details at 228-897-6039.

Bring the children and the whole family to shop, eat, or just sit and relax as approximately 100 arts and craft vendors gather on the Harper McCaughan Town Green, in Long Beach, MS to kick off their Christmas season. Enjoy live music performances, train rides, bounce house for children, food booths and much more. Eat a pancake and sausage breakfast with Santa 8am-11am at First United Methodist Church, and feed the “reindeer”. Don’t leave without taking a memorable photo with Santa. This event is hosted by the Long Beach Concert Choir Association. Gates open December 13th at 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free but breakfast with Santa is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Contact the LBCCA at 601-460-1754 for details.

Rocking down Hwy 90 we come to Pass Christian. In addition to the 29th Annual Christmas in the Pass on December 5th and 6th, there is another event happening that we are sure you and your family are going to love. What is better than the theater during the holidays? The Pass Christian Theater Project presents The Lion in Winter.

A 1966 play by James Goldman, depicting the personal and political conflicts of Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, their children and their guests during Christmas, 1183. It premiered on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre on 3 March 1966, starring Robert Preston and Rosemary Harris, who won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Eleanor. It was adapted by Goldman into an Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, starring Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn. The play and movie center around the battles that Henry and Eleanor fight over which of their sons will be Henry’s successor.

The show runs December 11-13 & 18-20 with door opening at 7 p.m. nightly at the Randolph Community Center on Clark Avenue. Admission is $10 and details can be received by calling Jennifer Burke at 228-452-3315.

Heading west along the coastline we discover the picturesque towns of Bay St. Louis and Waveland.

Bay St. Louis will be going to the dogs for Thanksgiving! Make that Barksgiving actually. Come out and bring your “furry” friends to an event unlike any other in the Historic Bay St. Louis Depot area! Barksgiving will be a part of 2nd Saturday in November in Old town Bay Saint Louis. Friends of the Animal Shelter will host a blessing of the animals, wiener dog races, costume contest and a parade. The Main Street merchants will be adding to the festivities with special animal centric themes. The parade route is Main and 2nd Street – from Second to the beach and back to Second Street.

Have a howling good time at this event on November 8th at 3 p.m. and at the parade at 4 p.m. Spectators are free. Phone 228-222-7018 for information.

The Ground Zero Museum on Coleman Avenue in Waveland is our last stop on this holiday tour of fun. The Inaugural Christmas Bazaar on November 21st and 22nd will be your opportunity to wrap up your Christmas shopping early this year. With many vendors offering specialty gifts for everyone on your list you are sure to find the jewelry, clothes, Mississippi-made items and more exciting to peruse. Admission is free and the shopping hours are from 10 to 8 Friday and 10 to 4 Saturday. If you want to know more contact 228-467-9012.

That brings to a close our Holiday trip along our beautiful coast. We here at Go To Places wish all of you a safe and happy Thanksgiving and Christmas season filled with love, giving and very special moments with those you cherish.