Downtown Biloxi will once again don it’s holiday finery and roll out the red carpet for the most beloved family event of the year, Christmas In The City. Biloxi Main Street is your host for this wonderful holiday treat which takes place on Saturday, December 6from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. The Biloxi Downtown Arts District is the place to be for a Christmas experience like no other. You and your loved ones will enjoy one-of-a-kind shopping, round the clock entertainment, and traditional holiday food and drink. Executive Director of Biloxi Main Street, Kay Carter, said that the Arts District is the perfect location. “The event compliments the businesses on Rue Magnolia and Water Street so beautifully and the decorations are so special. Over the years we tried various locations throughout downtown but nothing fits as well as the Arts District,” she said. The Rue Magnolia is transformed into a charming Christmas village that will make you feel like a kid again.
The celebration begins in the evening on Friday, December 5, with the Children’s Parade and the lighting of the Town Green at 6:00 p.m. The best viewing of the parade is on Lameuse Street. There is nothing that sets the tone of the holiday spirit quite like the Biloxi Town Green when it is decorated with thousands of Christmas lights. It takes several weeks to set up the decorations and hang the lights but the result is truly magical. During the entire month of December, guests can stroll through the holiday wonderland and enjoy it’s sparkle and rainbow of colors. At the conclusion of Christmas In The City on Saturday evening, December 6, Christmas on the Water Boat Parade begins at nightfall. This event is unique to the Coast and there is nothing as extraordinary as sitting along the shoreline to watch these beauties gently roll by. The boat owners spare no expense to decorate each craft. Imaginations run wild as they find wonderful ways to deck the halls on their beloved boats. Downtown Biloxi is a showplace of Christmas pageantry throughout December and must not be missed.
Over one hundred of the region’s top artisans will showcase their wares during Christmas in the City. You will certainly find that perfect gift for that special someone or perhaps a well deserved surprise for yourself! You could shop anywhere in the world and not be able to find anything like these treasures, because they are unique to Biloxi. You will have great fun, stopping in at all the shops and visiting the many booths to look at all the wonderful things available for purchase. During your stroll through downtown, you will be surrounded by beautiful live music. Biloxi, Mississippi is always a feast for the senses, with so much to see and do but it is particularly grand during the holiday season.
Since last year’s event, there has been a great deal of change and exciting growth throughout downtown. The baseball stadium is right on target for completion on schedule. “We are able to watch the progress each day and it is such a thrill to see the property develop. Construction is taking place around the clock, the crew works seven days a week,” Kay said. New businesses have opened in Vieux Marche to rave reviews, such as Kress Live and Level Nightclub. These two after hours establishments offer upscale nightlife and world class entertainment. In addition, a charming little eatery called “Lunch” has recently opened it’s doors, as well as “Salt Cloth” which is family clothing store. The rebirth of the historic Vieux Marche is in full swing and there is much more to come. “Once the baseball stadium is open, there will be so many new things happening in Biloxi. There are several things on the horizon which will be announced in the future and we are very excited,” Kay said.
The White House Hotel joins a very prestigious group as it will be represented this year as #18 of the Christmas ornament series. The White House Hotel was selected to celebrate it’s grand opening this year. The property is the epitome of southern grace and beauty, it is the crown jewel of the city of Biloxi which proudly overlooks the Gulf. “the ornament is just gorgeous! It is everything we hoped it would be,” Kay said. The entire series of ornaments will be available for purchase during Christmas In The City. They are coveted by collectors all over the country and are a favorite addition to Christmas trees year after year. Look for these treasures exclusively at the Bond-Grant House. The new ornament sells for $20.00 and previous ornaments in the collection sell for $25.00 each.
Holiday music will ring out throughout the day. Christmas In The City will feature several school and church choirs who will delight audiences with all the holiday favorites. The Greater St. John A.M.E Male Choir from Biloxi will perform once again this year and no one brings more warmth and fun to the event than these talented gentlemen. Sing along to Carols and whimsical Santa Claus melodies that will bring a smile to your face and joy in your heart.
Owners of Peace By Piece Quilt Shop on Howard Avenue, Bell Kessler and her sister, Bernadette Graham, have been taking part in the festivities for the past three years. “Christmas In The City is such a positive, well organized event. There is wonderful entertainment and all kinds of food to enjoy, as well as a huge variety of things available for purchase,” Bell said. The quilts are always very well received, favorites include the Christmas lap quilts and table runners. “My daughter designed a Biloxi lap quilt that features the famous Biloxi Lighthouse which is exclusive to Peace By Piece. We do special orders of all kinds with a two to three week turnaround time,” Bell said.
Christmas in the City would not be complete without the delectable Biloxi treats, Pusharattes! The Slavic Ladies will be back after a two year absence to bake their wonderful Croatian pastries which are always part of the Christmas season. “Pusharattes are sold by the dozen and sell out very quickly. People absolutely love them,” Kay Carter said. These delightful sweets are similar to a glazed donut and are fruit filled. They truly melt in your mouth!
For the past four years, Linda Kay Randolph, lovingly deemed the Oyster Shell Lady, has sold her one-of-a-kind oyster shell artwork at Christmas in the City. She makes Christmas trees each year that are one of the all time favorite gift items available during the event. “I love this! It is always so much fun and I wouldn’t miss it,” she said. Linda makes every single tree herself. Linda has an inexhaustible source of oyster shells, she gets them from a friend who owns an oyster plant! Linda sells her products in the Biloxi Visitors Center, and in the Mardi Gras and Maritime museums. “This started as a hobby years ago, I made one and I enjoyed it so much that I haven’t stopped! The fishing industry has been a huge part of my family for generations and I just love Biloxi,” she said.
Christmas in the City provides an entire weekend of family fun that is unique to Biloxi. It is a tradition for many, who come out to enjoy the open air festivities with family and friends. It’s an opportunity to explore the lovely little shops that line the streets of downtown, and to return home with something extra special to put under the tree. It is a most delightful way to kick of the Christmas season. Remember to register for the $100.00 per hour door prizes that will be given away throughout the event!
For more information on Main Street Biloxi and this event, please contact Kay Miller firstname.lastname@example.org. or call 228-435-6339