Christmas on the Coast

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With Thanksgiving officially in the rear-view, it’s now time to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

While it rarely feels like a winter wonderland in South Mississippi, Ocean Springs did their best to make it look like one. Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson said, “It’s warm here in South Mississippi, but snow is kinda coupled with Christmas. So, if we can make it snow here in South Mississippi with it a little warm we’ll go ahead and do it.”

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Ocean Springs kicked off their Christmas festivities on Thursday night with the ‘Annual Tree Lighting with Santa.’ A certain ice queen made an appearance, cookies were decorated, and the big man himself took some requests. “We’re just blown away by the turn out. This whole thing is just beautiful. Everybody’s in a good mood and it’s just a happy time of year.”

Biloxi also started their slate of Christmas events on Thursday with the lighting of the lighthouse. That party extended into Friday with their Christmas on the town green and children’s parade which Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo’ Gilich says is one of his favorite events of the year. “It even feels like Christmas right now. It’s terrific and especially these kids, I got my grandkids and my grandnieces and nephews and they all getting bigger, but every year they enjoy it more and more. I enjoy it more and more just cause of them.”

It’s not just the kids who have a good time, but also the volunteers who spend their time making the evening magical. Biloxi High Student Jaylin Jacob said, “Like, all the children love to see Santa. They love the parades, catching beads and things. We have hot cocoa. It’s just an amazing time out.”

Be sure to stay tuned into WXXV throughout the Christmas season for information on upcoming Christmas events.