Holiday Happenings in Pascagoula
The holiday festivities will kick off on December 4th with the 35th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival at Beach Park. The festival will include cookie decorating with Crazy B’s Coffee and Confections and performances by the Studio of Dance and Gymnastics, Trent Lott Academy Choir, and the Pascagoula High School Jazz Band. Children will also enjoy a snow area, face painting, and will have a chance to make reindeer food. Families are invited to take pictures of their children with Santa, and stay for a reading of "Santa is Coming to Mississippi." The festival will take place from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Beach Park is located at 600 City Park Street.
Those who cannot make it out on Thursday will have another opportunity to get into the holiday spirit at the annual Downtown for the Holidays celebration on December 5th! Downtown Pascagoula will be the site of Christmas cheer as families enjoy the parade at 7 p.m., children’s activities, classic cars, carriage rides, entertainment, and the very best in local shopping and dining. Those who attend this event will enjoy downtown Pascagoula all decorated for Christmas as well as a chance to participate in the Passport to Pascagoula program!
Participants will be given a passport, which they will have stamped at the different local retailers and restaurants. Once they have collected the required number of stamps, they can turn in their passports to be entered to win a drawing for a prize basket filled with items from the participating businesses. Downtown for the Holidays will last from 5 – 9 p.m. The parade route will start out on DuPont Avenue, turn North on Pascagoula Street, West on Delmas Avenue, South on Anchor Drive, East on Watts Avenue, and will end at the former Hancock Bank building on the corner of Watts Avenue and Magnolia Street. Those interested in registering a float in the parade can download a registration form at www.cityofpascagoula.com/holidays.
Pascagoula Parks & Recreation is continuing its partnership with the North Pole in giving local children a direct line to speak to Santa himself. Santa has agreed to call Pascagoula children directly on Thursday, December 11th from 6 – 8 p.m. Those interested in receiving a phone call should fill out a registration form and return it to Parks & Recreation, who will make sure Santa’s elves receive their information. Santa will send letters to children who cannot be reached by phone. Forms can be downloaded from www.cityofpascagoula.com/holidays.
Finally, the Tour of Lights Bicycle Ride will take place on December 11th. Participants will meet at the Pascagoula Recreation Center starting at 5:30 p.m., and the ride will depart at 6 p.m. Bicyclists are invited to participate in a tacky sweater and bike decorating contest, and to bring their favorite Christmas treat to share! Coffee and hot chocolate will be provided after the ride.
For the first time, Pascagoula will be offering a chance for people to purchase a Celebration of Life Holiday Angel in honor or in memory of their loved ones. The 6′ angels will be placed along the Promenade from November – January. The angels are $350 for a 6-year investment, after which time the sponsorship can be renewed for $150. Those interested in purchasing an angel should contact Pascagoula Parks & Recreation at 228.938.2356.