New Year’s Eve events around the Coast
How will you ring in the New Year? There are a number of events happening across South Mississippi.
If you’re looking for places to celebrate the end of 2021 and welcome 2022, here are some celebration suggestions for where you can complete the countdown.
If you have children and want to be in bed by a more reasonable time, visit Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport for their annual Countdown to Noon. During the celebration, there will be music, snacks, a new year’s craft, falling confetti, and a ball drop at noon. Lynn Meadows Executive Director Cindy DeFrances said, “This is one of my favorite events. I look forward to it every year because the families come in, they’re all excited and when the kids see the ball drop and the balloons drop and everybody is screaming and yelling and the kids are just having a great time and the parents are laughing with their children. It’s such a great thing to see, just families having a great time together.”
The party starts at 10. The price for the celebration is included with museum admission.
Another great option for families is a party and three balloon drops at Margaritaville Resort Biloxi. The first one is at 7 p.m. for the tykes, 9 p.m. for the kids, and another ball drop at midnight for all ages. There will also be a DJ and half-priced arcade games.
It’s the final night of the light show at Jones Park in Gulfport from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. More than 1.5 million lights can be seen on a walking tour or a heated trolley ride. $15 admission, $5 for ages 5-12. Free parking and shuttle service at Coast Transit Authority parking garage.
The team at the Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum is also wrapping up their holiday festivities with a New Year’s Eve Glow Party. The party will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve.
Cost of admission will be $5 per adult and $2 per child. The party will feature a variety of activities such as glow games, dance offs, balloon drops and prize giveaways.
The museum will be closed for New Year’s Day and then return to normal operating hours of Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 5.
You can also ring in the new year in Old Town Bay St. Louis with the Oyster Drop. The oyster drop will take place on New Year’s Eve on Beach Boulevard. The event will feature music by Assumed Risk beginning at 7 p.m. and the Dave Mayley Band beginning at 10 p.m. Later that night, the oyster will drop from the roof of 200 North Beach.
There’s also plenty of New Year’s Eve bashes happening at casinos across the Coast.