Opening Night of Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival
The holiday season can officially commence now that Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival has returned for its seventh year.
After a year hiatus due to damage caused by Hurricane Zeta last year, the annual light show and festival opened its gates tonight for the first time in two years.
13-year-old Kaymah Adkins with Make-A-Wish helped turn on over 2 million lights on display in Jones Park to kickoff the festival.
Harbor Lights’ main event is a continuous light show featuring the city’s iconic 50-foot trees synced up to Christmas classics.
In addition to the show, attendees can grab some hot cocoa, take a spin on some festival rides, get a picture with Santa, and stroll around the park to see all the light displays.
In years past, Harbor Lights has drawn tens of thousands of people from all across the region.
Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said, “As soon as we got it going and put these computerized trees on steroids, the world found out about it. We’re in the top ten in America as far Christmas light shows. We’re number one in the state of Mississippi, but the key right now is we’re back.”
Ward 4 Gulfport city councilman and Harbor Lights team member Rusty Walker said, “If you think about it, there’s a whole group of Gulfport kids that don’t know Christmas without Gulfport Harbor Lights. So we’ve been making memories now for several years and not just for Gulfport kids, but for the entire surrounding area.”
“It really is a tradition for us as a city, but we’ve found that families have built their own holiday activities around this as their own tradition and their own festivities. And with my grandkid being here, he’s already fist-bumped Santa so he’s good to go as well,” said Mayor Hewes.”
Harbor Lights is open every night through December 31st, weather permitting.
To skip the line, purchase tickets online at gulfportharborlights.com.