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Santa Claus is coming to town
By Geoff Belcher
Dec 1, 2017, 18:30

Santa and elf Ashleigh riding in last year’s Bay St. Louis Christmas parade.

Santa Claus is coming to town this weekend -- and then he's coming back over and over again. The big man kicks things off in Hancock County at 11 a.m. today with the 10th annual Bay St. Louis Christmas Parade, which will end at the Bay St. Louis Depot just in time for the 6th annual Snowflakes and Sugarplums Festival to begin.
The Bay St. Louis parade will begin on Necaise Ave., turn right on Main Street to Beach Blvd., and then turn back towards the Depot, where it will end.
The Snowflakes and Sugarplums Festival, hosted by the Hancock County Tourism Bureau, is free to attend. Santa will meet and pose for photos with children, and Roman Street will perform from noon-2 p.m. The fest will also include a Dream Castle Bounce Village, the Hollywood Casino Sugarplum Village, the HNH Express Train, local vendors and Ruddie the Reindeer.
Also today, Santa will travel to Pearlington for the annual West Hancock Fire Department Christmas parade, which begins at 1 p.m.
The parade will begin on Oak Harbor Road, travel down Highway 90 and end at the fire station/community center where there will be a reception for the community.
Later today, Saturday, Dec. 2, the Christmas Spectacular featuring the Pride of Hancock Concert Band and the Coast Chorale will begin at 7 p.m., at the Hancock County Performing Arts Center, 7140 Stennis Airport Rd., Kiln. Donations are appreciated. For more, call 228-255-6247 or go to www.facebook.com/hancockpac.
Other holiday events:
• The 23rd annual Hancock County Library Tree Gala is scheduled for this Sunday, Dec. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Bay St. Louis Library, located at 312 Hwy. 90.
The South Hancock Elementary Children's Choir is scheduled to perform at 2:30 p.m.
Children will also have an opportunity to visit with Santa Claus.
During the gala, the Bay-Waveland Garden Club is scheduled to present its annual Christmas flower show, "A Nautical Christmas," in the Seal meeting room. The show is free to attend and open to the public.
The library has several other holiday events scheduled including: "A Nutcracker Christmas" is scheduled for Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Waveland Public Library; "A Gingerbread Christmas" is scheduled for Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Pearlington Public Library; "A Down Home Christmas" is scheduled for Dec. 12 at the Kiln Public Library; and "A Natural Christmas" is scheduled for Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. at the East Hancock Public Library. Events include children's activities.
• This Thursday, Dec. 7, the city of Diamondhead will host the fourth annual Holiday Celebration on the Town Green from 6-8 p.m. at Diamondhead City Hall.
• On Friday, Dec. 8, the Mississippi I-10 Welcome Center will host its annual Christmas Holiday Reception from 10 a.m.- 1p.m., featuring local school children singing Christmas carols.
• On Saturday, Dec. 9, the Kiln Fire Department will host the Fire Truck Christmas parade beginning at noon. The parade starts at Bobinger Road and ends at the Hancock County Arena, 4184 Kiln-DeLisle Rd.
• On Saturday, Dec. 9, the Diamondhead POA will host breakfast with Santa starting at 9 a.m. at the Diamondhead Country Club. $12 per person, kids six and under are free. Reservations and payment are required by Dec. 5. Call 228-255-1900, ext. 170.
• The Waveland Civic Association will host Breakfast with Santa at Hancock Medical Center on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8-11 a.m.
The cost for breakfast and a photo with Santa is $5. The WCA uses the money raised during the annual event to fund its outstanding student program in local schools.
• The city of Waveland will host its annual Christmas parade and celebration on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 5:30-7 p.m.
The parade was scheduled for this past Friday evening, but was rescheduled due to an abundance of holiday activities.
• MAP Kids will present two Live Nativity Pageants with words and songs to celebrate Christmas; one at the Bay St. Louis Train Depot Gazebo on Sat., Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.; and the other pageant at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, located at 5303 Diamondhead Circle, on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m.
For more information contact Betty Patecek at 228-332-6183 or bpatecek@yahoo.com.
• The annual Christmas Horse parade in the Kiln is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 17, starting at noon. More than 100 horses and wagons will travel from Bobinger Rd, ending at the VFW Road 6285 at 2 p.m.


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