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Holiday Cheer: Christmas events keep on rolling in Hancock County
By Geoff Belcher
Dec 6, 2017, 11:26

Hundreds turned out Saturday for the 10th annual Bay St. Louis Christmas Parade, followed by the Snowflakes & Sugarplums Festival at the Depot. Santa rode in the parade, then visited with the kids for more than an hour at the festival.

Christmas candle at both ends over the weekend, with the 10th annual Bay Christmas Parade and Snowflakes & Sugarplums Festival on Saturday and the 23rd annual Hancock County Library Tree Gala on Sunday. “We totally appreciate all the community support and everyone who participated,” Myrna Green, manager of the Hancock County Tourism Bureau – which helped organize both the parade and the festival – said this week. “I hope everyone enjoyed it. We had a great turn-out. “We had more than 40 units in the parade, including the marching groups and classic cars.” The Snowflakes & Sugar Plums festival at the Depot drew a festive crowd for the "Dream Castle Bounce Village,” Hollywood Casino’s “Sugarplum Village,” and a live performance by Roman Street. Santa Claus also visited with the children. Among other upcoming holiday events: The Hancock County Library System has several other holiday events scheduled including: "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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