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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas
By Echo Staff
Dec 3, 2013, 21:41

Santa meets Sunday with Waveland Mayor David Garcia during the Festival of Lights.

Christmas celebrations are under way in Hancock County – on Sunday, the city of Bay St. Louis celebrated its sixth annual Christmas Parade and the city of Waveland hosted its annual Festival of Lights, bringing holiday cheer to the masses.
There’s a full slate of holiday activities coming up in the surrounding area between now and New Year’s Day.
Coming up this week:
• On Thursday, The Friends of McLeod Park will host an Old Fashioned Christmas in the Park, at the McLeod Park Small Pavilion, Kiln, beginning at 6 p.m. Santa will arrive by horse-drawn carriage, and there will be a ceremonial Christmas Tree Lighting, along with holiday music and refreshments. The Sacred Heart Youth Organization of Dedeaux will sing Christmas carols.
• On Friday and Saturday, Pass Christian Main Street and Pass Christian Chamber of Commerce for Christmas in the Pass, a two-day Christmas celebration in downtown Pass Christian from 5-10 p.m. on Friday and noon-10 p.m. on Saturday.
This year's parade begins at 5:45 p.m. Friday. The route will run on Scenic Drive from War Memorial Park to Davis Avenue, all of Davis Avenue from Scenic to the railroad tracks and Second Street from Davis to the Colonnade Building.
On Saturday, Santa will be available for photos with your pet from noon-3 p.m. in front of the Hancock Bank Community Room, and at 1:30, the city will celebrate the Dog PAWrade at Davis Ave.
• Also on Saturday, Bay St. Louis will welcome back the Snowflakes and Sugarplums Festival, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Depot.
Highlights of the event include an “the World’s Largest Snowman” sponsored by the Bay St. Louis Mardi Gras Museum; an artificial ice skating rink, and live music by Roman Street, the MAP Children’s Choir and the St. Rose Men’s Choir; and the show-stopper, Vince Vance & the Valiants, sponsored by Silver Slipper Casino.
Vince Vance and the Valiants, while a perennial Coast favorite, are famous nationwide for their hit song, “All I Want for Christmas is You,” which has become a traditional classic. The "H&H Express" will offer train rides for the kids.
There are a number of other holiday activities on tap in Hancock County from now through New Year's Eve, including:
• The annual Kiwanis Club Breakfast with Santa will be Saturday, Dec, 7, 8 a.m.-noon, at the Bay St. Louis Boys & Girls Club. Tickets are $5 which cover breakfast and a picture with Santa. Also, The Kiwanis Puppeteers will perform an original Christmas show.
• The West Hancock Fire Department will host its annual Pearlington Christmas Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7 beginning at 10 a.m.
The festivities will be held at the Pearlington Community Center on Hwy. 604. An arts and crafts booth will be set up and there will also be a silent auction.
At 1 p.m. the fire department will have its annual parade on Hwy. 604 and Hwy. 90.
• 10th annual Brunch with Santa. Bring the family and enjoy brunch with Santa Claus and friends at the Diamondhead Country Club on Sunday, Dec. 8. Call 255-1900, ext. 127, for more.
• A bevy of more than 50 beautifully decorated holiday trees created by local businesses, community groups and schools will highlight the Hancock County Library System’s 19th annual Holiday Tree Gala, set for Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1-4 p.m. at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library. See more on page 8A.
• Also on Dec. 8, enjoy A Christmas Carol Gallery: Portraits of the Season, a choral cantata tat draws upon acclaimed Christmas carols, highlighted with compelling artwork by Larry Shackley, at First Baptist Church starting at 6 p.m.
• On Saturday, Dec. 14, enjoy Second Saturday in Old Town from 4-7 p.m.; the Holiday Tour of Homes in BSL from 1-5 p.m.; and the Bethlehem Marketplace & Live Nativity at First Baptist Church at 6 p.m.
• Also on Saturday, Dec. 14, enjoy the annual Kiln Christmas Horse Parade with decorated horses, buggies and wagons. The parade begins at Bobinger Road at noon and ends at the Kiln VFW on Kiln-DeLisle Road at approximately 2 p.m.
The Kiln Volunteer Fire Department Christmas Parade begins at 1:30 p.m. and follows the same route.
• St. Paul Carnival Association invites everyone to come to “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 8:30-11am in the cafeteria of the St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School (located at 4321 Espy Avenue in Long Beach. Breakfast is only $5 per person. There will also be Christmas crafts and professional photos with Santa. If you get there early, you will see Santa arrive at 8:30. Everyone is welcome. Proceeds benefit St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School and other local nonprofit organizations. For more information or to reserve tickets, please call Mimi Brown at 228-806-9096
• From 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, celebrate A Folk Art Christmas at the Alice Moseley Folk Art Museum at the Depot.
• The Bay St. Louis Little Theatre will present a Live Nativity at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20 and 21 on the Depot Grounds at 7 p.m.
• Beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, Friends of the Pass Christian Public Library will host “Jingle Bell Jazz” with Heather and the Monkey King and a prelude by the Pass Christian Community Orchestra starting at 4:30 p.m.
• On Dec. 21, the Bayside Fire Department will host its annual parade starting at 7 p.m. with trucks, floats and more. Call Tony Johnston, assistant fire chief, at 504-914-9669 for more.
• Little Freddie King will cap off the holiday season at 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve at the 100 Men Hall.
• Every Thursday until Christmas, Old Town Bay St. Louis merchants will be open late for yuletide shoppers. This Thursday night is Teacher Appreciation night, with special promotions for school employees (public & private), preschool workers and library employees, and Starfish Cafe will host a spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m.


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