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Holiday events: Snowflakes & Sugarplums, tree gala, parades
By Echo Staff
Dec 6, 2013, 21:36

Bay St. Louis will welcome back the Snowflakes and Sugarplums Festival, today 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 today, 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 today beginning at 10 a.m. with the Parade at 1 p.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.
• The fun continues in Waveland on Sunday..
“From 5-8 p.m., we will have the first Christmas at the Carousel,” Stahler said. “The Carousel of the Olympic Sea will be lighted and there will be free rides for the children.
“MAP (Music, Arts & Practicality) will be caroling on the stage. There will be cocoa and cookies for the children and another great photo opportunity for you to take pictures on the carousel.
• 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.


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