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Christmas traditions continue in Jackson County
From Jackson County EOC     GCN    Filed 11/29/05

Holiday traditions, both big and small, are an essential element for the Christmas season. Even Hurricane Katrina and its on-going aftermath won’t break those traditions this year in cities throughout Jackson County. The following is a list of Christmas 2005 events. 


  • The City of Ocean Springs starts the holiday season with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at Marshall Park. Ocean Springs High School’s orchestra will perform as residents enjoy hot cider and a visit from Santa Claus. For more information call, (228) 875-4236.

  • Christmas caroling and story telling are just a few of the highlights at this year’s “Making Merry at the Mary C” on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 12 to 4 p.m. The event is being held at the historic Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center. For more details call, (228) 818-2878.


  • Gautier Rotary Club is sponsoring its annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. The parade begins on the MGCCC’s Jackson County Campus and travels west on Hwy. 90 to Singing River Mall and returns to the college. Ocean Springs and Gautier high school marching bands will perform along with dozens of decorated vehicles. It’s not too late to enter the parade, call (228) 522-0222 for more details.
  • Gautier Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in front of city hall. The fifth graders from Gautier Middle School will sing a collection of Christmas carols that concluded with the arrival of Santa Claus.


  • The City of Moss Point is holding its annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. The parade begins at the Southgate Shopping Center and travels north on Main Street and finishes at the Riverfront. Moss Point High School’s marching band will provide the music for the parade. There is still time to be apart of the parade, call (228) 475-7887.
  • Christmas by the River will continue this year in Moss Point on Saturday, Dec. 3 starting at 4 p.m. at the Moss Point Riverfront. This is the 7th year the Moss Point Active Citizens have sponsored the waterfront boat parade. Music will be provided by Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Escatawpa Elementary and the Moss Point High School’s jazz band. To enter a boat, call (228) 474-9332.
  • The Escatawpa Christmas Parade will be Saturday, Dec. 10 starting at the M & M Bank on Hwy. 613. The parade will travel south on Hwy. 613 and wind its way to Escatawpa Elementary School.  


  • Pascagoula Parks and Recreation Department has made special arrangements with the North Pole to give children a direct line to Santa!  He will be calling children ages 8 and under on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 6 - 8 p.m.  All you have to do is fill out the form and return it to the Pascagoula Parks and Recreation Department office (4011 14th St Trailer #0) by Monday, Dec. 12 at 5 p.m.  PLEASE NOTE: If Santa is unable to reach your child during the specific times, he will send a personalized note to your child by Dec. 20.
  • The City of Pascagoula is transforming Delmas Ave. into two Christmas events this year on Friday, Dec. 16 from 6 – 9 p.m. in downtown Pascagoula.  Half of the avenue will be “Christmas on Candy Lane” for children and the other half will be “Tinsel City Marketplace” for adults. Candy Lane will provide children’s entertainment and fun activities while Tinsel City will give adults the chance to do some Christmas shopping from local vendors. For more information about setting up a vendor booth, contact Rebecca Davis at (228) 762-1020 or (228) 219-6604.

Singing River Hospital Systems

  • Staff members and employees are once again decking the halls at both Singing River Hospital and Ocean Springs Hospital to make the holidays a little brighter for patients and their families. This year’s annual Christmas decorating competition is on Dec. 19 at SRH and Dec. 20 at OSH.

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