Christmas traditions continue in Jackson County
From Jackson County EOC GCN
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.
CITY OF OCEAN SPRINGS
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)
CITY OF GAUTIER
- 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
will sing a collection of Christmas carols that concluded with the
arrival of Santa Claus.
CITY OF MOSS POINT
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
CITY OF PASCAGOULA
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
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
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.