Hancock Holiday Events!

A full listing of all Hancock County Holiday Happenings  on one handy page!  Bookmark and send the link to friends (and don’t forget to post on Facebook!).

all events free and open to the public unless otherwise noted

Sunday, November 25

Lighting of Snowflakes and Dolphins in Waveland · Dusk – City of Waveland illuminates downtown Waveland with snowflakes and dolphins!  Lights will be on Nicholson Ave. from Central Ave. to Beach Blvd., Coleman Ave. and in Elwood Bourgeois Park.For more information, call: 228-437-4134.

4th Sunday at 4pm, Christ Episcopal Church, 912 S. Beach Blvd., Bay St. Louis.  A Christmas performance by the popular Coast Chorale,celebrating their 20th year of concerts.  A special showing of art by coast icon Tazewell Morton, with artist on-hand to discuss his work.

Friday, November 30th AND Saturday, December 1st

Bay Waveland Yacht Club Christmas Bazaar, 10am – 7pm on Saturday, 10am – 2pm Sunday , Bay St. Louis – click here for map.  No entrance fee, public is welcome and invited to bring items for Hancock Food Pantry.  Featuring over 30 vendors selling art, gifts, cookware, decoration, jewelry, etc.  Lunch, dinner and drink specials with a buffet in the lounge from 5pm – 8pm.

Saturday, December 1

5th Annual Bay St. Louis Christmas Parade · 1pm, Old Town Bay St. Louis, Join our Grand Marshall – Dr. Andy Parker –  Santa Claus and friends in welcoming the Holiday Season with the 5th Annual Christmas Parade.  Parade ends at the Depot District where the festivities continue through the afternoon.  Kids can talk to Santa about their Christmas wishes.  Route:  Starts at Necaise Ave. and Main St., heads down Main St. to Beach Blvd., right onto Beach Blvd., right on Court St., left on Second St., right on Union St., ends at the Depot.

3rd annual Diamondhead Merchants Holiday Open House in the Diamondhead Business Plaza, 11am – 4pm. Lots of food, fun, prizes and sales! Arts and crafts booths and specials at the participating businesses. The evening concludes with the Lighting of the Business District Christmas Tree at 5pm.

1st annual Diamondhead Christmas Parade, Noon – Catch the action – and Santa – along a route that runs from the Diamondhead Community Center to the Diamondhead Business Plaza, where the Merchants Open House activities await (see above!).  The afternoon closes with the tree lighting at 5pm!

American Legion 3rd Annual Christmas Bazaar, details soon to follow.

Sunday, December 2

18th Annual Holiday Tree Gala at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library 1-4pm, 312 Hwy. 90, Bay St. Louis.  A bevy of beautifully decorated holiday trees created by local businesses, community groups and schools will highlight the Hancock County Library System’s 18th Annual Holiday Tree Gala This event has been hailed as the kickoff event of the holiday season in Hancock County. The festive afternoon will include Santa Claus and his elf hearing children’s wishes and members of the Coast Chorale will provide holiday music at 3:15 p.m. Punch and cookies will be served.

Home for the Holidays Tour, 1-4pm, The Holiday Tour of Homes is a tour of six historic homes in Bay St. Louis decorated for the Holidays. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Animal Shelter and the Coast Chorale. Tickets are $10 in advance available at Maggie May’s on Main St. in Bay St. Louis or $12 at any of the homes the day of the tour.  For more info, call 504-451-2823.

Lighting of the Christmas Display at the Diamondhead Country Club Walking Trails, begins at 5pm.  Complete with a performance by the New Orleans Navy Band as well as refreshments and Christmas Caroling! Bring the family for an old fashioned holiday celebration!
Caroling at Waveland City Hall · 5pm – Santa arrives at the Waveland City Hall to light the Christmas Tree and will be available to listen to children’s Christmas wishes.  Refreshments will be served. Children’s pictures will be taken with the Carousel Reindeer.

Thursday, December 6th, 13th and 20th

Late Til Eight in Old Town, Bay St. Louis – Join the Old Town artists and merchants for stress-free shopping with local convenience as many will be extending shop hours until 8pm during each Thursday in Dec (before Christmas).

Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th

Christmas Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7pm.  Bay St. Louis Little Theatre, 398 Blaize Ave..  Dinner and show are $50 per person.  This show will provide laughter and some Christmas songs along with a murder mystery plot, with traditional Christmas characters taking to the stage.  For full details, click here.

Friday, December 7th

Holiday Open House at the Village at Hancock Square, 5 – 7pm, 837 Hwy. 90, Bay St. Louis.  Shop for local art, children’s clothing and more with some of Hancock’s favorite merchants.  Refreshments.

Holiday Open House at the Hancock County Welcome Center, 10am – 1pm, Interstate 10, Exit 2.  Enjoy live, local entertainment, tasty refreshments and colorful displays.  Make a day of it by touring INFINITY Science Center, just next door.

Saturday, December 8

Marshmallows on Main · 4-7pm  Bay St. Louis Community Garden on Main Street.  Join neighbors, family and friends for an evening of marshmallow roasting and smores making!  Everything provided for participants.  $1 Donation

Second Saturday Artwalk, 4pm – 8pm,  Delight in the charming ambience of Old Town Bay St. Louis and Main Street as local shops and galleries extend their hours. Open houses by merchants feature refreshments, music, special appearances by guest artists and an opportunity to mingle with visitors and area residents while viewing creations by local artists and craftsmen. Paintings, mixed media, photography, pottery, jewelry and antiques are just a taste of the unique treasures on offer during this festive monthly tradition.

Bethlehem Christmas Village Reenactment · 5pm, First Baptist Church · 141 Main Street, Bay St. Louis. A special Christmas Village reenactment of the town of Bethlehem in front of the church, with Christmas Cantata performed by the 40-voice Sanctuary Choir.

The Diamondhead Yacht Club Annual Boat Parade, 4pm –  Members will show their holiday spirit with lighted and decorated boats. A visit from Santa and Mrs Claus will round out the evening.

Sunday, December 9

Bethlehem Christmas Village Reenactment · 5pm, First Baptist Church · 141 Main Street, Bay St. Louis. A special Christmas Village reenactment of the town of Bethlehem in front of the church, with Christmas Cantata performed by the 40-voice Sanctuary Choir.

 Thursday, December 13th

 A Polar Express Christmas at the Pearlington Public Library,  5:30 p.m. Santa Claus will visit and refreshments will be served. A special movie will be shown about what happens the night before Christmas. For more info call 216-7340.

Saturday, December 15

Snowflakes and Sugarplums Festival  in the Old Town Depot District – 11am-8pm.  In its inaugural year, Snowflakes and Sugarplums will turn the historic Depot District of Old Town Bay St. Louis into a Winter Wonderland. Ice Skating, Train Rides, Exciting Entertainment, Delectable Christmas Confections, Delicious Food and SO MUCH MORE!!!! Come make memories with your loved ones underneath twinkling snowflakes.  Free to attend, ice skating $10 for 20 minutes.

Caroling at the Diamondhead Business District Christmas Tree, 4pm.  Bring the family for refreshments and caroling. Bring your troop, club, group, friends, coworkers etc. to show your holiday spirit and sing out loud for all to hear!

Sunday, December 16th

Brunch with Santa at the Diamondhead Country Club, 11am. Cost is $14.00 per person / kids 3 yrs & under $7.00. Sponsored by the POA. Activities will include a Christmas play, professional photos with Santa and a commemorative gift for each child! Remember to bring Christmas lists for Santa!

Tuesday, December 18th

A Nutcracker Christmas at the Waveland Public Library, 4 to 6 p.m. A sugar plum fairy from The Studio of Classique Vibe will visit and refreshments will be served. More info is available by calling 467-9240.

Thursday, December 20th

A Polar Express Christmas at the Kiln Public Library, 5 p.m. There will be refreshments and crafts.  For more information call 255-1724.

Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22

Live Nativity · 7pm, Bay St. Louis Little Theatre · 398 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis.  This adventure will take us back in time to experience first-hand the night of the birth of Christ. The event features a reading of the Gospel according the Matthew and Luke narrated by Bruce Northridge, live actors portraying Mary, Joseph, the Wise Men, and shepherds.  The nativity includes live animals.  Donations welcomed.

Sunday, December 23

Christmas Carol Singing Celebration · 7pm, First Baptist Church · 141 Main Street, Bay St. Louis, Join the First Baptist Church family for a special Christmas Carol Singing Celebration along with a taste of the many desserts baked for the season.

Monday, December 31

New Year’s Eve with Little Freddie King · starts 8pm, historic 100 Men Hall, Bay St. Louis.  303 Union Street.  Spend New Year’s Eve at the historic 100 Men Hall as Little Freddie King rings in the new year.  $40 admission includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and champagne to toast at midnight. Tickets are on sale now.  Call Kerrie at 228-342-5770 for more information.

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