December Family Fun Guide: Santa and Holiday Events


December holiday Event family Fun guide gulf coast mom Looking to add a little Christmas magic to your holiday season…or just looking for a nice holiday photo opportunity with the big guy?

Gulf Coast Mom has all your favorite holiday events and gatherings in one place!


Gulfport Harbor lights November eventsStart making your plans to visit the Gulfport Harbor Lights beginning Friday, November 26 at 5:30 p.m. and ending Friday, December 31. We know your family is sure to make memories that will last a lifetime! Pre-purchase tickets online.

General Admission: $15; Ages 5-12: $5; Ages 0-4: Free. They also offer a Holiday Savings Pass for $120 (12 tickets for the price of 8 tickets).

Railroad museum lightsCelebrate the holidays with the Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum at their Annual Christmas Lights Festival Fun from December 1-31 every night from 5-9 p.m. except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Enjoy more than 2 million holiday lights. Take part in nightly kid-friendly activities from S.T.E.M. nights and game nights to arts and crafts as well as performances and special guests. Have a visit with Santa, and get a picture taken while you’re there. Admission is $5 per adult, $2 per child ages 3 – 12, and free for children age 2 and under.

The MS Coast Coliseum will be hosting public ice skating days from being beginning at 6 p.m. nightly until January 2022! They will continue to offer various times and days throughout the winter until the new year!


Boat with Christmas lights
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Boats will be decked out in their best Christmas decorations for the Christmas on the Water Parade on Saturday, December 4 at 6 p.m. A fireworks display will follow the end of the parade.

The best place to watch the parade is between Golden Nugget and Beau Rivage or the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor. You can watch from the beach, or some people watch from on top of the parking garages too.

Snowflakes and sugar plums parade and festivalThe Snowflakes & Sugarplums Parade and Festival will be hosted on at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 4. It will start on Blaize Avenue and ends at the Depot District with the annual Snowflakes and Sugarplums Festival.

Sea Santa sail a brationThe City of Long Beach will host the Sea Santa Sail-a-bration, a waterless boat parade, on Saturday, December 4 at 5:45 p.m. After the parade, head to Harper McCaughan Town Green for the annual tree lighting, live music, human snow globe, photos with Santa, and more!


Gulf coast mom presents the Cajun night Before Christmas

If you are looking for a fun kid-friendly holiday event – look no further! Gulf Coast Mom events are always top notch and we love spoiling our little attendees with fun games and gifts!

The Cajun Night Before Christmas Holiday Pajama Party will be hosted on Sunday, December 5 at 9 a.m. and noon at The Dock, Gulfport.

They have a real Cajun Santa from Baton Rouge, a Cajun King Cake Walk by Dolce Bakeshop custom cookies Brenda’s Iced Cookies special crafts from Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, Educate & Celebrate and Old School Tutoring & Toys.

They will have FREE themed drink for moms from from Southern Flavor Catering as well as a FREE gumbo mix from Jambalaya Girl!

Heaux! Heaux! Heaux! This event sounds like  fun on the bayou! COUPON CODE: GC10


Santa visits wetlands

The Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center in Pascagoula will host Santa Visits the Wetlands on Friday, December 10 from 10 a.m.- noon. This special event (activities, games and prizes) is for children ages one to five years old. There will be Christmas themed games, seasonal activities and pictures with Santa (taken by parents).


Science with SantaINFINITY Science Center is hosting Science with Santa on Saturday, December 11 at 10 a.m. Join Santa for a fun-filled day of exploring the science behind his favorite time of the year. Bring your camera to snap a photo with the big man himself! Adults $15; Children ages 4-13 $10; Children ages 3 and under get in free. Member pricing also available.

Frozen tea party at Lynn MeadowsHey frozen, in real time. Meet Elsa and Anna at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center at the Frozen Tea Party on Saturday, December 11 at 2 p.m. Enjoy magical high tea, tasty treats, crafts and a sing-a-long show! Prince and princess costumes are encouraged! Event ticket includes tea party snacks, crafts, meet & greet, activities and admission to the museum.

Christmas on the bayouChristmas on the Bayou in Gulfport will take place Saturday, December 11 at 6 p.m. This is a lighted boat parade the whole family can enjoy. Click here for the parade route.


Christmas in the air at Beau rivageThe Beau Rivage is hosting Christmas in the Air on December 12, 14-16 and 19-26!  Get into the holiday spirit with Christmas classics, world-class singers and special appearances from Santa and friends! This show is perfect for the whole family!


Christmas in the wild at wild acresVisit Wild Acres this holiday season for their annual Christmas in the Wild event on Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19 beginning at 10 a.m. Their furry, scaly and feathered friends can’t wait to see you this holiday season!

Tickets MUST be purchased in advanced!


December events on the gulf coast

Come celebrate the holidays with the Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum at their 6th Annual Christmas Lights Festival until Dec. 31. Every night except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, they will be open from 5 – 9 p.m. Enjoy more than 2 million holiday lights and visit Santa while you’re there!

On December 22, go see Elsa, Anna and the Grinch from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Admission is $5 per adult, $2 per child ages 3 – 12, and free for children age 2 and under. For more information, call 228-284-5731.