King Christmas Display returns, joining other Coast holiday favorites
For nearly 40 years, the King family lit up Christmas at their home in Woolmarket, and after a 20-year absence, the Coast holiday favorite is opening again to visitors to share the joy of the season.
The display started around 1956 with a Nativity scene and grew every year. Then Mary “Judy” King, the matriarch of the family, died in 1994, just a couple of weeks after she learned she had cancer. Her husband, Marshall, and the family tried to keep the lights on in her memory and as a gift to the community, but it continued for only another year.
Now, more than 20 years later, the lights are coming back on, the animated Christmas characters are in place and the King’s Christmas Display returns starting Saturday through Dec. 30. The display is open from 6-10 nightly and it’s free.
“We hope you and your family can join us for the
holidays, as we bring this tradition back for all friends, new and old, to enjoy,” said Lisa King Krol.
And there are many more Christmas events in South Mississippi:
Through Dec. 30 — Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival at Jones Park, U.S. 90 & 49, Gulfport. See more than 1 million lights on a walking tour or aboard a free heated trolley. Santa’s Big Wheel, Merry Go Round Carousel and other rides and Santa is there through Dec. 23 for visits and photos. Regular admission: Adults, $10; ages 5-12, $5; ages 4 and under, free. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Discounted theme nights, $5: Sunday is School Spirit Night; Monday is Seniors Night; Tuesday is Military and First-Responders Night; and Wednesday is Locals Appreciation Night. Ride tickets are $1. 228-8685881. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Show ends at 10:30 p.m. (weather permitting).
Through Dec. 31 — 36 Days of Christmas & Trains at Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum, 504 Pass Road, Gulfport. Free admission, donations appreciated. Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. 228-284-5731. 5-9 p.m.
Through Dec. 31 — Miracle at Hard Rock Casino will also join locations around the country in selling holiday mugs featured on the signature cocktail menu with 10 percent of all sales donated to Action Against Hunger. Hours are 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursdays and 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday.
Through Dec. 31 — Snowflakes in the Bay, with lights and decorations throughout Downtown Bay St. Louis & Depot Row, Bay St. Louis. Free. 228-463-9222. Nightly
Through Jan. 6 — Ice skating at Coast Coliseum. Admission for 90-minute sessions is $12, which includes skate rental, while supplies last. Session dates and times vary. Go to mscoastcoliseum.com for details.
Dec. 8-30 — King’s Christmas Light Display is the return of a Coast tradition at 15324 Three Rivers Road, Biloxi. Free. Santa will be there Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23. 228-860-2263. 6-10 p.m.
Dec. 15-24 — Sounds of the Season Choral Performance by local choral groups at the atrium at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. 5-7 p.m.
Festival of Lights at Perkinston campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will feature a silent auction, art shows, pictures with Santa, train rides, music, games and Ferris wheel rides. Rides and games are free. 4:45-9 p.m.
Christmas in the Pass in Downtown Pass Christian with tree lighting, Santa parade, music, food, arts and gifts. 5-9 p.m.
Downtown for the Holiday, hosted by Pascagoula Main Street in Downtown Pascagoula. Free. 228-219-1114. 5:30-9 p.m.
Christmas at Jackson County at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Fine Arts Auditorium, Gautier. Featuring the Jackson County campus Concert Choir and the vocal ensemble JC Voices. Free. A $5 donation for pre-sale tickets supports the choir and includes prime seating and refreshments. 228-497-7707. 7 p.m.
A Kids Christmas Carol presented by Wings Performing Arts at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Charles Dickens’ classic features young performers and is complete with ghosts and Christmas spirits. $10 Ticket registration: 228897-6039. 7 p.m.
Coast Chorale Concert at Main Street United Methodist Church, 162 Main St., Bay St. Louis. Free. The Coast Chorale’s 2018 program will include the West Harrison High School Choir and will consist of carols, Christmas anthems, spirituals and popular holiday themes. Soloists include Allen Henson, Deana Landry and Judy D’Angelo. 7-8 p.m.
Holiday Open House at businesses in Ocean Springs. Caroling by First Baptist Church. Hot chocolate and holiday guides to specials at Ocean Springs Visitor Center at 1000 Washington Ave. Free. 228-875-4424 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Walter Anderson Theater Project presents Scrooge the Musical at the Mary C. O’Keefe, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8; and 6 p.m. Dec. 9. Adults $20; student/senior/military $15; children 12 and under $10. 228-818-2878.
Soulful Christmas at 100 Men Hall, 303 Union St., Bay St. Louis. Free. Families are invited to bring their children and their smartphones to the 100 Men Hall to snap a Christmas selfie with Santa Claus, enjoy breakfast and play children’s holiday games. There will be live soulful music on stage. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 228-342-5770. 9 a.m.noon
Christmas on the Avenue at Harper McCaughan Town Green, 301 Jeff Davis Ave., Long Beach. Free admission. Santa breakfast is 8-11 a.m. And is $5 for adults and $3 for children. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
BSL Holiday Pop Up Art Sale at The Lumberyard Art Center, 299 S. Second St., Bay St. Louis. Come shop for the coolest gifts of the season from 14 favorite local artists. 228671-9790. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Come Learn With Santa for children age 5 and younger at Lopez School, 140 St. John Ave., Biloxi. Photos and snacks with Santa, holiday crafts. Free. 228-297-6808. 10 a.m.-noon
International Christmas Festival & Pastry Sale at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 255 Beauvoir Road, Biloxi. Free. 228-831-5820. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Escatawpa Christmas Parade begins at M&M Bank Parking Lot and ends at Escatawpa Elementary School. Trophies will be awarded. 228-4750415. 11:30 a.m.
Pass Christian Pet Pawrade will be at War Memorial Park, Scenic Drive, Pass Christian. A $10 registration fee to participate in parade includes photo with Santa. Registration begins at noon and the Pawrade will take place at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Dressed Pet; Best Dressed Pet/Handler; and Best in Show for each class. Pawrade and prizes are awarded based on size (Petite, Medium, El Grande and Troupe). This event is sponsored by the Pass Christian Chamber of Commerce and “Da Elves.” Details: mjbour[email protected]mail.com or 228452-3315.
Holiday Movie at Vancleave Public Library, 12604 Highway 57. Free. Watch a free film with a new, off-beat Christmas classic animation. Bring the family, eat popcorn, and cuddle up in blankets to enjoy the show. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. 2:30 p.m.
Community Christmas at North Gulfport Community Park at 8300 34th Ave., Gulfport. Santa is bringing free hot chocolate, hamburgers, popcorn, candy, fruit and music. Light display. Free. 5:30-8 p.m.
Christmas in Mississippi movie that was filmed in Gulfport will be shown at Fishbone Alley in downtown Gulfport. Christmas party begins at 5:30 p.m. and the movie at 6:30 p.m. Ugly Sweater contest. Free movie.
Christmas on the Bayou boat parade at Bayou Bernard, Gulfport. Hosted by The Dock and The Shed. Free. 6 p.m.
Christmas Past in the Pass, a Pass Christianh Theater Project at 315 Clark Ave., Pass Christian. $15. 228-297-9075. 7 p.m.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Holiday Show at Island View Casino. Tickets are $30. 8 p.m. DEC. 8-9
The Nutcracker presented by Ballet Theater South at Hancock Performing Arts Center, 7140 Stennis Airport Road, Kiln. 228822-0490. Saturday 7:30 p.m. Sunday 3 p.m.
Make a Wind Chime while sipping cocktails and enjoying appetizers at Scarlet Pearl Casino. Tickets are $40. 2 p.m.
Gingerbread House Making at Ina Thompson Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview St. Free. Children and families are invited to the meeting room to make scrumptious Gingerbread Houses. Supplies will be provided. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Moss Point Library. Seating is limited. 228-475-7462. 4-6 p.m.
Christmas Fun Day at St. Martin Public Library, 15004 Lemoyne Blvd., Biloxi. Free. Come sing favorite Christmas songs with Roger Teague in the meeting room. Write a letter to Santa. Enjoy hot chocolate and decorate cookies. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the St. Martin Library. 228-392-3250. 5 p.m.
Bedtime Storytime with Santa at the Pascagoula Public Library, 3214 Pascagoula St. Free. Families and friends are invited to visit the library and take photos. Children may wear favorite PJs and bring a snuggly plush animal. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Pascagoula Library. 228-769-3060. 5:30 p.m.
Coast Chorale Concert at Diamondhead Community Church, 5301 Diamondhead Circle, Diamondhead. Free. The Coast Chorale’s 2018
program will include the West Harrison High School Choir and will consist of carols, Christmas anthems, spirituals and popular holiday themes. Soloists include Allen Henson, Deana Landry and Judy D’Angelo. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Holiday Open House in the shopping promenade at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, includes window displays, artisans and vendors. 888-750-7111. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ocean Springs Chorale presents Home for the Holidays Concert at Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. General admission $15. Members $10. Age 10 and under $5. 228-818-2878. 7 p.m.
Brandon Bennett performs “An Elvis My Way Christmas” at IP Casino. Tickets start at $14. 8 p.m.
Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus at Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library, 2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. $15 for children; $5 for adults. 228-388-4400. 9 a.m.-noon
Ice Skating Brunch with Santa at Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi. $12 includes skate rental. 228-594-3700. Brunch 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 90 minutes of skating starts at 1, 3:30, 6 and 8:30 p.m.
Woolmarket Christmas Parade from Woolmarket Road to Woolmarket Elementary School, where hot chocolate and cookies will be served at the gym. 228861-5422. 2:30 p.m.
Christmas in the ‘Bouffa Lighted Boat Parade at Your Mama’z House, 12056 Cedar Lake Road, Biloxi. 228-2611937. Free to view, $35 boat registration. 5-11 p.m.
Smith Family Christmas concert at Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. $15 members, $20 non-members. 228-818-2878. 7 p.m.
DEC. 15-16, 19-27
Christmas Dreams show on ice at Beau Rivage. Tickets start at $12.95. Package of four is $40 (code: Christmas) or four for $30 for military. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Special Santa Brunch at BR Prime at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi. $65 per person, $25 for children 3-12. Children 2 and under eat free. 888750-7111. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Charnley-Norwood Christmas Open House. The home at 509 E. Beach Drive, Ocean Springs was designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. Wear soft-bottom shoes (no heels). Free. 1-4 p.m.
Gingerbread House Family Decorating Workshop at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. $35 per family. 228-8976039.2-4 p.m.
The Nutcracker is presented by Mississippi Ballet Academy at IP Casino. Russian ballet dancers and choreographers. Local dancers are Piper Lind and Christian Delery. Tickets start at $15. Shows at 3 and 6:30 p.m.
Photos with Santa at The Buffet at Beau Rivage, 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. 888-750-7111. 5-9 p.m.
Christmas at Beauvoir, The Jefferson Davis Home, 2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Lighted gardens, carolers, dancers, Christmas reenactment of a camp. Refreshments. $12.50 adults, $10 Military & Seniors, $7.50 children (6-18), under 6 free. 228388-4400. 5-8 p.m.
Songs & Stories Christmas Show at Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Free. 228818-2878. 7 p.m.
Kids Street Christmas at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Avenue, Gulfport. Included with museum admission. 228-897-6039. 5:30-8 p.m.
The Coast Big Band Holiday Show at Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Reserved Seating: Members $15. Non-members: $20. 228818-2878. 7:30 p.m.
Cirque Musica Holiday presents “Wonderland,” featuring the cast of Cirque Musica together with holiday songs performed at IP Casino by a live symphony orchestra. Tickets start $54. 8 p.m.
Biloxi Visitors Center Holiday open House, 1050 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Shopping, artist displays, refreshments, children’s activities, pictures with Santa, tour train rides. Free. 228-374-3105 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ciana Schombert decorates Lisa Krol’s front porch on Saturday, as they prepare for the return of the King Christmas Display. The family is putting up their display of Christmas decorations for the first time in more than 20 years.