King Christ­mas Dis­play re­turns, join­ing other Coast hol­i­day fa­vorites

The Sun Herald - - Marque - BY MARY PEREZ [email protected]­her­ald.com

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.

DEC. 7

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.

DEC. 7-8

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.

DEC. 7-9

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.

DEC. 8

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.

DEC. 9

Make a Wind Chime while sip­ping cock­tails and en­joy­ing ap­pe­tiz­ers at Scar­let Pearl Casino. Tick­ets are $40. 2 p.m.

DEC. 11

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.

DEC. 11-15

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.

DEC. 14

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.

DEC. 14-15

Bran­don Ben­nett per­forms “An Elvis My Way Christ­mas” at IP Casino. Tick­ets start at $14. 8 p.m.

DEC. 15

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.

DEC. 16

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.

DEC. 16-20

Pho­tos with Santa at The Buf­fet at Beau Rivage, 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. 888-750-7111. 5-9 p.m.

DEC. 19-22

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.

DEC. 20

Songs & Sto­ries Christ­mas Show at Mary C. O’Keefe Cul­tural Cen­ter, 1600 Gov­ern­ment St., Ocean Springs. Free. 228818-2878. 7 p.m.

DEC. 21

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.

DEC. 22-23

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.

JOHN FITZHUGH jc­[email protected]­her­ald.com

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.

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