Santa Claus is making his way to the Mississippi Gulf Coast this weekend and is expected to arrive today in Pass Christian to kick off a weekend full of holiday events and parades.

Help celebrate the season by attending the 32nd Annual Christmas in the Pass which begins this evening with the lighting of the Christmas tree in War Memorial Park. Meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus as they parade through the streets of downtown Pass Chris­tian on an antique fire truck.

Santa will help light up the Christmas tree at 6:00 p.m., and Pass Christian High School Band will perform a selection of holiday favorites. Will Koolsbergen, Director of the Pass Christian Theatre Project, will perform a special reading of “Pirate Night Be­fore Christmas.”

A variety of favorite holiday foods and treats will be avail­able through vendors that will be set up along Davis Avenue along with craft vendors until 9:00 p.m.

On Saturday, dogs will be dressed their best in holiday garb for the Paw Parade at War Memorial Park at 1:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed in the small, medium and large dog categories. Santa will be available to have his photo taken with dressed pets starting at 12:30.

BEING RESCHEDULED: Wave­land’s annual Christmas parade

NCBC to hold annual Christmas Tree lighting and holiday festival

The Naval Construction Battalion Center is kicking off its celebration of the holiday season with a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at the NCBC Youth Activities Center. After the lighting is complete, the annual holiday festival will commence with photos with Santa. fresh-cut Christmas tree giveaway for active duty members, bounce houses, skating rink, games, prizes, food vendors and more.

On Saturday, see Santa Sail-­A-Bration in Long Beach on a waterless boat parade that will sail through the streets in the evening.

The parade will start at Long Beach High School and go up Cleveland and sail right onto Railroad Street then down Jeff Davis before docking at 5th Street Harper McCaughan Town Green.

For beautiful holiday night lights Saturday, don’t miss the 2017 Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival Parade. See over 30 decorative floats andl wave hello to Santa as he con­tinues his ride through West Harrison County. With over a million lights and 140 displays throughout Jones Park, the Gulfport Lights Festival prom­ises to be an experience for the entire family.

No schedule is too much for Santa, as he will be roll­ing down the streets Saturday in Bay St Louis for the annual Christmas parade. The Bay Parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Necaise Avenue. The parade will head down Main Street to Beach Blvd and then turn back towards the Depot where it will end.

The Snowflake and Sugar­plums festival will begin near the Depot upon Santa’s arrival.

Check out our community calendar for more events near you. Happy Holidays!

Story by Stacey Cato & Maurice Singleton