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11/22/02

Downtown Biloxi Celebrates Christmas In The City

Getting people to come back to downtown Biloxi is the goal of the first annual "Christmas in The City."

"I'm excited. I hope people get out and shop downtown Biloxi. We need something in downtown Biloxi like this, and I think this is a wonderful promotion for us," said Peter Webster, co-owner of antique shop Vieux Marche.

"We have a lot of great things going on downtown . We wanted to show everybody what's downtown and it's a great place to be and a fun place to be and to get the Christmas spirit started off with a bang," said executive director Kay Miller.

Instead of a bang, it started off with more of a tap, thanks to the "toy soldiers" of Donna's Visual and Performing Arts Center.

And when nighttime fell on "Christmas in the City", as the old saying goes, the nighttime was the right time because the holiday revelers started rolling through- on the "Christmas shuttle".

People browsed through beautiful works of art, from here and abroad.

People were able to check out Russian headdresses, made by 16-year old Julia Maslenikovan.

"They basically wear those at festivals and just any type of like festival basically, just traditional shows,"

Despite the chilly temperatures, fun was had by all.

"I think it's wonderful. I really do. We brought the kids to ride the fire truck and we're having more fun than they are," Joyce Canizaro said.

And those behind "Christmas in the City" hope next year, they can do it all over again.

Plans are already underway for the second annual Christmas In The City next year.

Officials say it'll be bigger and better, which will please most of the Christmas shoppers we spoke with tonight who said this event is so nice, it should be offered for at least two days.

The City of Biloxi will host it's annual "Christmas on the Water" December 6th. Click here to find out more about the event.

By Karla Redditte

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