PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - By Jessica Bowman – email
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - It was a child's wonderland Friday night in Pascagoula. The city held its 10th annual Downtown for the Holidays for the entire community to get out and enjoy Christmas lights and all the holiday festivities.
The streets were packed as people made their way up Candy Cane Lane to see Pascagoula's Christmas tree. The candied filled tree put everyone, including the elf's, in the Christmas spirit.
Matt Illich said, "It put me in a holly jolly mood."
"Awesome. I love Christmas so I like it," said Katie Colville.
Pascagoula's Resurrection Catholic High School seniors, Matt Illich and Katie Colville, spent the night volunteering as elf's. They said this is the perfect way to bring the community together while at the same time adding a little holiday cheer to everyone's night.
"They get to get out with their families and enjoy Christmas and get ready for Christmas," said Colville.
"Get a little family time and come and check out some of the stuff we have down here," said Illich.
Downtown for the Holidays started ten years ago by two merchants just wanting more business downtown. Today, it has unfolded into much more than a holiday wonderland.
Rebecca Davis said, "And it's turned into a family reunion. A community event and that's why it's so important. You see people you haven't seen in forever."
LaLinda Grace said, "All of the activities for children are free so you can come out and it not cost a small fortune."
Pascagoula's Main Street Director Rebecca Davis said along with watching the performing arts, there is something for every age.
"We've got carriages, fire truck rides, trolley rides, kids singing and carolers. You've got to get in the Christmas spirit and what a better way to do it. You've got dancing elf's. Oh my gosh, it's fun," said Davis.
Stores downtown were also open for business during the event.
"Merry Christmas," said Illich and Colville.
Whistlestop Marketplace in Pascagoula is open from 9a.m. to 4p.m. on Sunday as part of the event and the city is holding a Christmas parade downtown starting at 7p.m.