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Christmas At Beauvoir to light 100 oak trees

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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

The last home of Jefferson Davis wants to give people a sense of what it's like to experience a 19th century Christmas. Plans are underway for the first ever "Christmas At Beauvoir". Officials said they expect the event to get bigger and better as the years go by.

Crews have started decorating the first of many oak trees on the Beauvoir grounds that will be adorned with lights this holiday season.

"We have the first bright tree, and we light up 100 bright trees. That brightness should follow the Gulf Coast through the entire holiday spirit," Bertram Hayes-Davis said. "We know that everything in the world is difficult right now. We wanted to provide something for the Gulf Coast to look forward."

Not only is Christmas at Beauvoir expected to lift visitors' spirits, officials are hoping the event will increase the number of visitors. 

Hayes-Davis said, "We wanted something exceptional to bring them in not only to see the Christmas lights, but also to experience the entire historic significance of the site. The new presidential library will be open by that time."

"We want people to know what's here," Hayes-Davis said. "There will be carolers, wassail and toys. Candy, arts and crafts. Anything that is authentic to 1889. We'll have Cinderclaus here for kids to visit. So it's going to be an exceptional experience for the entire family."

Over time, the executive director wants Christmas at Beauvoir to grow to rival holiday light displays of Bellingrath Gardens and City Park in New Orleans.

"We believe at the end of the three year to five year plan that this will rival most of the displays in America," said Hayes-Davis. "We want to make it one of the top ten destinations for Christmas lights and we certainly have the grounds and we have the enthusiasm of the Gulf Coast people."

Officials said Christmas at Beauvoir will kick off November 8 and run through December 31.

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