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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
Mississippi's first lady, Deborah Bryant, has officially welcomed Christmas on the coast. Thursday night Christmas at Beauvoir gala kicked off welcoming the Festival of Trees that will allow visitors to experience a historically accurate depiction of Beauvoir at Christmas like it did in the 1880s.
It was a magical view to behold: 100 live oak trees strung with thousands of Christmas lights twinkled above as a choir sang below.
"Oh, I think it's marvelous," Karen Randall said. "With what New Orleans has with Christmas in the Oaks and Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile, it's a perfect choice, perfect choice. It's going to be fabulous for the whole coast."
"They can go visit the model train exhibit we have, which is really neat inside the Father Clause's workshop," Andi Oustalet said. "Father Clause will be there every evening to receive the children and hear their wishes."
Oustalet, who organized the event, said they wanted to create the feel of what it was like during the holidays at Beauvoir back in the 1800s.
"It's just going to be a lot of fun. We are going to have live entertainment from all different groups. Chorale groups, bands. We have a history trivia night. You know, we just have a lot of things planned."
The events planned will not only capture the attention of South Mississippians, but tourism leader Beth Carriere said she believes it will bring people from hundreds of miles away.
"This will be able to be sold to individuals coming to visit here and we will be able to sale this both to domestic and international tours. And to be able to sale this to people during the normally slow time of the year," Carriere said.
Randall added, "It's another added attraction to give to our guests and to our hometown people. So, come on out and visit."
Money raised from the gala will go to fund more projects at Beauvoir.
Christmas at Beauvoir will last through January. It is open Thursdays through Sundays, 5-9pm.
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