GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - Gautier held its annual Christmas tree lighting Tuesday night. The event featured fourth grade carolers from the Pascagoula school district.
Gautier councilwoman, Mary Martin says it's the city's annual way of kicking off the holidays, and this year's turn out may have been the biggest in event history. "I think tonight was our biggest crowd we've ever had here in 15 years and I haven't ever missed one. We had a larger crowd here. It was parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles that brought the little bitty ones to get that candy cane," said Martin.
Martin and her family have attended the event since its beginning. For her, seeing the children and their families is a reminder of what Christmas is all about. "It's about giving and thanking God for our country that we have for our city, our nation, for all of our families," said Martin.
Those who attend the event annually say it's more than just lighting a tree for them, but it's their official kick off to the holiday season.
Katina Biggs' daughter sang at the event, and she says it really put her in the holiday spirit. "I think this is great because it's more than just shopping, it's about holidays, spending time with your loved ones and bringing in the Christmas cheer," said Biggs.
Gautier Mayor Gordon Gollott welcomed a special guest to the Christmas party. Santa Claus arrived at city hall in a Gautier fire truck.