31st annual Christmas City welcomes new exhibitors

31st annual Christmas City welcomes new exhibitors
Santa Claus makes a stop at Christmas City (Image Source: WLOX News)
Santa Claus makes a stop at Christmas City (Image Source: WLOX News)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Holiday music, decorations, and gifts decked the halls of the Coast Coliseum and Convention Center this weekend for the 31st annual Christmas City. More than 200 exhibitors offered a wide assortment of Christmas goodies to please just about anyone.

"We want a variety. We want people to come to Christmas City, and find things that they won't find in regular malls or retail outlets," said Meyers.

For more than 30 years, Ron Meyers and his team have brought Christmas City to life. They filter through hundreds of exhibitor applications hoping to have the best vendors and the best items for customers to choose from.

"We had a record attendance. Saturday was absolutely jam packed. Today, another great attendance. You know, a lot of the people here have such great items that it attracts the customers," said Meyers.

Repeat Christmas City shoppers like Bobbie Margiotta, say the unique offerings are what keep her coming back.

"Jewelry, Tupperware, LSU stuff, hair bows for children... I finished most of my Christmas shopping here," said Margiotta.

For sports fans, there was plenty of Ole Miss and Mississippi state gear for sale. Of course, with the Bulldogs ranked first in the nation and still undefeated, the maroon and white was a big hit for vendors.

"We actually ran out. We sold out of the Mississippi State ornaments, and we actually have very few Mississippi State items left," said Sesil Edwards, who works with Coins and Displays in St. Martin.

For those who weren't yet in the holiday shopping spirit, there was live music, food, and it wouldn't be Christmas City without a visit from Old St. Nick.

Next year, Christmas City will be expanding to a three day event. Visitors will be able to do a little extra shopping on Friday.

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