Saturday, Dec. 2, downtown Moss Point will be transformed into a winter wonderland with a blend of land and boat parades, live music, fireworks and a Christmas marketplace.
"This is the highlight of our holiday season," said Bernadette Cuevas, chairperson of Christmas by the River. "This once-a-year extravaganza is complete with music ranging from local artists to the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, pictures with Santa Claus, carriage rides, antique car display, food and celebration."
The holiday season is the perfect time to enjoy our city's hospitality and be part of our vision for the downtown redevelopment plan.
"Unique events in our Waterfront Park are key to a successful Downtown Redevelopment," said Mayor Xavier Z. Bishop. "The City has taken a greater role in the preparation of this extravaganza and looks forward to sharing Moss Point hospitality with families around the Coast. We want the first Saturday in December to become a Christmas family tradition."
The merriment begins at 1 p.m. with the Land Parade starting at Southgate Shopping Center and ending at Robinson and Main Street.
The Waterfront Park will be alive with a performance by the Escatawpa Elementary fifth graders at 3 p.m., Moss Point High School Jazz Band from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra's Brass Quintet from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Water Parade will begin at 5 p.m., and the spectacular Fireworks display is set for 6 p.m.
Also available throughout the day will be free horse and carriage rides, 50 antique cars will be one display from the Magnolia Classic Cruisers of Jackson County, a bonfire and the lighting of a 25 foot Christmas tree.
The Rainbow Girls will be selling chili, nachos and hot chocolate; Courtney farms will have wreaths, poinsettias and fruit baskets for sell; Moss Point Oaks Bed and Breakfast will be open for a free Christmas tour of their downtown home and the Moss Point Market will be selling fresh produce and unique gifts throughout the day.
For those families looking to dress the part, long sleeve t-shirts with a rendering of the Water Parade (by artist Bill Nelson) can be purchased at Burnham Drugs in Downtown Moss Point, or by contacting Mrs. Cuevas at email@example.com.
Entrance to this free event will be located at Denny Street and Morris Street. The waterfront parking lot along Main St. will be closed all day Saturday, Dec. 2 in anticipation of the fireworks display.
Road Closures - Main St. from Dantzler St. to McInnis Ave. will be closed for all North and Southbound traffic beginning from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. the day of the festival.