OCEAN SPRING, MS (WLOX) - Santa Claus is coming to town! The City of Ocean Springs annual Christmas tree lighting event in Marshall Park on Thursday, December 4, 5:30pm to 8:00pm, will feature Santa Claus, holiday refreshments, live music, a donation box for the local food pantry, and an official post office drop box for letters to Santa.
Hosted by the City of Ocean Springs and the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Visitor Center, the event is free to the public. The evening festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with holiday music by Lynn Meadows Discovery Center - Wings Youth Performing Arts Group, followed by the Magnolia Elementary School Songbirds, directed by Mr. Jay Twilbeck.
Mayor Connie Moran will welcome citizens with the official lighting of the Christmas tree. Following, Santa will arrive via the Ocean Springs Fire Department fire truck. Photographs with Santa will be offered free of charge to area children in the historic gazebo at the park.
In the spirit of giving for the holidays, citizens are encouraged to donate non-perishable canned goods at a donation drop box supplied by The Lord is My Help Food Pantry. The donation drop box will be located near the park's entrance at Washington Blvd.
Children will have the opportunity to write a letter to Santa with their Christmas wish list at the writing station hosted by the Ocean Springs Post Office and Post Master George Craig. Writing supplies will be available at the writing station, and the Post Office is assuring prompt delivery to the North Pole!