Oyster Ball Drop to ring in New Year

A menagerie of Biloxi culture and history will come together to usher in the New Year on Sunday, Dec. 31 when the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum hosts its annual Oyster Ball Drop.

Guests at the Point Cadet museum will find live music by the Blackwater Brass Band, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, party favors, and at midnight the big Oyster Ball will drop from the top of the museum.  A factory whistle also will sound to ring in the New Year, with, of course, fireworks. As guests depart, beignets and coffee will be served.

The affair begins at 8:30 p.m. and runs through 12:30 a.m. 

Admission – 21 and older only – is $50 a person or $90 a couple. Call 228-435-6320 or to make reservations or to email click here.


News and notes

Weekend preview: Beauvoir: The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library hosts ChristmasTime at Beauvoir, Beau Rivage has Christmas on Ice and the legendary Brenda Lee is at the IP. See the complete weekend lineup by clicking here.

Holiday schedules: Non-emergency municipal offices in Biloxi will be closed Monday and Tuesday for the Christmas holidays. Pickups of garbage, trash and recycling will be a day later than their normal pickup days the week of Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The moving mayor: Monday is traditionally the meetings-laden day for Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, with staff and innovation team meetings to kick off this week, but this week included even more. See a gallery of a few of the gatherings by clicking here.