Weekend of holiday events kicks off this evening

The annual Children’s Christmas Walking Parade rolls through downtown Biloxi this evening beginning at 6, kicking off a weekend of holiday events and ushering in the holiday season.

You’ll also find the Christmas in the City crafts show on Saturday morning and afternoon, and the Christmas on the Water parade Saturday evening.

The walking parade will begin at the Howard Avenue and the I-110 overpass, proceed through the Vieux Marche, and travel south of Lameuse Street, ending at the Town Green, where the lighting of the green takes place.

Santa will be on the Town Green for visits and pictures with children, and residents are encouraged to bring ornaments to hang on a large Christmas tree. Free hot chocolate and cookies also will be served. To print a flier about the Town Green events, click here.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., dozens of arts and crafts booths will be open in the Vieux Marche for the fifth annual Christmas in the City crafts show. Among the items for sale at the event will be pusharattas, the Biloxi afghan and the 2009 Main Street ornament, the Birthplace of Barq’s.

Then at 6 p.m, the Christmas on the Water parade will begin in the channel south of the Biloxi Lighthouse and travel eastward to Casino Row.

Best viewing location: from the lighthouse to Beau Rivage and from the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor to Casino Row. Motorists are reminded to park in parking bays only.

Santa swimmers: Santa swimmers: Nearly 500 swimmers representing 15 teams from four states will be competing this weekend in the Santa’s Best Swim Meet at the Biloxi Natatorium. The three-day event actually begins this evening at 5:15 p.m., and continues all day Saturday and Sunday. The city also will be debuting a new, multi-color $70,000 scoreboard at the event, which is open to the public.

Other weekend events: To see the lineup of weekend events, including how you can experience the charm of Beauvoir at Christmastime, click here.

News and notes

Council meeting: The City Council’s next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Municipal Building.

Traffic update: To see the status of road work throughout the city, click here.