There is always something to celebrate in Mississippi’s cities by the bay! Whether it’s an impromptu beach bash, an instant party when the dice roll your way, the monthly Art Walk, or a variety of seasonal festivities, the calendar is always full. Plan your trip accordingly, or just create your own celebration when you arrive!

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Current Festivals & Events

Every Thursday – Rumble on the Gulf

Each Thursday, Silver Slipper Casino offers live music and fun for all.

Location: 5000 S Beach Blvd, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Hours: 5pm-9pm



11/20/2021 – Art Without Walls, A Pop-Up Market for Artists

Strolling through an arts market is a mesmerizing thing.  Being able to soak in visions of nature through a multitude of mediums is exciting.

Dates of Pop-Up Market: 11/20/2021, 11/27/2021, 12/4 & 11/2021
Location: PO Box 3498, Bay St Louis, MS 39520
Admission: Free
Hours:  Hot Spot Activities are 10am-7pm – Live Music 4pm-7pm
Email: hancockarts@gmail.com

11/27/2021 – Christmas Market Waveland

Details are not yet available from Waveland.

Location: Waveland, MS
Admission: Free
Hours:  To be determined
Phone: 228-467-4134

12/2/2021 – Nativity Walk

Luminaries and soft Christmas music will set the mood for this charming walk featuring individual Nativity displays.

Location: Main Street in Old Town Bay St. Louis
Admission: Free
Hours:  5pm-7pm

12/3-4/2021 – Christmas Bazaar

Luminaries and soft Christmas music will set the mood for this charming walk featuring individual Nativity displays.

Location: #1 Yacht Club Drive, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Admission: Free
Hours:  Fri 10am-7pm & Sat 10am-4pm
Phone: 228-467-4592

12/4/2021 – Christmas Tree Lighting Parade

The tree-lighting parade will end at the Court House on Main Street to showcase the illumination of the 2021 Christmas tree.

Location: Waveland, MS
Admission: Free
Hours:  5:30pm
Phone: 228-467-4134

12/4/2021 – Breakfast with Santa

Bring the kids for breakfast and photos with Santa Claus.

Location:  Dan B’s Restaurant, 109 S. Beach Blvd., Bay St. Louis, MS

Admission: Free
Hours:  5:30pm
Phone: 228-467-4134

12/4/2021 – Snowflakes and Sugarplums Parade

The Hancock County Tourism Bureau is presenting its 13th annual Christmas parade. Starts on Blaize Ave., and goes from Blaize to Toulme St., to Main St., to Beach Blvd., to Union St., and ends at the Depot District with the annual Snowflakes and Sugarplums Festival.

Location: 1928 Depot Way, Bay St. Louis, MS
Admission: Free
Hours:  Parade begins at 11am
Phone: Gail at 985-778-3809

12/4/2021 – Snowflakes and Sugarplums Festival

After the Snowflakes and Sugarplums Parade, continue the fun at this family festival hosted by the Hancock County Tourism Bureau. Free to attend. Depot District, Bay St. Louis

Location: 1928 Depot Way, Bay St. Louis, MS
Admission: Free
Hours:  11am-3pm
Phone: 228-463-9222

12/4/2021 – Pearlington Christmas Parade

Starts at the old Charles B. Murphy Elementary School, rolls up White’s Rd. to Seventh Ave., down to Hwy. 90, down Hwy. 604, and ends at the Pearlington Community Center.

Location: Pearlington, MS
Admission: Free
Hours: Parade begins at 1pm
Phone: 228-671-9576 or 228-671-6272 for more information

12/4/2021 – “ELF” Movie Night and Tree Lighting

Wear your holiday pajamas, bring a cozy blanket and lawn chair, help light the Christmas tree, and enjoy this Christmas favorite under the stars. Refreshments will be provided.

Location: Waveland Town Green, 345 Coleman Ave, Waveland, MS
Admission: Free
Hours: begins at 5pm
Phone: 601-590-2791

12/5-13/2021 – Holiday Tree Gala and Scavenger Hunt

Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations will fill our local library branches with festive cheer. For added fun, there will be a scavenger hunt with prizes awarded for adults and children. To participate, simply pick up a stamp card at one of the five local branches, and then visit each branch at any time during regular business hours to find the hidden objects. Once you find them, be sure to have your card stamped. The scavenger hunt ends, and stamp cards must be turned in, by the close of business on Dec. 13. Cards may be turned in to any branch.

Winners will be announced over Facebook Live on Thursday, Dec. 16 on their Facebook page @Hancock County Library System.

Cards will be available beginning Sunday, Dec. 5, from 1 – 3 p.m., and at all branches by Monday, Dec. 6.

Come enjoy refreshments, and bring the kids to visit Santa during the following special Open House hours:

Admission: Free
Hours:
Sun, Dec. 5, 1pm–3pm, Bay St. Louis
Tue, Dec. 7, 6pm–7:30pm, Kiln
Wed, Dec. 8, 6pm–7:30pm, Pearlington
Thu, Dec. 9, 6pm–7:30pm, Waveland
Fri, Dec. 10, 6pm–7:30pm, East Hancock (Diamondhead)
Phone: 228-467-5282

12/7/2021 – Hancock County Historical Society Presents

The Hancock County Historical Society is hosting a gala at the premier of their new documentary “Connections Matter: an oral history of the people and places of Hancock County, MS.  The film features Charles Gray, one of the society’s early members and current executive director.

Location: Silver Slipper Casino Hotel. Blue Bayou Bar and Grill, Bay St. Louis, MS
Admission: $50 per person – Reservations are required  to be in by 12/3
Hours: 5pm-8pm
Phone: 228-467-4090

12/9/2021 – Holiday Open House

Social Chair Customer appreciation night.

Location: 201 Main St., Bay St. Louis, MS
Admission: Free
Hours:  5pm-7pm
Phone: 228-467-4134

12/9/2021 – Elves in the Park

Bring the kids to visit with Santa, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, and celebrate the lighting of the Christmas tree at McLeod Park in Kiln. Children will receive a free digital picture with Santa. Sponsored by the Hancock County Community Committee.

MAP will present the Christmas play “Everyone’s Christmas Story” by Kara Wilkins.  Play will begin at 7pm.

Location: McLeod Park, 8100 Texas Flat Rd., Kiln, MS
Admission: Free
Hours:  6pm-8pm

12/11/2021 – Second Saturday Artwalk

Held in historic Old Town Bay St. Louis the second Saturday of every month, art, fun, music, food, and shopping are yours to enjoy in this pedestrian-friendly event sponsored by the Old Town Merchants Association.

December Hot Spots: Bay Books & Antique Maison
Location: Old Town Bay St. Louis
Admission: Free
Hours:  Hot Spot Activities are 10am-7pm – Live Music 4pm-7pm
Phone: 269-719-6728

12/11/2021 – Second Saturday and Harbor Lighting

Second Saturday and Harbor Lighting

While you enjoy extended hours at the local shops, stroll along the waterfront to take in the sights of the boats in the harbor festively decorated for Christmas. Prizes will be awarded.

Location: Old Town, Bay St. Louis, MS
Admission: Free
Hours:  4:30pm
Phone: 228-467-4134

12/11/2021 – First Baptist Church Live Nativity

Celebrate the birth of Christ with this reenactment of the Christmas story. The FBC choir will also perform.

Location: Old Town Bay St. Louis
Admission: Free
Hours:  6pm
Phone: 228-467-4005

12/11/2021 – Kiln Fire Truck Parade

Numerous fire trucks will parade through Kiln on the way to meet Santa. The parade starts at Bobinger Rd. and Old Kiln Picayune Rd., goes to Old Joe Moran Rd., turns left and heads to Cuevas Rd., crosses onto Hwy. 43, and heads to the storm shelter on the right-hand side of Hwy. 43. Santa will be there to greet everyone.

The public is invited to participate. To enter a float, the cost is $50, or $20 for 4-wheelers or side-by-sides.

Location:  Kiln, MS
Admission: Free
Hours:  5:30pm
Phone:  228-493-5666

12/11/2021 – Waveland Christmas Parade

Come to see us at our Waveland food truck Friday and don’t forget your lawn chair and blanket.

Location:  Waveland, MS
Admission: Free
Phone:  228-467-4134
Hours: 5:30pm

12/15/2021 – MAP Christian Play

MAP will be presenting the play “Everyone’s Christmas Story” by Kara Wilkins.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Diamondhead.

Location: 5303 Diamondhead Circle, Diamondhead,  MS 39525
Admission: Free
Phone:  228-255-9213
Hours: 6:30pm


12/16/2021 – Essential Worker Appreciation Night

Social Chair Customer appreciation night.

Location: 201 Main St., Bay St. Louis, MS
Admission: Free
Hours:  5pm-7pm
Phone: 228-467-4134

12/19/2021 – MAP Christmas Play

Presented by St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church.  MAP will be presenting the play “Everyone’s Christmas Story” by Kara Wilkins.

Location: Necaise Ave., Bay St. Louis, MS
Admission: Free
Hours:  2pm
Phone:  228-467-7347


12/23/2021 – (Wise) Men’s Shopping Night

Social Chair Men’s shopping night.

Location: 201 Main St., Bay St. Louis, MS
Admission: Free
Hours:  5pm-7pm
Phone: 228-466-5853

12/31/2021 – New Year’s Eve Oyster Drop

Ring in the New Year south Mississippi style with the annual Oyster Drop and music by the Dave Mayley Band. There will also be a bonfire and fireworks.

Location:  200 N. Beach Blvd., Bay St Louis, MS
Admission: Free
Hours:  To be determined
Phone:  Not available

4/23/2022 – Mississippi Heroes Celebration

Bay St. Louis Train Depot Grounds.

Location: 1928 Depot Way, Bay St. Louis, MS
Admission:  Free
Email: Katherine Sutton at ( MississippiHeroes@gmail.com )
Hours:  Festival begins at 10am – Race registration at 8am