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Mississippi Gulf Coast doesn't see much snow and frost in the winter, however, you can still find here much inspiration and Christmas spirit! Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival is a beloved local event creating warm memories for thousands of families every year during the winter holidays.
The largest Christmas Light Show in the state boasts over 1.5 million twinkling lights throughout 40 ac (16 ha) in Jones Park. The festival also features carnival rides, the Harbor Lights Train Station offering holiday train rides, Santa’s Village with elves, and St. Nick himself greeting the little ones.
Dancing Trees is another highlight of the festival that creates a magical holiday experience, showing various choreographed lights for over two hours. Hop on a warmed trolley ride or stop by the food station for some hot chocolate and s'mores to keep yourself warm and cozy!