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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Beauvoir Celebrates 1889 Holiday on Mississippi Gulf Coast

Beauvoir, the historic last home of American statesman Jefferson Davis located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, will take a step back in time this holiday season with the 1st annual Christmas at Beauvoir, an 1889-themed holiday celebration now held each Thursday through Sunday (5pm until 9pm) through January 6, 2013.

First Lady of Mississippi Deborah Bryant, honorary chairwoman of Christmas at Beauvoir, joined by Father Claus and school children singing carols, opened the new holiday event by turning the switch on thousands of white lights that adorn 100 live oak trees across the grounds.

Christmas at Beauvoir is an engaging holiday event with carolers, storytellers, actors and musicians in 1889-period dress entertaining visitors as they take a train tour of the grounds among the lights of the 100 live oak trees and stroll through Jefferson Davis’ home decorated in 1889 fashion. Father Christmas will be on hand for photos with children, and families can enjoy crafts, games and activities from the time period. Admission is $20 for adults; $12 for seniors, military and children ages 5-15; and children under 5 are free.

The light display will continue through Sunday, January 6, which is Twelfth Night. Reigning Gulf Coast Carnival Association King d'Iberville and Queen Ixolib (Ick-suh-lib) will darken the lights and then parade to the Mardi Gras Museum to officially welcome the Mardi Gras season to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Christmas at Beauvoir ties in with other holiday light displays across the Gulf Coast region such as Celebration in the Oaks at City Park in New Orleans, La. and Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile, Ala. Beauvoir is located midway between New Orleans and Mobile, with just over an hour drive to either city.

Beauvoir, the last home of Jefferson Davis, overlooks the Gulf of Mexico in Biloxi, Mississippi, and is a National Historic Landmark, National Literary Landmark and Mississippi Historical Landmark.

Visit www.beauvoir.org for more information on Christmas at Beauvoir.

For more information about top events in Mississippi take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Mississippi.