Christmas on the Water

Biloxi’s annual Christmas on the Water celebration is a lighted boat parade and firework show

The holiday season is a special time that comes around once a year, and everywhere in the world people celebrate a little differently. It is therefore only appropriate that here on the beautiful Mississippi sound our celebrations should include boats. The Christmas on the Water Biloxi Boat Parade transforms the coastal waters into a breathtaking canvas of holiday magic. This heartwarming tradition, the 38th annual, sees seafaring crews adorning their vessels with a mesmerizing array of Christmas lights, creating a spectacle that leaves spectators in awe.

            “We were the first Christmas boat parade on the coast.” Says Rusty David, chairman of Christmas on the Water since its founding. “I did not think I’d make 38 years, but I’ve met a lot of nice people and had a lot of fun and look to continue to do that. We’re excited about it.”

            The sight of schooners and boats dressed up in twinkling lights is nothing short of enchanting. As the sun sets and darkness descends, the water becomes a shimmering reflection of festive cheer. The creativity displayed by the crews is truly exciting, turning each vessel into a floating masterpiece that captures the spirit of the season.

            “The support of the community over all of the years made it possible.” Says Rusty. “We’re all volunteers, and every nickle we raise we put back in to it.”

            One of the most remarkable aspects of this event is the reverence it evokes. Local families, some now the third generation to see it, gather along the waterfront with their happy faces illuminated by the warm glow of the lights from the watercrafts. There’s a palpable sense of joy and togetherness as the community comes together to witness this magical parade on the water. Families, friends, and even visitors are welcomed to partake in the experience of marveling at the beautifully adorned ships. This year thirty-five to forty ships are expected to take part.

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