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Beauvoir launches new holiday traditions

BILOXI, Miss. – Choirs, period-garbed storytellers and Father Klaus will welcome guests to Beauvoir: The Last Home of Jefferson Davis. The national landmark has introduced Christmas at Beauvoir, a holiday festival that runs from November 9 through January 6.

The historic site will be decked out for a traditional 1800s Christmas with costumed guides giving tours, many decorations and a traditionally dressed Father Klaus. Guests can also enjoy food vendors, school and church choirs, and activities, such as cranberry stringing, making paper chains and pitching a game of horseshoes.

The site’s staff illuminated 100 Live oaks with Christmas lights at the forefront of the 52-acre Beauvoir property.

“I realize that the lighted Live oaks trees were not something you would see in the 1880s,” said Andi Rushton Oustalet, decorations organizer and volunteer. “But people expect to see Christmas lights, and this will not only highlight the stately oaks at Beauvoir, but it will provide an inspiring backdrop for our celebration.”

The event ends on January 6, which is the kickoff of Biloxi’s Carnival season, so Beauvoir will feature a parade from Beauvoir in west Biloxi to the Gulf Coast Carnival headquarter in east Biloxi to signify the passing from one season into the next.

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