Saturday December 11, 2010, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
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Donâ€™t get your Tinsel in a Tangle!
December 11, 2010
GULFPORT, FL---Donâ€™t get your Tinsel in a Tangle! It's time to get your holiday cheer in gear! Feeling Scrooge-y? A fun-filled festival will do the trick. The Gulfport Merchants association presents the 2nd annual Holiday Hoopla! Holiday Hoopla is sponsored by Bright House Networks, Tampa Tribune, the City of Gulfport and The Gulfport Chamber of Commerce. A portion of the proceeds from the event on December 11th will benefit Operation Santa, The Gulfport Senior Center Foundation, and Gulfportâ€™s Get Rescued.
Holiday Hoopla is a celebration of arts, crafts, foods, live music and roving holiday characters set in a waterfront atmosphere amid bright, twinkling, colorful lights, and Santa & Mrs. Claus. Stroll the decorated streets filled with up to 200 talented exhibitors and unique shops. The festival will provide shoppers with one-of-a-kind gifts that cannot be found anywhere else, and all of your holiday shopping can be done in one place!
Visitors will be enchanted by a variety of festive and fun holiday-themed music, holiday carolers, dance performances, and roving street performers. Many types of entertainment will perform during the Hoopla, from local school bands & Choral groups and local musicians to area performing arts groups. Oh, yeah, and the big guy in the red suit and Mrs. Claus will be there, too, from 1-6pm, and will be available for photos with children adults and pets! The Boca Ciega Yacht Club is holding its 25th Annual Lighted Christmas Boat Parade also on Saturday December 11th. Members spend many hours planning and then decorating their boats to share the holiday spirit with the surrounding communities.Â This year the parade will begin by entering the Gulfport Municipal Marina at approximately 6:00pm.Â It will then travel past the Casino and William's Pier in Gulfport and into the canals of Town Shores Condominiums. Be sure to relax after all that shopping at one of the many Downtown restaurants, pubs, and cafes. With over a half mile of shopping, food, fun, and holiday splendor this festive event will soon become a Tampa Bay holiday tradition! Whether youâ€™re a Gulfport resident or a visitor from out of town, thereâ€™s plenty to see and do at Gulfportâ€™s Holiday Hoopla Event.
The Gulfport Merchantâ€™s Association gives back to the community all year round. During the Holiday Hoopla event donations will be collected for Operation Santa (New Toys/Gift cards, etc.), The Gulfport Senior Center Foundation (Non perishable food & toiletries) and Get Rescued (Pet Food & Cat litter).Â If you are able, please help these organizations in need.Â Collection Boxes will be located at the Casino Stage at the intersection of Beach and Shore Boulevards during the event.Prior to the event drop off locations include Gulfport Police Department, Sail Away Realty, Stellaâ€™s Deli and The Chamber of Commerce.
Brighten your holidays with a visit to Beach Blvd. in Gulfport at the Holiday Hoopla, on December 11th, 2010 from 10 am to 6 pm!