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10th Annual Holiday Hoopla
December 8 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pmFree
The 10th Annual Holiday Hoopla is a celebration of arts, crafts, foods, holiday music and roving holiday characters set in a waterfront atmosphere, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM on December 8th. The festival will provide shoppers with one-of-a-kind gifts from small businesses, and all of your holiday shopping can be done in one place!
NEW this year, organizers have added a “Weird Wheels” component. Weird Wheels, is open to any decorated wheeled vehicle, regardless of the number of wheels, powered or unpowered, but must be capable of transporting at least one person. Judges who will decide the top 3 winners in 2 categories: Best In Show & Most Original. First, second and third place trophies will be awarded and paper ballots will be available to the public to vote on their favorite. A Peoples Choice trophy will be awarded to whoever garners the most votes.
Come early and shop the decorated streets filled with talented exhibitors and unique shops, restaurants & galleries, place your vote in the Weird Wheels competition, catch the Beach Bums Volley Ball Tournament and then stay late to view Boca Ciega Yacht Club’s 32nd Annual Lighted Boat Parade.
BCYC members spend many hours planning and then decorating their boats in preparation of sharing the holiday spirit. As an all-volunteer club, BCYC feels strongly about giving back to surrounding communities. Parade participants need only a simple fee to enter – two (or more!) unwrapped toys for Operation Santa. Operation Santa, coordinated by the Gulfport police department, collects toys for the children of Gulfport whose holidays would be sadder without the generosity of the community. Both sail and power boats are welcome to join in the fun. Non-members are invited to participate as well. The more the merrier. Registration is available online at www.sailbcyc.org/ChristmasBoatParade and at the club, 4600 Tifton Drive South, Gulfport.
Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle! There’s never a fee for parking or admission and we even offer you transportation to/from offsite parking areas. As a bonus, a portion of the proceeds from the event hosted by the non-profit Gulfport Merchant’s Chamber will benefit Operation Santa and Gulfport families in need. Event location is 3101 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707. For general information, follow us on Facebook.com/HolidayHooplaGulfport, visit www.VisitGulfportFlorida.com or call 727-322-5217.