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Weekend Events: Holiday Hoopla, Collecto-Rama, Boat Parade

We have a busy Saturday ahead of us including the annual Holiday Hoopla, Christmas Collecto-Rama and Boca Ciega Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade. Here's what you need to know about all three family friendly events.

Saturday Dec. 8 will be packed full of holiday goodness for the entire family.

Holiday Hoopla

  • Saturday, Dec. 8
  • 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Beach Boulevard
  • Free Admission

Support small business by shopping local! The Gulfport Merchants association presents the annual Holiday Hoopla! A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Operation Santa and Gulfport families in need.

Come out and find unique gifts from local shops, vendors and artists. The event will also feature holiday characters, live music, glass blowing, children's games and a visit from the big man himself - Santa!

Learn more about the all day event in our post, "Holiday Hoopla Coming Soon."

Christmas Collecto-Rama

The "Christmas Collecto-Rama...A Santa-Comes-to-the-South Holiday Antique Show" is the Sunshine State's only show of exclusively vintage holiday décor and retro Christmas fun, including lectures and oldie holiday flicks, with a cash bar and retro tunes throughout the day to help keep everyone in a jolly mood.

Exhibitors will fill the lobby of the theater, selling everything from vintage Christmas ornaments, décor and ephemera to old aluminum trees and candy containers, even electric light-up Yule logs, as well as vintage games and toys from Christmases of long ago! Look for vintage Santas, angels, elves and ornaments galore!       

Learn more about the antique show in the announcement, "Vintage Holiday Memorabilia & Decor Sale at the 2012 Christmas Collecto-Rama in Gulfport."

Boca Ciega Yacht Club Holiday Boat Parade

  • Saturday, Dec. 8
  • 6 p.m.
  • Gulfport Beach

Boats will start lining up by the Gulfport Marina at 5:30 p.m. with the parade beginning at 6 p.m. Be sure to find a spot on the William's Pier or Gulfport Beach for the holiday parade. For information regarding participation or to sponsor this parade, please contact Barb Meyer (727) 430-7241 or visit sailbcyc.org.

Wondering what to expect? Gulfport Patch reader Eric Cribb sent in these lovely photos from last year's parade: "Shared Photos: Christmas Boat Parade." Thanks so much Eric for sharing! And, if anyone else wants to share their pics - remember to upload them in our "Gulfport Pics & Clips" gallery!

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