By JOHN E. BIALAS
Broadmoor Bureau Chief
The third annual Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival at Jones Park is beautiful and helps set the holiday mood.
I’m just not willing to pay the cash-only $10 admission fee to see the lovely display of multicolored lights. I ain’t goin’ to do it. Bah humbug!
I can do a drive-by for free. I can head west on Highway 90, look left and admire the lights or I can head east on 90, look right and admire the lights.
The show hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., so I can drive by as many times as I want for four hours a night.
The festival should be free. Certainly the city and Island View Casino, two of the sponsors, can afford to pony up enough money to present a free show for all.
They should make this a Christmas gift to the Mississippi Coast.
Once you pay admission to get in Jones Park, you also have to pay if you want tickets for rides such as Santa’s Big Wheel and the Merry Go Round Carousel. It’ll cost you even more if you also want concession items.
When I’m not doing a free drive-by, I’ll stay home and be the hermit of my hood in Gulfport. If I feel like looking at Christmas lights, I’ll take a walk and enjoy my neighbors’ creative displays.
The hood has been known to have such events as Festivus and to have such attractions as Santa’s Outhouse.
And it never costs me a thing.