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Holiday Hoopla Coming Soon

Mark your calendars for the annual Holiday Hoopla on Saturday, Dec. 8 in Gulfport!

Are you planning to shop local this holiday season?

Stop by the Gulfport Merchants Association's annual Holiday Hoopla on Saturday, Dec. 8 to find one-of-a-kind decor, handmade gifts, homemade treats and more!

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Gulfport Police Department's Operation Santa toy drive and Gulfport families in need.

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. Stroll the decorated streets filled with talented exhibitors and unique shops and galleries.

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. Expect many type of entertainers including local school bands, Choral groups, local musicians and performing arts groups. Roving performers include Dickens characters and carolers.

Be sure to relax after all the excitement at one of the many Downtown restaurants, pubs, and cafes. Did you know? Gulfport was named one of six national small-town finalists in the “Best For Food” category during the 2011 Rand McNally/USA Today Road Rally?

Visit our “village” during the Holiday Hoopla event for some of the best dining choices in Tampa Bay!

Wondering what to expect? Check out Gulfport Patch's photo gallery of last year's event, "Photo Gallery: Holiday Hoopla 2011."

Whether you’re a Gulfport resident or a visitor from out of town, there’s plenty to see and do at Gulfport’s Holiday Hoopla Event. With over a half mile of shopping, food, fun, and holiday splendor this festive event will soon become a Tampa Bay holiday tradition!

The Gulfport Merchant’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 & Pet Supplies). If you are able, please help these organizations in need. 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 and The Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce.

Holiday Hoopla takes place on Beach Blvd. S. in Gulfport on December 8 from 10am to 6pm. (GPS: 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707).

This free event is sponsored by Bright House Networks, Tampa Bay Times and the City of Gulfport.

For more information contact Suzanne King at (727) 322-5217 or GulfportEvents@gmail.com.

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