GULFPORT- Support small business and independent artisans and crafters by shopping local! The Gulfport Merchants Association presents the annual Holiday Hoopla on December 8th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Beach Blvd. S. in Gulfport. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Operation Santa and Gulfport families in need.
New this year, organizers will offer a “Make and Take” craft area where visitors f all ages can make their own creative gifts with the help of local artists. Various projects will be available, including wire and fabric sculpture, Magic Milk Sand Art, palm frond reindeer, holiday ornaments, leatherwork, glass blowing and glass sculpture, Para-cord jewelry and mask making. Additionally, gift wrapping will be available with all donations to benefit Save Our Strays, a Florida 501c3 organization.
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. 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 and choral groups and local musicians to area 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.
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.). and the Gulfport Senior Center Foundation (non-perishable food, toiletries and 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 Blvds. during the event. Prior to the event drop off locations include Gulfport Police Department and The Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce.
This free event is sponsored by Bright House Networks, Tampa Bay Times, the Industrial Arts Center and the City of Gulfport. For more information, please go to http://gulfportma.com/ or call 727-322-5217.