The holiday season is here, and Mexico Beach is getting into a festive Christmas spirit. Our annual Christmas Tree Lighting took place on Sunday, December 3, at Parker Park. It was a winter wonderland full of lights, cookies, and merry smiles. Thanks to some wonderful elves, the event was spectacular— Santa even made his appearance to meet with all the children (and some adults). This year’s tree lighter was longtime resident Ms. Carol Dow. Many might remember Carol from her days as one of the proprietors of the Fish House Restaurant. She is also actively involved in the community and volunteers for the Gumbo Cook-Off, Samaritan’s Purse, First Baptist Church’s Operation Shoe Box, and many more events in and around our little town. We were delighted to honor Ms. Carol for her spirit and involvement. We hope you’ll be able to visit the beach this holiday season!