Decked in historically appropriate finery, the last home of Jefferson Davis opens for tours each weekend through January. This year's merry mission is to give visitors an authentic look at Christmas in the 1880s. Festivities include local choirs, period-garbed storytellers and actors, food, loads of lights on 150 brightly lit live oak trees, caroling, a Father Klaus workshop, and activities including cranberry stringing and pitching a game of horseshoes. And visits by Santa, who apparently took no sides in the War Between the States.
Special events and appearances include:
• November 29: Dan Micciche: From Broadway to Beauvoir: Dan Micciche, the versatile Broadway actor and music director, will perform for Christmas at Beauvoir from 4:30 pm–6:30 pm. Micciche, who made his Broadway debut in Chicago: The Musical, has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Meyerhoff Center in Baltimore, as part of the worldwide celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 80th birthday performance of MASS, which also spawned a Grammy-nominated recording.
• December 12: Bringing the Bam to Beauvoir: Emeril Lagasse will be at Beauvoir from 6 pm–9 pm for a fund-raiser for the Beauvoir Foundation, which stages Christmas at Beauvoir. Admission is $200 per person, with guests getting the chance to meet Emeril, sample heavy hors d'oeuvres and wines served by his culinary team, and receive an Emeril cookbook. Funds raised go to the Beauvoir Foundation. For tickets, call (228) 234-4950.
• December 28: Michael Grimm: One for the hometown crowd: America's Got Talent winner Michael Grimm, who grew up in Waveland, will perform an outdoor show that will be included with Beauvoir admission.
Gates are open for Christmas at Beauvoir festivities from 4:30 pm–8:30 pm Thursdays—Sundays at 2244 Beach Boulevard. $20 admission. (228) 388-4400.