2016 Holiday Guide

 

Trim-A-Tree Christmas Event
Foley
Through December 21
More than 200 fine artists and craftsmen from throughout the area have created quality, unique one-of-a-kind ornaments, decorations, pottery, jewelry, and fine artwork to be sold on consignment. This event is hosted by the Foley Art Center. Free and open to public.
(251) 943-4381    www.foleyartcenter.com
SPECTRA Sound & Light

Spectacular at the Wharf

Orange Beach
Through January 14
Every night at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
(251) 224-1000    www.alwharf.com
The Wharf Ice Rink

Orange Beach
Through January 14
Lace ‘em up and come skate through a winter wonderland. Weekdays: 4:00pm – 10:00pm, Weekends & Christmas Break (Dec. 17 – Jan 3): 10:00am – 10:00pm. Some dates subject to change, please check website calendar for full schedule. $10 to skate, $13 combo to skate & ride the Ferris Wheel.
(251) 224-1000    www.alwharf.com
Fish River Christmas Tree Farm

13982 Woodhaven Dairy Road East,, Summerdale
Through – December 23
There has always been something magical and heartwarming about a family trip to the country to search for that perfect Christmas tree. Enjoy strolling our beautiful 40-acre Christmas Tree Farm and evergreen nursery. Take a free ride on The Tannebaum Express “tree train” for a fun filled farm tour (weekends only). View our manger scene with live animals! Camel Rides, Pony Rides and Christmas Bounce House. Santa will arrive for visits on the first three weekends beginning on Friday November 25th to November 27th, December 3rd – 4th, and December 10th-11th. Take a tour of the farm and view the wide selection of trees including our choose and cut trees, our special container-grown Living Christmas Trees that can be decorated then planted after the holidays. We have fabulous shipped in Fraser Firs, flocked and snow-tipped trees. Also available are fresh wreaths, centerpieces, and garlands. For more details and directions please visit our website.
(251) 988-8114    www.fishrivertrees.com
Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home 

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12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore
November 25 – December 31
Bellingrath Gardens and Home is celebrating the 21st edition of Magic Christmas in Lights in 2016! The holiday tradition lets guests stroll through a dazzling display, which features more than 1,000 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. In addition, the Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and enhanced with beautiful poinsettias. The holiday event includes nightly choral performances on the South Terrace of the Home Sundays through Thursdays. In addition, guests may purchase hot chocolate on Live Oak Plaza to warm the heart and soul. Magic Christmas in Lights is open daily from 5:00pm – 9:00pm with tours of the Bellingrath Home every hour and half hour until 8:30pm.
(251) 973-2217    www.bellingrath.org

 

Wales West Arctic Express 

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13670 Smiley Street, Silverhill
November 25 – December 24
All aboard the Arctic Express at Wales West RV Resort and Light Railway. Great holiday fun for the whole family! Ride an authentic Steam Train through a wonderland of lights, snow, and decorations to the North Pole. Children visit with Santa in the Winter-wonderland barn and receive a free wooden toy. Our staff can take your family photo with Santa. Free Refreshments, Mini-Train Ride, Hay Ride, Playground, and Bounce House. In addition, Petting Zoo, Pony Ride, and Snowball Cannon are available for a slight fee. Try our Cafe’s new menu options, and a Gift Shop full of train items ideal for Christmas presents! Open November 25 through December 24. Hours: WEEKENDS: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 4 to 9 pm; Beginning December 12, open NIGHTLY, 4 – 9 pm. Admission is $15/person, plus tax. 2 and under are free. Group rates, field trips, and parties can be booked in advance. Located on Co. Rd. 9 between Fairhope and Silverhill. For information call 888-569-5337 or go to www.waleswest.com. Experience the wonder! Register on our website for coupons early in the season.
(888) 569-5337    www.waleswest.com
Live Animals in Santa’s Village
Orange Beach
November 25 – December 31
Thursday & Friday 4:00pm – 10:00pm; Saturday & Sunday 12pm – 10:00pm. Entry fee is $5 (Includes Petting Zoo, bouncy house, and more!), Pony Rides are $5 and Camel Rides are $5.
(251) 224-1000    www.alwharf.com
Santa Visits the Eastern Shore Centre 
30500 Highway 181, Spanish Fort
November 25 – December 24
Come have your picture taken with Santa! Please call the Eastern Shore Centre office or visit our website to confirm times and location. Mondays-Saturdays: 10am -8pm. Sundays: 12 pm – 5:30 pm.
(251) 625-0060    www.easternshorecentre.com

 

Winterfest Reindeer Games
Pensacola
November 25, 26 and December 2, 3, 9, 16, 17, 18
When the trolleys arrive from the Performance Tour, the fun in Plaza Wonderland begins! See a show on our brand new stage, then follow the dancing reindeer to visit Santa Claus and play reindeer games! Turn into a snowman with our amazing snow machine and throw snowballs at the Grinch! Freeze dance with Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Blitzen, and enjoy a cup of gourmet cocoa, scrumptious snack, or visit our hot dog stand.
www.pensacolawinterfest.org

 

Polar Express Pajama Party 
1750 Radford Boulevard (Suite C), Pensacola
November 26 – December 18, 23
Enjoy a 3:00pm showing of the Christmas classic, The Polar Express on the giant screen! Tickets are available in person at the museum ticket counter for $6 per person.
(850) 452-3604    www.navalaviationmuseum.org

Photos with Santa at The Wharf

Orange Beach
November 28 – December 23
Fridays: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Saturdays: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; Sundays: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
(251) 224-1000    www.alwharf.com

 

City of Foley Tree Decorating Contest

125 East Laurel Avenue, Foley
November 28
The first ten applications will receive a free tree to decorate! Decorating may start on Monday, November 28th and finished by Wednesday, November 30th. Judging will take place on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Winners will be announced on Friday, December 1st at Christmas in the Park and plaques will be awarded. The trees may be undecorated and removed beginning Monday, December 26th, but no later than Monday, January 2nd, 2017. Call for information on applications.
(251) 943-1300    www.cityoffoley.org or www.visityfoley.org
Eastern Shore Choral Society

Christmas Concerts 
November 29, December 1, and December 4
There will be two evening Christmas concerts. The first will be on Tuesday, November 29th, at the Spanish Fort United Methodist Church and the other on Thursday, December 1st, at Fairhope UMC. Both will begin at 7:30 pm  A third concert will be presented at 3:00 pm on Sunday, December 4th, at Fairhope United Methodist Church. Tickets for the concerts are $15 and may be purchased online atwww.escs.org or from any ESCS member. November 29, 2016 7:30pm at the Spanish Fort UMC; December 1, 2016 7:30pm at Fairhope UMC (155 South Section Street, Fairhope) December 4th – 3pm Concert at FUMC (155 South Section Street, Fairhope).
www.escs.org
21st Annual Christmas by the Bay-

Baldwin Cty Humane Society (BARC)
161 North Section Street, Fairhope
December 1
Join us from 6pm – 9pm. A great way to start off the holiday season and benefit a very worthy cause in Baldwin County! Roman Street will be live on stage. Tickets are $50 per person which includes gourmet hors d’oeuvres from some of Baldwin County’s finest restaurants, a silent auction, and a Ruff Ruff Raffle. “Rescues on the Runway has become the highlight of the evening. Last year, when the dogs paraded on the runway, it was magical.” said Executive Director, Stephen Savage. For more information, purchase tickets or make a donation, please call, stop by the office (22886C Hwy 98 in Fairhope), visit our event website or check out the Facebook event page. Your help is the rescue for many dogs and cats that need assistance.The Baldwin County Humane Society (BARC) is a no-kill adoption agency. We are a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization.
(251) 928-4585

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North Baldwin Infirmary Christmas

Tree Lighting
1815 Hand Avenue, Bay Minette
December 1
Festivities are from 5pm – 7pm and include fun games for children, Christmas carols sung by local choirs and a visit with Santa. The evening of fun and holiday cheer will culminate with the lighting of the tree and door prizes. For infor, contact North Baldwin Fitness Center.
(251) 937-9099

 

USA Annual President’s

Holiday Concert

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5751 USA Drive South, Mobile
December 1
The USA Annual President’s Holiday Concert will take place Thursday, December 1 at 6:30pm in the USA Mitchell Center. Admission is free and open to the general public. USA’s Department of Music students and faculty will be the featured in this concert highlighted by classical and popular holiday pieces.
(251) 460-6136    www.southalabama.edu/music
Eastern Shore Choral Society

Christmas Concerts 
155 South Section Street, Fairhope
December 1, 4
Thursday, December 1st, at Fairhope United Methodist Church at 7:30pm. Also, 3:00pm on Sunday, December 4th. Tickets for the concerts are $15 and may be purchased online at our website or from any ESCS member.
www.escs.org
Christmas in the Park
125 East Laurel Avenue, Foley
December 2
Come out to Heritage Park from 6pm – 8pm to sing carols, sip cocoa, light the Christmas tree and enjoy the beautiful Christmas displays in Heritage Park. Don’t forget to visit with Santa. Free cocoa and snacks for all!
(251) 943-1300    www.cityoffoley.org
City of Daphne Open House and

Tree Lighting 
December 2
Everyone is invited to kick off the holiday season with music, activities, crafts for kids and much more! The Open House begins at 6:00 pm and the Tree Lighting will be at 7:00 pm
(251) 621-9000    www.daphneal.com
Daphne Library Kids Ornament

Make & Take
2607 Highway 98, Daphne
December 2
Make the Christmas tree at home a little brighter! Bring your child to the community room to make an ornament with us from 1:30pm – 5pm
(251) 621-2818    www.daphnelibrary.org
Fairhope’s Magical Christmas Parade
December 2
The Fairhope Magical Christmas Parade begins at 7pm at the intersection of Morphy Avenue and Section Street, and continues down Section and Oak Street. The excitement will build as more than 50 parade units dazzle the crowd in anticipation of Santa Claus’ arrival into Fairhope! WABF will be broadcasting the parade live. Come join us for plenty of lights, beautiful floats, and Santa Claus!
(251) 929 -1466    www.cofairhope.com
Gulf Shores Lighted Christmas Parade, Beach Celebration & Snowball Drop
100 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores
December 2
The evening parade will begin at 6:30 pm and will feature festive lighted floats, guest judges, as well as appearances from holiday characters and marching bands. Large crowds of spectators looking to bask in the holiday spirit are anticipated along Highway 59 as parade entries make their way from Clubhouse Drive to the Gulf Shores Public Beach. The magical atmosphere from the parade will roll continuously into the night, as a celebration at the Gulf Shores Public Beach will kick off following the parade. Families can enjoy pictures with Santa, holiday treats, crafts and a snowball drop. It will be a man-made blizzard as 4,000 ping-pong balls will be dropped from above by Santa!
(251) 968-1434    www.gulfshoresal.gov
Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra

“Holiday Concert”
407 East Laurel Avenue, Foley
December 2
The child musicians are sure to move audiences with sounds of the Christmas season. $5.00 suggested donation. Time: 7:30pm.
(251) 943-1545    www.mobilesymphony.org

 

ESAC Holiday Art Mart
401 Oak Street, Fairhope
December 2-3
Find the perfect gift for friends and family! Art Mart will be set up inside our upstairs galleries and it’s FREE to the public! Hours are 10am – 4pm on Friday and 10am – 2pm on Saturday.
(251) 928-2228    www.esartcenter.org
South Baldwin Community

Theater “Elf”
2022 West 2nd Street, Gulf Shores
December 2, 3, 4*, 9, 10, 11*
*December 2, 3, 9, and 10 dates are at 7:30pm. *December 4th & 11th are Sunday Matinées at 2pm. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
(251) 968-6721    www.sbct.biz

 

Breakfast at the Manger

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155 South Section Street , Fairhope
December 3
Pancake breakfast hosted by FM3 Men’s Minstry ($5/per person). Storytime Santa reads about a very special night long ago in Bethlehem. Gifts for every child. Pictures with Santa, family craft station and more! 8:30am – 10:30pm.
(251) 928-1148    www.fairhopeumc.org

 

Annual “Christmas through the Ages” at Fort Gaines
51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island
December 3
Experience a Christmas of “Days Gone By!” This event is a living history Day for the whole family. Come and join the soldiers from the 1700’s through the 1900’s and their Families as they celebrate a non-commercial Christmas. Our visiting children will have the chance to make a seashells ornament and other decorations. Times: 9:00am-5:00pm.
(251) 861-6992    www.dauphinisland.org
Bragg Mitchell Christmas Event
1906 Springhill Avenue, Mobile
December 3
Come celebrate the Season at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. We will have a beautiful candlelight Christmas tour of the Mansion on Saturday, December 3, from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. Docents will be on hand to show the Mansion in all its traditional holiday splendor. Tickets may be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. Cost – Adults $10, Children 12 and under $8. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used for the continued operation and restoration of this iconic Mobile landmark.
(251) 471-6364    www.braggmitchellmansion.com
City of Fairhope Santa Saturdays
Fairhope
December 3
Santa will be visiting Fairhope on December the 3rd and 10th for “Fairhope’s Santa Saturdays.” Santa will be in front of the Fairhope Museum of History in downtown Fairhope from 10 am – 12 pm for children to visit. Parents may bring their cameras to take pictures. For additional information, call Paige Crawford.
(251) 929-1466    www.cofairhope.com
FEEF Cookies with Santa at

Oak Hollow Farm

Fairhope
December 3
As a way of saying “Happy Holidays” to the community, Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation (FEEF) will host its annual Cookies with Santa at Oak Hollow Farm in Fairhope from 9am – 10:30am. Enjoy a variety of musical entertainment by Fairhope school students and have your photo taken with Santa and his elves. Freshly baked cookies and hot cocoa round out this fun event. Cookies with Santa is always a wonderful way to thank our supporters and bring Fairhope families together for some old-fashioned holiday cheer. The event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring canned goods to support Ecumenical Ministries’ food pantry. Santa Claus will arrive shortly after 9:00 am to begin taking pictures with children. For more information call or visit www.feefonline.org.
(251) 990-3333    www.feefonline.org
Foley Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade
Foley
December 3
The annual Foley Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade begins at 10am and winds its way through downtown Foley with festive floats, treats and throws, and of course, Santa waves a Merry Christmas to all. For information visit the Foley Kiwanis Club website.
www.foleykiwanisclub.com
Foley’s Annual “Let It Snow!”
125 East Laurel Avenue, Foley
December 3
Bring your mittens and play in the snow! Located in Heritage Park beginning at 11:00 am directly following the Christmas Parade. Come out and hear live musical performances, listen to Mrs. Claus tell stories, make arts and crafts in the Children’s Art Village, and of course play in the SNOW! Concessions are sold on site. Please call Linda Hula for more information.
(251) 943-1300    www.cityoffoley.org
Mobile’s Singing Children 40th Annual Christmas Concert
2 South Claiborne Street, Mobile
December 3
Come join us on Saturday, December 3 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception for our Annual Christmas Concert starting at 7:00pm.
(251) 285-2285    www.mobilesingingchildren.org
Spanish Fort Spirit of Christmas Parade
Spanish Fort
December 3
Spanish Fort’s 10th Annual “Spirit of Christmas” Parade will roll through the beautiful Eastern Shore Centre at 9am! If you are interested in participating, a Parade Application may be downloaded from the City’s website.
(251) 626-4884    www.cityofspanishfort.com
The Robertsdale Christmas Parade & Christmas in the Park
Robertsdale
December 3
Parade will start at 6:30 pm at the Robertsdale High School and end at Wisconsin Street at Honeybee Park. For more information contact the Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. Applications for Parade Float are available on our website. Stay after the parade and enjoy family fun at Honeybee Park until 9pm.
(251) 947-2626    www.centralbaldwin.com

 

St. Lawrence Christmas Bazaar

370 South Section Street, Fairhope
December 3-4
A variety of Unique Vendor Booths, Silent Auction, Arts, Crafts, Antiques, Food and Door Prizes will be offered from 9am – 3pm on Saturday and 9:30am – 2:30pm on Sunday. Pictures with Santa and much more! Free Admission and child care for children 7 and under (as space allows). Visit our website and on Facebook. For more information call or email Afton Sylvester.
(251) 928-5931    www.stlawrencechristmasbazaar.com

A Little Time with Santa

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Point Clear
December 4, 11, 18
Santa and Renaissance Portrait Studio will be available for a special private session with your little one! To schedule an extra special Santa Experience, please contact the Elf Hotline at (251) 928-5944. By Appointment Only. Appointments available between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
(251) 928-5944    www.renaissanceportraits.com
Gingerbread Jamboree – 

Bellingrath Gardens and Home 

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12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore
December 4
Create a new tradition for your family this Christmas at our first-ever Gingerbread Jamboree on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.Bring the kids to decorate cookies and enjoy holiday crafts before touring Magic Christmas in Lights! A reception with Christmas goodies and hot chocolate is part of the fun.
(251) 973-2217    bellingrath.org

 

Holiday Open House at The Wharf

Orange Beach
December 4
Enjoy the small town holiday shopping experiences at The Wharf. Shop local! Enjoy kids activities, discounts, and more from 11am -6pm.
(251) 224-1000    www.alwharf.com

 

The Market at the Pillars
1757 Government Street, Mobile
December 4
The Market at The Pillars is a fun afternoon of shopping with local artisans, vendors and food trucks! Come get your Christmas shopping done! Sunday Funday from 12:00pm-4:00pm in Midtown Mobile!
(251) 307-5382
Baldwin Pops Christmas Concert
December 5, 6, 14
This years concert dates and venues are December 5th at Foley Civic Center 7:00pm; December 6th Gulf Shores Civic Center 7:00pm; December 14th Daphne Civic Center 7:00pm. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. We are committed to enhancing the cultural environment of the area by providing free concerts to the public. Members come from all walks of life.
(251) 232-1013    www.baldwinpopsband.com
5 Rivers Story Time “Dinosaur’s Night Before Christmas” by Jim Harris
30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort
December 6
The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 10am – 11am is Storytime at 5 Rivers.  Children under the age of 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature-based story followed by arts and crafts. A festively fun and traditional story with a reptilian twist!
(251) 625-0814    www.alabama5rivers.com
Playhouse in the Park presents

“Babes in Toyland”
6 South Joachim Street, Mobile
December 6 – 7
Follow Mary Contrary, Tom-Tom and many Mother Goose characters through amazing adventures as they help save Christmas! Recommended for ALL AGES! SchoolFest Performances: December 6 & 7 at 9:00 am and 11:15 am. For Reservations call (251) 422-0079 Public Performance is December 7 at 7:30 pm. Reservations: (251) 602-0630
(251) 602-0630    playhouseinthepark.org

 

3Circle Church Creative 

Christmas 

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10274 State Highway 104, Fairhope
December 7
This special event will feature RamCorps from the University of Mobile, and our 3Circle Children’s Choir. The evening will include a variety of art forms, all retelling and celebrating the truth of the Christmas story in compelling fashion. All attending will be invited to not only observe, but also to respond in worship in a variety of ways. There will be 2 evening services at 5:00pm and at 6:30pm.
(251) 990-3112    www.3circlechurch.com
Thomas Hospital Christmas and Carols
750 Morphy Avenue, Fairhope
December 7
The holiday fun is from 6 pm – 7:30 pm and includes crafts for children, Christmas carols sung by local choirs and refreshments. Visit with Santa and have a photo taken by a professional photographer. Free Santa photos will be available for download. For more information, contact Thomas Hospital Marketing.
(251) 510-1054
Daphne Library Kids Movie Night
2607 Highway 98, Daphne
December 8
Bring the whole family from 4:30pm – 6:30pm to watch Elf in the Community Room! Snacks will be provided! Don’t forget to wear your PJ’s!
(251) 621-2818    www.daphnelibrary.org
Nix Center Annual Holiday Concert
1 Bayou Drive, Fairhope
December 8
Jammin’ Folks will provide holiday music. Refreshment will be served following concert.
(251) 928-2835    www.cityoffairhope.org

 

Derailed Diner Polar Express
27801 County Road 64 Ext  , Robertsdale
December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17
The 2016 FREE Polar Express Event for Children is just around the corner! So make your reservations on Black Friday for a great Christmas memory for your children! One can good for each child’s admission. The event is for kids ages 4 through 12 years. Call 251-960-1150 to make your reservations. The Polar Express leaves the station for our first night December 8th. All Aboard!!
(251) 960-1150    www.deraileddiner.com
5th Annual Merry Market Crafts Expo
4671 Wharf Parkway Drive, Orange Beach
December 9 – 10
The 5th Annual Merry Market will be held at the Orange Beach Event Center December 9th and 10th. Admission is free and it is open to the public. Over 75 vendors with unique gifts, home baked goods, spices, dipping sauces, toys, apparel, jewelry, and arts & crafts. Hours on Friday are 9 am until 6 pm and Saturday is 9 am until 5 pm.
(251) 968-7215    www.alabamacoastalchristmas.com
Baldwin County Youth Orchestra –

Waltzing Through Christmas
6847 Park Drive, Daphne
December 9
The Baldwin County Youth Orchestra will present their annual Christmas Concert: Waltzing Through Christmas on December 9th at 7 pm. The concert at Eastern Shore Baptist in Daphne will feature dancers from the Eastern Shore Dance Academy, dancing to Trepak for Nutcracker and Dance of the Tumblers from Snow Maiden. A special Sing A Long selection will allow all to participate. The Concert is free but a toy for the WKRG TOY DRIVE would be appreciated.
(251) 979-6834    www.bcyorchestra.com

 

Bayshore Christian School’s Christmas Concert 

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300 South Section Street, Fairhope
December 9
All of our students, grades K4-12, have been working hard to prepare for the concert which will be held on December 9th at Fairhope First Baptist Church at 6 p.m. This year’s theme will be “Jesus is Born, Sing and Rejoice!”. Our choral and instrumental ensembles will be performing, along with our student-led ensemble. Join us for a night of praising Jesus as we enter the Christmas season. The event is free and open to the public!
(251) 929-0011
Christmas Festival in Bay Minette
December 9 – 10
The Annual Christmas Fest is a longstanding tradition complete with Christmas Tree Lighting, Live Entertainment, Arts & Crafts, Good Food, an Art Contest, Ping Pong Ball Drop and the Annual Christmas Parade! Please visit our website for more information.
(251) 937-5665    www.northbaldwinchamber.com
City of Daphne Christmas Parade
Daphne
December 9
The Night Parade Returns! Parade will begin at 6:30pm and follow the Main Street Route.
(251) 621-9000    www.daphneal.com
Daphne Library Kids Gift Make & Take
2607 Highway 98, Daphne
December 9
Parents need Christmas presents too! Bring your child to the community room from 1:30 – 5pm to make you a special gift this year!
(251) 621-2818    www.daphnelibrary.org
Yule Ball Masquerade at Hogwarts
30500 State Hwy 181 Suite 414, Spanish Fort
December 9
Join us as we celebrate our first Yule Ball – Harry Potter Masquerade style! Prepare for magical activities, enchanting events, more Harry Potter themed fun for all ages! It’s sure to be the most magical event of the holiday season! At Barnes & Noble stores nationwide!
(251) 621-3545    www.barnesandnoble.com

 

Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade
December 10
The Annual Lighted Boat Parade will take place Saturday, December 10th starting at 5:30 pm from LuLu’s in Gulf Shores and finishing at Cobalt in Orange Beach. To enter your boat in the parade or for more information contact the Chamber at (251) 968-7200. There will be a mandatory captain’s meeting at 5:30 pm on Friday, December 9th at Lulu’s.
(251) 968-7200    www.alabamacoastalchristmas.com
Billy Claus visits Lulu’s! 

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200 East 25th Avenue, Gulf Shores
December 10
Billy Claus Oh Billy Claus how we love you… Poor Billy is allergic to snow so what better place for him to come and celebrate the holidays but LuLu’s. Come enjoy as this delightful children’s book, written by none other than the talented Lucy Buffett. Enjoy a full day of arts & crafts, live music and get your picture taken with Billy Claus and his LuLubelle’s. Make sure to leave Billy your Christmas list so that he can personally deliver it to his brother (you may have heard of him) Santa Claus. What a better way to kick off the holiday season than a day here with all of your friends and family at LuLu’s.
(251) 967-LULU (5858);    www.LuluBuffett.com

 

Candy Cane Christmas
7485 Airport Boulevard, Mobile
December 10
Ransom Ministries Inc. would like to invite you to partner with us in reaching out to our community during the upcoming holiday season. We will be hosting our annual Candy Cane Christmas on December 10 from 9:00am – 12pm. You can participate in this community outreach by donating new unwrapped toys or gifts for children of all ages, volunteering, or financially sponsoring this event. This donation only shopping experience will be fun for the whole family! Activities include: gift wrapping station, continental breakfast, crafts and games for kids, pictures with Santa Claus, story time and more!
www.ransomcafe.com
Holiday Half Marathon & 8K Run
Fairhope
December 10
The Holiday Half Marathon & 8K Run will start at 8:30am at Mullet Point Park (Take Scenic 98 south of the Grand Hotel to the intersection with County Road 1; Mullet Point Park is on the right). This race will benefit USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital Pediatrics Department — everyone is encouraged to bring a new toy in its original wrapping to the race. Toys are needed to distract the children while they are in the hospital. Pre-register by mail (entries should be postmarked by December 5), in person at McCoy Outdoor or RunN-Tri in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope until noon on December 10, or online (https://go.events.com/#/event/1901) until 4:00am December 11. Race day registration from 7:00am-8:15am at Mullet Point Park.
(251) 473-7223    www.pcpacers.org
Holiday Extravaganza –

History Museum of Mobile
111 South Royal Street, Mobile
December 10
It’s super!  It’s special!  It’s our HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA from 1:00pm-4:00pm! For the price of regular admission, join the entire Museum gang for: A Gingerbread House Decorating Contest, Holiday Storytelling, Choir Performances by local school choirs, Dreidel Game Playing, Selfies with Santa Claus and Cookies & Cider. Plus, wander through the Museum and see a Menorah Display.
(251) 208-7569    www.museumofmobile.com
Santa Drop at Flora Bama
17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola
December 10
See Santa skydive onto our white sandy beaches! Seriously, Santa Claus parachutes down to the Flora-Bama. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still sit on Santa’s lap and ask for whatever you want! Activities, free sweets, hot chocolate, & juice will be available for the kids! This special day is fun for everyone, especially Santa’s helpers who sing Christmas carols with the children.
(850) 492-0611    www.florabama.com/events/flora-bama-santa-drop
Mobile Ballet presents 

“The Nutcracker” 

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401 Civic Center Drive, Mobile
December 10 – 11
Mobile Ballet will take you on a magical journey of brilliant dancing, sumptuous sets, and gorgeous costumes. This is a favorite for all ages. Saturday, December 10 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, December 11 at 2:30pm.
(251) 342-2241    www.mobileballet.org
Bay Shore Ballet Academy

“The Nutcracker”
161 North Section Street, Fairhope
December 10 – 11
Dancers of the Bay Shore Ballet Theater, along with students of the Academy will be featured in the much anticipated holiday classic, “The Nutcracker”. A special, full-length preview performance will be Saturday, December 10th at 2:00 pm with general admission ticket prices for all seats at $5.00. Performances on Saturday, December 10th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 11th at 3:00 pm, tickets will be priced at $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and children 12 and under. Janet Carole, former principal ballerina with leading U.S. and Canadian ballet companies will direct the whimsical classic, which will delight audiences of all ages. Annie Laurie O’Neill, Abigail Kiernan and Mary Ellis Ollinger will be the Principal Dancers, in the roless of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen and Rose Queen. Professional stage production will be by Scenic Design. Tickets are available on our website or in advance at The Coffee Loft, Page and Palette, and at the door prior to performances. For reserved seating, call Trin Ollinger at (251) 583-3875. Teachers interested in bringing school classes to a condensed version of the ballet on Friday, December 9th, or to have a dancer visit their class contact Allison Hunter at allisonhunter@live.com.
(251) 990-9744    www.bayshoreballet.com
Boat Parade Activities at

The Wharf

Orange Beach
December 10
Come to The Wharf for kids best viewing spot of the Lighted Boat Parade. Come early for kids activities and shopping specials from 4pm – 8pm.
(251) 224-1000    www.alwharf.com
Mobile Symphony presents

“Swinging Christmas”
6 Joachim Street, Mobile
December 10 – 11
The popular Boston Brass joins the MSO with their own big and fiery arrangements of holiday classics to fill your Christmas with energy and excitement. December 10 at 7:30pm and December 11 at 2:30pm.
(251) 432-2010    www.mobilesymphony.org
5 Rivers “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort
December 11
The films play throughout the day. Not one but TWO animated classics rotating throughout the day.  See them on the big screen! Please call for specific show times.
(251) 625-0814    www.alabama5rivers.com
GSUMC Children’s Christmas

Celebration Services
1900 Gulf Shores Parkway (Highway 59), Gulf Shores
December 11
GSUMC worship arts ministries presents 2 Christmas celebrations on Dec. 11th. The first is a children’s worship service at 11:00 am in the main sanctuary featuring the GSUMC Children’s Choirs. The second is a Christmas choral music celebration featuring the GSUMC chancel choir, instrumentalists and soloists, and special guest, Dr. Michael Brown on the trumpet. For more info, please contact the church office, see the GSUMC Facebook page, or go to www.gulfshoresumc.org.
(251) 968-2411    www.gulfshoresumc.org
The Mobile Pops Christmas Concert
3900 Pleasant Valley Road, Mobile
December 12
7:00pm. The concert will be at Davidson High School Auditorium. All concerts are FREE and open to the public.
(251) 679-6036    www.themobilepops.com

 

The Sweetest Christmas Eve Storytime 

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32 South Section Street, Fairhope
December 12
“The Sweetest Christmas Eve” is read-along picture book by Scottish-American author Annie Hallinan that relates the gentle tale of the Mouse family and their lovely new home, Mouse Manor. Mama and Papa Mouse are getting their home ready for their first Christmas Eve whilst the kids, Willie and Baby Zoie, race through the house hugely excited about the upcoming holiday. None of the wee mice could predict the adventure that will unfold when humans discover where they are living.
(251) 928-5295    www.pageandpalette.com
Rock the Holidays at the Mobile Saenger Theatre
6 South Joachim Street, Mobile
December 14
“Rock The Holidays” with one of the best classic rock bands of all time, the legendary Zebra straight out of New Orleans, Louisiana. Original members, Randy Jackson, Felix Hanemann, and Guy Gelso, will wow you with their hits such as Tell Me What You Want, Who’s Behind The Door, and Take Your Fingers From My Hair. You are sure to escape back to the 70s and 80s when it all began and rock and roll was all about the music. Added to the night, you will enjoy the electrifying  sounds of the Atomic Punks, The Tribute to Early Van Halen, with all the songs you grew up with!! Dorsett Productions Unlimited LLC will be producing a live video with a high tech light show and bigger than life LED screens!!
(251) 208-5601    www.mobilesaenger.com
City of Spanish Fort Reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas
30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort
December 15
Children are encouraged to wear their warmest pajamas and to bring along their favorite blanket to sit on while they gather around the fireplace in the Longleaf Room of Delta Hall. The evening begins at 7pm with the joyous singing of Christmas carols, putting everyone in the Christmas spirit! Following our story time, cookies and warm cocoa are served to all. For more information and confirmation of the Book Reading date, please call Spanish Fort City Hall.
(251) 626-4884
Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach Hot Shop Blowout

26389 Canal Road, Orange Beach
December 15
The Hot Shop Blowout will feature resident artist Kerry Parks manipulating molten glass in a free hot glass demonstration. We will serve hot chocolate, candy canes and other Holiday treats from 5:30pm – 7pm. For more information, call the Arts Center at or visit the Website.
(251) 981-ARTS (2787)    www.CoastalArtsCenter.com
Daphne Library Kids Santa Stories
2607 Highway 98, Daphne
December 15
Guess who is coming to town? Santa, that’s who! Join us in the Library Community Room at 4pm and 5pm as Santa shares his favorite stories with his Eastern Shore friends! There will be cookies and warm cocoa.
(251) 621-2818    www.daphnelibrary.org
City of Daphne Snow & Movie Night
Daphne
December 16
Join us for kids’ activities, hot dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate and “SNOW”. Come join the family fun! Snow begins falling at 4pm and movie starts at 6pm.
(251) 621-9000    www.daphneal.com
Summerdale Library Christmas Concert
19600 State Highway 59, Summerdale
December 16
Enjoy the classic holiday sounds from featured musicians Victor and Megan Andzulis, Cory McKern, Sewell Griffith, and Welsh Revival. Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Proceeds support the Marjorie Younce Snook Public Library in Summerdale.
(251) 989-2011    www.summerdalelibrary.com
Tea With Santa 

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The Wharf, 4790 Main Street, Orange Beach
December 17
Enjoy a lovely tea with Santa!  The tea will begin at 10:30am and will feature 3 courses.  Event tickets are $20. Reservations are required.
(251) 224-6510    www.villagiogrille.com
Breakfast with Santa
1930 West 2nd Street, Gulf Shores
December 17
Children will have one last minute chance to visit with Santa on Saturday, December 17 as Gulf Shores hosts Breakfast with Santa at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center. Beginning at 8 am, families can dive into a wholesome breakfast complete with sausage, bacon, eggs and pancakes before having pictures taken with Santa. Admission is $5.00. Children 3 and under are free.
(251) 968-1434    www.gulfshoresal.gov

 

Sanctuary Choir Christmas Music 

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300 South Section Street, Fairhope
December 17
Enjoy beautiful Christmas music performed by the Sactuary Choir.  7pm – 8pm.
(251) 928-8685    www.fbcfairhope.org
A Charlie Brown Christmas
6 Joachim Street, Mobile
December 17
The 8th annual show will feature the Joe Cool Trio with John Milham (drums), Chris Spies (piano) and Chris Severin (bass), followed by sets including New Orleans’s own Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown on Trumpet and Clarence Johnson on Sax who both played with Preservation Hall Jazz Band performing their favorite Christmas tunes. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Jake Peavy Foundation. Doors open at 6pm. Event begins at 7pm. Ticket prices (plus additional fees): $50.00 VIP (limited), $20.00 Adult, $10 Children Ages 10 and under.
(251) 208-5601    www.mobilesaenger.com
Star Party
6005 Bayou Heron Road, Moss Point
December 17
We will have a hay ride to the boat launch where we have telescopes set up to view the Meteor shower. At the building we’ll have crafts for kids of all ages, an owl walk to call up screech owls on the boardwalk, a cookie decorating station and lots of hot chocolate and soup. We will also have Santa Claus there too!
(228) 475-7047
Holiday Market & Christmas Kids Day
Cathedral Square, Mobile
December 17
Arts & crafts…fun activities…music…pictures…dance performances…and much more! Join us at Cathedral Square from 10:00am-2:00pm.
(251) 208-1550    www.ncsmobile.org

 

Breakfast in Bethlehem 

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300 South Section Street, Fairhope
December 18
8:30am join us for breakfast and worship.  Attendees will enjoy a live nativity, children’s performance and dismiss to “Bethlehem”.
(251) 928-8685    www.fbcfairhope.org
Christmas Tennis Camp 

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17107 Tennis Club Drive, Point Clear
December 19, 20, 21
Point Clear Tennis Club is hosting a Tennis Camp for children ages 5-16.  Hours are 9am – 12pm.  Fee is $30/child per day.
(251) 928-7715
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer:

The Musical
118 South Palafox Place, Pensacola
December 19
The beloved TV classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. See all of your favorite characters as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Please visit our website for Ticket information.
(850) 595-3880    www.pensacolasaenger.com
Holiday Art Camp at 

Celebration Church 

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8180 Dyer Road, Fairhope
December 19 – 23 or December 26 – 30
Offering Full or half day options. Camp will be from 8am – 5pm for ages 12 months – 12 years. Each day will include arts & crafts, music, games and tons of Fun!

(251) 928-0343 or (251) 406-2240

www.facebook.com/celebratechurch

Bay Camp Christmas Camp 

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Celebration Church, 8180 Dyer Road, Fairhope

December 19 – 23
Join Bay Camp for a fun filled Christmas Break Camp! Camp runs Monday through Friday, December 19 – 23 from 7:30am – 6:00pm. Very limited space is available. Call Today to register.

(251) 752-4897    www.easternshorebaycamp.com
5 Rivers Story Time: “The Littlest Elf” by Brandi Dougherty
30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort
December 20
The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 10am – 11am  is Storytime at 5 Rivers. Children under the age of 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature-based story followed by arts and crafts.  In this week’s story, Oliver may be the littlest elf in the North Pole, but he has a big desire to discover his very special job in Santa’s workshop! But after getting lost in the toy shop, making a mess at the book shop, and falling in the mixing machine at the bakery, is the littlest elf just too little? Perhaps he just needs the littlest reindeer to remind him what Christmas is all about!
(251) 625-0814    www.alabama5rivers.com

 

Plush Craft Christmas 

Ornament Craft 

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335 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope
December 20
Children ages 4 and up are invited to make an adorable Christmas tree plush ornament.  Two sessions are available, 2pm and at 4pm.  Class fee is $5 per child.  The class is approximately 30 minutes.
(251) 928-1720    www.fantasyislandtoys.com
Christmas Wonderland at Beau Rivage
875 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi
December 21 – 29
Christmas Wonderland is one of the most delightful and enchanting Christmas shows ever. This most loved holiday show features glittering costumes, a dazzling cast and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole. This sparkling holiday show is ideal for the whole family!
(888) 750-7111    www.beaurivage.com
3Circle Church Christmas Eve 

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10274 State Highway 104, Fairhope
December 22
Our special Christmas Eve gatherings will take place at our Eastern Shore – South campus in Fairhope on December 22 at 6:30pm and December 24 at 3:30 and 5:00pm.
(251) 990-3112    www.3circlechurch.com
Noon Year’s Eve Celebration! 

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200 East 25th Avenue, Gulf Shores
December 31
The Family friendly NOON Year’s Eve Celebration at LuLu’s starts at 10am! Think your year couldn’t possibly get any better, just wait and see what LuLu’s has in store to help you end the year with a bang. LuLu’s Annual Noon Year’s Eve party is pure excitement around every corner. From delicious food, a sandcastle building contest, arts & crafts, live music, zoo animals, face painting, wow I could just go on and on, but wait there is one thing I forgot to mention… To count it down to noon we celebrate with kid friendly fireworks and a huge beach ball drop. See you there!
(251) 967-LULU (5858)    www.LuluBuffett.com

 

1st Annual Children’s Miracle Network New Year’s Eve Ball

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Orange Beach
December 31
Don’t miss the biggest New Year’s Eve Party in Orange Beach and help raise money for Children’s Miracle Network/ USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital.
(251) 981-2400
Fairhope’s New Year’s Eve Family

Celebration
Fairhope
December 31
Bring your family and ring in the New Year in downtown Fairhope with fireworks dancing in the streets, a DJ and a ball drop at midnight! The band begins playing at 8:30 pm at the corner of Fairhope Ave and Section.
(251) 929-1466    www.cofairhope.com
MoonPie Over Mobile – New Year’s Eve
Downtown Mobile, Mobile
December 31
Moonpie over Mobile is back. With over 60,000 people in attendance last year, this year’s New Year’s event will usher in the New Year in grand style. Get a larger glimpse at the moon pie as it rises over the city in downtown Mobile. There will be live entertainment, activities for kids and a countdown to 2017 like no other.
(251) 208-1550    www.ncsmobile.org

 

Reel in the New Year at The Wharf

Orange Beach
December 31
Ring in the New Year with all of your friends at the party of all parties! Enjoy live entertainment, kid’s activities, fireworks and our famous Marlin drop! Visit our Website for Evening festivity times.
(251) 224-1000    www.alwharf.com
 

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