2016 Holiday Happenings

Silverhill Market Christmas Open House
16320 Highway 104, Silverhill
November 3 – 5
Holiday Open House Thursday November 3rd, from 4-8pm, Friday November 4th from 9am-5pm and Saturday November 5th from 9am-5pm. We have a Christmas building with lots of fun and exciting Christmas décor! Santa will be here on Saturday from 11am-2pm. Lots of fun for the whole family and serving refreshments and Christmas cheer to all!
(251) 945-6500 www.facebook.com/silverhillmarket

Gulf Shores Methodist Church –A Festival of Gifts
1720 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores
November 5
The Harvest Festival of Gifts is an arts and crafts festival featuring local artists and crafters gathering together to celebrate their God given talents while offering their handmade creations to the community for purchase. The profits will benefit the Mother’s Day Out and Preschool Program. There will be crafts for sale, a sweet shop, a silent auction and more. What at great way to support the school and community. Bonus, a great opportunity to get an early start on your Christmas shopping! For more information visit our website or email theharvestfestival@yahoo.com.
(251) 968-4328 www.gulfshoresumc.org/preschool/fundraisers

8th Annual Harvest – A Festival of Gifts
1720 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores
November 5
Saturday, November 5 9am – 3pm. Gulf Shores UMC, South Campus at the Winn Dixie shopping center (Paradise Isle), Gulf Shores. Please contact the church office for more information.
(251) 968-2411 or (251) 213-8451
www.gulfshoresumc.org

Junior League of Mobile’s Christmas Jubilee
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1 South Water Street, Mobile
November 9 – 12
Check off your holiday shopping list at the 32st Annual Christmas Jubilee! This event features merchants from around the country; Christmas Jubilee will kick off the holiday shopping season with a broad selection of gifts for all ages, interests and budgets. There are also numerous special events sponsored by the Junior League including a Preview Party Gala on Wednesday, November 9, VIP Shopping, Girls’ Night Out on Thursday, November 10th and Santa’s Workshop on November 12th. Regular shopping hours are Thursday, November 10th from 10:30am – 8:00pm; Friday, November 11th from 9:00am -9:00pm; Saturday, November 12th from 9:00am – 6:00pm. General Admission Tickets valid for one day are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Please visit our website for more information.
(251) 471-3348 www.juniorleaguemobile.org

Trim-A-Tree Christmas Event
Foley
November 11 – 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

Junior League Santa’s Workshop
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1 South Water Street, Mobile
November 12
Enjoy a fun morning with your little one in Santa’s Workshop. Your child will enjoy making fun crafts, decorating cookies, story time and of course meeting Santa! Buy your tickets early. This event sells out quickly! Tickets are $35 as a combo (Adult & Child) and $20 for each additional Adult or Child. Times: 9:00am & 11:30am. Please call or visit our website for tickets.
(251) 471-3348 www.juniorleaguemobile.org

Mobile’s Singing Children
“A Taste of Christmas Music”
1400 Joyce Rd, Mobile
November 12
Join us at 4:30pm for Mobile’s Singing Children Concert.
(251) 285-2285 mobilesingingchildren.org

Outdoor Christmas Fun at Eastern Shore Centre
30500 Highway 181, Spanish Fort
November 12
Come enjoy face painting, hot chocolate, cookies and more starting at 5:30pm on November 12th. The movie ELF will start at the Fountain at 7pm.
(251) 625-0060 www.easternshorecentre.com
5 Rivers Sunday Matinee “Animal Misfits”
30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort
November 13
Come out and join us every Sunday for a free family, friendly film. The films play throughout the day. This week’s movie explores those creatures whose unusual appearances, amazing adaptations and bizarre behaviors make them misfits in the animal world – or seemingly so!
(251) 625-0814 www.alabama5rivers.com

5 Rivers Story Time “Turkey Trouble”
30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort
November 15
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, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Turkey is in trouble-BAD trouble! But Turkey has an idea.
(251) 625-0814 www.alabama5rivers.com

Lighting of the Trees in Downtown Fairhope
Fairhope
November 17
The City of Fairhope will kick off the holiday season with their annual Fairhope Tree Lighting Ceremony. Festivities begin at 5:30 and the lights come on at 6:00 pm Sharp! Local entertainment will be provided and Mrs. Claus will be passing out candy canes. Join us as we turn on over 1 million lights in downtown Fairhope. For more information contact the City of Fairhope.
(251) 929-1466 www.cofairhope.com

Downtown Fairhope’s Holiday Stroll
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Fairhope
November 18
This year’s Holiday Stroll festivities kick off on Friday, November 18, 2016. Downtown businesses will keep their doors open late for some shopping and sipping on hot chocolate from 5 pm to 8 pm The first 500 to check in at the Fairhope Welcome Center will receive a free re-useable shopping tote courtesy of the Downtown Fairhope Business Association. For information, call 251-929-1466.
(251) 929-1466 www.cofairhope.com

SPECTRA Sound & Light Spectacular at the Wharf
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Orange Beach
November 18 – January 14
Every night at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
(251) 224-1000 www.alwharf.com

The Wharf Ice Rink
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Orange Beach
November 18 – 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

St. Paul’s Episcopal Thrift Shop
14th Annual Holiday Shoppe
28788 N Main Street, Daphne
November 18 – 20
Kick off your Christmas season with the Thrift Shop’s 14th annual Holiday Shoppe! On Friday, November 18th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, we will be offering a very exciting preview “Gala” evening to begin our annual shopping event. The Gala will take place in the Life Center at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Daphne. Advance tickets are $25.00 each and went on sale Saturday, October 1st at St. Paul’s Thrift Shop, and beginning Sunday, October 2nd, tickets will be on sale between church services at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Tickets will continue to be available at the Thrift Shop each business day until the tickets are all sold. Gala ticket price includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, two beverages, and the opportunity to shop first! There are a limited number of tickets available, so buy early as in the last few years, tickets have sold out long before the event! In addition to the Gala on Friday, there will also be two more days of shopping in the Life Center: Saturday, Nov.19th from 9 am – 3 pm & Sunday Nov. 20th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Admission is Free Saturday & Sunday. Need homemade baked items for your Thanksgiving feast? Fabulous food and baked goods will be offered for sale throughout the event. The Men of St. Paul’s will have their famous smoked pork lunches for sale on Saturday. For more information contact the Thrift Shop at (251) 626-6102.
(251) 626-6102 www.stpaulseasternshore.com

Downtown Fairhope Business
Association’s Annual Holiday Movie in the Streets
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Fairhope
November 19
The Downtown Business Association will host an Outdoor Movie at the intersection of Section Street and Fairhope Avenue at 6:30pm. Those who plan to attend can bring lawn chairs and blankets from home. Children are invited to wear their holiday pajamas. “Movie in the Streets” is a family friendly event, no alcoholic beverages will be allowed. Admission is Free. For additional information call or visit our website.
(251) 929-1466 www.cofairhope.com

Redeemer Lutheran Christmas Bazaar
200 South Section Street, Fairhope
November 19
Redeemer Lutheran Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar with a bake sale! Gingerbread Houses will also be available to decorate or purchase.
(251) 928-8397 www.redeemerfairhope.org

St. Francis at the Point Church 9th Annual Fall Festival
17280 Scenic Highway 98, Point Clear
November 19
St. Francis at the Point Anglican Church will have our Annual Fall Festival from 8am – 2:30pm November 19th, 2016. There will be a delightful array of crafts, local artwork, and professionally designed Christmas wreaths, tabletop trees and centerpieces. The ladies of St. Francis have been working on canning delicious fruits, preserves, pickles and fruit butters. Our bake sale is a huge presentation of homemade cakes, pies and breads, ready to take for your Thanksgiving dinner. We will also have tasty chocolate fudge, chocolate covered peanuts and Creole pralines. The silent auction will feature the usual outstanding gifts and artwork as in the past. We will have vendors selling items such as jewelry, handmade merchandise and other specialties. The Sidewalk Café will be cooking sausage dogs, hotdogs, and homemade desserts for lunch. The proceeds from the Fall Festival helps St. Francis support various community needs and the continuing preservation of our historic church. We hope you will come out to share in this happy day!
(251) 928-1255 www.stfrancisatthepoint.org

A Little Time with Santa
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Point Clear
November 20, 27, 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

Fairhope’s Annual Christmas Open House
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Fairhope
November 20
Downtown Fairhope will celebrate Christmas Open House on November 20th from 1pm – 5pm. Live entertainment, hot chocolate and shopping opportunities for every member of the family make this annual event special every year. For additional information, call Paige Crawford at 251- 929-1466.
(251) 929-1466 www.cofairhope.com

Gulf Shores UMC – St. Petersburg Russian Choral Ensemble
1900 Gulf Shores Parkway (Hwy 59), Gulf Shores
November 20
November 20th at 7:00 pm in the GSUMC Sanctuary: The St. Petersburg Russian Choral Ensemble “ChoRuss” is a talented group of professional singers who tour extensively throughout Europe. This is their first U.S. tour. They will be singing traditional Russian Orthodox Christian music, as well as Christmas and folk songs. For additional info, please call the church office.
(251) 968-2411 www.gulfshoresumc.org

Fish River Christmas Tree Farm
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13982 Woodhaven Dairy Road East,, Summerdale
November 25 – 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

Photos with Santa at The Wharf
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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 Christmas 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

Christmas Tree Lighting at The Wharf
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Orange Beach
November 29
Join The Wharf for the “Lighting of The Island” when The Wharf’s magnificent 40-foot Christmas tree comes to life and Santa comes to town.
(251) 224-1000 www.alwharf.com

Lights of Love 2016
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Mobile
November 29
Three organizations dedicated to the care of children and families are celebrating the excitement and wonder of this holiday season! Everyone is invited to the 6th annual “Lights of Love” tree lighting at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital beginning at 4:30 pm, Tuesday, November 29th. Co-sponsored by the Ronald McDonald House and the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, the Lights of Love tree lighting is directly in front of the hospital will also feature visits from Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald, as well as performances from local school and community choirs. Enjoy cookies, caroling and spread some old-fashioned cheer.
(251) 415-1000 www.usahealthsystem.com/usacwh

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 United Methodist Church. 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 United Methodist Church December 1, 2016 7:30pm at Fairhope United Methodist Church (155 South Section Street, Fairhope) December 4th – 3pm Concert at FUMC (155 South Section Street, Fairhope).
www.escs.org

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

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. Our goal is to eliminate the number of abused and abandoned pets through spay/neuter, education, rescue and adoption.
(251) 928-4585
www.baldwinhumane.brownpapertickets.com

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

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
Daphne
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
Fairhope
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! Winning snowballs will have a number that correlates with a prize.
(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

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. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. For additional audition information call or visit our website.
(251) 968-6721 www.sbct.biz

FEEF Cookies with Santa at Oak Hollow Farm
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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

St. Lawrence Christmas Bazaar
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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

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

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
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

Holiday Open House at The Wharf
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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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
Come out and join us every Sunday for a free family, friendly Sunday Matinee film. 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

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

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

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

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. Just take a look at the pictures from last year and plan your vacation to make sure you don’t miss this incredible event. See you there!
(251) 967-LULU (5858) www.LuluBuffett.com

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 Celebration
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
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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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