Best Bets, Gulf Coast Weekend Events 12/20-12/22

LOCAL EVENTS:

PARADES:

Sat:

2:00pm- Irvington, AL

5:00pm- Christmas on Da Bayou-A Boat Parade, Bayou la Batre

CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS- Nov 15- Jan 1, Open Nightly 5:30pm - 10pm, Hank Aaron Stadium, Mobile

Mobile’s drive-through Christmas light show is back! See over 1 million lights synchronized to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music played through your car radio. Open nightly, Rain or Shine or SNOW!

(Tickets $7 per person)

SANTA’S VILLAGE at CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS ***NEW ON WEEKENDS****(Nov 29-Dec 22nd) 5:30pm-9pm

Christmas crafts, pictures with Santa, hot chocolate and cookies, and the Light Show included with your $10 ticket… plus you can shop at Christmas vendorsCLICK HERE

MAGIC CHRISTMAS IN LIGHTS - Nightly 5pm-9pm, Nov 29th through Dec 31st (closed December 25th), Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Theodore

This is the 24th year of Magic Christmas in Lights, a walking tour of Bellingrath Gardens (takes about an hour to complete). Stroll through a dazzling light display that features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate.  CLICK HERE

SAENGER CLASSIC CHRISTMAS MOVIES:

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION- Thurs 7pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre

MEET ME IN ST LOUIS- Sun 3pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre

This holiday season, the Mobile Saenger Theatre will once again showcase two classic Christmas movies on the big screen! Plus, Santa Claus will be at the theatre before each of the movies to hear what’s on your Christmas list and take pictures! Doors will open 30 minutes prior to showtime. CLICK HERE   

CHARLIE BROWN JAZZ CHRISTMAS- Sat 7pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre

Don’t miss this 11th annual family-friendly Christmas tradition! The show includes a performance by The Joe Cool Trio – John Milham (drums), Chris Spies (piano), and Chris Severin (bass) – performing Vince Guaraldi’s Masterpiece Soundtrack, A Charlie Brown Christmas. This year’s show will feature The New Orleans All Star Horn Section, adding a bit of funk and soul to some smooth jazz. 

A portion of proceeds will go to Delta Dogs, which provides free spay and neuter and veterinary care to the pets of people in need in Mobile County. CLICK HERE

CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR- Dec 14-Dec 27 (dark Dec 16-17), 3pm and 7pm, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi

Check off everyone’s wish list this season with high-kicking precision Christmas dancers in this Broadway-style holiday tradition. Get into the holiday spirit with Christmas classics, world-class singers and special appearances from Santa and his friends – perfect for the whole family! CLICK HERE   

BRANDON BENNETT: AN ELVIS MY WAY CHRISTMAS- Fri/Sat 8pm, IP Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE   

GALLERY NIGHT PENSACOLA- Fri 5pm-9pm, downtown Pensacola

Don’t miss the LAST Gallery Night of the DECADE! Enjoy ‘Holiday in the City’ in Downtown Pensacola complete with art, music, and holiday magic! CLICK HERE

WINTERFEST GRINCH MINI TOUR- Nightly Dec 18-Dec 23, 4:45-7:45pm, downtown Pensacola

Nothing gets you in the Christmas spirit quite like an evening with the Whos of Whoville. Mayor August Maywho and little Cindy Lou Who take you through the wonders of Who Christmas - from roast beast to Christmas bells! CLICK HERE

BALLET PENSACOLA presents THE NUTCRACKER- Fri/Sat 7pm, Sun 1:30pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre

Follow the adventures of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle the Mouse King and embark on a journey through the Land of the Sweets with the guidance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. CLICK HERE

CHRISTMAS ZOOBILEE- Sat/Sun 9am-4pm, Gulf Breeze Zoo

Christmas ZOObilee includes winter-themed bounce stations, live music and entertainment, a Candy Cane Market full of gifts, including unique gifts from local artists and delicious holiday treats… and Santa! All event activities included with regular daytime admission. CLICK HERE

CHRISTMAS FUN FOR FREE- Sat 11am-2pm, Starlight Stables, Grand Bay

Community event presented by Starlight Stables and local Mobile area Athletes. Texas Ranger Bubba Thompson. South Alabama Jaguars star receiver Jalen Tolbert and Trey Roberson receiver Delta State University. Free reindeer rides & pony rides. Pictures in sleigh with Santa. Snacks and drinks.  CLICK HERE

MIRACLE ON 34th STREET: THE PLAY- Thurs/Fri/Sat 7:30pm; Sun 3pm, Pensacola Little Theatre

By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy's. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy's customers by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. At stake, the belief in Santa Claus.  CLICK HERE 

POLAR EXPRESS PAJAMA PARTY- Saturday/Sunday 3:30pm (Nov 30-Dec 22), National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola

Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the magical journey to the North Pole to find the true spirit of Christmas with a showing of the film on the Giant Screen Theater. Once onboard, all children will receive a free cup of hot chocolate and cookie from the refreshment counter. (The National Naval Aviation Museum is open for current DoD ID card holders only.) CLICK HERE   

WALES WEST ARCTIC EXPRESS- Open nightly through Christmas Eve, 4pm-9pm, Wales West Light Railway, Silverhill, AL

Enjoy an authentic stream train ride through amazing lights, decorations, Christmas music, and Snow on the way to the North Pole. Take a photo with Santa, and each child gets a special Toy. Enjoy the Miniature Train ride, Hayless Hay ride, Playground, Bounce House, Face Painting and more. CLICK HERE

WHARF ICE SKATING RINK- Nov 15- Jan 12, The Wharf, Orange Beach, CLICK HERE

WHARF NORTH POLE EXPRESS- Saturdays only, thru Dec 21st, 10am-10pm, Train Stop in front of Pepper Palace, The Wharf, Orange Beach

All aboard! The train rides through Winter Wonderland at The Wharf. At the end of the train ride there will be a special Believe sticker and a Christmas Spirit coloring book to take as a souvenir! Don’t forget to Stop by Santa’s Workshop and meet the big man himself! CLICK HERE

THE RED CLAY STRAYS- Fri 8pm, Soul Kitchen, downtown Mobile, CLICK HERE

MUSCADINE BLOODLINE- Sat 9pm, Soul Kitchen, downtown Mobile, CLICK HERE

USA JAGUAR BASKETBALL- 

vs APPALACHIAN STATE - Thurs 7pm, USA Mitchell Center

vs COASTAL CAROLINA - Sat 3pm, USA Mitchell Center

CLICK HERE

Listen to Jags basketball all season on 99.5 The Jag and iHeartRadio.

PENSACOLA ICE FLYERS HOCKEY vs HUNTSVILLE HAVOC- Sat 7:50pm, Pensacola Bay Center, CLICK HERE

MOVIES:

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (PG13)- The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga. Stars Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Billie Lourd

CATS (PG)- A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life. Stars Taylor Swift, Francesca Hayward, Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Rebel Wilson, James Corden

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