Best Bets, Gulf Coast HOLIDAY Events, 12/25-1/1


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 personCLICK 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

MOONPIE OVER MOBILE- Tues (Dec 31) 8pm-12 midnight, downtown Mobile

Ring in the New Year with Collective Soul and watch the MoonPie Drop at midnight! Other activities include the cutting of the giant MoonPie, a Roaring 20s Costume Contest, Second Line Parade, Resolution Wall, and the Spire Fireworks Show at midnight.  CLICK HERE

NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS- Tues (Dec 31) 11:59pm, Pensacola Beach Boardwalk

Keep your eyes focused on the Pensacola Beach skies this New Year’s Eve for a free firework display along the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. CLICK HERE

NYE FIREWORKS IN DOWNTOWN PENSACOLA- Tues (Dec 31) 11:59pm, downtown Pensacola

The fireworks display will take place on top of Seville Tower at midnight. This event is free to attend and families of all ages are encouraged to watch a truly unforgettable fireworks display in the heart of historic Downtown Pensacola. CLICK HERE

CITY OF FAIRHOPE NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION- Tues (Dec 31) 8:30pm-12:30am, downtown Fairhope

Residents and visitors are invited to bring their families and ring in the New Year. Big Night Dynamite will begin playing at 8:30 p.m. at the corner of Fairhope Avenue and Church Street. Other entertainment will include face painting, fireworks, and a ball drop at midnight CLICK HERE

REELIN’ IN THE NEW YEAR STREET PARTY- Tues (Dec 31) 5pm-midnight, The Wharf, Orange Beach

Travis Clark Band: 7 PM to 9 PM

Jason Jones Band: 9 PM until midnight.

Kids activities (5pm-9pm): mechanical bull, rockwall, bouncy house, surf stimulator, Face painting ($5,$7,$10)

Fireworks and Marlin Drop at midnight! Main Street is the best viewing spot for fireworksCLICK HERE

RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT THE FORT- Tues (Dec 31) 4pm-8pm, The Fort Container Park, Spanish Fort

An evening of family friendly events are planned for you to celebrate with us at The Fort!

Face Painting, Balloon Artist, DJ, Party Hats and Blowers, and Glow Fun! Balloon Drop! CLICK HERE   

THE ROARING 20’S N.Y.E. PARTY- Tues (Dec 31) 9pm-1am, The Temple, downtown Mobile

Celebrate the New Year with the Young REALTORS at The Roaring 20's Speakeasy N.Y.E Party! Join us for a night of great music, open bar with specialty cocktails, and much more! Dress to impress with your keen cocktail attire or go all out with a copacetic 1920's getup. CLICK HERE  

MORRIS DAY & THE TIME- Tues (Dec 31) 8pm, IP Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE 

THE MOLLY RINGWALDS- Tues (Dec 31) 10:30pm, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, CLICK HERE

PENSACOLA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA presents CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR- Tues (Dec 31) 7pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre

There’s no better way to ring in the New Year than with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra playing light classics and timeless music like George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in BlueCLICK HERE   

POLAR BEAR DIP- Wed (Jan 1) 12 noon-3pm, Flora-Bama Lounge, Perdido Key

The Flora-Bama Lounge on the Florida-Alabama state line hosts this popular, annual splash in the Gulf of Mexico. Afterwards, everyone joins in a southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Say and warms up with good music and beverages. CLICK HERE  

KIWANIS POLAR BEAR DIP- Wed (Jan 1) 12 noon-4pm, The Hangout, Gulf Shores

Locals, snowbirds, and visitors are invited to join us for this uniquely coastal beach party. The event is totally free. Souvenir t-shirts and koozies will be available and donations are encouraged with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Alabama Special Olympics and the Kiwanis Club of Gulf Shores. CLICK HERE   

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


LITTLE WOMEN (PG)- Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet 

SPIES IN DISGUISE (PG)- When the world's best spy is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world. Stars 

Karen Gillan, Rachel Brosnahan, Will Smith 

1917 (R)- Two young British privates during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldier's brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap. Stars Andrew Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth 

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