Best Bets, Weekend of Dec 11- Dec 13

FLORA-BAMA'S ANNUAL SANTA DROP- Sat 11am-2pm, Flora-Bama Lounge, Perdido Key

See Santa skydive onto our white sandy beaches, then jump in line in the Tent for Santa pics! Beginning at 11AM, prior to Santa's arrival at Noon, there will be kids crafts, games, live music featuring holiday tunes for the kiddos, face painting, juice and sweet treats - best of all, it's all FREE! CLICK HERE 

LULU'S LIGHTED BOAT PARADE- Sat 4:30pm, Lulu's Gulf Shores

The boats with leave LuLu's Gulf Shores at dusk and head to the Wharf in Orange Beach, boats will be visible along the canal from Gulf Shores or Orange Beach. CLICK HERE

MOBILE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: A BOUNTIFUL HOLIDAY- Sat 6:00pm and 8:30pm; Sun 1:00pm and 3:30pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre

MSO will celebrate the holidays with an old-fashioned variety show with performances by various orchestral sections. A few highlights include: Ding Dong Merrily on High, Carol of the Bells, Nutcracker selections and everyone’s favorite Christmas instrument, the harp, will be featured in several selectionsCLICK HERE 

CHRISTMAS ON THE COAST- Fri/Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2:30pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre

Christmas on the Coast is a dazzling holiday spectacular where the singers of the Pensacola Children's Chorus will transform sunny weather into a winter wonderland. CLICK HERE

****Cancelled due to WX forecast****** MERRY TUBA CHRISTMAS CONCERT- Sat 3pm, Medal of Honor Park, Mobile

Concert is free and open to the public. Lawn seating; bring your own chair. All players of tuba or euphonium are welcome to play- any age or skill level. CLICK HERE

4th Annual MISTLETOE MARKET- Sat 9am-4pm, Saraland Municipal complex, 939 Saraland Blvd South

Mistletoe Market is a craft show and vendor fair hosted by the Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce. The Market features over 100 vendors, with custom made gifts and decor, clothing, jewelry, arts & crafts, and gourmet foods. Plus live performances on stage, activities for the kids and free giveaways! CLICK HERE

****CANCELLED****** 38th Annual CHRISTMAS FEST- Sat 8am-7pm, Courthouse Square, Bay Minette

Event cancelled by North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. CLICK HERE

LODA ARTWALK: DECEMBER ARTWALK- Fri 6pm-9pm, Lower Dauphin Arts District, downtown Mobile

December’s ArtWalk will take place on Friday, December 11th, virtually AND in person! This month's "Holly Jolly" hybrid event will feature local artists, arts organizations, and downtown businesses – including gallery tours, children's musical performances, and moreCLICK HERE 

CHRISTMAS ZOOBILEE- Sat/Sun 10am-4pm, Gulf Breeze Zoo

Christmas ZOObilee includes winter-themed bounce stations, live music and entertainment, a Candy Cane Market, Santa and The Grinch. CLICK HERE   

COLONIAL CHRISTMAS FAMILY DAY- Sat 10am-2pm, Fort Conde, downtown Mobile

It’s a day of Colonial Christmas crafts and activities. Crafts will include wooden ornaments, dried orange ornaments, whirligigs, reindeer food, and letters to Santa. Lawn games will include ring toss, nine pins, and hoops. CLICK HERE   

CHRISTMAS AT THE EXPLOREUM- Sat 10:30am-3pm, Gulf Coast Exploreum, downtown Mobile

Join the Exploreum Crew for a Holiday Wonderland! View exciting experiments and experience our STEM Wonderland exhibit!  

11:00 – Snow Day 101  

11:30 – The Grinch’s Growing Heart

12:00 – An Ozobot Holiday

1:00 – Holiday Borax Crystal Snowflakes

1:30 – Pinecone Science

2:00 – Melting Snowmen

2:30 – Holiday Circuits


EXPLOREUM SPECIAL FAMILY MOVIE: ELF- Sat 2pm, Gulf Coast Exploreum, downtown Mobile, CLICK HERE

JJP presents SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD- Fri/Sat 7pm, ***SUNDAY SHOW CANCELLED DUE TO WX FORECAST****, Medal of Honor Park Pavilion

The Joe Jefferson Players present a moving collection of powerful songs that examine life, love and the choices we make. 

Patrons will need to bring their own chairs for seating (and blankets to keep warm!) to the performances. Masks and social distancing will be required. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance. CLICK HERE   

MAGIC CHRISTMAS IN LIGHTS- Open nightly 5pm-9pm, Nov 27- Jan 3 (except for Christmas and New Year’s days), Bellingrath Gardens & Home, Theodore

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is celebrating the 25th anniversary season of Magic Christmas in Lights with a brand-new scene depicting Mardi Gras! This sparkling winter wonderland is a Gulf Coast tradition like no other, with more than 1,100 set pieces, 16 scenes and 3 million lights set out in a walking tour throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. CLICK HERE

CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS- Open Nightly 5:30pm – 10:00pm through Jan 1, Hank Aaron Stadium

NEW music and NEW displays at every turn! See over one million lights synchronized to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music played through your own car radio at Mobile’s drive-thru Christmas light show!


THE WHARF NORTH POLE EXPRESS- Saturdays through Dec 19, Main Street, The Wharf, Orange Beach

Your kids will enjoy the sights and sounds as the train rides through our Winter Wonderland. They will also be given a candy cane, coloring book and Golden Ticket sticker as a special souvenir!  CLICK HERE

LEGENDS IN CONCERT: A MERRY COUNTRY CHRISTMAS- Nov 20-Jan 3 (Thurs-Sat 7pm; 3pm matinees on Sat/Sun), Legends In Concert at OWA, Foley

Holiday performances include tributes to Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, and Elvis Presley! CLICK HERE

PENSACOLA WINTERFEST- Come see our NEW performances! Instead of our traditional, hour-long performance tours, we have two exciting experiences for your family to choose from.

CAJUN CHRISTMAS- Fri starting at 5pm, Palafox Place, downtown Pensacola

Board a tram to ride to the Historic Village where Papa Noel will read The Cajun Night Before Christmas in front of a fireplace. After the story, you can wander the Museum of Industry, play a scavenger hunt, listen to a live jug band, dance with Papa Noel’s alligator team and eat gumbo!  CLICK HERE  

POLAR EXPRESS TOUR- Fri starting at 5pm, Palafox Place, downtown Pensacola

On board our Polar Express Tour, you will see tap-dancing hot chocolate servers, snowy landscapes, and learn what it truly means to believe. Capacity on our trolleys will be limited and guests will be required to wear masks while onboard. CLICK HERE  

WALES WEST ARCTIC EXPRESS- Fri/Sat/Sun 4pm-9pm, Wales West Light Railway, Silverhill AL

Ride and enjoy an authentic steam train ride aboard the “Dame Ann” through amazing lights, decorations, Christmas music, and Snow on the way to the North Pole! You can take home your own holiday picture of your family with Santa, and each child gets a special Toy. Tickets must be purchased online. CLICK HERE  

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