Best Bets, Weekend of Dec 18- Dec 20

BALLET PENSACOLA presents THE NUTCRACKER- Fri 7pm; Sat 11am and 7pm; Sun 1:30pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre

Ballet Pensacola’s production of The Nutcracker features a cast of over 100 dancers for this classic holiday taleCLICK HERE



The Mobile Saenger is partnering with the Ronald McDonald House, collecting items for the Mobile House. See the list of needed items 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 GrinchCLICK HERE   

EXPLOREUM DATE NIGHT MOVIE: DIE HARD - Sat 5pm, Gulf Coast Exploreum, downtown Mobile

Date Night includes the option to BYOW (Bring Your Own Wine) with a small corking fee of $5. Beer and liquor are not allowed. 21+ event only. CLICK HERE  

CHRISTMAS AT OAKLEIGH- Fri 5:30pm, Sat 4:30pm, Historic Oakleigh House Museum, Mobile

Take a Christmas tour, eat Christmas cookies, and learn about antebellum Christmas traditions during this two-night celebration! CLICK HERE 

CARRIAGE RIDES & COCKTAILS- Fri/Sat 5:30pm-8:30pm, Colonial Fort Conde, Mobile

Step back in time to celebrate the holidays with Colonial horse-drawn carriage rides, live holiday music, and custom drinks, all surrounded by hundreds of luminaries! The carriage rides will be free and on a first come, first-served basis. 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!


Christmas Nights of Lights is Providing Light for Our Community, with special nights to benefit local non-profits. Help One Meal Mobile (Thurs Dec 17 and Wed Dec 23); Victory Health Partners (Fri Dec 18); L'Arche Mobile (Sat Dec 19) by using special promo codes when you buy your tickets online. CLICK HERE 

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! While you’re at The Wharf, check out the Ice Skating Rink and Horse & Carriage Rides!  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- Nightly through Christmas Eve, 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- Nightly through Christmas Eve, 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- Nightly through Christmas Eve, 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