Best Bets for the Weekend, Dec 17- Dec 19


HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA AND TOY GIVEAWAY- Sat 10am-2pm, James Seals Park (Texas St), Mobile

Live DJ, Wish Wall, Christmas Crafts, Food Trucks, Vendors, Bounce Houses/Inflatables, Games, Activities, Kids Karaoke and More! Toy Give-a-Way is Limited. First Come, First Serve. CLICK HERE  

GREER’S MARKETS/ THIS IS ALABAMA MARDI GRAS PARADE- Fri 6:30pm, downtown Mobile

The skies of downtown Mobile will be filled with beads, moon pies and more as the LendingTree Bowl presents Mobile’s largest Mardi Gras Parade with floats from 20 mystical societies. In addition, local high school marching bands and the Bowl teams’ bands and cheerleaders will perform. The parade will be followed by the This Is Alabama Pep Rally and Street Party. CLICK HERE

LENDING TREE BOWL- Sat 4:45pm, Hancock Whitney Stadium, USA campus, Mobile

Eastern Michigan takes on Liberty in the Lending Tree Bowl. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. CLICK HERE

PIRATES OF FISH RIVER CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE- Sat 5:30pm, Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Start planning your dock party, or find a spot to watch from! Starts at 98 Bridge in Weeks Bay; We will turn around north of 32 bridge. CLICK HERE   

SAENGER THEATRE CHRISTMAS MOVIE SERIES:

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation- Thurs 7pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre, downtown Mobile, CLICK HERE

A Christmas Carol (1938)- Sun 3pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre, downtown Mobile, CLICK HERE 

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

On Friday, December 17 from 5pm-9pm , Gallery Night Pensacola will once again close Palafox Street (from Garden Street to Main Street) in Downtown Pensacola and provide open streets for patrons to explore and enjoy music, art, food and more.

The December Gallery Night's theme is "Holiday Movies," full of holiday cheer! Bring the whole family and dress up as your favorite holiday movie character! Santa? Rudolph? The Grinch? CLICK HERE

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

Set to Tchaikovsky’s beautifully timeless score, join Clara as she embarks on a magical journey through glistening snowflakes, toy soldiers, mice-filled battlefields, and delicious festivities in the Land of the Sweets! CLICK HERE  

CHRISTMAS WITH ROMAN STREET AND THE MARLOW BOYS- Fri 7:30pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre

Come hear Christmas Classics done in a new and exciting way.  CLICK HERE  

THE CHARLIE BROWN 12th Annual JAZZ CHRISTMAS CONCERT- Sat 8pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre

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. CLICK HERE  

WHITE TIE ROCK ENSEMBLE- Sat 8pm, Pensacola Bay Center

A family friendly, rocking holiday concert featuring the festive music of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra and other Holiday Classics. CLICK HERE

PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL- Fri/Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2:30pm, Playhouse in the Park, Langan Park, Mobile

The Playhouse will present the immortal Dickens’ classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Just in time for the holidays, this marvelous musical treat follows Ebenezer Scrooge through one fateful Christmas Eve, as he learns to love his fellow man.  CLICK 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 full of gifts, sights, smells, and tastes of the season, including unique gifts from local artists and delicious holiday treats. Fun for the entire family, Christmas ZOObilee wouldn't be complete without a visit from the jolly man in a red suit. Weekends with Santa is the perfect opportunity to hand-deliver last-minute Christmas letters while snapping a treasured photo with Saint Nick in his sleigh. The Grinch will be in attendance also for photos. CLICK HERE

CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR- December 14 - 16, 19 - 26, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM, Beau Rivage Theater, Biloxi

Check off everyone's wishlist this season with high-kicking precision Christmas dancers in the 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  

MAGIC CHRISTMAS IN LIGHTS- November 26 to January 5, open nightly (closed December 25 and January 1), Bellingrath Gardens, Theodore.

In this Gulf Coast holiday tradition, guests stroll through a dazzling light display that features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 16 scenes throughout the Garden estate. In addition, the Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and enhanced with beautiful poinsettias. CLICK HERE

CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS- November 12 – January 7, open nightly 5:30pm – 10:00pm, rain or shine, Hank Aaron Stadium, Mobile

See over one million lights synchronized to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music played through your own car stereo. Pack your vehicle full of friends and family to enjoy the show and continue your Christmas tradition with us! CLICK HERE 

LEGENDS IN CONCERT CLASSIC CHRISTMAS- Nov 17-Jan 2, Wednesday through Saturday at 7pm with additional 3pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

The all-new Classic Christmas will pay tribute to music royalty including Celine Dion, Karen Carpenter, Young Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. CLICK HERE

THE NORTH POLE AT OWA- Fri/Sat/Sun 1pm-4pm and 5pm-7pm, Downtown OWA

Pack your bags and grab your winter coats, because we are headed to experience the North Pole in Downtown OWA! This year, Santa will be a little closer to home. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Santa will be welcoming guests of all ages to his home away from home. Kids and families will be able to participate in Christmas crafts with Santa’s Elves while waiting to grab a photo with the jolly man himself! CLICK HERE

WINTERFEST PENSACOLA - Nov 26-Dec 24, Government at Palafox, downtown Pensacola

Experience the Polar Express Tour, the Grinch Tour, a Cajun Christmas, as well as photos with Santa or the Grinch! Plus, catch the preshows every night! Sing and dance along with your favorite characters as we kick off each tour! Preshows are free and open to the publicCLICK HERE

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

Looking for kid friendly family fun for the weekend?? Come ride the Arctic Express to the North Pole to see Santa! Your ticket includes a ride to see Santa, FREE Toy, mini train ride, tractor ride, and more! CLICK HERE  

****POSTPONED******AIR SUPPLY - Fri/Sat 8pm, IP Casino Biloxi

Due to an unfortunate accident, Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply has been injured and we must postpone the upcoming shows at IP Casino Resort Spa from this weekend to September 23 & 24, 2022. Russell is on the mend and is expected to have a full recovery soon.Air Supply very much appreciates your understanding and looks forward to performing at IP Casino next year. CLICK HERE

CHICAGO AT THE BEAU RIVAGE- Fri/Sat 8pm, Beau Rivage, Biloxi, CLICK HERE

THE ULTIMATE QUEEN CELEBRATION STARRING MARC MARTEL- Fri 8pm, Hard Rock, Biloxi

It’s simple: Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May handpicked singer Marc Martel to take on the lead vocals for their Queen tribute tour known as the Queen Extravaganza. CLICK HERE

1940’s RADIO HOUR- Fri 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm, Mainstage, Pensacola Little Theatre

A different time is evoked in this marvelously theatrical show, a live broadcast of The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade from the Hotel Astor's Algonquin Room on December 21, 1942. The spirit of that bygone era when the world was at war and pop music meant "Strike Up the Band" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" is accurately captured as the harassed producer copes with a drunk lead singer, the delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the mic, the second banana who dreams of singing a ballad, and the trumpet playing sound effects man who chooses a fighter plane over Glenn Miller. CLICK HERE   

Photo: Mary Booth, WMXC


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