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Best Bets For The Weekend, Nov 18- Nov 20

THE CITY OF FAIRHOPE’S ANNUAL LIGHTING OF THE TREES- Thurs Nov 17, 5:30pm, downtown Fairhope

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and the lights come on at 6 p.m. sharp!

Entertainment includes the Fairhope High School band, the Fairhope High School Choral Ensemble, the Fairhope Middle School band and the Eastern Shore Choral Society. Mrs. Claus will be passing out candy canes and letting children write a wish list to Santa for her to take back to the North Pole. CLICK HERE   

LIGHTING OF THE TREE - Fri Nov 18, 5:30pm-9pm, Mardi Gras Park, downtown Mobile

Join the City of Mobile for a night of cheer as we light up the night and celebrate the start of the holiday season! Santa arrives at 6pm and the lights go on at 6:30pm! This is free family-friendly event that will include a Live DJ, Holiday Princesses, Photo Opportunities, Santa Claus, and so much more! CLICK HERE  

OWA TREE LIGHTING- Sat 5pm-8:30pm, Downtown OWA, Foley

Enjoy a snowy Tree Lighting ceremony with Christmas music playing through the streets of Downtown. This remarkable holiday experience is filled with ceremonious live entertainment followed by an epic lighting of OWA’s giant, 36-foot-tall Christmas tree, snowfall and fireworks display. . Be sure to grab your photo with Santa and enjoy a spectacular Rockettes-style dance performance at the OWA Theater.

Look for Mix 99.9 The Christmas Station at the tree lighting! This event is free to attend in Downtown OWA. No admission required. CLICK HERE   


The Market will take place all day Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin around 4:30 p.m. Lighting of the Christmas Tree will take place at dark. Bring out the entire family for fun and to celebrate the start of the holiday season! CLICK HERE   

CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR- Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun 7pm, Cottage Hill Baptist Church, Mobile

Listed as one of the top 25 best Christmas events in Mobile, Christmas Spectacular is sure to delight the entire family. With over 20 ensembles and featuring over 200 students from Alabama School of the Arts (ASOTA) with a 50-piece orchestra of combined students and professional mentors, you will experience an inspiring musical extravaganza that will stir your heart as you experience the joy of Christmas. CLICK HERE   

MOBILE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL- Sat 10am-4pm, The Grounds, West Mobile

The festival provides the atmosphere of world travel, giving the opportunities to meet people from over 70 countries face-to-face, speak different languages, sample some delicious food, learn geography, history, art, social studies, music, science, and, above all, be inspired by our beautiful world and its people. CLICK HERE   


CREEKFEST- Sat/Sun 9am-6pm, 4750 Willard Norris Rd. in Milton

Come celebrate the Muscogee Creek people who have been part of this land for generations. This event will feature Pow Wow, dancing, drumming, and award-winning musicians and performers. Taste delicious Indian fry bread and roasted corn; test your skills at tomahawk throwing and Native American games like stickball. CLICK HERE   

DIRTY DANCING IN CONCERT- Thurs 7:30pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre

Dirty Dancing in Concert is the classic film’s first live film-to-concert experience. Enjoy the digitally remastered hit film like never before on a full-size cinema screen, with a live band and singers performing the film’s iconic songs. CLICK HERE   

BEETHOVEN AND BLUE JEANS- SKY - Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm, Mobile Saenger

MSO’s annual casual concert features one Beethoven’s most popular symphonies – the 7th. Kentucky-born Tessa Lark plays a bluegrass-inspired violin concerto written for her by Michael Torke. Works by Aaron Copland complete the American theme. CLICK HERE  

DISNEY ON ICE: LET’S CELEBRATE- Thurs/Fri 7pm; Sat 10:30am, 2:30pm, 6:30pm; Sun 12 noon, 4pm; Pensacola Bay Center

Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate party when Disney On Ice presents Let's Celebrate skates into your hometown with more than 50 unforgettable Disney characters. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, go on an adventure through 14 of the greatest Disney stories ever told. CLICK HERE  

PENSACOLA BAY CONCERT BAND- Sat 7:30pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre

PBCB Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Music from the 1970's with a Touch of Symphony (featuring Frances Michaels, Fiddle). Wear your fave 70s garb! For admission, please bring non-perishable food items for Manna Food Pantries.  CLICK HERE

GALLERY NIGHT PENSACOLA- Fri 5pm-8pm, downtown Pensacola

Everyone loves a good dress-up theme! Select your best throwback look - is it the 1920s? 1980s? Y2K? Visit the bar that best fits your theme and even gather your friends into a Decade Crew for a bar crawl. CLICK HERE  

PENSACOLA WINTERFEST - Fri-Sun,Nov 18-Dec 24, Plaza Wonderland on Palafox Place, downtown Pensacola

Experience the holidays with the Grinch Trolley Tour, the Scrooge Tour, and the Polar Express. Winterfest tours and performances light up beautiful Downtown Pensacola from Historic Seville to the Palafox Business District. Join the many different Winterfest characters on journeys through their stories! CLICK HERE  


Ice Skating Rink- Nov 11-Jan 16

Grab a pair of skates and glide, spin or fall into the season by coasting on blades.

The Wharf North Pole Express- Saturdays plus select dates, Nov-Dec 10am-10pm, near the Ferris wheel

Put on your PJs and ride The Wharf North Pole Express each Saturday until Christmas. 

Horse & Carriage Rides- Select nights, Nov-Jan, Main Street

Saddle up for the season by spending an evening under the moonlight in an enchanted horse-drawn carriage.

CLICK HERE for dates/times

KANSAS- Fri 8pm, IP Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE   

CHRISTINA P- Fri 8pm, Beau Rivage Biloxi, CLICK HERE   

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE- Fri/Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm, Chickasaw Civic Theatre

The magical tale by C.S. Lewis comes alive in this enchanting show as four children discover Narnia—a world of myth, magic and magnificence—within an old wardrobe. Will the witch keep Narnia under her wintry spell? Or can the children, with the guidance of the great lion Aslan, deliver the land? CLICK HERE  

FALL MARKET IN THE PARK- **Last one of the season*** Saturdays Oct 15- Nov 19, 7:30am-12noon, Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile

The market features local artisans, farmers and so much more. Shop local for seasonal fresh fruits, local produce, vegetables, seafood, baked goods, jams/jellies, original art, decor and more in Cathedral Square. CLICK HERE   


USA JAGS vs SOUTHERN MISS- Sat 2:30pm, Hattiesburg, MS, NFL Network, CLICK HERE

For Game Day information on Home Games (parking, clear bag policy, etc) CLICK HERE   

Listen to Jags football all season on Sports Talk 99.5, 96.1 the Rocket and on iHeartRadio! Pre-game show starts 2 hours before kickoff. CLICK HERE   

ALABAMA vs AUSTIN PEAY - Sat 11am, Tuscaloosa, ESPN+, CLICK HERE   

AUBURN vs WESTERN KENTUCKY- Sat 3pm, Auburn, SEC Network, CLICK HERE    

FLORIDA STATE vs LOUISIANA- Sat 11am, Tallahassee, CLICK HERE   

FLORIDA @ VANDERBILT- Sat 11am, Nashville, SEC Network, CLICK HERE


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