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Best Bets for the Weekend, Dec 9- Dec 11



6:30pm- Loxley, AL


10:00am- Semmes, AL

10:30am- Elberta, AL

12:00pm- Saraland, AL

 1:00pm- Dawes (Dawes Rd, Mobile)

 4:30pm- Summerdale, AL

 5:00pm- Atmore, AL

 5:00pm- Christmas on the River Boat Parade, Dog River, AL

 5:30pm- Pensacola Christmas Parade

 Dusk–  Lulu’s Lighted Boat parade, Gulf Shores/Orange Beach AL

 6:00pm- Spanish Fort (Eastern Shore Centre)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL- Wed Dec 7, 7:30pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre

The Charles Dickens Christmas classic is presented by Playhouse in the Park. CLICK HERE   

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER JR.- Fri 7:30pm; Sat 11am; Sun 2:30pm, Pensacola Little Theatre

The holiday classic soars off the screen in this Broadway Junior, 60-minute musical adaptation of the beloved television special. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you specialCLICK HERE   


LoDa ArtWalk celebrates the Holiday Season! Come downtown to show your support of local artists, arts organizations, and downtown businesses at this fun, family-friendly event. Stop by Cathedral Square for a hand-crafted balloon extravaganza that is just picture perfect! CLICK HERE   

SATURDAYS AT THE COOP!- Sat 7pm-10pm, Cooper Riverside Park, downtown Mobile

The City of Mobile Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Visit Mobile, invites you to a series of FUN and FREE Events that happen one Saturday each month. Relax and enjoy an evening under the stars with live musical entertainment from Stormfolk (folk Christmas). Chairs and Blankets are encouraged! CLICK HERE   

THE NUTCRACKER- Sat Dec 10, 2:30pm and 7:30pm; Sun Dec 11, 2:30pm, Mobile Civic Center Theater

Outstanding guest artists share the stage with Mobile Ballet Company and students in this cherished Mobile holiday tradition.Join Clara and the Nutcracker Prince in their adventures with the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy in this magical story that will delight audiences of all ages! CLICK HERE 

THE NUTCRACKER- Sat 7pm, Sun 3pm, Beau Rivage Theatre, Biloxi

The Nutcracker presented by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Ballet Theatre. Accompanying the MS Gulf Coast Ballet Theatre is the Gulf Coast School of Performing Arts and Ballet Pensacola. CLICK HERE    

A CINEMATIC CHRISTMAS- Sat Dec 10, 7:30pm; Sun Dec 11, 2:30pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre

Have yourself a merry little Christmas with the Mobile Symphony’s annual holiday concert, a Christmas tradition for families all across the Gulf Coast. This year MSO is featuring music from your favorite holiday movies! CLICK HERE   

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

Audiences will be transported to a medieval holiday feast complete with traditional madrigals and boughs of holly. Then, the bells will ring from the highest tower with an assortment of bell-themed carols and others that spread tidings of comfort and joy. Next, we’ll travel south of the border to get a taste of how Christmas is celebrated in Mexico. Later, cowboy boots will fill the stage for a holiday hoedown, along with special guests Rudolph and Santa Claus. Presented by Pensacola Children’s Chorus. CLICK HERE  



DIE HARD (NAKATOMI CHRISTMAS PARTY) MOVIE NIGHT- Sat 5pm-9pm, Exploreum Science Center, downtown Mobile

Yippee-Ki-Yay, M-m-m-m-m-moviegoers!!! This year we have something special for the adults this holiday season: the original Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis. The ultimate Christmas action movie, we have upped the ante and are having a full on Nakatomi Christmas party to accompany the screening of the movie. CLICK HERE 

FLORA-BAMA SANTA DROP- Sat 11am-2pm, behind the Flora-Bama Lounge, Perdido Key

We kick-off the Christmas holidays with our annual Santa Drop! 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 12:30PM, we'll have 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   

YMCA ELF RIDE AT OWA- Sat 5pm, Downtown OWA, OWA Theme Park, Foley

Dress up in your best elf costume, decorate your bike and have fun with the YMCA at OWA. Proceeds will benefit the John McClure Snook Family and Bounds Family YMCA. CLICK HERE    

HOHO HUSTLE 5K- Sat 8am, Running Wild, Pensacola

Bring the kids and hustle along the scenic course, drink hot chocolate and experience holiday cheer. Party: A fun Holiday themed party for the whole family to enjoy after the race! Delicious Christmas-y treats & hot chocolate, pictures with Santa. CLICK HERE   

HISTORIC MOBILE HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR- Sat 11am-5pm, Historic Oakleigh House Museum, Mobile

Tour homes in the Oakleigh Garden District, including The Historic Oakleigh House. This year, tickets will include entrance to the Cox-Deasy House AND Candlelight Christmas at Oakleigh.  CLICK HERE   

MISTLETOE MARKET- Sat 9am-4pm, Town Center Park at Splash Pad, Saraland

Find great gifts at the 6th Annual Mistletoe market hosted by the Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce. Over a hundred vendors with custom made gifts and decor, clothing, jewelry, arts & crafts, gourmet foods, plus kids activities too! CLICK HERE  


TOWN OF SUMMERDALE HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS- Sat 1pm-until, Pioneer Park, Summerdale AL

This year will be bigger and better than ever with snow in the park, movie in the park, inflatable bounce houses, live entertainment, wreath decorating contest, hay rides, vendors and food trucks. Stick around after the parade (rolls at 4:30) for snow in the park, photos with Santa, and a Movie in the park! CLICK HERE   

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL AT BICENTENNIAL PARK- Fri/Sat 5pm-9pm, Bicentennial Park, Hwy 225, Stockton AL

This event will incorporate Christmas caroling by soloists, choirs and groups, guests will meet Santa, Mrs.Claus, the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who and an Elf too. There will be Carnival, kid’s games, face painting, Uncle Joe’s Rolling Petting Zoo, Balloon Art, Beignets and Hot Chocolate, Train Rides and Hayrides thru the park. The Christmas Festival is a FREE event. Guests will need cash to purchase food. CLICK HERE  

CHRISTMAS ZOOBILEE- Sat/Sun 10am-4pm (thru Dec 18), Gulf Breeze Zoo

Christmas ZOObilee includes Santa, the Grinch, winter-themed bounce stations, live music and entertainment, and a Candy Cane Market. With all event activities included with regular daytime admission, Christmas ZOObilee is this seasons can't miss holiday event. CLICK HERE   

2022 AHSAA ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI High School All-Star Football Game- Sat 12 noon, Hancock-Whitney Stadium, USA campus, Mobile

Back in Mobile! The 2022 AHSAA Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star Football Game has not been played in Mobile since 2010. This long-standing rivalry game features all-star seniors from both Alabama and Mississippi competing for bragging rights of which state is the BEST! CLICK HERE   

RENT- Fri/Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm (thru Dec 18), Joe Jefferson Playhouse, Mobile

Based on Puccini’s beloved opera La Bohème, Rent follows the ups and downs of a year in the life of a group of impoverished, artistic friends living in Manhattan’s East Village. CLICK HERE  


MAGIC CHRISTMAS IN LIGHTS- Fri Nov 25- Wed Jan 4, open nightly (closed December 25 and January 1), Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Theodore

Stroll through a dazzling light display throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. In addition, the Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and enhanced with beautiful poinsettias. Santa will be at Bellingrath Gardens & Home nightly from 5:30 to 9 p.m. through December 23rd. He is available for pictures in the Magnolia Room, adjacent to the Café. CLICK HERE  

SOWELL’S NORTH POLE- Nightly 5:30pm-9pm through Dec 25th, Sowell Farms, 7650 Sowell Rd Milton, FL

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Light Display (drive-through and/or park) is an annual Christmas light show put on by the Sowell family. Come enjoy train rides, photos with Santa, camel rides and more! 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


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