Upcoming Christmas Parades

Who needs Macy's? If you want to catch a glimpse of Santa ushering in the holiday season on his sleigh, there are plenty of local parades that provide that opportunity. In fact for the next two weekends you could spend all day doing nothing but hopping

from parade to parade. So bundle up, make plenty of hot chocolate and make sure you stay off the naughty list, because Santa Claus is coming to town.
Ceremonies on Thursday, December 2:
6:00 PM – Orange Beach – Orange Beach Christmas Tree Lighting, Orange Beach City Hall, No Charge.

6:00 PM – Gulf Shores – 30th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Open House - At 6 p.m., the City of Gulf Shores will kick off the holiday season with the 30th annual lighting of the Christmas Tree. An Open House complete with refreshments and entertainment will follow at the Civic Center, Gulf Shores Museum, Thomas B. Norton Library and David L. Bodenhamer Recreation Center, as well as South Baldwin Community Theater, until 8 p.m. Santa will visit with children on the Civic Center front portico and parents can take pictures. Meanwhile Mrs. Santa will be telling stories at the Museum.

Parades on Saturday December 4:
9:00 AM – Spanish Fort – at the Eastern Shore Life Style Center. Call 251-626-4884 for more information.

10:00 AM – Foley – sponsored by the Foley Kiwanis Club and held in the streets of Uptown Foley. Floats, bands, clowns, Scouts, Santa Claus and many others celebrate the beginning of the Christmas Season. Contact Richard Peterson (at Riviera Utilities) 251-943-5001 for more info. This parade leads into Let It Snow: A Holiday Celebration at the Foley Heritage Park (behind the Depot Museum.) Free admission. This is an alcohol-free event with lots of SNOW, games, prizes, music, storytelling, food and other entertainment. Call the Foley CVB 251-943-1200 for more info.

2:00 PM – Gulf Shores – first annual Christmas Parade heads down Hwy 59 and ends at the Gulf Shores Public Beach, then at 3:00 PM Christmas at the Beach begins at the main boardwalk. Enjoy real snow, pictures with Santa, crafts, letters to Santa and refreshments. For more info visit: http://www.gulfshoresal.gov/specialevents/documents/1stannualchristmasbeach_2010.pdf.

6:00 PM – Daphne – the parade runs down Main St. in Olde Towne Daphne. Call 251-621-3703 for more information.

6:30 PM – Robertsdale – on Highway 59 from the CVS in Robertsdale to Honey Bee Park. For more information visit: http://www.robertsdale.org/events/2010-12/.

7:00 PM – Fairhope – the parade runs through Downtown Fairhope. For more information call: 251-990-9744.

Parades on Saturday, December 11:
1:00 PM – Lillian

2:00 PM – Summerdale – The parade starts on Broadway and moves north on 1st St (County Rd 71). For more information call 251-989-6202 or visit www.summerdalealabama.com/.

4:00 PM – Stockton – As part of Christmas in the Park which starts Friday, December 10th 6pm - 9pm, and runs Saturday, December 11 4pm - 8pm (gates open at 3:30pm). Admission $5, children under 3 free. Christmas in the Park includes the Avenue of Trees, Children's craft area, Seasonal music, Santa (don't forget your camera), Christmas Trolley and Gingerbread House Display. The event is located at Bicentennial Park is on Route 225 two miles north of I-65. For more information call Baldwin County Archives and History, 251-580-1826 or visit www.co.baldwin.al.us.

5:00 PM – Gulf Shores/Orange Beach – The 25th Annual "Nautical Night of Lights" lighted boat parade will float down the Intracoastal Canal Waterway starting at LuLu's in Gulf Shores to Sportsman Marina in Orange Beach. You and the family can watch from any public area along Canal Road. For more information call the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber at 251-968-6091 or visit www.alagulfcoastchamber.com.

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