Here's How You Can Relax with a Coastal Christmas

wharf_christmas_Mel12062015_GMS758If you've always dreamt of a white Christmas, but your body doesn't care for the cold, then a white-sand Christmas may be just what Santa ordered. Imagine waking up on Christmas morning to the sounds of sea gulls chatting and the clear-blue waves dancing

on the shoreline. It's a winter wonderland of a whole different kind on the Alabama Gulf Coast, and a white Christmas is always guaranteed. The sounds and sights of the holiday season abound in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Twinkling lights fill the night sky with holiday displays. For the ultimate in Christmas lights, add The Wharf to your itinerary. Here you'll find the nightly SPECTRA Light Show. Set to holiday music, the lights twinkle and dance creating a one-of-a-kind experience. You'll feel like you have the beach all to yourself when you trade the hustle and bustle of the big city for quiet Gulf Shores beaches and cozy Orange Beach restaurants. Stop and talk to the locals in the coffee shops and boutiques and really get to know the spirit of island. The place you love for your summer visits may quickly become the spot you love for winter getaways. There are a number of taste bud tempting restaurants open on Christmas, as well. So, if you'd rather keep your condo kitchen clean and take your family out for a holiday meal with all the fixings, there's a place setting waiting for you. Spending Christmas on the Gulf Coast is also a good way to try out the Gulf-front condo or beach house you've had on your lodging list since your summer vacation. Off-season rates afford more opportunities to spread out and relax. Add a few holiday touches from home, and you're all set for a coastal holiday.

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