A December to Remember on the Alabama Gulf Coast

Are you looking for somewhere to spend a white Christmas? We've got our own version right here on the beautiful white sands of the Alabama Gulf Coast!

Coastal Christmas on Alabama's White Sand Beaches

Our lodging sponsors offer low holiday rates to those of you who are hoping to treat yourself to a beach trip. When you visit during the month of December, you will experience a magical holiday season with plenty of fun, food and shopping!

The Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission is proud to present the 2018 Make it to the Line 4 Mile Run Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run on December 29 at the Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar! This event is a terrific way to help keep some of those extra holiday pounds off. Sign up to participate as an individual, or make it a family event with up to three members on a team. Each runner/walker will receive a run packet that includes T-shirts and other goodies. Trophies will be awarded three deep for all age groups in both the run and the walk, and other special awards will be given.

So what else is going on during the most wonderful time of the year? A Coastal Christmas on the Alabama Gulf Coast features holiday events for children of all ages. To kick things off, visit the Orange Beach Tree Lighting at Platinum sponsor The Wharf. Get into the spirit with caroling, performances by local youth artists, Christmas medleys from Gulf Shores choirs and brass bands, the annual reading of the Christmas story, hot chocolate, writing letters to Santa, and cookie decorating! The evening culminates with the lighting of the Christmas tree and a visit from a very special guest: Santa Claus!

Annual Lighted Christmas Boat Parade in Gulf Shores AL

Another Coastal Christmas featured event is the 33rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade, which will be held on Saturday, December 8 at 5 p.m. This breathtaking display is set to begin at Bronze sponsor LuLu's at Homeport MarinaThe parade will travel east down the Intracoastal Waterway Canal, pass The Wharf (public viewing area), and eventually end at Cobalt Restaurant in Orange Beach. The estimated time of completion is 8 p.m.

Are you a last-minute shopper? You'll find that Platinum sponsor The Wharf and Bronze sponsor Tanger Outlets feature ample shopping opportunities for all those on your list, just in the nick of time. The Wharf features unique boutiques and shops, while Tanger offers your favorite brands at outlet prices.   Have you planned your Christmas vacation to the Alabama Gulf Coast yet?

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