How to Spend 12 Days of Christmas in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach

Give your family a white Christmas with a getaway to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

While the chances of seeing snow are slim, you can experience the Alabama Gulf Coast's version of a white Christmas, including making snowmen out of sand while you relax on our white-sand beaches. Enjoy 12 days of Christmas in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Here's how:

Santa Hat on Alabama's White Sand Beaches

“On the first day of Christmas …”

You planned your beach vacation and got a great deal on an Orange Beach condo, Gulf Shores hotel or beach house that put a little more jingle in the pockets of ol’ Kris Kringle.

Christmas Lighted Boat Parade in Gulf Shores AL

“On the second day of Christmas …”

Enjoy a unique experience during the 32nd Annual Lighted Boat Parade Saturday, Dec. 9 at 5:00 p.m. at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores. The parade travels down the Intracoastal Waterway Canal, past The Wharf’s public viewing area, around Bear Point, along the south end of Ono Island, west to Perdido Pass, north into Terry Cove Harbor, south to the bridge and end at Cobalt in Orange Beach.

Christmas Oranaments on Alabama's White Sand Beaches

“On the third day of Christmas …”

Attend a delightful play that is a holiday tradition for many – A Christmas Story. Show dates run Dec. 1-9.

Gulf Shores Christmas Parade

“On the fourth day of Christmas …”

Hear drummers drumming during the annual Gulf Shores Christmas Parade Dec. 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Floats travel down Alabama Highway 59 with riders throwing trinkets and candy to an eager crowd.

glass blowing classes at The Hot Shop in Orange Beach

"On the fifth day of Christmas …”

Make gifts at The Hot Shop, and learn the art of glass blowing.

Girl and Mom ice skating at The Wharf in Orange Beach

“On the sixth day of Christmas …”

Ice skate at The Wharf from Nov. 17 till Dec. 29.

Bellingrath Garden's Magic Christmas in Lights

“On the seventh day of Christmas …

See more than 1,000 lighted pieces in 15 scenes lit by more than 3 million lights during Bellingrath Gardens and Home’s Magic Christmas in Lights. This year the event that will be open Nov. 24 through Dec. 31 for tours

Christmas Tree Evergreen

“On the eighth day of Christmas …”

Walk down rows and rows of live Christmas trees at a local tree farm.

Santa Drop at Flora-Bama in Orange Beach AL

“On the ninth day of Christmas …”

Spend some time with the Jolly Old Elf himself. Santa Claus makes an appearance while dropping from an airplane during The Santa Drop at the Flora-Bama Lounge, Dec. 9. He also makes appearances at The Wharf, Tanger Outlet Mall and The Hangout, to name a few. Catch Santa’s brother, Billy Claus at LuLu’s on Dec. 9.

Kids on Alabamas White Sand Beaches

“On the tenth day of Christmas …”

Have your family photos taken on the beach and send “Happy New Year” cards to friends and family.

Women shopping in Orange Beach AL

“On the 11th day of Christmas …”

Find the perfect gift at the many specialty shops and boutiques located throughout Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Family cooking in Condo kitchen

“On the 12th day of Christmas …”

Gather the final ingredients needed for your Christmas breakfast and dinner. Forget turkey, make seafood the star of your holiday dinner table. Preparing the meal can be part of the fun, especially when you experiment with a new recipe.

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