10 Reasons to Spend the Holidays on Alabama's Beaches

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Trade the white snow for white-sand beaches this holiday season. Break from tradition or start a new one.

Holidays in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, AL

Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s, there’s always a reason to get back to the beach. In fact, we’ve listed 10 reasons to inspire planning for your holiday beach getaway to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Cook as much or as little as you’d like – your holiday beach vacation can be as hassle free as you want it to be. If you’d rather toss a football around on the sand than baste a turkey in the condo, order your holiday meal prepared and delivered by an Orange Beach concierge serviceGulf Shores restaurant or even a grocery store.

Enjoy the gift of travel and presence rather than presents. Take advantage of spacious beaches for quality family time. Commit to a stress-free and hassle-free getaway with your favorite people.

Create new family traditions. Play a game of sand football before the big game or work off that extra slice of pumpkin pie with a bike ride on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trails. It’ll soon become a tradition the whole family looks forward to.

Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

Attend the annual Christmas lighted boat parade. Few places in the country offer a lighted boat parade filled with dozens of boats festively lit in Christmas themes.

Hear the legend of Billy Claus, Santa’s twin brother who is allergic to snow. Billy Claus makes an annual appearance at LuLu’s where Lucy Buffett reads the story to the young and young-at-heart.

Flip flops are completely acceptable in November and December! With monthly averages in the 60s, mild temperatures make the beach ideal for fall and winter vacations.

Make your own Christmas gifts. Gather up the gang and schedule a lesson in glass-blowing at The Hot Shop. What better way to commemorate your holiday beach vacation than with a handmade souvenir or gift.

Give your annual family beach photo a twist: Hire Santa Claus to be in your family portrait!

Coastal Christmas events. There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate the holidays on Alabama’s white-sand beaches. From Christmas concerts to carriage rides and ice skating at The Wharf, there’s something everyone in the family can enjoy.

The beach. It’s as simple as that. While others are running around making last-minute meal preparations or purchasing gifts, you can relax with your toes in the sand and your people around you.


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