Holiday Happenings on the Alabama Gulf Coast

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

It will be a December to remember this year on the Alabama beaches. In the salty air, there’s a feeling of Christmas as the holiday season officially begins. Spend the most wonderful time of the year at the beach with holly jolly cheer and festive fun for kids from 1 to 92.

A Picture with Santa at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL

Throughout the month of December, Diamond sponsor The Wharf will be taken over by a wintery wonderland. An ice skating rink is set up for all ages to glide, slide or fall into some family fun.

Holiday horse & carriage rides will be trotting through the streets at The Wharf throughout December. It’s a great way to see the lights and decorations with your loved ones under the moonlit sky.

Jolly Old St. Nicholas will land his sleigh at his very own village at The Wharf on various December dates. Children will be thrilled to get a photo with Santa Claus to capture this ho-ho-holiday moment. They will get a chance to tell him their Christmas wishes, then participate in some fun activities.

It’s quite a sight to see Santa skydive, especially when he lands on the sugary-white beach behind the Flora-Bama. The annual Santa Drop is happening on December 9. This special event will also include a visit with Santa, activities, and free sweets, hot chocolate and juice for the kids.

Also on Saturday, December 9, Billy Claus and the LuLuBelles will make their annual visit to Bronze sponsor LuLu’s in Gulf Shores. Billy is Santa’s younger brother who prefers the warm weather due to his snow allergy. Arts and crafts will be available to children, as well as a letter station where they can write a letter to Santa. Billy will then deliver these to his famous older brother.

Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

Afterward the visit with Billy and company, stay for the spectacular Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade, which begins at LuLu’s Homeport Marina. Everyone watching will see that this beautiful parade of lights is truly magical on the water at night.

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