Ice Skating Orange Beach

Things to Do in December

Winter on the Alabama Gulf Coast is an excellent time to visit. The comfortable temperature mixed with fewer crowds makes it the ultimate vacation destination.

Winter on the Alabama Gulf Coast is an excellent time to visit the beach. The comfortable temperature mixed with fewer crowds makes it the ultimate vacation destination. On top of that, the month of December is jam-packed with activities for those of all ages to enjoy, from holiday events to outdoor adventures. Check out all the fun things to do in December here in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach!

6 Things to Do in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach This Winter:

The Wharf Orange Beach

Holiday Activities at The Wharf

The Wharf in Orange Beach is the hotspot for the holiday season. Here you'll find ice skating, horse-drawn carriage rides and lots of shopping during December. You can also enjoy the Ferris wheel that runs year-round and the nightly Spectra light show.

Exploring Gulf State Park

You can enjoy outdoor activities like biking, hiking and kayaking all year round here in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. However, the cool weather that winter brings to the coast makes December the ideal time to experience the natural beauties of the area, and with 6,150 acres, Gulf State Park is a great place to explore.

Shop 'Til You Drop

Get all of your Christmas shopping done while you're here on Alabama's Beaches. You'll find something for everyone on your list. Choose to shop from prominent spots like The Wharf and Tanger Outlets, local art galleries, gift shops, specialty food stores and more!

Golfing Gulf Shores

Hit the Courses

With 15 golf courses open year-round, Coastal Alabama is the premiere spot to get a few rounds in this winter! The cool, comfortable temperatures make a day of golfing the perfect way to spend a day in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach in December.

See Santa

Santa loves to visit the Coast before Christmas, and while you're here, you'll have plenty of opportunities to see him! At OWA in Foley, you can enjoy brunch with Santa starting December 4 all the way through the 22. Photos with Santa will also be available at OWA for those who just want to snag a picture with the big man in red. At Flora-Bama, Santa makes a special appearance by skydiving onto the beach and offering pictures with spectators after he lands. You can also hang out with Santa's warm-weather-loving brother Billy Claus and his LuLubelles at LuLu's and enjoy photos and a special reading of Billy Claus and the Spirit of Christmas Island.

Boat Parade Gulf Shores

Marvel at Christmas Lights

Checking out all of the beautiful Christmas lights is one of the best parts of the holiday season. You’ll find light displays throughout Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. The lighted Christmas Boat Parade is a bright and festive spectacle that features boats covered in lights riding on the water. You can also catch Christmas lights at OWA and The Wharf. They both feature impressive Christmas trees decorated with glistening lights.

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