Lighted Christmas Parade and Beach Celebration
Gulf Shores will kick off its holiday festivities on Friday, December 7 with the Lighted Christmas Parade. The evening parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature festive lighted floats as well as appearances from holiday characters and marching bands. Large crowds of spectators looking to bask in the holiday spirit are anticipated along Highway 59 as parade entries make their way from the Gulf Place Public Beach to Sims Park.
Road Closure Schedule
Highway 59 will close to all traffic south of 20th Avenue. Traffic headed eastbound should take E. 20th Avenue to connect with Canal Road or Highway 135 through Gulf State Park.
All entrances onto Highway 59 between 20th Avenue and Highway 182 will be closed to all traffic until the completion of the parade.
All normal traffic conditions will resume along Highway 59. Highway 182 will reopen to eastbound traffic.
The magical atmosphere from the parade will roll continuously into the night as a celebration in Sims Park will kick off immediately following the parade. Families can enjoy pictures with Santa, holiday treats, crafts and a snowball drop. The Snowball Drop is a man-made blizzard as 4,000 ping pong balls will be dropped from above by Santa. Winning snowballs will have a number that correlates with a prize supplied by our generous sponsors. Prizes total at nearly $2,000 and range from gift cards, gift baskets, day passes, apparel and other merchandise. The grand prize is $500 Visa gift card!
Current sponsors include: Acme Oyster House, Cactus Cantina, Crazy Cajun, DeSotos, LuLus, Napa and The Wacked Out Weiner.
This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information about any of the City of Gulf Shores holiday events or to become a sponsor of the Snowball Drop, please contact the Special Events Division at 251-968-1171 or visit www.gulfshoresal.gov/specialevents.