Best Bets, Weekend of 12/15- 12/17

12/15- 12/17




Parade of Threes, 2pm, Dauphin Island Parkway

Fowl River Christmas Boat Parade- 5pm, Fowl River (ends at Pelican Reef)

CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS- Every night through Jan 1st, from dusk until 10pm, including holidays, Hank Aaron Stadium

This amazing drive-thru Christmas light show features over 1 million LED lights, driven by over 10,000 computer channels, synchronized to both traditional and new rocking Christmas music playing through your car radio.  New LED tree and new songs, too!. CLICK HERE   

HOLIDAY MARKET & CHRISTMAS KIDS DAYSat 10am-2pm, Cathedral & Bienville Squares, downtown Mobile

Bienville Square is home to Christmas Kids Day featuring free activities for children of all ages. Check out Uncle Joe’s Rolling Zoo, Kids Karaoke, Story Time with the Library, Obstacle Course, Slide, Letters to Santa, Balloon Artists, Face Painting, Pictures with Mixen (Mix 99.9 reindeer!), Selfies with Santa and Make and Take Crafts.

The Holiday Market is at Cathedral Square, with locally made arts and crafts, tasty treats, Holiday music, pictures, performances, and much more!  Also SNOWMAZING…Snowmazing is an inflatable maze with a winter theme. This maze isn’t just about wandering around inside looking for the exit. Adults and children sharpen their navigation skills while competing for the fastest time. When entering the maze, guests receive a passport with their start time. Maze runners must locate checkpoints, punch their passport at each checkpoint and exit the maze as quickly as possible.



TUBA CHRISTMASSun 2pm, Government Street Presbyterian Church, downtown Mobile 

*****Due to weather reports, Tuba Christmas is relocating to Government Street Presbyterian Church. Enjoy Christmas music played by a band made up entirely of tubas and euphoniums.  Mobile is one of 200 cities around the world who participate in this unusual Christmas tradition.  Originally established by tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips, he began Tuba Christmas to honor his teacher, the late William J. Bell,  who was born on Christmas Day in 1902.  CLICK HERE    

DAPHNE’S SNOW & MOVIE NIGHT IN THE PARK- Fri 4pm-8pm, Lott Park, Daphne

One of Daphne's favorite Christmas events - Snow & Movie Night in the Park - play in REAL snow, visit and have your photo made with Santa, and bring your lawn chairs/blankets to enjoy classic holiday movies on the fields. Food trucks and fun activities, too.  CLICK HERE

CHRISTMAS AT OAKLEIGH- Sat 4pm-8pm, Historic Oakleigh House Museum, Mobile

See the beauty of Christmas at Oakleigh! This year's event will feature Old Mobile Silver Exhibit, Christmas Music, and Santa.  CLICK HERE   

ZOOLIGHTSDec 15- Dec 30, 5pm-9pm each night, Gulf Breeze Zoo

Enjoy the beauty of the Zoo at night as you admire thousands of sparkling holiday lights!  CLICK HERE   

BALLET PENSACOLA’S THE NUTCRACKER- Fri/Sat 7pm; Sun 1:30pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre, downtown Pensacola

Follow the adventures of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle the Mouse King and embark on a journey through the Land of the Sweets with the guidance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.  The Nutcracker is a holiday classic, perfect for the entire family!  CLICK HERE    

CHARLIE BROWN JAZZ CHRISTMAS CONCERT Sat 7pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre, downtown Mobile

Featuring performance by The Joe Cool Trio – John Milham (drums), Chris Spies (piano) and Chris Severin (bass) performing Vince Guaraldi’s Soundtrack “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”  CLICK HERE


“WHITE CHRISTMAS” MOVIE- Sun 3pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre, downtown Mobile, CLICK HERE


GALLERY NIGHT PENSACOLA- Fri 4pm-8pm, downtown Pensacola

Taking the "Arts to the Streets" where visitors can connect with the unique Culture of Pensacola. CLICK HERE   

MAGIC CHRISTMAS IN LIGHTS- Nightly through December 31 (closed Christmas Day), Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Theodore

Stroll through a dazzling light display that features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. In addition, the Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and enhanced with beautiful poinsettias. Magic Christmas in Lights includes nightly choral performances on the South Terrace of the Home on Sundays through Thursdays.  CLICK HERE   

WINTERFEST PENSACOLA PERFORMANCE TOURS- Fri/Sun 5pm, Palafox Place, downtown Pensacola

Winterfest’s premier tour features 16 performances along a 60-minute trolley trip through Downtown Pensacola. Singing guides accompany you into a world of wonder with scenes from your favorite holiday memories. Along the way, Elvis, The Polar Express, and even the Grinch will get on board to share the spirit of Christmas.   CLICK HERE   

WINTERFEST REINDEER GAMES- Fri/Sat/Sun 5pm-9pm, Free family fun, CLICK HERE    


ICE SKATING- Nov 24- March 4 (Closed Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, 25, and Jan 1), The Fort of Colonial Mobile, downtown Mobile

Ice skating returns to Mobile! Guaranteed not to melt!  CLICK HERE     

ICE SKATING WITH THE SNOW QUEENSat 4pm and 5pm, The Fort of Colonial Mobile, 

Join us for an enchanted experience as we frolick in the snow and ice skate with the Snow Queen herself. Be on the lookout for appearances by special guests!  CLICK HERE   



JINGLE JUBILEE KIDS CRAFT DAY- Sat 12 noon - 4pm, former Cowboys space at The Wharf

There will be crafting stations at various stores and restaurants, a Coastal Christmas Art Contest exhibition, and much more. CLICK HERE  

ICE SKATING RINK--  Nov. 17 - Jan. 14, Regular time: 4-10 p.m. (Monday-Friday); 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Saturday-Sunday); Thanksgiving Break: Nov 17 – 26, 10am – 10pm; Christmas Break: Dec 16 – 31, 10am – 10pm

PHOTOS WITH SANTA-- Nov 17-Dec 24; Time: (Fridays) 3-7 pm; (Saturdays)10 am to 7 pm; (Sundays)12-6 pm. Week of Christmas (Dec. 18-23) 10am-7pm. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24: 12-2 p.m.

HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES Dec. 1-3, Dec. 8-10, Dec. 15-17; 6-10pm

Celebrate Christmas at the Wharf, with Ice Skating all season long.  Plus visit with Santa on the weekends, or maybe take a horse & carriage ride!  CLICK HERE   

WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS- Fri/Sat 6pm-10pm; Sun 6pm-9pm, Nov 23-Dec 30, Pensacola Interstate Fair

The Christmas season springs to life with dazzling displays of electric cheer. This holiday tradition offers dazzling displays of holiday scenes, easily visible during drive-through car tours, but at Santa's Village, even more holiday wonder awaits.  CLICK HERE   

JENNIFER NETTLES Fri 8pm, IP Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE     

SFAM / Loaded Gunn / Brndn Beats / Meach-Fri 10pm, Soul Kitchen, downtown Mobile, CLICK HERE   

THE WAR ON DRUGS- Sat 8pm, Soul Kitchen, downtown Mobile, CLICK HERE    

I CAN’T MAKE YOU LOVE ME- Sat 8pm, Mobile Civic Center

Mark Hunter's "I Can't Make You Love Me" stage play starring Willie Taylor from Love & Hip Hop LA and Day 26.  CLICK HERE   

NCAA DII College Football National Championship -UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORDA vs TEXAS A&M-Commerce- Sat 5pm, Kansas City, Kansas, ESPN2, CLICK HERE 

USA JAGUARS BASKETBALL1:05pm and 3:05pm, USA Mitchell Center

Jags women take on Central Arkansas at 1:05, followed by the men’s game against Eastern Illinois.  CLICK HERE    

PENSACOLA ICE FLYERS HOCKEY vs EVANSVILLE THUNDERBOLTS- Fri 7:05pm, Pensacola Bay Center, downtown Pensacola, CLICK  HERE   

CURIOUS GEORGE: LET’S GET CURIOUS - Thru Jan 7, Gulf Coast Exploreum, downtown Mobile

The new exhibit, Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!, will introduce young children to Curious George’s world and lead visitors on a fun, meaningful interactive math, science and engineering-based adventure. CLICK HERE   


STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (PG13)- Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past. Stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Tom Hardy, Andy Serkis, Carrie Fisher

FERDINAND (PG)- After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.  Features the voices of John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale 

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