Best Bets, Mobile/Pensacola Weekend Events, 11/16-11/18

11/16- 11/18


CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS- Nightly 5:30pm-10pm, Fri Nov 9 through Tues Jan 1st, Hank Aaron Stadium

This drive-thru Christmas light show features thousands of LED lights, synchronized to music playing through your car radio.  NEW THIS YEAR-- a 25-foot singing Santa!  Plus, Monday-Wednesday, enjoy more rockin’ Christmas music; Thursday-Sunday, the show features more traditional Christmas classics.  Rain or shine.  CLICK HERE    

FAIRHOPE TREE LIGHTING  CELEBRATION-  Thurs 5:30pm-8pm, downtown Fairhope

Festivities begin at 5:30 and the lights come on at 6 p.m. sharp! Entertainment includes the Fairhope High School band, the Fairhope Middle School band, and the Eastern Shore Choral Society. Mrs. Claus will be passing out candy canes and letting children write a wish list to Santa for her to take back to the North Pole.  CLICK HERE    Also, MOVIE IN THE STREET: POLAR EXPRESS- Sat 6:30pm, Section St at Fairhope Ave, downtown Fairhope, CLICK HERE   

**CITY OF MOBILE TREE LIGHTING ***Postponed til Nov 30th***** Originally scheduled for this Friday, the event has been postponed until Friday Nov 30th.  CLICK HERE     

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MOBILE CHRISTMAS JUBILEE- Thurs 11am-8pm; Fri 9am-9pm; Sat 9am-5pm; Mobile Convention Center, downtown Mobile

The Gulf Coast’s greatest holiday market features more than 100 merchants from around the country under one roof for three exciting days of shopping.  The Junior League of Mobile raises funds to support community programs in Mobile and Baldwin counties.  CLICK HERE    

CHRISTMAS SPECTACULARThurs/Fri/Sat 7pm; Sun 3pm, Cottage Hill Baptist Church

Listed as one of the top 25 best Christmas events in Mobile, it is sure to delight the entire family. With over 20 ensembles and featuring over 200 students from the University of Mobile: Alabama School of the Arts’ (ASOTA) with a 50-piece orchestra of combined students and professional mentors, you will experience both sacred and holiday classics as well as original music and arrangements from the ASOTA Faculty and Students.   CLICK HERE  

CHRISTMAS ON THE COASTFri 6pm-8pm, Halstead Amphitheater, Coastal Alabama Community College, Fairhope campus

Featuring performances by Coastal Alabama's Fine Arts Division and the Mobile Big Band Society. Children's activities include inflatables and camel rides!  CLICK HERE    


Ice Skating RinkNov. 16 to Jan. 13

Photos with SantaNov. 16 to Dec. 24

Horse & Carriage RidesNov. 18, 25, 30; Dec. 2, 8, 9, 14-16

WINTERFEST PERFORMANCE TOUR (Preview Night)- Sun 4:30pm-7:30pm, downtown Pensacola

Winterfest's premier tour features 17 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.  CLICK HERE    

MOBILE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL- Sat 10am-5pm, The Grounds, west Mobile

Enjoy international food, dance and culture, with over 70 countries represented!  In addition to professional entertainers, the Festival will present several of its own members with their special folk dances and songs.  CLICK HERE    


TURKEY TOUCHDOWN- Sun 11am, Ladd Peebles Stadium

The Reese's Senior Bowl's inaugural event will include Saints’ tailgate on Jumbotron, three youth football games, naming of ‘Future Senior Bowl team’ and turkey dinner handoff.  CLICK HERE    


Listen to Jags Football on  96.1 The Rocket, 99.5 The Jag, and (keyword Jags) all season.

ALABAMA vs THE CITADEL- Sat 11 am, Tuscaloosa, SEC Network, CLICK HERE  

AUBURN vs LIBERTY - Sat 3pm, Auburn, SEC Network ALT,  CLICK HERE   

FLORIDA vs IDAHO - Sat 11am, Gainesville, CLICK HERE    

FLORIDA  STATE vs BOSTON COLLEGE  - Sat 2:30pm, Tallahassee, ESPN2, CLICK HERE   

PENSACOLA ICE FLYERS HOCKEY vs QUAD CITY STORM- Fri 7:35pm; Sat 7:05pm, Pensacola Bay Center, CLICK HERE   

USA JAGS BASKETBALL vs CHATTANOOGA- Fri 7pm, USA Mitchell Center, USA campus

USA JAGS BASKETBALL vs JACKSONVILLE- Sat 7pm, USA Mitchell Center, USA campus

South Alabama takes on Chattanooga and Jacksonville in the Goldie and Herman Ungar Classic this weekend.     CLICK HERE   

FRANK BROWN INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITERS FESTIVALNov 8th- 18th, various venues along the Florida/Alabama coast

The 34th annual Festival will feature more than 200 nationally acclaimed songwriters in over two dozen venues from Downtown Pensacola and Perdido Key, Florida, into Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Bon Secour and Silverhill.  The festival is an opportunity for seasoned and aspiring songwriters and musicians from all over the world to have their songs heard, and for the public to learn the stories behind the lyrics. CLICK HERE

BLUE OCTOBERSun 8pm, Soul Kitchen, downtown Mobile, CLICK HERE     

PETULA CLARK- Fri 8pm, IP Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE    

JOHNNY RIVERSFri 7:30pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre, CLICK HERE    

JOHNNY RIVERS Sat 8pm, IP Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE    

BEETHOVEN & BLUE JEANSSat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre

Beethoven’s Sixth and classical music’s coolest young trio, Time for Three, combine for the Mobile Symphony Orchestra’s best casual concert yet!  CLICK HERE  

GALLERY NIGHT PENSACOLA-  Fri 5pm-10pm, downtown Pensacola

Gallery Night Pensacola will kick off the holiday season with a “Shop Local for the Holidays” themed event. Art, music, food, hands on activities, the start of Winterfest Pensacola events, featuring Santa and more surprises always await.  CLICK HERE   

OTHELLOFri/Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2pm, Joe Jefferson Playhouse, Mobile

The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago.  CLICK HERE    


SENSE & SENSIBILITY-Thurs/Fri/Sat 7:30pm, Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, USA campus

This fast-paced and playful script follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters — sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne — after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable in gossipy late 18th-century England.  CLICK HERE    


COVENANT WALK FOR ALZHEIMER’SSat 7:45am (registration); 8:45 (Ceremony); 9:00 (walk), Seville Square, Pensacola

Make your daily steps count for local Alzheimer’s patients and families.   Funds raised through the Covenant Walk for Alzheimer’s stay local in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties for education, screenings, support groups,respite care and counseling. CLICK HERE




FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD (PG13)- The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series set in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World featuring the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander.  Stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Jude Law, Johnny Depp

INSTANT FAMILY (PG13)- A couple find themselves in over their heads when they adopt three children.  Stars  Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner

WIDOWS (R)- Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common accept a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. Stars  Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki

GREEN BOOK (PG13)- A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. Stars  Linda Cardellini, Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali


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