Best Bets, Gulf Coast Weekend Events, 11/28-12/1

LOCAL EVENTS:

COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

SOUTH ALABAMA JAGUARS vs ARKANSAS STATE- FRIDAY 4pm, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, ESPN+ CLICK HERE   

Listen to Jags football on 96.1 The Rocket, 99.5 The Jag, and on the free iHeartRadio app.  

Stop by Fan Fest before the game and register to be a Jags Fan of the Game! You could win a road trip to the 2020 Jags/Florida Gators game in Gainesville! CLICK HERE

IRONBOWL: AUBURN vs ALABAMA - Sat 2:30pm, Auburn, CBS, CLICK HERE

FLORIDA vs FLORIDA STATE- Sat 6:30pm, Gainesville, SEC Network, CLICK HERE

EGG BOWL: MISSISSIPPI STATE vs OLE MISS- Thurs 6:30pm, Starkville MS, ESPN, CLICK HERE

UWF @ VALDOSTA STATE (NCAA DII Playoffs: Super Region 2)- Sat 12 noon, Valdosta, GACLICK HERE   

POARCH BAND OF CREEK INDIANS THANKSGIVING POW WOW- Thurs/Fri 10am-8pm, 6477 Jack Springs Road, Atmore

Spend Thanksgiving with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, and enjoy Native American food (fry bread, roasted corn, Indian tacos), dance, music and culture. Grand Entry will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, 12 noon on Friday. CLICK HERE 

FLORA-BAMA THANKSGIVING POTLUCK- Thurs 12 noon, serve at 1pm, Flora-Bama Lounge, Perdido Key

The turkey and ham will be provided by the Flora-Bama, and patrons are encouraged to bring a covered dish to share - because that’s what the season is all about! CLICK HERE 

TURKEY TROT FOR HOPE 5K and GOBBLE WOBBLE FUN RUN- Thurs 8am, Mardi Gras Park, downtown Mobile

It’s a chance to kick the day off with a little turkey spirit, gather with your family and burn those extra calories in preparation for the impending feast. Most importantly, it is an opportunity to give thanks by giving back to a great cause, Camp Rap-A-HopeCLICK HERE   

CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS- Nov 15- Jan 1, Open Nightly 5:30pm - 10pm, Hank Aaron Stadium, Mobile

Mobile’s drive-through Christmas light show is back! See over 1 million lights synchronized to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music played through your car radio. Open nightly, Rain or Shine or SNOW!

(Tickets $7 per person)

SANTA’S VILLAGE at CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS ***NEW ON WEEKENDS****- Fri/Sat/Sun (Nov 29-Dec 22nd) 5:30pm-9pm

Christmas crafts, pictures with Santa, hot chocolate and cookies, and the Light Show included with your $10 ticket… plus you can shop at Christmas vendors. CLICK HERE

MAGIC CHRISTMAS IN LIGHTS - Nightly 5pm-9pm, Nov 29th through Dec 31st (closed December 25th), Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Theodore

This is the 24th year of Magic Christmas in Lights, a walking tour of Bellingrath Gardens (takes about an hour to complete). 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.  CLICK HERE

ELF PARADE & DOWNTOWN PENSACOLA LIGHTING CEREMONY- Fri 4:30pm Elf Parade (elves gather to line up at 4pm at old Escambia County Courthouse); 5pm Lighting Ceremony (Plaza Wonderland, Palafox & Govt); 6pm Winterfest tours and games

The Elf Parade is a grand kickoff to the holiday season in downtown Pensacola! The Parade Grand Marshal leads the merry crew from the old Escambia County Courthouse to Plaza Wonderland at Palafox and Government Streets. Costumed kids of all ages march alongside an alligator "second line" brass band, Santa, and characters from Winterfest Performance Tour. Followed by First City Lights Festival Lighting and FIREWORKS! CLICK HERE

If your child needs ELF ears, click here to download and color.

EXPLOREUM HOLIDAY MOVIE: ELF- Sat 12noon, Gulf Coast Exploreum, downtown Mobile

Cost is $3 for all ages OR you can donate a new, unwrapped toy for our Magical Christmas Toy Drive and receive one ticket per toy donated. Please arrive early. CLICK HERE

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE AT THE FORT- Sat 11am-3pm, The Fort of Colonial Mobile, downtown Mobile

 Featuring games, prizes, cookie decorating, bouncy house and of course .....SANTA! Also featuring the ice queen herself Elsa!  CLICK HERE

TUBA CHRISTMAS- Sun 3pm, Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile

All players of tuba, sousaphone, euphonium, baritone, tenor horn, and serpent are welcome to join us in performing holiday favorites! Any age and ability! Concert is Free and open to the publicCLICK HERE

DECEMBER FREE SUNDAY HOLIDAY MARKET- Sun 1pm-5pm, History Museum of Mobile, downtown Mobile

Local vendors will be set up in the Atrium during December's Free Sunday Holiday Market so you can get your shopping done early! There will also be "take your own photos" with Santa. Enjoy Free Admission to the History Museum of Mobile. CLICK HERE  

1st SUNDAY OUTDOOR MARKET- Sun 12noon-4pm, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort

Featuring local arts & crafts, farmers' market, and outdoor-themed items from the 5 Rivers Cypress Gift Shop.  CLICK HERE   

POLAR EXPRESS PAJAMA PARTY- Saturday/Sunday 3:30pm (Nov 30-Dec 22), National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola

Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the magical journey to the North Pole to find the true spirit of Christmas with a showing of the film on the Giant Screen Theater. Once onboard, all children will receive a free cup of hot chocolate and cookie from the refreshment counterCLICK HERE   

WALES WEST ARCTIC EXPRESS- Fri/Sat/Sun 4pm-9pm (Open nightly starting Dec 12th), Wales West Light Railway, Silverhill, AL

Enjoy an authentic stream train ride through amazing lights, decorations, Christmas music, and Snow on the way to the North Pole. Take a photo with Santa, and each child gets a special Toy. Enjoy the Miniature Train ride, Hayless Hay ride, Playground, Bounce House, Face Painting and more. CLICK HERE

WHARF ICE SKATING RINK- Nov 15- Jan 12, The Wharf, Orange Beach, CLICK HERE

WHARF NORTH POLE EXPRESS- Saturdays only, thru Dec 21st, 10am-10pm, Train Stop in front of Pepper Palace, The Wharf, Orange Beach

All aboard! The train rides through Winter Wonderland at The Wharf. At the end of the train ride there will be a special Believe sticker and a Christmas Spirit coloring book to take as a souvenir! Don’t forget to Stop by Santa’s Workshop and meet the big man himself! CLICK HERE

MARTINA McBRIDE: THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS- Fri 8pm, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, CLICK HERE

MICHAEL CARBONARO- Sat 7pm, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, CLICK HERE   

CHICKS WITH HITS: TERRI CLARK, PAM TILLIS & SUZY BOGGUSS- Fri 8pm, IP Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE 

JAMEY JOHNSON- Sat 8pm, IP Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE 

BLACK FRIDAY RETURNS FEATURING YO GOTTI & FRIENDS- Fri 8pm, Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, CLICK HERE

WHISKEY TRAVELER/ STEAMBOAT WILLIES/ NANAFALIA- Fri 8pm, Soul Kitchen, downtown Mobile, CLICK HERE

CHEVELLE - Sun 7:30pm, Soul Kitchen, downtown Mobile, CLICK HERE 

COLUMBUS SHIPS, NINA & PINTA- Through Sun, Dec 1st, 9am-5pm daily, GulfQuest Maritime Museum, downtown Mobile

The ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will be docked right outside of GulfQuest until their departure early Monday morning, December 2nd. Walk aboard, self-guided tours of the ships are available. CLICK HERE  

USA JAGUAR WOMENS BASKETBALL vs TENNESSEE STATE- Sat 1pm, USA Mitchell Center, ESPN+, CLICK HERE

Listen to Jags basketball all season on 99.5 The Jag and iHeartRadio.

MOVIES:

KNIVES OUT (PG13)- A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. Stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis

QUEEN & SLIM (R) - A couple's first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over. Stars Chloë Sevigny, Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith 

NEVER SURRENDER: A GALAXY QUEST DOCUMENTARY - Filmmakers and stars discuss the filming and social effects of Galaxy Quest, a comedic take-off on the Star Trek franchise with brilliant commentary not only on the Star Trek series but on the real-life actors themselves. Tim Allen, Greg Berlanti, Elizabeth Cantillon 

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