Best Bets, Gulf Coast Weekend Events 12/6-12/8

LOCAL EVENTS:

COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

SEC CHAMPIONSHIP- LSU vs GEORGIA- Sat 3pm, Atlanta, CBS, CLICK HERE   

UWF @ LENOIR-RHYNE (NCAA DII Playoffs: Super Region 2)- Sat 12 noon, Hickory NCCLICK HERE   

PARADES:

Fri:

6:30pm- Silverhill, AL

6:30pm- Chickasaw, AL

6:30pm- Gulf Shores, AL 

7pm- Fairhope, AL

Sat:

10am- Foley, AL

10am- Citronelle, AL

10am- Semmes, AL

10am- Gulf Breeze, FL

10:30am- Tillmans Corner

11am- Satsuma

11am- Daphne, AL

11am- Dauphin Island

4:30pm (dusk)- Dog River Christmas On The River

6:30pm- Robertsdale, AL (CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK & Parade)

6:30pm- Grand Bay AL

6:30pm- Pensacola Beach Lighted Boat Parade

7pm- Spanish Fort AL - Eastern Shore Center

Sun:

2pm- Surfin’ Santa Beach Parade-Pensacola Beach

THE 0.5K PUB “RUN” & BLOCK PARTY- Sat 10:30am, starts and ends at Moe’s Original BBQ, downtown Mobile

“Runners” get beer along the route for an energy boost and coffee and a sweet treat at the halfway point. Music will be set up along the way to keep you motivated. Sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama. CLICK 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****(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 vendorsCLICK 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

HOLIDAY MOVIE IN THE SQUARE- Fri 5:30pm-7:30pm, Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile

See Rudolph and How The Grinch Stole Christmas in this free double-feature,. Brings chairs or a blanket, bundle up and prepare to sing along. The fun begins at 5:30 with face painting and balloon art, and the films start at 6:00. CLICK HERE

HOLIDAY MARKET & CHRISTMAS KIDS DAY- Sat 10am-2pm, Mardi Gras Park, downtown Mobile

A chance to shop local vendors for holiday presents as well as the opportunity for the kids to enjoy seasonal activities. Look for Santa… and Mixen the Christmas Station reindeer!  CLICK HERE

HONEY BEE FESTIVAL- Sat 8am-3pm, Honey Bee Park, Robertsdale

The Robertsdale Honey Bee Festival presented by The Central Baldwin Education Foundation is an annual fundraiser, live entertainment, vendors, food and lots of fun for people of all ages. CLICK HERE

SNOWBALL DROP- Fri following 6:30pm Gulf Shores Parade, Sims Park, Gulf Shores

Santa will drop a man-made blizzard of 4,000 ping pong balls into the crowd, and winning ping pong balls will have a number that correlates with a prizeCLICK HERE

CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK- Fri 6pm-7:30pm, Heritage Park, Foley, AL

Come out to hear Christmas carols, sip hot cocoa, enjoy the lighting of the Christmas Tree, and visit with Santa. Free cocoa and snacks for all! CLICK HERE  

LET IT SNOW - Sat 11am-2pm, Heritage Park, Foley, AL

Bring your mittens to Heritage Park beginning at 11:00 a.m. directly following the Christmas Parade. Come out to hear live musical performances, listen to Mrs. Claus tell stories, make arts and crafts in the Children’s Art Village.  CLICK HERE  

LIGHT UP MILTON- Fri 5pm-9pm, Milton, FL

Fireworks, Santa, Lighting of the Tree, Holiday Food Court and Market. CLICK HERE  

BRAGG-MITCHELL MANSION CHILDREN’S NUTCRACKER TEA- Fri 3:30pm-5pm, Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, Springhill Ave, Mobile

A fun-filled afternoon of tea, delicious treats, and a delightful appearance by Mobile Ballet's Nutcracker Dancers. CLICK HERE

ELF JR- Wed/Thurs/Fri 7:30pm, The Steeple, downtown Mobile

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Presented by The PACT Theatre Company. CLICK HERE

CHRISTMAS AT THE EXPLOREUM- Sat 3pm-7pm, Gulf Coast Exploreum, downtown Mobile

Bring the kids in their PJ’s or ugly Christmas sweaters for holiday fun, including: Photo opps with Santa & Mrs. Claus, Animal Tales Holiday Showcase, Appearances by Once Upon A Time Princesses, 

Demonstrations and Activities (Dashell of the Bells, Polar Perspectives, Festive Flaming Pinecones, Peppermint Slime, Scientific Snow Globes, Snowflake Science)CLICK HERE   

WINTERFEST PERFORMANCE TOURS- Fri/Sat 5pm-8pm, downtown Pensacola

Winterfest's premier tour features nearly 20 performances along a 60-minute trolley trip through Downtown Pensacola. Along the way, Scrooge, The Polar Express, Peanuts, and even the Grinch will get on board to share the spirit of ChristmasCLICK 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 counter. CLICK 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 moreCLICK 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

USA HOLIDAY CONCERT - Fri 6:30pm, USA Mitchell Center, South Alabama campus

Enjoy an exciting celebration of the world’s favorite seasonal music during this holiday concert by the University of South Alabama Department of Music. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. CLICK HERE

THE NUTCRACKER- Sun 3pm and 7pm, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Biloxi

The classic Christmas ballet, presented by the MS Gulf Coast Ballet Theatre, CLICK HERE   

POSTMODERN JUKEBOX: A VERY POSTMODERN CHRISTMAS- Fri/Sat 8pm, Hard Rock Live Biloxi

Showstopping vocalists, dancers, and instrumentalists mashup timeless holiday classics and today's pop hits in the "vintage" styles of 20s hot jazz, doo wop, and Motown. Put simply: it's the holiday show equivalent of Bing Crosby singing "Little Drummer Boy" with David Bowie. CLICK HERE

WHITE TIE ROCK ENSEMBLE: A WHITE TIE CHRISTMAS- Fri 8pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre

A White Tie Christmas is an annual holiday concert series featuring music from Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Paul McCartney, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis and other Holiday ClassicsCLICK HERE

HANDEL’S MESSIAH- Sat 7:30pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre

Performed by the Choral Society of Pensacola. First performed in 1742, this reflection on the birth, death and resurrection of Christ remains one of the best-known and best-loved works in the classical repertoire, featuring the familiar and inspiring Hallelujah chorus. CLICK HERE

ROMAN STREET and MARLOW BOYS CHRISTMAS- Sun 7:30pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre, CLICK HERE 

HOLIDAY MARKET AT THE PILLARS- Fri 5:30pm-8:30pm, The Pillars, Government St, Mobile

A fun evening of shopping local Makers, Bakers, Crafters and Artists! Hot chocolate Bar and Sweet Treats! Santa will be making his appearance, tooCLICK HERE

CHRISTMAS ON THE HILL- Sun 1pm-5pm, The Village of Spring Hill, Mobile

This is a FREE family-friendly event including photos with Santa, train rides, live performances, and children’s activities. And shopping! CLICK HERE   

KIDZ BOP WORLD TOUR- Sat 6pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre

KIDZ BOP records kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest pop music hits sung by kids, for kidsCLICK HERE 

RESTLESS HEART- Fri 8pm, IP Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE

THE GATLIN BROTHERS- Sat 8pm, IP Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE

PENSACOLA ICE FLYERS HOCKEY vs HUNTSVILLE HAVOC- Fri 7:35pm; Sat 7:00pm, Pensacola Bay Center, CLICK HERE

MOVIES:

PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE- Animated feature film inspired by the Playmobil brand toys. Featuring the voices of Anya Taylor-Joy, Gabriel Bateman, Jim Gaffigan

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION FAN EVENT- Select AMC Theatres are showing the 1989 Christmas movie on Thursday, Dec 5th. CLICK HERE for a theatre near you.  

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