Calendar of Events
Bellingrath’s Magic Christmas in Lights
11/28/2014 – 12/31/2014
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore, AL 36582
Contact: 251 973-2217
Dates: November 29 – December 31, 2013 (Closed December 25th)Enjoy one of the most popular holiday events in the Southeast. Stroll through the gardens with more than three million twinkling lights in over 835 custom designed set pieces in 12 scenes. Tour the Bellingrath Home decorated in its holiday finery. Extended hours to 9:00 PM. Photos with Santa on weekends and the week of Christmas. Light show and home tours nightly through December 23. Complete your holiday shopping in the beautiful Bellingrath Gift Shop!
Winter Wonderland at The Wharf
New SPECTRA Show! Watch “Winter Wonderland” just in time for Christmas season. Enjoy FREE nightly shows. November 2014-January 2015Visit www.alwharf.com for seasonal show times.
Holiday Ice Skating at The Wharf with Real Ice
Real Ice is back and better than ever! Skate on real ice in a festive setting in Palm Plaza. November 28 – January 4 Monday – Friday: 4pm-10pm Saturday & Sunday: 10am-10pm2 hour skating sessions, $10 per skate session $12 per skate session and Ferris Wheel ride combo Visit our website for seasonal dates and times.
Horse & Carriage Rides at The Wharf
Enjoy a unique and festive holiday experience. Take a ride throughout The Wharf enjoying holiday lights and decorations.Saturdays November 29, December 6, 13, 20 – 10am-10pmSundays November 30, December 7, 14, 21 – 10am – 6pm$10 per person per ride.
Photos with Santa at The Wharf
Start a holiday tradition! Get a commemorative Winter Wonderland photo from The Wharf.Beginning November 29 – December 21Fridays: 4pm-8pm, Saturdays: 11am-4pm, Sundays: 12pm-4pmOnly $10 per photoVisit our website for seasonal schedule.
Orange Beach Tree Lighting at the Wharf
4830 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Join us on December 2 at Marlin Circle from 5:30pm – 7:00pm as the City of Orange Beach hosts its Official Tree Lighting at the Wharf. This free event is open to all ages. Community groups will have hot chocolate, arts and crafts and cookie decorating booths. Santa will arriving on a fire truck!
Be sure to check out all Coastal Christmas events at www.alabamacoastalchristmas.com
5th Annual City of Gulf Shores Lighted Christmas Parade and Beach Celebration
Follows from Clubhouse Drive to the Gulf Shores Public Beach.
1905 West 1st Street, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
December 5 at 6:30 pm – 9:00 pmGulf Shores will kick off its holiday festivities on Friday, December 5 with the Lighted Christmas Parade and Beach Celebration. The evening parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature dozens of festive lighted floats, celebrity judges, appearances from holiday characters and marching bands from around the region. Large crowds of spectators looking to bask in the holiday spirit are anticipated along Highway 59 as parade entries make their way from Clubhouse Drive to the Gulf Shores Public Beach.The magical atmosphere from the parade will roll continuously into the night as a celebration at the Gulf Shores Public Beach will kick off immediately following the parade. Families can enjoy a stunning lighting ceremony followed by pictures with Santa, a live nativity, holiday treats, crafts and much more. Be sure to check out all Coastal Christmas events at www.alabamacoastalchristmas.com
30th Annual “Christmas through the Ages”
Fort Gaines Historic Site
51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Christmas through the Ages, a living history day for the whole family, is scheduled at Fort Gaines on December 6. Come and experience a Christmas of Day’s gone by at Fort Gaines Historic Site, located on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island. Join the Soldiers from the past and their families as they celebrate a non-commercial Christmas. Visiting children will have the chance to make a seashell ornament. The event will take place from 9 a.m. – til 5 p.m. Admission for those 13 and over is $6. Children 5-12 will be admitted for $4, and children 4 and under are admitted free.
Dauphin Island Christmas Parade
Starts at Cadillac Square, Dauphin Island, AL
Come out and enjoy a day of fun at the Dauphin Island Christmas Parade
29th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade
200 East 25th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
The 29th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, December 13th at 5:30 pm beginning at LuLu’s at Homeport Marina. The parade will travel east down the Intracoastal Waterway Canal, pass The Wharf (public viewing area), around Bear Point, along the south end of Ono Island, west to Perdido Pass, north into Terry Cove Harbor, south to bridge, and end in Orange Beach.
29th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade
The 29th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, December 13th at 5:30 pm beginning at LuLu’s at Homeport Marina. The parade will travel east down the Intracoastal Waterway Canal, pass The Wharf (public viewing area), around Bear Point, along the south end of Ono Island, west to Perdido Pass, north into Terry Cove Harbor, south to bridge, and end in Orange Beach.The estimated time of completion is 8:00 p.m.
Winter Camellia and Cold Hardy Annual Displays
Dates: January 1 – February 28, 2015See Bellingrath’s famed Camellias and an interesting winter garden filled with the blooms of ornamental kale, mustard and cabbages, pansies and violas, primrose, cyclamen, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, AL 36582
Dates: January 7 – February 25, 2015Join us on Wednesdays in January and February for special programs. Topics include gardening, history and the collections in the beautiful Bellingrath Museum Home.
23rd Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show
4830 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561
The Orange Beach Sports Association (OBSA) is pleased to announce the
23rd Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival is set for February 28, 2015,
10:00 am – 4:00 pm. This festival is the Association’s major fundraiser
to support sports-related activities in our community, specifically
youth baseball, softball and T-Ball. Proceeds are used to purchase
uniforms, equipment, insurance, and pay for expenses of officials and
sponsor clinics. The Festival is a full day of
delicious food, 40+ arts & crafts vendors and music for the whole
family. This is an alcohol-free event. The festival includes a silent
auction, car show featuring antique, classic & hot rod vehicles, a
Kids Zone with climbing wall, inflatables & games and also a
children’s performance pavilion.
Dates: March 6 – March 31, 2015 (dates may vary depending on the severity of the winter)*For precise times of the azalea blooms, please check Azalea Watch at www.bellingrath.orgEnjoy blooms of more than 25,000 vibrant azaleas in an explosion of color throughout the 65 acres of Bellingrath Gardens.Hydrangeas, Easter Lilies, fuchsia, geraniums, wave petunias, cape daisies, delphinium and more will be featured throughout the Gardens.
41st Annual Festival of Art
26389 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Contact: 251-981-ARTS (2787)
The Orange Beach Festival of Art is held each year on the second week-end of March. Come and See Visual Arts, Fine Art and Crafts, Glass Artists, Potters, Painters, Sculptors, Watercolorist, Textile Artists, and Wood Artists. There will also be a Kid’s Art Alley, a culinary arts court featuring local fare and a music and songwriter’s stage. Public parking is located at The Wharf in Orange Beach and shuttles will be provided for $2.00 each way. No public parking will be available on site. For a complete schedule visit our website.
Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Date: March 28, 2015Grab the kids and come for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. There will be special hunts for toddlers and older kids as well as prizes, candy, activities and pictures with the Easter Bunny.Join us for the 2nd Annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in the Magnolia Café.
The Original German Sausage Festival
Held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The best German Sausage you have ever tasted! Made from a secret recipe developed by the founding fathers of Elberta, AL. This is the only place you can get the real thing! Arts and crafts, live music, carnival rides, baked goods and more. Don’t forget to visit the Bier Garten for a large selection of imported beers.
Discovery Day at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 10:00am to 2:00pmThe Dauphin Island Sea Lab101 Bienville, Boulevard, Dauphin Island Activities include Free Children’s Admission to the Estuarium and 15% Discount in Gift Shop, Open House and Interactive Exhibits at the Research Laboratories, Free Kids’ Activities, Ocean Games and Fun Crafts, Much, much more! This fun-filled family event includes a huge variety of environmentally-themed children’s activities; Open House at the Research Facilities of the DISL where the public can interact with marine scientists and graduate students to explore their ongoing research projects; and free children’s admission to the Estuarium, the aquarium at the Sea Lab. Bring your cameras for photo ops with the Azalea Trail Maids! Admission to all activities is free (except for reduced adult Estuarium admission). Learn about our marine world, boating safety, hurricane preparedness, alternative energy, and much more at this fantastic family event! Dr. John Valentine, Executive Director, DISL, said, “Discovery Day is the perfect opportunity for the public to come and enjoy a fun family event that is not only a great time, but also a great chance to learn about what we do down at the Sea Lab. Many folks have had the opportunity to visit our public aquarium, but this is the only time of the year that our research labs are open. You can meet our scientists and graduate students, and find out about the vital work they are doing in our rivers, bays and Gulf.” For more info: Call 251/861-2141 or visit www.disl.org
22nd Annual Camellia Classic Car Show
Date: April 11, 2015See hundreds of classic and vintage automobiles from the Model T to the Firebird displayed on Bellingrath’s Great Lawn. Sponsored by the Mobile Bay Mustang Club, enjoy live entertainment throughout the day.A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mobile Bay Area Food Bank.
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