Merry Market Orange BeachWe’re getting in the holiday spirit along Alabama’s Coastal Connection! It’s been a long wait, but the most wonderful time of the year is finally upon us. If you’re venturing along the beach byway this time of year, don’t miss out on some of the best shopping around. Head to some of these spots to start crossing items off your gift list.

Merry Market in Orange Beach – On December 8 and 9, make your way to the Orange Beach Event Center for unique gifts, fine arts, jewelry and clothing from more than 70 vendors at the 6th Annual Merry Market. Besides great holiday shopping, enjoy food vendors, door prizes, and story time with Mrs. Claus. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Eastern Shore Centre – Tackle your holiday gift list at the Eastern Shore Centre in Malbis, near Spanish Fort and Daphne. Come for the name brands in toys, books, shoes and fragrances, and stay for the community courtyard, dancing water fountain and everything you need to get into the spirit of the season.

Tanger OutletsTanger Outlet Center – In Foley, Tanger Outlet Center is your one-stop shop for grabbing gifts for the whole family. Both big-name brands and mom-and-pop shops will fulfill all your gift-giving needs. Plus, Tanger offers professional photos with Santa!

Downtown Fairhope – For specialty shops, outdoor markets and art galleries, downtown Fairhope is the place to handle all your holiday shopping. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to plan your shopping trip around their annual Christmas parade scheduled for December 2.

Shopping ’til you drop has never been more fun! There are so many great ways to get into the holiday spirit along Alabama’s Coastal Connection. Where are your favorite spots to shop along the beach byway?