When Bing Crosby crooned, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas,” we Gulf Shores enthusiasts imagine he was singing about our white, sandy beaches. Because, even Santa can’t resist taking a minute to soak in the warm breeze and a salty, sunset vista before hopping back in his sleigh during the holidays.
And although any time of the year is perfect for visiting the Gulf, the holiday season, with its bounty of can’t-miss festivities, just holds a bit more magic. Don’t believe us? Give our list of featured events a glance, and with all that the Gulf has to offer this holiday season, we bet you’ll be checking it twice.
Magic Christmas of Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home
November 23 – December 31
Nothing puts you in the Christmas spirit quite like meandering through Bellingrath’s light display. Boasting over 3 million lights across the 65-acre property, the endless illuminated holiday features will leave you positively enchanted. And don’t forget to snap a photo with Santa to commemorate your evening!
Merry Market Unique Gifts and Crafts Expo
December 7 – December 8
With enough unique and handcrafted gifts to make Santa’s elves do a double take, the Merry Market, with food vendors and a storytime with Mrs. Claus, is the perfect place to find one of a kind presents and a little extra holiday spirit for both you and your loved ones.
Lighted Christmas Parade and Beach Celebration; Happy Howlidays Kid and Pet Parade
December 7; December 9
Is there anything more festive than a parade? Take your pick of the Gulf shores’ parades, with the Lighted Christmas Parade featuring marching bands, holiday characters and a man-made blizzard, and the Happy Howlidays parade perfect for families and furry friends alike.
Flora-Bama New Years Eve Bash
December 31 – January 1
Finally, ring in 2019 by indulging in food buffets, dancing across multiple live music stages, and cheering family and friends galore at the Flora-Bama NYE Bash. Now, that’s something we can toast to.
For a comprehensive list of these holiday events and more, visit the Gulf Shores Calendar of Events here.