Christmas Tree Lighting set for Tuesday
It's almost time to officially start the Christmas holiday season in Orange Beach. The city's annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held this Tuesday, November 29th at The Wharf.
The tree-lighting ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature performers singing Christmas Carols, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, hot chocolate and will end with the tree lighting.
Other upcoming holiday activities:
Coastal Ballet to present ‘The Nutcracker’ on Dec. 2-3 at Orange Beach Performing Arts Center
The Coastal Ballet Company, in cooperation with the City of Orange Beach, will present The Nutcracker on December 2-3 at the Orange Beach Performing Arts Center.
The classical Christmas ballet will be performed at 6 p.m. Friday, December 2nd and at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 3rd. General admission tickets are $25 per adult, $10 for children ages 4-17, and free for children 3 and younger.
Purchase tickets for “The Nutcracker.”
The Performing Arts Center is at 23908 Canal Road, adjacent to Orange Beach Middle/High School.
Gingerbread Jam returns Dec. 3
The annual Gingerbread Jam will be held on Saturday, December 3rd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, at the Orange Beach Event Center.
It is a gingerbread house-assembly and decorating competition for families, friends, and businesses, and raises funds for the Expect Excellence Culinary Arts Program.
Cost is $10 for the Family Category (up to four family members or friends) and $25 for the Business Category (team up to 10 co-workers). Each team needs to bring their own gingerbread structures, icing and decorative elements, along with their own tablecloth. Nothing may be pre-assembled. Building will begin on-site at 9 a.m.
Click here for more details and to register your Gingerbread Jam team.
The event is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: free entry and viewing. Cookies and hot chocolate will be available for purchase. Family/friends team judging at noon; business judging at 1 p.m.
OBPD Kids’ Christmas Party with Santa returns Dec. 15
The Orange Beach Police Department invites the public to its annual Kids’ Christmas Party with Santa from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 15th at Magnolia Hall, behind BuzzCatz, next to Cosmo’s.
Coastal Arts Center to host annual Light Up the Arts on Dec. 15
The Coastal Art Center’s annual Light Up the Arts event will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, December 15th. There will be hot glass, pottery demonstrations, raffles, cocoa, cookies, a gallery full of gift options with specials, and CASA student art showcase. Entertainment by saxophonist Rod Pittman. A wine bar provided by Friends of the Arts.
Christmas Movie Night on the Trail happening on Dec. 16
Join Orange Beach Coastal Resources and the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail Foundation for a free Christmas Movie Night on the Trail at 6 p.m. Friday, December 16th at Al's Parkour Park.
They will be showing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and serving popcorn and hot chocolate.
Bring a blanket and a chair and join us at Al's Parkour Park for a family-friendly movie night under the stars. Parking will be at the Orange Beach Sportsplex Trailhead. Shuttles to the Parkour Park will be available upon request.
For any questions, call 251-981-1063.
3rd Annual Holly Days on Main Festival
Returning for its third year, the Holly Days on Main Festival, presented by South Baldwin Regional Medical Center & Riviera Utilities, will be taking over The Wharf in Orange Beach on Dec. 10-11.
A free-to-attend festival run by the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, Holly Days on Main looks to bring some Christmas cheer by catering to all ages.
Holly Days takes advantage of the wide Main Street area of The Wharf to line vendors up and down the complex. Vendors will be selling a variety of fine arts, retail goods, and arts & crafts, making the festival the perfect stop for last-minute Christmas gift shopping.
Flip Flop Vacations will be providing arts and crafts, cookie and ornament decorating, balloon animals and face painting for the kids during the Holly Days on Main.
The Lower Alabama Young Professionals’ Santa Pub Crawl, presented by Gulf Group at EXP Realty, will also be making a return. The event serves as a Toys for Tots fundraiser with attendees asked to bring a $10 or toy donation to take part. All money and toys collected will stay within the Baldwin County area. Open to all ages 21 & up, the Pub Crawl encourages attendees to dress up in their best Santa (or Christmas related) costume. Last year’s crawl saw over 300 attendees who helped raise $1,200 and two boxes full of toys.