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Vol. 5, Issue 47

Last chance! Only a few tickets left for 'Visions of Christmas'  

Get your tickets for "Visions of Christmas - A Musical Celebration" performance tonight at 7 p.m. or Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Orange Beach Performing Arts Center. Tickets are free, but reservations are required! Get tickets for Visions of Christmas. There are only a few seats remaining for each performance.

For those attending,  please consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots, or a bring a shoebox donation for Operation Christmas Child.

Visions of Christmas is an annual variety show produced by the Expect Excellence Music Department. It is a high energy community-led Christmas production.  Doors open at 1 p.m. on Saturday. 

Latest News
East Canal Road lane closure scheduled Nov. 21-23

In an effort to eliminate impacts to school traffic, the East Canal Road widening contractor will be installing four drainage crossings in the area of construction on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 21-23. 

This construction will result in a reduction to single-lane traffic between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on those three days. The Orange Beach Police Department will have an officer on duty at the SR161-Canal Road intersection in order to keep traffic moving during those times. 

Please pardon our progress and add some extra travel time if you’re planning to be on East Canal Road on Nov. 21-23. 

Thanksgiving holiday closings announced

During the Thanksgiving holiday, non-essential city offices will be closing at noon on Wednesday, November 23rd and all day Thursday and Friday, November 24th and 25th.

With trash pickup, the usual Friday residential routes will run on Saturday.

City offices will open for normal business hours on Monday, November 28th.

The city wishes everyone a happy, restful and safe Thanksgiving holiday. We are grateful that we have active and caring citizens who are involved in our community and truly help make life better here.

15 city streets part of 2022 resurfacing project

Paving will be ongoing on many city streets over the next few weeks as part of the 2022 Roadway Resurfacing project. 

The Orange Beach City Council voted in September to award this year's resurfacing project to Arrington Curb & Excavation, Inc., which had the lowest bid. The total cost is $376,443.60 and covers 15 city streets. The work is scheduled to be complete by mid December with paving beginning on the streets in the Bear Point area. 

The list of streets is as follows: 

  • Bent Tree Circle 
  • Pine Wood Circle 
  • East Oak Ridge Drive
  • Mississippi Avenue 
  • Florida Avenue 
  • Pompano Avenue 
  • Baldwin Avenue
  • Baker Lane
  • South Bayshore Drive
  • Perdido Gate Drive
  • Safe Harbor Drive
  • Romar Vista Place
  • Rollins Road 
  • Cross Lane 
  • Seascape Lane


Save the Date! Christmas Tree Lighting at The Wharf on Nov. 29

The annual City of Orange Beach Christmas Tree Lighting will be held 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.


Students are off next week - Nov. 21st-25th - for the Thanksgiving holiday. 


Congratulations to Orange Beach seniors Shayd Arboneaux and Joey Robertson!

At a ceremony on Monday, Nov. 14th, Arboneaux signed with the Montevallo wrestling team and Robertson signed with the Tusculum basketball squad. They are the first Makos from their respective sport to sign with a college team.

Go Makos!

Click on the following link or image below to read the Gulf Coast Media article


Follow all of the latest happenings at Orange Beach City Schools on the Orange Beach City Schools Facebook page

Orange Beach City Board of Education 

Upcoming scheduled meetings and/or work sessions:

  • Thursday, December 8, 2022, 4:30 P.M. Work Session followed by 5:30 P.M. Regular Meeting in Council Chambers
Find more information on the Orange Beach City Schools website at

School Websites

Orange Beach Elementary School:

Orange Beach Middle/High School:


Find all of the latest school news on Facebook at: 

Be sure to check out all of the happenings at the Orange Beach Public Library. The November Children & Teen Calendar 2022 is available now. Find more information on the Orange Beach Public Library Facebook page

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.

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.

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.

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4099 Orange Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, Alabama 36561

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