8 Festive Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Gulf Shores

Eva Faircloth - October 25, 2019

Instead of getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, why not relax with a Gulf Shores vacation? Take some time out to soak in the joy of the season and spend time with family enjoying great Christmas events in Gulf Shores.

Events for Thanksgiving and Christmas in Gulf Shores

Holidays at the Fort takes place from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 24 at Fort Morgan. A special tour is set at 1 p.m., and refreshments will be served in the gift shop from 2-4 p.m.

Whole Roasted Turkey Dinner For Thanksgiving with All the Sides

This year, let the talented culinary team at The Village Hideaway prepare your Thanksgiving Day Lunch. Seatings are available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The menu offers a choice between traditional roast turkey, stuffing and the trimmings or pecan-smoked salmon served over a warm bed of orzo, broccoli and bell peppers finished with basil and olive oil. Either way, there’s pumpkin cheesecake for dessert! A Turkey Day Takeout option is available as well.

Have you ever experienced a man-made blizzard made of ping pong balls? You can this year when the Gulf Shores Lighted Christmas Parade & Holiday Celebration takes place on Dec. 6. The parade rolls at 6:30 p.m., kicking off the season. The holiday spirit carries on as events continue at Sims Park where families can visit with Santa, enjoy holiday treats and experience that blizzard.

And that’s only the beginning of magical holiday events. On Dec. 8, enjoy a seasonal favorite when The Coastal Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker at the Erie Meyer Civic Center. The performance is at 2 p.m.

On Dec. 10, the Baldwin Pops present ’Tis the Season at the Gulf Shores Cultural Center, located at 19470 Oak Road West. This magical concert, which begins at 7 p.m., is sure to get you in the holiday mood. There’s even a special visit from Santa.

On Dec. 14, enjoy a highlight of the holiday season with the 34th Christmas Lighted Boat Parade. Held the second Saturday each December, the decorated fleet leaves at 5 p.m. from LuLu’s in Gulf Shores and ends at about 8:30 p.m. at Cobalt in Orange Beach. Watch the parade from one of the restaurants along the Intracoastal Waterway or set up chairs and view the festively lighted boats from the banks of the Canal.

On Dec. 21, kids can get a last-minute visit with the Jolly Old Elf during Breakfast with Santa at the Erie Meyer Civic Center. Starting at 8 a.m., families can dive into a wholesome breakfast complete with sausage, bacon, eggs and pancakes. Admission is $5, while children 3 and under are free. 

If Santa will be visiting you on Dec. 25 at The Beach Club, order a delicious Christmas dinner prepared by the talented culinary team at The Village Hideaway. The dinner will be available for carry-out only at 3 p.m., Christmas day. Call 251-224-3650 to place your order.

Holidays are all about spending quality time with family. At The Beach Club, you’ll find the perfect place to unwind and reconnect. With private beaches, spacious condos and resort amenities, you’ll have everything you need to make your season bright.


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