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Gulf Shores Christmas Lighted Parades
Lights are a big part of Christmas celebrations, and what could be better than a lighted Gulf Shores Christmas parade? Here are a few suggestions to get you in the mood.
In early December, Gulf Shores puts on their Lighted Christmas Parade & Lighting of the Beach, featuring lighted floats, marching bands and holiday characters, holiday treats, pictures with Santa, and a coastal style snowball drop with 4,000+ ping pong balls! It’s just as much fun as it sounds!
For a coastal twist, there’s the Christmas Lighted Boat Parade on December 14th. Festive lighted boats sail from LuLu’s, then coast down the Intracoastal Waterway pass The Wharf, ending in Orange Beach. You can watch the parade at The Wharf in Orange Beach or LuLu’s in Gulf Shores. Plan to grab a spot early, because this is a popular event.
Ask our staff about rentals close to Gulf Shores Park, LuLu’s, or along the parade routes. Put on some carols and watch the lighted boats pass right by your rental! It’s the start of a new family tradition!
Santa and More
If your family thinks it’s not Christmas without The Nutcracker, don’t worry. The Coastal Ballet Academy will present The Nutcracker on Sunday, December 8th. Check their website for times, and ticket prices for this traditional event.
Take the skaters in the family to The Wharf in Orange Beach from November 17 to mid-January for ice skating. And kids can get their pictures taken with Santa from November 17th to December 24th while you finish any last-minute shopping. Plan to spend the day here because The Wharf has it all – dining, shopping and entertainment. Kids will enjoy the arcade, mini-golf and the Escape Room. Be sure to ride the Ferris Wheel once it gets dark for an amazing panoramic view of the Gulf. And of course, the nightly light show is a great way to end the day.
Gulf Shores will host their annual Breakfast with Santa on December 21st, starting at 8am. Admission for breakfast with Santa is $5, and kids 3 and under are free. The first 50 kids get a free picture with Santa! Get the kids up early for this yearly treat. Give our friendly staff a call for help with reservations.
Take the family to the nearby Flora-Bama and watch as Santa sky-dives onto the beach in front of this famous honky-tonk! Yes, Santa really will be dropping out of the sky onto the sparkling sand. This legendary beachfront honkytonk really loves to drop things out of the sky and it is so much fun to watch! Kids of all ages can sit on his lap for pictures, and there will be activities, hot chocolate and free sweets for the kids. Meanwhile, adults can hit the oyster bar and grab one of the Flora-Bama’s famous Bushwackers.
And of course, we’re at the beach so there’s plenty of fresh seafood! Many local establishments will be offering a Christmas buffet. Give our staff a call for the most up to date listings and for suggestions on traditional offerings or for something with a Gulf twist. Take your family out to eat, or order take-out so you can dine al fresco on your rental’s beachfront porch.
Enjoy the Beach
The weather will be great; temperatures are quite comfortably in the 60s during the day and a brisk 40s at night. It can be a little chilly for swimming unless you’re practicing for a Polar Bear plunge, but everyone can enjoy a dolphin cruise, beach volleyball game, or walking the beach looking for the perfect sand dollar souvenir.
With one of our beachfront rentals, you can watch the kids play on the beach and dolphins frolic in the surf while you’re enjoying that first cup of coffee. Imagine the beach just a few steps away from your deck or a quick walk down the private boardwalk from your rental down to the bright sparkling beach. Your family will love it! Set the Christmas tree up out on the deck and everyone can open their presents while enjoying the refreshing sea breeze.
Whether you’re starting a new family tradition by bringing your entire extended family on a Gulf Shores Christmas vacation, or if it’s just you and your sweetie, we have a rental that will work for you. With up to six-bedroom homes, our Gulf Shore rentals can easily accommodate your entire group. And since you can choose from beachfront, bay or backwater fronted, or a high-rise condo perfect for enjoying gorgeous almost aerial views of the coastline, there’s a place perfect for you and your family here in Gulf Shores. Rent one of our high-rise condos and enjoy all the extra amenities that come with it including lighted tennis courts, heated pools and spas. And of course, the view can’t be beat!
All of our Gulf Shore rentals have free Wi-Fi, comfy linens and fully equipped kitchens. Many have wide open floor plans that are made for large family gatherings, and each rental has a deck or porch perfect for lazy ocean viewing. And we have pet-friendly rentals too, so you won’t have to leave anyone behind.
Let our staff help you find holiday activities for the entire family, suggest locations for a fun holiday meal, or where to do that last minute shopping. Give us a call today!