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Why not skip all the stress of holiday season this year and come down to the Gulf? The entire family can relax in the laid back coastal atmosphere and enjoy a memorable Christmas. Put a Christmas tree out on the patio and open your gifts with the turquoise Gulf waters as a backdrop. Read on to see why a stay in our Gulf Shores Christmas vacation rentals should be at the top of your wish list this year!

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Gulf Shores Christmas Lighted Parades

What could be better than a lighted Gulf Shores Christmas parade? 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!

For a coastal twist, there’s the Christmas Lighted Boat Parade on December 14th. Festive lighted boats sail from LuLu’s, coast down the Intracoastal Waterway pass The Wharf, ending in Orange Beach. Watch the parade at The Wharf in Orange Beach or LuLu’s in Gulf Shores.

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!

Santa and More

If 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.

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.

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!

Take the family to the nearby Flora-Bama and watch as Santa sky-dives onto the beach in front of this famous honky-tonk! Kids of all ages can sit on his lap for pictures, and there will be activities, hot chocolate and free sweets for the kids.

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. 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.

Whether you’re 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, 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. 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!