Welcome to Gulf Shores for the holidays! The weather is balmy, bright white beaches look enticing, and you’re on vacation in one of the prettiest places on the planet. A fantastic seasonal vacation home rental in Gulf Shores, AL is a great way to celebrate!
Christmas Lights & Santa
There are several light festivals to get you in the mood. The Lighted Christmas Parade & Lighting of the Beach has lighted floats, marching bands and holiday characters. After the parade, there will be pictures with Santa and a snowball drop – beach style with 4,000+ ping pong balls!
For over thirty years, the Christmas Lighted Boat Parade has wound its way from Lulu’s, down the Intracoastal Waterway on to Orange Beach. Grab a holiday-themed cocktail and watch the boats go by. And, you don’t want to miss the Flora-Bama’s Annual Santa Drop, where Santa sky dives onto the bright white beach. Take your picture with Santa, grab some hot chocolate and stay for lunch.
If you’re vacationing with the kids, don’t worry, there are plenty of things going on at the beach that the entire family can enjoy near our vacation home rentals in Gulf Shores, AL. Spend the day at Gulf State Park enjoying some fishing, hiking, biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and beachcombing. There is something for everyone here. And after the sun goes down, the fireworks begin. Or, grab the kids and head back down the beach to LuLu’s, where you can enjoy great food, live music, beach views, volleyball, a beach arcade, and face painting. The evening ends with a colorful beach ball drop at midnight.
Did you make a resolution to get more exercise? Get started with a jog on the beach (or just take a leisurely stroll, it all adds up, right?). Exercise, beachcombing and dolphin watching – all in one. And, get a cool start on the New Year with the Flora-Bama Polar Bear Dip at noon. Submerge yourself all the way in the cool, invigorating Gulf surf, then head inside for a free beer and free Southern brunch.
Relax & Enjoy
Winter is the perfect time for Gulf Coast oysters! Find fresh local oysters at almost every dining and drinking establishment in the area. Imagine tasting right-off-the-boat oysters on the half-shell while enjoying an adult beverage as you sit on a deck overlooking the beach, all while your friends are battling the cold and snow elsewhere. And, if you’re here in February, the Flora-Bama hosts their annual Super Chili Bowl Cook-off. Test your best chili recipe against the pros and other chili lovers, or just eat your way through the competitors.
And it may be winter, but in Gulf Shores it’s still beach weather! The water may be a little cold, but the average temperatures are in the 50s, so just grab a sweater and take a relaxing stroll along the pristine Gulf beaches and do some dolphin watching.
Harris Properties is a family-owned business, and we understand the significance of the holiday season, especially for families. With over thirty years of experience, we can help you find the perfect vacation home rental in Gulf Shores, AL to make your gulf holiday special. Our experienced staff can offer suggestions for a perfect family holiday meal, or that lively New Year’s celebration.
Amenities in our Vacation Home Rentals in Gulf Shores, AL
Each of our rentals is different, each with different amenities. Some have gourmet kitchens, private decks, and outdoor grills. Whatever your group wants, we have a rental just right for you. And we have rentals on the beach, near the beach, and in full-service resorts with access to pools, tennis courts, and fitness centers. We also have rentals that are boat-friendly, non-smoking and pet-friendly.
Let our knowledgeable staff at Harris Properties answer any questions you may have on how to find the perfect holiday rental and help make sure you have everything you’ll need. Start planning your holiday and give us a call now!