7 Festive Reasons to Spend Christmas in Orange Beach

Eva Faircloth - December 08, 2020

Plan a worry-free holiday during everyone’s favorite time of year. With a spectacular beach, pleasant temperatures and plenty of holiday activities, you’re sure to have a very, merry visit. If you decide to venture out, check out some of our favorite events for Christmas in Orange Beach.

Events for Christmas in Orange Beach

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.

Get some Christmas shopping knocked out during Holly Days on Main at The Wharf on Dec. 12-13. Vendors will line Main Street with unique holiday gifts. There will be music and dance performances and even an appearance by Santa Claus!

Lace-up a pair of ice skates at The Wharf and take a spin around the ice. It’s a whole different way to experience a white Christmas in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. Follow it up with a mug of piping hot cocoa at The Southern Grind for the perfect day.

On Dec. 12, see St. Nick skydive onto the sand during the annual Santa Drop at the Flora-Bama. Free sweets, hot chocolate and juice will be available for kids. But don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of Bushwackers at the bar for those of age. Bring the whole family to enjoy the activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also on Dec. 12, enjoy a highlight of the holiday season with the 35th 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.

New Year Events in Orange Beach

Watch for details about the annual Reelin’ in the New Year at The Wharf on Dec. 31.

Splash into the New Year with a Polar Bear Dip on Jan. 1 at either the Flora-Bama or The Hangout. It’s a great way to start 2021, Gulf Coast-style.

You can always just stay right at Turquoise Place, sipping cocoa, enjoying the view from your spacious balcony or baking holiday goodies. After all, the condos are equipped with gourmet kitchens that you can put to use. There’s even grocery delivery available.

Leave all the holiday stress behind when you book a beach vacation. You’ll enjoy luxurious accommodations while creating wonderful family memories.

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