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Posted on: November 29, 2016

Gulf Shores announces holiday events schedule

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Christmas is just around the corner and the City of Gulf Shores is once again gearing up to celebrate with a full array of holiday events.  Whether it’s marveling at the magical glow of the lighted parade or the Baldwin Pops Christmas Concert, families young and old are invited to join in the excitement of the season.<br>

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“The City of Gulf Shores is proud to be partnering with the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber and local businesses in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to promote the Coastal Christmas campaign,” said Grant Brown, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director. “We encourage all businesses to participate by decorating for the season to help our community become an unforgettable holiday destination.”<br>

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<b>Gulf Shores Lighted Christmas Parade & Beach Celebration</b><br>

Gulf Shores will kick off its holiday festivities on Friday, December 2nd with the Lighted Christmas Parade and Beach Celebration.  The evening parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature festive lighted floats, as well as appearances from holiday characters and marching bands.  Large crowds of spectators looking to bask in the holiday spirit are anticipated along Highway 59 as parade entries make their way from Clubhouse Drive to the Gulf Shores Public Beach.<br>

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The magical atmosphere from the parade will roll continuously into the night as a celebration at the Gulf Shores Public Beach will kick off immediately following the parade.  Families can enjoy pictures with Santa, holiday treats, crafts and much more. <br>

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“We introduced the lighted parade three years ago and it was an overwhelming success,” said Programs and Events Manager, Brigette Reynolds. “The atmosphere throughout the night is truly magical and we’re looking forward to this year being our largest event yet.”<br>

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Reynolds noted that anyone interested in entering the parade can do so by registering online at www.gulfshoresal.gov/christmasparade or by contacting Erica Bassett at 251-968-1434.  <br>

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<b>Baldwin Pops Christmas Concert</b><br>

On Tuesday, December 6th, the City of Gulf Shores will open its doors to host the Baldwin Pops Band for a traditional Christmas Concert. The Baldwin Pops Band is an organization of volunteer musicians from Baldwin and surrounding counties. This free performance is a ticketed show and will begin at 7 p.m. inside the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center located at 1930 West 2nd Street in Gulf Shores. <br>

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Free tickets for the show are available at the City Store box office on a first come, first serve basis. There is a limit of two tickets per person. The box office is located at 1821 Gulf Shores Parkway and office hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.<br>

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<b>Breakfast with Santa</b><br>

Children will have one last minute chance to visit with Santa on Saturday, December 17 as Gulf Shores hosts Breakfast with Santa at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center. Beginning at 8 a.m., families can dive into a wholesome breakfast complete with sausage, bacon, eggs and pancakes before having pictures taken with Santa. Admission for Breakfast with Santa is $5.00, while children 3 and under are free. The first 50 children will receive a complementary photo.<br>

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For more information about these and any of the City of Gulf Shores holiday events, contact the Special Events Division at 251-968-1171. <br>

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