Small Town, Big Beach Christmas

Christmas Mailer

The City of Gulf Shores is pleased to announce our holiday event schedule
that the whole family can enjoy this Holiday Season!

Santa on a Fire Truck with Rudolph

Santa’s Ride Through the City
December 4 & 11

Santa is taking some time off during his busy month to drive through the City of Gulf Shores and wave to our residents. He will be accompanied by some of his dear friends from the North Pole and the Gulf Shores High School Steel Drum Band. Click here to learn more.


A Coastal Winter - Beautification Board Award
Judging Starts November 23

The Beautification Board of the City of Gulf Shores encourages residents and commercial properties to enhance their properties for "A Coastal Winter."  Winning entries may display the Beautification Award on the recognized property and a picture of the owners and property is posted on the City of Gulf Shores Website. Click here for more information.

Gulf Shores Recreation Department Holiday Events


Phone Calls from Santa
December 16-17, 2021
Experience a memorable moment this Christmas season with a FREE, personalized phone call from Santa! This is guaranteed to amaze your child. Click here for more information on Phones Calls from Santa.


Mingle & Jingle Paint Party
December 11, 2021
Come Mingle & Jingle with the Gulf Shores Recreation Department! This holiday paint party will consist of crafts, Christmas cookies, and hot chocolate! All art supplies are provided and paintings are pre-sketched. Click here for more information on Mingle & Jingle. 

Virtual Christmas Light Contest

Virtual Christmas Light Contest
Entries Due by December 16

It’s time to deck the streets of Gulf Shores! We challenge our community in lighting up our town with holiday cheer. Once you have decorated, enter to win!  Entry is simple; email your address to no later than December 16. Judges will ride by the address given on December 17. Top four most festive houses will be photographed and posted for the community to judge. Winner will receive a gingerbread house kit and hot coco for the whole family and a $100 Visa Gift Card to spend at local businesses. Click here for more information.

Ugly Christmas Sweater

Virtual Ugly Sweater Contest: “The Very Best Ugly Sweater Contest”
Entries Due by December 21

It’s going to get ugly and we can hardly wait! Show off your skills and create the ugliest Christmas sweater of them all. All sweaters must be made, not purchased. We encourage all entries to be creative with the whole family, even the animals! Click here for more information.

Gulf Shores Public Library & Museum Holiday Events


Gulf Shores Museum Christmas Tea
December 3
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Enjoy treats and hot tea while you explore the Gulf Shores Museum! Contact the Gulf Shores Museum for more information by clicking here.

sleep over

“Twas the Night Before” Stuffed Animal Sleepover 
December 15-16

Bring your furry friends to spend the night at the library! They must be tucked in by 5:30 p.m. Library elves will capture all the fun and mischief that your favorite toys get into! Photos of the library shenanigans will be available online for viewing and downloads. Animals will be reunited with their owners at 10:30am on December 10 when we will have milk and cookies available for all patrons! You can also get a Grab and Go kids craft to enjoy at home! Contact the Gulf Shores Public Library for more information by clicking here.