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Posted on: November 20, 2019

Gulf Shores announces 2019 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.

Gulf Shores Lighted Christmas Parade & Holiday Celebration 
You don’t want to miss the Lighted Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration in Gulf Shores on Friday, December 6.  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 Gulf Shores Public Beach to Sims Park.

The magical atmosphere from the parade will roll continuously into the night as a Holiday Celebration at Sims Park will kick off immediately following the parade.  Families can enjoy pictures with Santa, holiday treats, crafts and the 5th Annual Snowball Drop. The Snowball Drop will feature a man-made blizzard as 4,000 ping pong balls will be dropped from above by Santa. Winning snowballs will have a number that correlates with a prize supplied by our generous sponsors. For general information or to participate in the parade/sponsor the Snowball Drop, please click here. 

Phone Calls from Santa
Experience a memorable moment this Christmas season with a FREE, personalized phone call from Santa! Registration for Phone Calls from Santa ends on December 3. Santa will make phone calls from the North Pole on Thursday, December 5, and Friday, December 6. To register for a Phone Call from Santa, please click here.

The Nutcracker 
The Coastal Ballet Academy will present the Nutcracker on Sunday, December 8. Under the direction of Madame Rio Cordy Barlow, the ballet academy will bring this classic holiday ballet to life. This event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center. Purchase tickets to The Nutcracker by clicking here. 

Baldwin Pops Christmas Concert 
The Baldwin Pops will present a Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 10, at the Cultural Center Auditorium. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. This is a free event and does not require a ticket; however, seats are first come first served. Baldwin Pops concerts are a collection site for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program. Patrons are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift. For more information on the Baldwin Pops Christmas Concert, please click here.

Family Movie Night 
All aboard for a Family Movie Night featuring "The Polar Express" on Friday, December 20, at the Cultural Center Auditorium. The movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes the movie, popcorn, hot chocolate and Christmas cookies. Wear your favorite Christmas pajamas and join us! To register for Family Movie Night, please click here.                 

Breakfast with Santa 
Children will have one last minute chance to visit with Santa on Saturday, December 21, at Breakfast with Santa at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center. Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. and Santa will arrive at 8:30 a.m. All attendees will be entered into a drawing for several giveaways. The first 50 children will receive a complimentary photo with Santa. For more information on Breakfast with Santa, please click here. 

2020 Winter Entertainment Edition – Small Town, Big Beach Productions
The City of Gulf Shores is excited to announce the 2020 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach™ Productions. This year’s lineup is as follows:

The Drifters: January 27-28
December ’63: A Tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons: February 3-4
John Davidson with special guest Gail Farrell: February 10-11
Harrison Greenbaum: February 17-18

Shows begin at 7 p.m. at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased online by clicking here or in person at the City Store located at 1821 Gulf Shores Parkway. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about any of the City of Gulf Shores holiday events, contact the Special Events Division at 251-968-1174 or visit

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