Escape the winter blues this Christmas and trade in the snow for snow-white sand. Visit the Alabama Gulf Coast for Coastal Christmas starting November 28 through New Years. Christmas time is just around the corner and we don’t want you to miss out on holiday fun for the entire family.

Alabama beaches have always been a favorite spot for vacationers during the summer but the secret is getting out about vacationing year round because of the mild weather.  Escaping to the coast for Christmas will bring joy to the family, shopping opportunities for Christmas and great vacation rental rates on condominiums and beach houses. 

The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber is presenting major events this holiday season in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Here are four must do events for the entire family.

Coastal Christmas with Aaron Neville – Legendary R & B singer, Aaron Neville and his Quintet will be kicking off Coastal Christmas in Orange Beach on December 3 at the Wharf Event Center. His angelic voice and “doo-wop” smooth sounds have entertained fans for over five decades. There are a limited number of tickets available ranging from $50-$125.

 The 5th Annual City of Gulf Shores Christmas Parade – Join the festivities in Gulf Shores the First Friday in December for the Annual Christmas Parade. The parade starts at Club House Drive and goes south to where “59 ends and the fun begins.”  Make your plans to attend this Coastal Christmas event on December 5 at 6:30 p.m.

3rd Annual Merry Market Unique Gifts and Arts & Crafts ExpoGet your Christmas shopping done at the Merry Market on December 12 and 13 at the Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf. Bring the little ones so they can attend Story Time with Mrs. Claus at 4 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to the event is free and all ages are invited.

The 29th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat ParadeThe Annual Boat Parade has become a holiday favorite amongst locals and visitors. All ages enjoy this treasured holiday tradition along the Alabama Intracoastal Waterways. The floating parade starts at 5:30 p.m. on December 13 at Lulu’s in Gulf Shores and ending at Zeke’s Marina in Orange Beach.

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