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MAGIC CHRISTMAS IN LIGHTS- Through January 5, open nightly (closed December 25 and January 1), Bellingrath Gardens, Theodore.

In this Gulf Coast holiday tradition, guests stroll through a dazzling light display that features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 16 scenes throughout the Garden estate. In addition, the Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and enhanced with beautiful poinsettias. CLICK HERE

CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS- Through January 7, open nightly 5:30pm – 10:00pm, rain or shine, Hank Aaron Stadium, Mobile

See over one million lights synchronized to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music played through your own car stereo. Pack your vehicle full of friends and family to enjoy the show and continue your Christmas tradition with us! CLICK HERE 

LEGENDS IN CONCERT CLASSIC CHRISTMAS- Through Jan 2, Wednesday through Saturday at 7pm with additional 3pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

The all-new Classic Christmas will pay tribute to music royalty including Celine Dion, Karen Carpenter, Young Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. CLICK HERE

CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR- Through December 26, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM, Beau Rivage Theater, Biloxi

Check off everyone's wishlist this season with high-kicking precision Christmas dancers in the Broadway-style holiday tradition. Get into the holiday spirit with Christmas classics, world-class singers and special appearances from Santa and his friends - perfect for the whole family! CLICK HERE  

WINTERFEST PENSACOLA - Through Dec 24, Government at Palafox, downtown Pensacola

Experience the Polar Express Tour, the Grinch Tour, a Cajun Christmas, as well as photos with Santa or the Grinch! Plus, catch the preshows every night! Sing and dance along with your favorite characters as we kick off each tour! Preshows are free and open to the public. CLICK HERE

WALES WEST ARCTIC EXPRESS- Through Dec 24, Wales West Light Railway, Silverhill, AL

Looking for kid friendly family fun for the weekend?? Come ride the Arctic Express to the North Pole to see Santa! Your ticket includes a ride to see Santa, FREE Toy, mini train ride, tractor ride, and more! CLICK HERE  


MOONPIE OVER MOBILE-  Fri Dec 31st, 8pm-12 midnight, downtown Mobile

Ring in this highly-anticipated new year in downtown Mobile with a giant electronic MoonPie dropping as New Orleans legend, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue bring the funk! Early evening festivities include a resolution wall, the cutting of the world’s largest, edible MoonPie, baked by Chattanooga Bakery, and a second line parade led by the Port City Secondliners and the Jukebox Brass Band. The public is invited to join the parade as it travels down Royal Street to the main stage. CLICK HERE

REELIN’ IN THE NEW YEAR STREET PARTY AT THE WHARF- Fri Dec 31st, 5pm-12 midnight, The Wharf, Orange Beach

Let’s bid adieu to 2021 in the grandest of style with live bands, family friendly activities AND adult-centered fun all rounding off at midnight with The Park Band, the marlin drop and a fireworks finale presented by Vizzy Hard Seltzer! CLICK HERE 

BUBBLES & BEATS STREET PARTY- Fri Dec 31st, 2pm-8pm, Downtown OWA, Foley

Bring the kiddos to ring in the new year early at our Bubbles & Beats Street Party! Children can enjoy an epic bubble party with music by DJ Patrick, free kids’ crafts, inflatables, and more. This event is perfect for little ones (and adults, too!) who can’t quite make it to midnight. CLICK HERE


Come, dance and celebrate to the beats of Blackberry Breeze from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. for our NYE Street Party! CLICK HERE  

PENSACOLA BEACH NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS- Fri 11:59PM, Pensacola Beach Boardwalk

Keep your eyes focused on the Pensacola Beach skies this New Year’s Eve for a free firework display along the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk.

At the stroke of midnight, a dazzling light display, provided by the beach chamber, will take place overlooking the Santa Rosa Sound from the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. CLICK HERE

FLORA-BAMA NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH- Fri Dec 31st, 6pm- until, Flora-Bama Lounge, Perdido Key

The Flora-Bama is THE place to be on New Year’s Eve! Live music on all three stages will be rockin’ until the party stops. Food, party favors, and a midnight champagne toast will be sure to contribute to good times On The Line as we ring in the New Year, Flora-Bama styleCLICK HERE  

POLAR BEAR DIP- Sat Jan 1st, 12 noon, Flora-Bama Lounge, Perdido Key

Groups and families gather in costume, swim suits and some even in wet suits to feel the brisk salt water on their face. Take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico at high noon. Those who fully submerge will get a free draft beer and a free New Year's lunch of ham, black-eyed peas, greens and cornbread. CLICK HERE  

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE- Sat Jan 1st, 2pm, Paradise Bar & Grill, Pensacola Beach

Wash off 2021 with our Polar Bear Plunge!Hundreds of dippers and spectators – many dressed in costume – flock to the beach to participate in this long-established tradition.Registration begins at noon and the fee is $15 cash per person and participants will receive a Polar Bear Plunge t-shirt or a $10 registration donation to participate without the t-shirt and $5 Cub Club for ages fifth grade and under (no shirt). All proceeds go to the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce to fund events on the Island. CLICK HERE   

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