With the City of Orange Beach's annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony held at The Wharf on Tuesday, December 1st, the Christmas season is officially is in full swing in Orange Beach.
Upcoming events include the following:
- GINGERBREAD JAM: The annual Gingerbread Jam will be held on Saturday, December 5th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Orange Beach Event Center. It is a gingerbread house-building competition for families and businesses and raises funds for the Expect Excellence Culinary Arts Program. Cost is $10 for the Family Category and $25 for the Business Category. Click here to register your Gingerbread Jam team. Building begins at 9 a.m. Open to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: free entry and viewing. Cookies and hot chocolate will be available for purchase. Family judging at noon; business judging at 1 p.m.
- CHRISTMAS POTLUCK: The Orange Beach Community Association's Christmas Potluck Dinner will be held on Monday, December 7th at 6 p.m. at the Community Center. Everyone in the community is invited to bring a covered dish or dessert. If you are unable to bring anything and wish to join, there is a $5 charge for the meal. The entree will be turkey and is furnished by the Orange Beach Community Association. Everyone will likely join in with a few Christmas carols at this dinner. Find more information on the Christmas Potluck on the City Website.
- HOLLY DAYS ON MAIN: The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber will take over The Wharf for Coastal Alabama's newest Christmas tradition - Holly Days on Main! The event will take place on Saturday, December 12th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, December 13th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This special event will provide a safe, fun, family-friendly experience for everyone with performances, art, Christmas shopping through vendors and retailers; plus plenty of activities offered by the Wharf. Find more information on Holly Days on Main on the chamber’s website.
- LIGHTED BOAT PARADE: Also on Saturday, December 12th, LuLu’s at Homeport Marina will hold LuLu’s Lighted Boat Parade at dusk on the Intracoastal Waterway. The parade will travel from LuLu’s in Gulf Shores to The Wharf. Boats will be visible along the canal in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Find more information on the Lighted Boat Parade on LuLu’s website.
- LIGHT UP ORANGE BEACH: The Orange Beach Garden Club's annual “Light Up Orange Beach” Christmas contest will award cash to the owner of the best-decorated home, and recognize local businesses that are all decked out for Christmas. Judging for first, second and third place in the residential and business categories is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, December 16th with the awards announced on Friday, December 18th. Judging is based on overall appearance from the street, creative use of decorations, lighting, blow ups and effective use of area. The first-place residential winner will receive $100, while second and third place will get an honorable mention. The business winners will get an honorable mention as well. To nominate a home or business all you have to do is call Orange Beach City Hall at 251-981-6979 with an address.
Please be aware that due to the state’s Covid-19 restrictions and public safety concerns, the Coastal Arts Center’s Light Up the Arts event has been canceled because the event takes place indoors. Additionally, Coastal Resources’ Backcountry Trail Winter Wonderland will not be held this year, mostly due to planning delays caused by Hurricane Sally cleanup efforts.