Orange Beach aglow for Christmas with December full of holiday events

November 29, 2017
2017 Orange Beach Christmas Tree Lighting

The Christmas season has officially begun in the City of Orange Beach! With a large crowd on hand, the city’s annual Christmas tree lighting event on Tuesday, Nov. 28 ushered in the season of giving with Christmas songs, good cheer and a visit from Santa.

The merriment is only beginning in Orange Beach and following is just some of the festive happenings planned throughout the month of December

6th Annual Merry Market

On Dec. 8-9, the 6th Annual Merry Market returns to the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf. The hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Over 70 vendors participate in this two-day event that includes unique gifts, arts & crafts, jewelry, apparel, baked goods, personal items, children's games and books, among many other items.

For more information, call Vicki Stillings at 251-968-7215.

Nautical Night of Lights Boat Parade

The 32nd Annual Nautical Night of Lights Boat Parade will begin at LuLu's at Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.

The parade begins at dusk and travels east down the Intracoastal Waterway toward Orange Beach, which is perfect for public viewing on the canal and at The Wharf. The boat parade will go through Wolf Bay, Bay La Launch, Arnica Bay, around Bear Point and then through Bayou St. John, Terry Cove and Ole River, ending at the Flora-Bama.

Library Christmas Open House

The Orange Beach Public Library will hold a Christmas Open House, featuring MakerSpace Demonstrations, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13. Library staff will demonstrate MakerSpace items including a 3D printer and a T-Shirt printer. The public is invited to the event that is hosted by Friends of the Orange Beach Library.

Light Up the Arts 2017

The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach will hold Light Up the Arts from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14.

The annual event features fine art, hot cider, fun raffles, a performance by Gulf Shores Elementary’s Dolphin Sound Ensemble and more.

Experience hot glass and cool clay demonstrations by The Hot Shop and The Clay Studio. There will also be a book signing with artist Simone Lipscomb, author of “Finding Home: The Life of Stella Sea Turtle.”

For more information on the art center, visit or call 251-981-ARTS (2787).

Kids' Christmas Party 

The Orange Beach Police Department will host a Kids' Christmas Party with Santa from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 at Magnolia Hall, behind BuzzCatz, at 25689 Canal Road. 

There will be games, refreshments and a visit with Santa. 

Holiday Movie on the Trail

The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, in cooperation with The Orange Beach Store and Orange Beach Public Library, will host the 2nd Annual Holiday Movie on the Trail, featuring “Elf,” from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15 at the Orange Beach Sportsplex Trailhead.

There will be trail rides from 4 to 5 p.m., Santa will arrive at 5:30 and the movie will begin at 6:15. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Snacks and hot cocoa will be served.

For more information, call 251-981-1063.

Light Up Orange Beach

It's time to “Light Up Orange Beach” at your home and win a cash prize from the Orange Beach Garden Club. For three decades, the Garden Club has held this annual contest, which is a hometown favorite.

Judging takes place in mid December and is based on overall appearance from the street, creative use of decorations, lighting, blow ups and effective use of area.

To nominate a home all you have to do is call Orange Beach City Hall at 251-981-6979 with an address.

For more information on activities being held throughout the coastal area, including the Gulf Shores Lighted Christmas Parade on Dec. 1, visit