When you’re looking to switch things up this Christmas and make the most of a holiday vacation somewhere sunny and inviting, Gulf Shores, Alabama is calling your name. This Gulf Shores Christmas guide is a great starting point for travelers who can’t wait to maximize every moment of holiday fun!
Explore Gulf Shores Christmas Card Lane
For travelers heading to Gulf Shores over Christmas who are excited to embrace the lights and glitter of the season, heading to Christmas Card Lane while you’re in the area is a must! In 2022, this event will be held between December 1st and December 30th at Gulf State Park’s Lake Shelby. The event will kick off at 6:00 pm each evening and run through 9:00 pm. As visitors make their way around the lake, they’ll encounter oversized light displays and holiday spectacles to enjoy! Lake Shelby is located at 20115 State Highway 135 and proceeds from this event will go towards building an Autism Nature Trail within the greater Gulf State Park.
Enjoy a Very Merry Coastal Grinchmas
If your Gulf Shores adventures have you hanging around Gulf State Park anytime between December 4th and December 18th in 2022, you’ll be just in time to make the most of the Very Merry Coastal Grinchmas event! The fun happens between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm each evening at the Learning Campus located at 20249 State Highway 135. The Very Merry Coastal Grinchmas experience is a chance for visitors to experience the iconic Whoville coming to life right in Gulf Shores! It’s a family-friendly event complete with refreshments, fun Grinch-themed activities, holiday craft stands, and an opportunity to get your picture taken with the Santa Grinch himself. Admission is free—just be sure to bring your holiday imagination and sense of fun with you!
Be a Part of the Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade
While other destinations might host land-based parades around Christmas, a trip to Gulf Shores is a great chance to experience the annual Christmas lighted boat parade for yourself instead! This fun and family-friendly experience is truly one-of-a-kind and something visitors and locals alike look forward to. In 2022, the Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will happen on December 10th at dusk. The event is hosted by LuLu’s which is located at 200 East 25th Avenue. Guests are encouraged to show up to LuLu’s early to get a great seat and enjoy added festivities on-site. As soon as the sun goes down, the lights on the boats come on and vessels depart from LuLu’s en route towards the Wharf at Orange Beach. Admission is free to this vibrant event which rings in the holiday season in true on-the-water style.
Savor the Flora-Bama Christmas Potluck
Travelers coming to enjoy Gulf Shores Christmas who are looking for a savory holiday moment to enjoy without having to cook much on their own will find it at the Flora-Bama Christmas Potluck. Hosted at the Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar on Christmas Day, guests can make the most of this delicious experience by visiting 17401 Perdido Key Drive in nearby Perdido Key. This inviting Christmas potluck invites family and friends to gather and celebrate in savory style. Turkey and ham are provided by Flora-Bama and guests are asked to bring a covered dish to share. The doors open at noon and food is served at 1:00 pm. Guests who attend the Christmas potluck can enjoy live music and admission is free.
Book with Island Marine Charters
Land-based fun certainly abound in Gulf Shores over Christmas, but it’s hard to overlook how fun time on the water can be this time of year too. Especially for those adventurers who book excursions with Island Marine Charters. This premier local provider of outdoor recreation is known and loved for the variety of fishing charters they provide that are easy to customize to skill level and age groups. Island Marine Charters is located on Buskens Lane in Gulf Shores and is owned and operated by 7th-generation locals alongside Coast Guard-licensed Captain Joe Buskens. Fishing expeditions available through Island Marin Charters this time of year typically focus on inshore adventures. Trout, redfish, flounder, pompano, jacks, and mackerel alike all call the waters around Gulf Shores home making every fishing adventure in this area a unique and exciting experience. Fishing trips through Island Marine Charters include fishing tackle, rods, reels, ice, bait, a license, and fish cleaning services too. Guests are encouraged to bring sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, snacks, and cameras to make even more of the journey. IF you’re looking for something beyond fishing, Island Marine Charters also offers family fun trips that include dolphin viewing and sightseeing alike.
There’s never been a better time to book your Gulf Shores Christmas trip! Get in touch with the team at Poole & Associates today to learn more about our incredible property options in this area that will elevate your journey from start to finish.