Monday, December 05, 2011

Lighted Boat Parade, Billy Claus and Christmas Show in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Are you ready for the holiday season? It's ready for you in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. This weekend (Dec. 10 & 11) several holiday festivities are planned island-wide.

The Orange Beach Christmas Show will be held from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday (Dec. 10) and Sunday (Dec. 11) at The Wharf Expo Center. Adult admission is $4, kids and parking is free. Santa Claus will be visiting along with live reindeer and the little ones will surely want their photo with the jolly one. There will be a best Christmas tree competition, arts and crafts and Christmas carolers to get you in the holiday mood.

LuLu’s at Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores is a special destination for holiday fun for all ages, especially when Billy Claus, Santa’s younger brother, makes an appearance on December 10.

Perhaps you are not aware but Santa’s younger brother Billy is allergic to snow, so he spends his time in the Caribbean and gathers toy lists from the children in the southern hemisphere. Join Lucy Buffett on December 10 as she reads the story of Billy Claus while awaiting his arrival with his elves, the LulaBelles. The little ones can have their photo made with Billy Claus and personally hand him their wish list.

The fun lasts for 3 hours, from noon to 3 p.m., with the band Roman Street providing the musical entertainment. This local group of talented musicians are internationally trained and create a unique sound by blending old styles and techniques with a modern twist and incorporating their travels and experiences into their musical expressions. No doubt they will be showcasing selections from their new Christmas Rhumba CD.

Grab a lawn chair and position yourself along the water route Saturday evening for a spectacular "Nautical Night of Lights" lighted boat parade. These colorful Christmas-themed vessels set sail from LuLu's at Homeport Marina at 5:30 p.m. and travel east on the Intracoastal Waterway past the public viewing area at The Wharf, around Bear Point, along the south end of Ono Island, west to Perdido Pass, north into Terry Cove Harbor, south to the Pass bridge and end their journey at approximately 8:00 p.m. at Zeke's Landing Marina. Bring the entire family to enjoy this free event showcasing our area's fishing heritage and boating lifestyle and setting a festive tone for a family-oriented coastal holiday.

There's still time to reserve your holiday accommodations. You might consider a 4-bedroom beach house in Gulf Shores close to all the action or a 5-bedroom jewel on the scenic, secluded Fort Morgan peninsula. If desire a different size or style for your beach retreat there are houses in various sizes and a wide variety of condos ranging from 1-4 bedroooms along your favorite coast.

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