Some of the Christmas events coming up are the following parades, concerts, homes tours, Breakfast with Santa, Open Houses, bazaars, tree lightings, craft shows, toy collections, runs and other events.
+ Bellingrath Gardens and Home celebrates the 20th anniversary of "Magic Christmas in Lights" this year. The holiday tradition lets guests stroll through a dazzling display, which features more than 1,000 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. In addition, the Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and the Gardens are enhanced with hundreds of beautiful poinsettias. The event includes nightly choral performances on the South Terrace of the Home. To warm the heart and body, guests may also purchase hot chocolate on Live Oak Plaza. The facility is open every night, 5-9 p.m., except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day, until January 2. Visit www.bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217 for more information.
+ Toys for Tots collection boxes will be placed at the Creola Police Department, at Creola City Hall and at Gulf Coast Opry, 5104 Highway 43 in Satsuma.
+ Christmas at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion takes place throughout December. The home at 1906 Springhill Avenue will be decorated in traditional Christmas splendor with group tours and special events scheduled in addition to regular historical tours. Call 251-471-6364 or visit www.braggmitchellmansion.com for more infromation.
+ Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society's Annual Christmas Concert, "Music of the Holidays from the Valley to the Hill" is at St. Joseph Chapel at Spring Hill College on Monday, November 30, 7:30 p.m. Call 251-434-9325 for more information. (See earlier stories on this event, with more details, on this blog joannemcknight.com)
+ The 5th Annual Lights of Love at University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 6 p.m. The lighting of the 45-foot tree will be accompanied by the arrival of Santa and Ronald McDonald. Attendees can enjoy live music, cookies and hot cocoa, and there'll be performances by local school and community choirs. For information, call Cynthia Huie-Smith, 251-471-7262.
+ Christmas Open House and Auction at Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, 918 Bienville Boulevard at Dauphin Island, is Thursday, December 3, 6-9 p.m. See an earlier post on this blog for a list of auction items and a photo of the Blue Crab sculpture donated by Frank Ledbetter as an opportunity prize. For more information, call 251-861-3300.
+ Semmes Old-Fashioned Christmas at Semmes Heritage Park on Wulff Road is Friday, December 4 at 6 p.m. The children from Indian Springs Baptist Church will sing for the program in Malone Chapel, then everyone is invited to walk next door to the 1902 historic Semmes Schoolhouse and enjoy homemade refreshments by lamplight.
+ Prichard Christmas Tree Lighting is Friday, December 4, 6:30 p.m.
+ The Dauphin Island Christmas Pageant is Friday, December 4, 7 p.m. at St. Edmund's Hall, Dauphin Island.
+ Mobile Mystery Dinners performers are presenting "Who Killed the Boss at the Christmas Party" on Friday, December 4, 7 p.m. at Mobile's Carnival Museum, 355 Government Street. Advance reservations are required. Go to www.mobilemysterydinners.com to make reservations.
+ Grand Bay's Country Christmas begins Friday, December 4 with the arrival of Santa on a fire truck. He'll flick the switch to light up the 30-foot live Christmas tree in the middle of town and the festivities will begin. See an earlier post on this blog and a story in Lagniappe for more details on this 21st annual event that includes the Spectacular Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 5 at 7 p.m.
+ Mobile Botanical Gardens Holiday Sale is Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5. The event is at 5151 Museum Drive. Call 251-342-0555, visit www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org or see an earlier post on this blog for more information.
+ The Satsuma Reindeer Run is at 8 a.m., Saturday, December 5, beginning at Baldwin Square.
+ Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, is Saturday, December 5, 8-9 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center. Call 251-666-4088 for information.
+ Mount Vernon Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 5, 2 p.m.
+ SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, theme "A Fantasy Christmas," is Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Line-up begins at 8 a.m. behind W.C. Griggs Elementary School. Call Tina Poiroux, 251-666-2488 for details.
+ Bayou La Batre Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 5, 2 p.m.
+ Grand Bay Lighted Parade, billed as the largest lighted land parade in the Mobile County, is Saturday, December 5, 7 p.m..
+ Satsuma Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Satsuma Volunteer Fire Department, is Saturday, December 5, 11 a.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will occupy a prominent place in the parade, according to the Missus, Gayle Crownover. Visit www.cityofsatsuma.com for more information..
+ Citronelle Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, December 5, 6:30 a.m.
+ Citronelle Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m.
+ Citronelle Jubilee Arts & Crafts Fair, Main Street at Citronelle Walking Trail. Saturday, December 5,11 a.m.-4 p.m. Call Kendra McManus, 251-281-6586 for information or to reserve a spot
+ SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce is seeking organizations, schools, offices and other groups to make wreaths for the Chamber's 3rd Annual "Wreaths for Charity" fundraiser to provide for the community's families in need. The event ends December 1, and wreaths will be for sale until December 5. For details, call Tina Poiroux, 251-666-2488.
+ The 31st Annual "Christmas Through the Ages" at Fort Gaines Historic Site on Dauphin Island is Saturday, December 5. Visitors are invited to "experience Christmas of days gone by." The event is a living history lesson for the whole family. Call 251-861-6992 for more information.
+ Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Children's Nutcracker Tea Fundraiser is Saturday, December 5, 3-5 p.m. at the Mansion. Call 251-471-6364 for ticket information. (See an earlier post on this blog for more information)
+ The 27th Annual Dauphin Island Christmas Parade is at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 5. Call Mary Strickland at Town Hall, 251-861-5525 ext. 222 to enter or ask for information.
+ Satsuma Community Development Organization is sponsoring the "Christmas in Satsuma 2015 Arts and Crafts Festival" on Saturday, December 5, 9 a.m. in Baldwin Square. Applications are available at Satsuma Public Library.
+ Christmas in the Country Bazaar and Gumbo Sale at Tanner Williams United Methodist Church, 1550 Grand Bay-Wilmer Road, is on Saturday, December 5, 2015, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; information at 251-454-7794.
+ Prichard Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 5, noon.
+ A Christmas Luminary Presentation at Mobile Memorial Gardens is Saturday, December 5, 6-8 p.m. Visitors can see the illuminated story of Jesus as they wind through the roadways lighted by approximately 2,500 candles. Enter at the traffic signal on Three Notch Road. Rain date is December 12, 6-8 p.m.
+ Christmas at the Richards DAR House is Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, December 6, 1-4 p.m. at 256 N. Joachim Street in downtown Mobile. For information, call 251-208-7320 or visit www.richardsdarhouse.com.
+ Sunday, December 6, 4 p.m., is the 3rd Annual Holiday Market on Dauphin. See Shannon Harley Walker's Facebook for updated information.
+ "Holiday Cheer at The Bull," a fundraiser for the Child Advocacy Center and presented by Hancock Bank, is Sunday, December 6, 4-7 p.m. at 609 Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile. Tickets are $35. Call 251-432-1101 for more information or see previous post to this blog, joannemcknight.com, for listing of auction items.
+ Christmas on the Hill at the Village of Springhill Shopping Area is Sunday, December 6, 1-5 p.m. For additional information, visit www.facebook.com/springhillmerchantsassociation.
+ Semmes Chamber of Commerce Christmas Banquet and Gift Auction, "A Christmas to Remember," is Monday, December 7, 6 p.m. at the Chamber building, 4102 Azalea Park Court. Cost is $20 per person. Drop by the Chamber to purchase tickets. Space is limited.
+ The 25th Annual Tree Light Project in Satsuma is Tuesday, December 8, 6:30 p.m. at Baldwin Square. The theme is "Better to Light One Candle." The event is sponsored by the Satsuma Community Development Organization. To purchase a light to honor or memorialize a loved one, pick up a form at Satsuma Public Library. Linda Tindle is chair of the event.
+ St. Mary Catholic Parish 5th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Historic Mobile Block Party on campus of St. Mary School is Tuesday, December 8, 7-9 p.m. For information, contact St. Mary parish office at 251-432-8678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ A "Community Holiday Celebration" in honor of Senior Citizens' Community Care Initiative to brighten a senior citizen's holiday with Stocking Stuffers is planned for Tuesday, December 8, 6 p.m. at Palmer-Pillans Middle School, 2051 Military Road. Attendees are asked to bring one or more of the following items--socks, hats, scarves, blankets, pajamas, nutritional snacks, unflavored toothpaste, lip balms, comb/hair brushes or unscented lotions
+ Playhouse in the Park is presenting its original musical, "A Christmas Carol," on Wednesday, December 9, 7:30 p.m. The play will be performed for the public one night only and will be at the Saenger Theatre downtown. Call 251-602-0630 for reservations.
+ A new event, the Holiday Shoppers' Trolley Trek, sponsored by the Gulf Coast Exploreum Center, is Thursday, December 10, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Those on the trek will visit Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, the Exploreum and Mobile Museum of Art. Call 251-208-6893 for tickets. (See more at an earlier post on this blog)
+ Christmas at Oakleigh is Thursday, December 10, 4-9 p.m. at 300 Oakleigh Place, midtown Mobile. Call 251-432-1281 for more information.
+ Mobile Museum of Art--Holiday Art Market is Thursday, December 10, 5-9 p.m. at the Museum, 4850 Museum in Langan Park. Call 251-208-5200 or visit www.mobilemuseumofart.com for more details.
+ "Winter Wonderland/Bazaar & Santa/Children's Arts & Crafts" at Coastal Response Center, 7385 Highway 188 in Coden. Hosted by Lori Bosarge, SBCA President, 251-206-9990. $5 entry; children make gifts and keepsake ornaments. Saturday, December 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
+ Chickasaw's Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 12, 3 p.m. St. Thomas Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary will be on one of the floats, said Tim Creamer of KOC.
+ Chickasaw Tour of Homes, "Magical Sights & Tastes of Chickasaw" is Saturday, December 12, 5-8 p.m.
+ Semmes Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 12, 10 a.m. The route is Wulff Road to Highway 98 to Oak Hill Drive.
+ The 47th Annual Saraland Christmas Parade, sponsored by Saraland Civic Forum, is Saturday, December 12 at noon. To enter, pick up an application at Saraland Chamber of Commerce, 251-675-4444. The Theme is "Let Freedom Ring with the Bells of Christmas."
+ Saraland Christmas Tree Lighting is Saturday, December 12, 6 p.m. Parade awards will be given at 6:30 p.m. at Saraland Civic Center.
+ The Satsuma Tour of Homes, sponsored by Satsuma Public Library Foundation, is Saturday, December 12, 4-8 p.m. Tickets are available at A Little Shoppe, The Rusty Rooster and Satsuma Public Library; call 251-679-0700 for information.
+ The 2015 Annual Semmes Woman's Club Christmas Tour of Homes and Tasting Tour will be Saturday, December 12, starting at Allentown Elementary School. Tickets are a $10 donation prepurchased at Meggie B's, Semmes Senior Center, Ruby Blue or Century Bank; tickets will be $12 at the door. Tours begin at 3 p.m.
+ The Mount Vernon Historic Preservation Society is sponsoring "A Night of Light" to benefit the historic McCafferty House on Highway 96 W in Mount Vernon. The event is Saturday, December 12. There will be music, hot drinks, cookies and Santa. For more information, contact Verdell Trotter-Dees at email@example.com.
+ Kingswood United Methodist Church's Live Nativity, expected on December 12, will not be seen this year. Pastor Joe Reams said that he hopes to resume the event next year.
+ The 3rd Annual Dawes Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 12, 1 p.m. beginning at Living Word Church, 2900 Dawes Road and ending at Winn Dixie parking lot, Cottage Hill and Schillinger Road. For information, call 251-633-0033 or visit www.dawesbizconnect.com.
+ Candy Cane Christmas, a project of Ransom Ministries, is Saturday, December 12, 9 a.m.-noon at The Hanger of West Mobile Baptist Church. See www.ransomcafe.com for details.
+ It's Gingerbread Time at the Moorer/Springhill Branch of Mobile Public Library on Saturday, December 12 at 10:30 a.m. The event is for children aged 3 and older. For information or to register, call 251-470-7770.
+ A Christmas Tree Lighting Party is Saturday, December 12 at Water Tower Plaza on Dauphin Island. The Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event. Santa and the elves will land at 5 p.m.
+ The Mobile Pops in Concert, ""Sounds of the Season," is Monday, December 14, 7 p.m. at Davidson High School Auditorium, 3900 Pleasant Valley Road, Mobile. The concert is free and open to the public. For information, call 251-679-6036 or visit www.themobilepops.com.
+ A Grinch Christmas is on the agenda at West Regional Branch of Mobile Public Library, 5555 Grelot Road. The fun event is from 10-11:30 a.m. on December 16 For more information, call 251-340-8571.
+ Dumas McLaney's Christmas Dinner and Dance is Thursday, December 17, 7-10 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road.
+ Sunny Side Theater and Drama Camp Productions presents "Elf, Jr" on Friday-Sunday, December 18-20 at the Moorer Center for Performing Arts at St. Luke's Episcopal School, 1400 University Boulevard. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Call 251-510-1808 for more information.
+ Holiday Market & Christmas Kids Day at Cathedral Square is Saturday, December 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 251-208-1550 for more information.
+ Mobile City Council District 3 member, C.J. Small and State House District 103 Representative Barbara Drummond are presenting "Holiday Parade of the 3's" on Saturday, December 19, 2 p.m.The parade will start at Palmer Pillans Middle School. To confirm your group's participation, call 251-604-4367.
+ Last Dash Christmas Sale, Saturday, December 19, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 6449 Moffett Road. Call 228-235-6970 for details.
+ Christmas on Fowl River Boat Parade is Saturday, December 19, 5:30 p.m. Call Bill Kemp, 251-379-4657 for more information.
+ Government Street Presbyterian Church will present "Festival of Lessons and Carols" Sunday, December 20, 10:45 a.m.
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