What To Do in December 2023

Mark your calendars with this month's top local events you won't want to miss.

Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Christmas // Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau

DECEMBER 1-22: Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Christmas
Bragg-Mitchell Mansion
Various dates and times. Call ahead to verify. Enjoy a look at one of Mobile’s most iconic mansions decorated in traditional holiday splendor. Tickets: Adults $12, children under 12 $5.

Through Jan 3: Magic Christmas in Lights
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Fri 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day. Stroll through a dazzling light display that features more than 1,100 set pieces and 3 million lights. Tickets: $16 adults, $8, children 5 – 12, ages 4 and under free.

DECEMBER 1: Christmas in the Park
Heritage Park, Foley
Fri 6 p.m. Head to downtown Foley for lighting of the Christmas tree, caroling and visits with Santa. Admisson is free.

DECEMBER 1: Roll Mobile – Holiday Edition
Bienville Square
Fri 6 – 9 p.m. Strap on your skates and dress as your favorite winter holiday
character in this free event.

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DECEMBER 1-2: Holiday Market in the Gardens
Mobile Botanical Gardens
Fri and Sat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Vote for your favorite gingerbread house in the annual competition and shop local produce and gifts. Tickets: $8. 

DECEMBER 2: 7th Annual Gulf Seafood Gala
The Alabama Aquarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Sat 6 – 9 p.m. Enjoy delicious seafood, a cash bar and a silent auction in the lovely aquarium setting. Proceeds benefit Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council. Tickets: $70.

DECEMBER 2: Exploreum “Die Hard” Christmas Party
The Exploreum
Sat 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. BYOB.
Say “yippee-ki-yay” and come for the movie, along with other activities and give-aways.
Event is 21+.  Tickets: $12. 

DECEMBER 2: Foley Christmas Parade
Downtown Foley
Sat 10 a.m. Enjoy the Kiwanis Club’s annual parade. Catch some candy and see Santa Claus in this free, family-friendly event. 

DECEMBER 2: Sip and Paint Holiday Theme
Mardi Gras Park
Sat 6 – 9 p.m. Enjoy an evening alfresco as instructors guide you step-by-step, ensuring that even beginners can create a beautiful painting. Event is 21+. Tickets $30 including supplies.  Optional cash bar.

DECEMBER 3-4: “The Nutcracker”
Coastal Ballet, Orange Beach
Fri 6 p.m. and Sat 2 p.m. The Coastal Ballet performs their rendition of the Christmas favorite.

DECEMBER 4-5: Baldwin Pops Christmas Concert
Foley Civic Center
Mon and Tue 7 p.m. Join the Baldwin Pops for this free, family-friendly and festive concert featuring your favorite Christmas songs. 

DECEMBER 5-6: “Babes in Toyland”
Saenger Theatre
Tue 9 a.m and 11:15 a.m., Wed 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Join the Playhouse in the Park for this Christmas classic. Tickets: $25 general admission, students and chaperones $8, teachers free. 

DECEMBER 7: Christmas Night Market
Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market, Foley
Thu 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Shop from arts and crafts vendors and food trucks. Visit Santa as carolers sing their way around the market. Admission is free.

DECEMBER 8: A Roman Street-Marlow Boys Christmas
Saenger Theatre
Fri 7 p.m. Hear your holiday favorites played in exciting new ways. Tickets start at $30.

DECEMBER 8: LODA Artwalk Celebrates Christmas
Downtown Mobile
Fri 6 – 9 p.m. Put on your ugly Christmas sweater and join Santa in singing Christmas karaoke. Children can decorate a gingerbread house. Event is free.

DECEMBER 8-10 : “The Nutcracker”
Mobile Civic Center
Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. The Mobile Ballet presents their annual rendition of this holiday classic. Tickets start at $22 for general admission and $20 for children,
students, seniors and military.

DECEMBER 9: The 14th Annual Charlie Brown Jazz X-Mas Concert
Saenger Theatre
Sat 7 p.m. The show includes a performance by The Joe Cool Trio performing Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” This year’s show will also feature Kermit Ruffins and special guest Clarence Johnson. Tickets start at $30.

DECEMBER 9: Holiday Market and Open House
Mobile Museum of Art
Sat 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrate with local shopping, live music, food trucks
and art activities. Admission is free. 

DECEMBER 9: Living History Crew Drill
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park      
Sat 1 p.m. Watch as history comes to life with these WWII reenactors. Interact with sailors while they hold demonstrations and tell stories about life aboard the USS Alabama. Ticket included with admission.

DECEMBER 15-17: Christmas Radio Theatre: “It’s a Wonderful Life”
South Baldwin Community Theatre
Fri and Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. A live radio play based on the beloved classic holiday movie. Actors portray numerous characters, and sound effects are performed life on stage. 
Tickets: $13.

DECEMBER 16: Christmas at the Exploreum
Exploreum Science Center
Sat 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn about the science behind the coldest places on Earth with chilling demonstrations and hands-on learning opportunities. Ticket included with admission.

DECEMBER 16: Allman Betts Family Revival
Mobile Civic Center
Sat 8 p.m. The duo of Devon Allman and Duane Betts pays tribute to their families’ music in The Allman
Brothers Band. Tickets start at $38. 

DECEMBER 16-17: MSO Holiday Classics
Saenger Theatre
Sat 7:30 p.m. and Sun 2:30 p.m. A holiday-themed concert with guest conductor Robert J. Seebacher. Tickets start at $20.

DECEMBER 21: Wheel of Fortune Live
Saenger Theatre
Thu 7:30 p.m. Contestants are selected from the audience to go on stage for
the chance to spin the wheel, buy vowels and solve puzzles to win fantastic prizes. Tickets start at $25.

DECEMBER 30: The Fab Four
Saenger Theatre
Sat 7:30 p.m. The Beatles cover band plays “Rubber Soul” in its entirety. Tickets start at $25.

DECEMBER 31: Lulu’s Noon Year’s Eve
Lulu’s Gulf Shores
Sun 10 a.m. Crafts, kid-safe fireworks, face-painting, balloon animals and a sand-castle building contest are only the tip of the iceberg. When the clock strikes noon there will be a beach ball drop. Admission is free.

DECEMBER 31: Moon Pie Over Mobile
Downtown Mobile
Sun 11 a.m. – midnight. Early events include a kid’s activity area and a noon moon pie drop for kids. Evening events include a second line, the cutting of the world’s largest moon pie and headlines celebrating the 50th anniversary of
hip-hop. Admission is free.

 [ January Highlights ]

JANUARY 1: The Polar Bear Dip
The Hangout
Mon 10 a.m. Take a plunge into the icy cold waters of the Gulf and enjoy a free hot cocoa. Admission is free … if you are brave enough to take the plunge.

JANUARY 12: The Black Jacket Symphony Presents Journey’s “Escape”
Saenger Theatre
Fri 8 p.m. The Black Jacket Symphony will play hit 1980’s band Journey’s
“Escape,” note for note. Tickets start at $32.

JANUARY 19: King Cake-Off
Mobile Civic Center
Fri 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Local bakeries, eateries and grocery stores will compete to see who has the tastiest king cake
or king cake-inspired treat. Live music, local vendors, kids’ activities, cake
tastings and more.

JANUARY 27: Gumbo and Alabama Slammer Festival
Heritage Park, Foley
Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Come for the Alabama slammers and gumbo. Stay for art and crafts, the kids’ zone
and live music.

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