Celebrate The Season

In Mobile, we make no apologies for our year-round celebrations…. it’s just who we are. Our upcoming calendar makes us happier than George Bailey in the last ten minutes of It’s a Wonderful Life and we’re okay with that. We live for merriment and believe Joe Cain really is Santa Claus.  We invite you to join us as we Celebrate The Season in the city that is Born To Celebrate!

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CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS 

UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2017

Drive through a holiday light show synchronized to Christmas music at Hank Aaron Stadium. 

LIGHTING OF THE TREE IN BIENVILLE SQUARE 

NOVEMBER 17, 2017

Usher in the holidays with live music, reindeer, pictures with Santa and shopping at the merry market. The switch for the Lighting of the Tree and the Ceiling of Lights down Dauphin Street will be thrown promptly at 6:10, so be sure to be there in plenty of time for the all of the events of the evening.

ICE SKATING AT THE FORT

November 24 – March 4

Grab your friends and family for some ice skating at the Fort of Colonial Mobile! 

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

November 25, 2017

Shop with the local merchants, artists and artisans of Downtown Mobile for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. Stop by the welcome table at 261 Dauphin Street for a cup of cocoa and pick up a Passport which you can return to be eligible to win a $100 Downtown Mobile Gift Card. 

ARCTIC EXPRESS

NOVEMBER 24 – DECEMBER 24, 2017 

Enjoy over one million lights, steam train rides to visit Santa, refreshments, miniature train rides,  bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo and more! 

MAGIC CHRISTMAS IN LIGHTS

NOVEMBER 24 – DECEMBER 31, 2017

Stroll through Bellingrath Gardens and Home to view three million twinkling lights in 15 scenes with more than 1,000 custom designed set pieces. The holiday-decorated home is also open for tours. 

LIGHTS OF LOVE  

November 28, 2017

Tree lighting and holiday festival. Santa Clause, Ronald McDonald and children’s choir. Begins at 4:30 p.m.

HOLIDAY MOVIE IN THE SQUARE: The Muppet Christmas Carol

December 1, 2017 

Bundle up, bring a blanket and enjoy the timeless “Christmas Carol” interpreted by the Muppets! Holiday craft activity for children at 5:30; movie begins at 6:00. 

HOLIDAY DUCKS

December 1 – 23, 2017

Start a new family tradition and join us for a Jingle Cruise as we embark on a cheerful Holiday adventure and roll through the streets of downtown and splash twice into the Mobile River. 

ICE SKATING WITH THE SNOW QUEEN

December 2, 9 & 16, 2017

Get ready for an enchanted experience as we frolick in the snow and ice skate with the Snow Queen herself. Be on the lookout for appearances by special guests!

 

A HOLIDAY MARKET AND ART BAZAAR IN THE GARDENS

December 1 & 2, 2017

Explore Mobile Botanical Gardens, pick up those camellias and poinsettias that make your house into a home during the holidays.

 

CHILDREN’S NUTCRACKER TEA at THE BRAGG-MITCHELL MANSION

DECEMBER 2, 2017

Enjoy a delightful appearance by Mobile Ballet’s Nutcracker Dancers. Doors open at 3:30 pm for refreshments. At 4:30 pm, the Nutcracker story will be read and the dancers will be introduced.

 

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AT THE RICHARDS-DAR HOUSE

DECEMBER 2-3, 2017

Enjoy the beautiful Victorian decorations, holiday treats, live music, gift shop, bake sale and visits with Santa.  

ROMAN STREET & ERIC ESSIX TRIO CHRISTMAS CONCERT

December 3, 2017

This jazz Christmas concert is one you won’t want to miss!

 

HOLIDAY MARKET at OK BICYCLE SHOP

December 3, 2017 

The 5th Annual Holiday Market will have local vendors selling their unique items from clothes, jewelry, specialty made food items, art, furniture, home decor, handbags, candles, beauty products and the list goes on! 

Playhouse in the Park’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL

December 6, 2017

A beloved Dicken’s Christmas story will come to life on the Saenger stage!

CHRISTMAS AT OAKLEIGH

DECEMBER 7-9, 2017

Dressed in traditional holiday finery, Oakleigh guides give you a glimpse into life in early Mobile. Historic Oakleigh Complex. 

ELFAPALOOZA – December’s LoDA ArtWalk

December 8, 2017 

This is Mobile’s chance to break the Guinness World Record for most elves in one place. To be a part of the official count, come wearing red, green, an elf hat and – whatever you do – don’t forget your pointy ears!

OUTDOOR HOLIDAY MARKET AT 5 RIVERS CYPRESS GIFT SHOP

December 9, 2017

Outdoor Holiday Market at 5 Rivers Cypress Gift Shop & Welcome Center. Shop for unique, handmade gifts – featuring outdoor-themed items from local artisans and crafters. Take a walk through the woods and see the new Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit.

MOBILE’S MAGICAL CHRISTMAS by the MOBILE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

DECEMBER 9-10 2017

Be prepared for THE holiday experience of the season. Mobile’s Singing Children and soloist Diane Penning will perform holiday favorites. Prepare for glamour that will rival the golden age of Hollywood! 

MOBILE BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER

DECEMBER 9 & 10 2017

Dancers reprise Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece. Check website for performance details. 

A SOUTHERN CHRISTMAS at THE BRAGG-MITCHELL MANSION

December 9, 2017 

Guests are invited to tour the Mansion with traditional decorations adorning each room, enjoy homemade refreshments, and children’s storytelling and shopping in our gift shop.  

CHRISTMAS AT SEWARD FARMS

December 9, 2017

Sing your favorite Christmas song with the country band, Hayrides, Funny Farm Golf, Jumping Pillow, Yee Haw Slide, Cow Trains, Pony Rides, stay warm by the camp fires and much more…

CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE AGES AT FORT GAINES

DECEMBER 9, 2017

Confederate soldier re-en actors and their families celebrate Christmas. Blacksmiths, children’s activities and more. 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

DECEMBER 9 & 16

Brighten your season with an extra special holiday breakfast! Indulge your family in a delicious breakfast, adults and children of all ages are welcome to make their holiday wishes while enjoying meeting Santa and his holiday helpers, holiday ornament crafts, and a dramatic reading of the Night Before Christmas by Santa himself!

BRUNCH WITH THE GRINCH

December 10, 17 and 23rd 

Straight from Mount Crumpit, the Grinch brings his special blend of mischief, turning your meal into an adventure. The green one himself will make the rounds, stopping to pose for photographs. Just make sure to keep a good eye on your bacon. Reserve your seats today!

 

THE POLAR EXPRESS PAJAMA PARTY

December 15, 2017

ajama Party starts at 5:00 PM with hands-on holiday activities, hot chocolate, popcorn, and a 7:00 PM viewing of the Polar Express in the Port City Room overlooking downtown Mobile and the river. Admission is FREE! Please RSVP to kfaggard@gulfquest.org , space is limited!

HOLIDAY MOVIES AT THE SAENGER

DECEMBER 15 & 17, 2017

Enjoy a holiday classic at Mobile’s historic theatre!

HOLIDAY MARKET & CHRISTMAS KIDS DAY

DECEMBER 16 & 17,  2017

Race through Mobile’s first snow maze, take your picture with Santa Claus and shop for last minute Christmas gifts at the Christmas market in Cathedral Square. Mirrored after the Christmas market in Hamburg, Germany, the market will feature presents, locally grown produce and baked goods. After you’ve shopped til you’ve dropped in Cathedral Square, hop on one of our trains and head to Bienville Square for kids activities. There will be music, dance, and more!

HOME FREE. A Country Christmas

December 20, 2017

 The 5-man band has become known for their show-stopping performances that mix their signature no-instrument, all-vocal music with their quick-witted humor. Home Free continues A Country Christmas in 2017, bringing the slam-dunk smashing success to Mobile’s Saenger Theatre! 

WHITE TIE CHRISTMAS CONCERT

December 22, 2017

A White Tie Christmas is an annual holiday concert series featuring music from Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Paul McCartney, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen and other Holiday Classics!

DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL

DECEMBER 23, 2017

Two of the top college football teams in the country clash in this nationally televised postseason bowl. Events held throughout the city during the week of the big game.   *Dollar General Mardi Gras Parade – December 22

HAPPY NOON YEAR’S

DECEMBER 30, 2017

Noon Year’s event complete with our very own mini MoonPie drop. Noon year countdown to 2018 and lots of family activities at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center.

MOONPIE OVER MOBILE NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION

DECEMBER 31, 2017

Ring in 2018 at one of the coolest parties of the year! Dig into the world’s largest MoonPie cake,  join the second line, watch live entertainment and an all-star fireworks show! And…the world-famous MoonPie drop at midnight! 

 

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Haint Blue Takes on the Great American Beer Festival

We are thrilled for our friends at Haint Blue Brewing Co. who will soon hit the road for Colorado where the Great American Beer Fest awaits them!

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The talented team is entering their crowd-pleasing saffron saison {Marianne} into the competition (October 5-7) in Denver, Colorado!

The Great American Beer Festival awards gold, silver and bronze medals for excellence in 96 beer-style categories. We admit– we are a little bias, but Marianne should absolutely come home with a gold!

We’ll keep you updated on their adventure straight from the team in Denver.  In the meantime, check out their website on how you can get a taste of Marianne!   http://haintbluebrew.com/

 

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Stories Are Brewing

We had the pleasure of hosting our first Craft Beer Blogger last month and what a fun couple of days that was!  In case you didn’t know, Mobile is quite the up-and-coming brewery scene as three breweries are either under construction or set to open soon. It’s exciting times for our historic city that loves to celebrate!

It was a hot afternoon in June when Bryan Richards of  The Wandering Gourmand landed in Mobile from his home in Charlotte, NC.

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Meet Bryan!

When one of the first things out of his mouth made us laugh  – we knew this was going to be a fun couple of days with our new friend.

We set him up with the folks who are opening the three Mobile breweries –  Haint Blue Brewing Co., Serda’s Brewing Co and Iron Hand Brewing for tours and interviews. We also drove across Mobile Bay to give him a taste of Fairhope Brewing Company.

When we weren’t meeting with those fine folks,  we took him to our local craft beer establishments where visitors and locals alike hang out and drink cold brews.  Loda Bier Garten, Old Shell Growlers and The Haberdasher welcomed this beer lover {and his questions} with a bottomless mug.

In between his visits, he ate. And ate…and ate…and ate.

We make no secret that Mobile’s food scene is downright delectable.  With Bryan’s audience being craft beer enthusiasts,  we wanted to match the cuisine appropriately.

Bryan sank his teeth into burgers from LoDa Bier Garten and Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, devoured a hot dog from Drew Drop Inn, destroyed beignets from Panini Pete’s, chowed down on tacos and sushi from OK Bicycle Shop/Liquid Sushi and showed the Eggs Cathedral from Spot of Tea who was boss. We should also mention the moment of silence that occurred when he tasted the Corned Beef Hash that Tony cooks up at Bob’s Downtown Diner.  

It was a full couple of days for Bryan {pun intended} but he couldn’t of been a better sport!

Since it was his first trip to Mobile, we had to make sure he saw more than just beer and food. {Not that Just beer and food is a bad thing} He road a duck boat with Gulf Coast Ducks, toured the Mobile Carnival Museum, popped into The Fort of Colonial Mobile and we took him on a drive throughout our historic districts.  We even did some excellent convincing that he should load up his family and move to Mobile!  {We’ll keep you posted on that one.}

Bryan was super cool which made our week with him super cool.  

He asked for the Mobile experience….. we think he got it!

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Click HERE to read Bryan’s first story on Mobile!

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Family Fun Along Alabama’s Gulf Coast

We love any chance we get to work with incoming travel media. So, it was so nice to spend a little time with this writer when she was visiting Mobile last month!  Take a look at her Alabama Gulf Coast experience by clicking the link to her story in below!

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Gorgeous photo by Tara Settembre of Alabama’s Gulf Coast

Thanks, Tara for the incredible story in the Huffington Post!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/southern-charm-family-fun-in-alabamas-gulf-coast_us_5970e281e4b0f68541cd631e

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Mobile Mardi Gras in the Big Apple?

Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you — yes, we said Mobile Mardi Gras was in the Big Apple!  In fact, Mobile Mardi Gras took over Times Square!

Alabama Tourism Department ‘Sweet Home Alabama’  took to the streets of NYC for the second year with one-of-a-kind experiences.  They kicked off their activations with a celebration, right in the middle of Times Square as New Yorkers and tourists were thrown a Mardi Gras celebration on a custom-built float.

There were beads, there were MoonPies and there were REVELERS.

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The takeover was a big hit and taught thousands of New Yorkers that Mobile is the home of America’s Original Mardi Gras!

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Join us for Mobile Mardi Gras 2018 that kicks off on January 26 with Fat Tuesday on February 13!

 

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Bloggers Who Celebrate!

We recently had the pleasure of hosting the fabulous folks behind the international travel blogs MariaAbroad, 2TravelDads, Zengrrl, and RoadTrips  for several days in Mobile — and let us tell you—it was a FUN couple of days!

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They rode an Airboat, kayaked the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, visited museums, toured one of our up-and-coming breweries and ate their way through Mobile! Not a terrible couple of days, right? 

Their stories about their time in Mobile are being published and they have us reliving our time with Maria, Rob, Michele and Rene.

 To read each story, click the image below! We hope you enjoy their stories just as much as we enjoyed having them!

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Rene’s articles, all in Danish, can be found on RoadTrips iUSA.

This tiny but mighty group of characters embraced all the charming and quirky things about Mobile and had us laughing for three straight days!

Rob, Maria, Rene and Michele — we celebrate you for celebrating Mobile!

 

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