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Appalachian State vs Toledo

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It’s official…. Appalachian State will take on Toledo in the 2017 Dollar General Bowl in Mobile! Representing the Sun Belt and Mid-American Conferences, the two teams will square off on December 23 at Ladd Peebles Stadium!

The teams will arrive almost a week before the big game to enjoy a variety of events that celebrate bowl week in Mobile!  Check them out HERE! For game information and to stay up-to-date, be sure to follow Dollar General Bowl on Facebook.

We are ready to welcome thousands of families, fans and players to our city during a special time– the holiday season!  Mobile.org is the place to check out all the things you can do to celebrate the season when you’re not enjoying bowl events!

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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!

*Click the event title for all of the details. Events are subject to change. 

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! 

 

There’s even more celebrations on Mobile.org if you click the image below!

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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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Mobile Plays Host to Navy Week

 

America’s Navy is celebrating in Mobile!

Mobile was selected as one of the 15 cities selected to host a Navy Week, one of the Navy’s signature outreach programs.

Mobile Navy Week is scheduled around one of the best weekends of the year – Mardi Gras weekend!  So, there will be no shortage of events and fun over the next week!

Mobile Navy Week is scheduled for February 22-28, coincident with a port visit from USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and designed to give area resident and visitors an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people and its importance to national security and prosperity.

Take a look at the week-long celebration!

Thursday, Feb. 23

8:50 a.m. – Navy Week Mobile Kick-off Event at Battleship Memorial Park

5:30 p.m. – Navy Parachute Team, “Leap Frogs” Jump at Mardi Gras Park

 

Friday, Feb. 24

TBD – Navy Sailors Participate in Habitat for Humanity Project

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Navy Oceanographic Office at Exploreum Science Museum

6:30 p.m. – Navy Band in Crewe of Columbus Parade

 

Saturday, Feb. 25

8:00 to 10:00 a.m. – USS Mitscher Open for Public Tours

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Navy Oceanographic Office at Exploreum Science Museum

10:30 a.m. – USS Constitution Color Guard in Floral Parade

12:00 to 6:00 p.m. – Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Divers at Mardi Gras Park with Dive Tank

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – USS Mitscher Open for Public Tours

2:00 p.m. – Navy Band Concert at USS Alabama Park Pavilion

6:00 p.m. – Navy Band in Mystics of Time Parade

 

Sunday, Feb. 26

8:00 to 10:00 a.m. – USS Mitscher Open for Public Tours

12:00 p.m. – Navy Band Concert at Mardi Gras Park

12:00 to 6:00 p.m. – Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Divers at Mardi Gras Park with Dive Tank

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – USS Mitscher Open for Public Tours

5:00 p.m. – Navy Band in Le Krewe de Bienville Parade

 

Monday, Feb. 27

10:30 a.m. – USS Constitution Color Guard in King’s Parade

12:00 p.m. – Navy Band in Floral Parade

12:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Navy Community Relations Project at Feeding the Gulf Coast Food Bank

4:30 p.m. – Navy Band Concert at Mardi Gras Park

 

Tuesday, Feb. 28

8:00 to 10:00 a.m. – USS Mitscher Open for Public Tours

1:00 p.m. – Navy Band in King Felix III Parade

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – USS Mitscher Open for Public Tours

 

For more information, contact:

Lieutenant David Carter

901-874-5590

David.carter@navy.mil

Before You Reach The Beach

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Heading to the beach this summer?  Need to stretch your legs? Instead of driving THROUGH Mobile this time, plan on stopping off for a bit to find out what this old city has new to offer. With the opening of GulfQuest National Maritime Museum last fall and great new exhibits at the Gulf Coast Exploreum and the History Museum of Mobile, an afternoon in downtown Mobile before you reach the beach is a perfect time to wait out the traffic and have family fun in the cultural center of the Gulf Coast.

 

Over a dozen new locally owned restaurants and shops have opened in the past few years in our historic downtown and entertainment district while favorite attractions like the USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, the Mobile Museum of Art, the Mobile Carnival Museum, historic homes and other museums continue to provide one-of-kind experiences for every generation. There are now several city tour options (car, van, bus, historic trolley and -coming soon- duck boats!) that even let you cover more ground in a limited amount of time.

 

We know you’ll find enough to do to plan on a return trip to Mobile in the fall!

 

Start your trip at the historic Fort Conde Welcome Center, where friendly faces will be on hand seven days a week to distribute city vacation guides, brochures, maps and coupons – located on the corner of Church Street and Royal Street.