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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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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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Tara Settembre knows how to capture Wintzell’s Oysters!
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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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SPRING IS HERE- LET US CHEER!

Spring has sprung in Mobile, with events galore!

Check them out!

Thursday-Sunday, March 23-26: Festival of Flowers, Providence Hospital Campus. The 24th Annual Festival of Flowers will take place on the Providence Hospital Campus from Thursday, March 23, through Sunday, March 26. The theme is “Wildly Whimsical,” and the central showcase by Bellingrath Gardens and Home will feature a scene from  the Dr. Seuss book “The Lorax,” with Truffula Trees, Swomee-Swans and Humming-Fish. The Mobile Botanical Gardens Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the gate ($13 for seniors and military). Hours are Thursday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, or to order tickets, visit festivalofflowers.com. For information on special group packages to visit Bellingrath Gardens and Home during the Festival of Flowers weekend, visit bellingrath.org.

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Saturday, April 1: 24th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show, Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Enjoy a display of hundreds of vintage and classic automobiles on Saturday, April 1, as Bellingrath Gardens and Home hosts the Mobile Bay Mustang Club’s 24th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show on the Great Lawn. It’s all for a good cause, too; proceeds from car registrations will go to Feeding the Gulf Coast (formerly Bay Area Food Bank) and the Autism Society of Alabama. Admission is $13 for adults and $7.50 for children. Tickets may be purchased at the Gardens. To register a car, visit the Mobile Bay Mustang Club’s website, mobilebaymustangclub.org. For details about the Camellia Classic Car Show, visit www.bellingrath.org.

Friday, April 7: 85th Anniversary of Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Walter and Bessie Bellingrath developed the beautiful property now known as Bellingrath Gardens from a rustic fishing camp purchased in 1918. Over the years, more and more friends and family members would venture to the property to admire the gardens. On April 6, 1932, Walter Bellingrath placed an ad in the Mobile Register, inviting the public to tour the Gardens the next day. The Bellingraths were stunned by the response: Nearly 4,700 visitors arrived, causing a huge traffic jam. The couple decided to keep the Gardens open to the public and to charge a small admission fee. Life at their idyllic Fowl River retreat would never be the same. To celebrate this milestone, guests are invited to enjoy the Gardens on April 7, 2017, at a special admission rate of $8.50 per person. Other surprises will be in store! Join us on this special day in the history of Bellingrath Gardens and Home.

Saturday, April 8: Easter Egg Hunt on the Great Lawn at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Hop on down to Bellingrath for a morning of Easter fun with our annual Easter Egg Hunts! Thousands of Easter eggs will be scattered across the Great Lawn for children to collect, and there will be plenty of candy and treats for little ones to fill their Easter baskets. There will be three hunts for different age groups. After the egg hunts, families are encouraged to enjoy other Easter activities within the Gardens. Admission is $13 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 5-12 will be charged. Children ages 4 and younger are always admitted free. For details, visit www.bellingrath.org.

Sunday, April 16: Easter Sunrise Service at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. As the sun rises over Bellingrath Gardens and Home on Easter Sunday, guests are invited to a special Sunrise Service on Live Oak Plaza. The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. and is open to everyone in the community. There is no admission charge. A limited number of chairs will be set up and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. After the service, breakfast will be available for purchase in the Magnolia Café. In the case of inclement weather, the service will be moved indoors into the Magnolia Café.

Friday, April 28: “Invasive Exotics” lecture with  Fred Nation. Come out to Mobile Botanical Gardens to hear from Botanist and Author, Fred Nation as part of the Mobile Botanical Garden’s 2017 Lecture series. To reserve your spot, call (251)342-0555.

Friday, May 12: National Public Gardens Day. This is a day to recognize the importance of public gardens in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness. At Bellingrath, we’ll offer a special behind-the-scenes tour of our Production Greenhouses, conducted by our Horticulture Management Team. Find out how we grow the signature displays that provide beauty to more than 110,000 visitors each year. The one-hour tour will start at 10:30 a.m. and is included in the regular Gardens admission of $13 for adults and $7.50 for ages 5-12. There is no charge for Bellingrath members or for children ages 4 and younger. Registration is requested; to register, call 251-973-2217.

Friday, May 12: “Paleobotanical Discoveries in Alabama” lecture with Dr. Brian Axsmith. Come to Mobile Botanical Gardens to hear from Head of Botany at the University of South Alabama, as part of the Mobile Botanical Garden’s 2017 Lecture Series.  To reserve your spot, call (251)342-0555.

Sunday, May 14: Mother’s Day Garden Concert, Bellingrath Gardens and Home. The Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra will present our annual Mother’s Day Concert at 1 p.m. (The earlier time will allow members of the orchestra to attend a graduation ceremony later that same day.) Bring Mom to enjoy music in the beautiful surroundings of the Gardens! Limited seating is available, and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Guests are also welcome to bring a picnic lunch; beverages and snacks will be available to purchase. The concert is included in the regular Gardens admission of $13 for adults and $7.50 for ages 5-12. There is no charge for Bellingrath members or for children ages 4 and younger.

Saturday, May 20: Mrs. Bellingrath’s Birthday Celebration, Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Born on May 20, 1878, Bessie Morse Bellingrath left an enduring legacy of beauty in the Gardens and Home she created. Guests are invited to join Museum Director Tom McGehee as he conducts a special tour of the Bellingrath Museum Home, with an emphasis on Bessie Bellingrath’s favorite collectibles. Tickets are $21 for adults and $13 for ages 5-12. Be sure to visit the Gift Shop for the annual “Buy Like Miss Bessie” sale!

Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Gallery of Gardens, presented by Mobile Botanical Gardens. Volunteers with the Mobile Botanical Gardens carefully select some of the city’s most interesting and elaborate gardens, and help dress them up for the annual Gallery of Gardens. Private gardens in the historic districts of Church Street East, Oakleigh, and DeTonte Square in the City of Mobile will be open to the public for tours. See beautiful gardens, stunning outdoor art and gracious Southern style. To order tickets, visit www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org; tickets will also be available at select Mobile outlets during the month of April. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

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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

5 Reasons To Celebrate the Holidays in Mobile

Historic Homes.

Take a tour of some of the most beautiful historic homes Mobile has to offer that are decked out for the holidays.

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All of the lights.

It wouldn’t be the holiday season if you didn’t walk through the breathtaking light displays at Bellingrath Gardens and Home or drive through Christmas Nights of Lights.

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Ice skating with a view. 

Riverside Ice is back and there’s nothing like ice skating under the twinkling lights along the Mobile River.

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Jingle Cruise.

Embark on a cheerful holiday adventure as you roll through the streets of downtown Mobile, singing holiday classics and splashing into the Mobile River.

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Elf Up. 

We want you to put on your best Elf attire and join the best Elf party…ever.  Elfapalooza, of course!

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And, there’s so much more where that came from!

For where to stay in Mobile, click HERE.

For what to eat in Mobile, click HERE.

For what do with the kiddos, click HERE.

For a TON of additional fun you can have in Mobile, click HERE.

Happy Holidays!

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