Christmas on the Coast

It’s time to Light Up Orange Beach!

The annual City of Orange Beach Christmas Tree Lighting at The Wharf will be held Tuesday, November 27th. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature a program with Santa, performers singing Christmas Carols, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, and will culminate with the Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting. “Winter at The Wharf” features an ice skating rink that will add to the festival atmosphere.


  • Local businesses are encouraged to decorate and light up their offices up and down Canal Road and throughout the city.
  • During the tree lighting ceremony at The Wharf, the Alabama Retail Association will also kick off its “Shop Alabama for the Holidays” statewide tour.
  • Also, the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber is encouraging everyone to "Shop Where You Beach" with free giveaways from local businesses. Just post a photo on your local shopping trip on social media and use the hashtag #ShopWhereYouBeachfor a chance to win.

7th Annual Merry Market

A good opportunity to use that hashtag is at the 7th Annual Merry Market on Friday and Saturday, December 8th and 9th at the Orange Beach Event Center. The hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on December 8th and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 9th. Over 70 vendors participate in this two-day event.

33rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

The 33rd Annual Nautical Night of Lights parade will begin at LuLu's at Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores at 5 p.m. Saturday, December 9th.

The parade begins at dusk and travels east on the Intracoastal Waterway toward Orange Beach, which is perfect for public viewing on the canal and at The Wharf. The boat parade will go through Wolf Bay, Bay La Launch, Arnica Bay, around Bear Point and then through Bayou St. John, Terry Cove and Ole River, ending at the Flora-Bama.

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