Following discussion of Christmas-season plans during last week’s city council meeting, Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s office has released a list of events it says add up to “A Very Merry Mobile.”
“Mobile was born to celebrate the holidays and this year will not disappoint,” Stimpson said in a release summarizing the events. “The holiday season is an important time to come together as a community. I encourage all of our citizens to take part, and even take it one step further, and reach out to anyone you know who is feeling lost or alone. There truly is something for everyone this year. Be on the lookout for more to come!”
Sept. 19 council discussions included some council members’ wish for the return of a Christmas Holiday parade, and a suggestion from Elizabeth Stevens of the Downtown Mobile Alliance that the council provide funding for the return of the North Pole Stroll, a successful block party-style event last seen in 2013. Neither event was mentioned in the latest release from the mayor’s office.
Lighting of the Tree – 5-7 p.m. Nov. 17 in Bienville Square. “Families are invited to pose with Santa, check out Uncle Joe’s Rolling Zoo and enjoy many other activities for the young and the young at heart.” The lights on the city tree will be switched on at 6:10 p.m.
Elf-A-Palooza – 5-7 p.m. Dec. 8, Bienville Square. “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!”
Winter Wonderland – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 16, Bienville Square and Cathedral Square. Come play in artificial snow, 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. Ride the Polar Express to Bienville Square for kids’ activities, music and more.
Holiday Movie Nights – Dec. 15 and 21, time and location to be announced. The city will screen free holiday movies to the public.
Tuba Christmas – 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17, location TBA. An unusual musical tradition honoring tuba teacher William J. Bell.
Christmas Jubilee – Nov. 9-11, Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center. The Junior League of Mobile’s annual holiday market, featuring more than 100 merchants from around the country.
“A Christmas Carol” – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Playhouse in the Park Dickens’ classic at the Mobile Saenger Theatre.
Christmas on the River Lighted Boat Parade – 6 p.m. Dec. 2, Dog River. The 42nd annual event cruises from the Alba Fishing Hunting Club to the Grand Mariner Restaurant on Dog River.
Magic Christmas in Lights – Nov. 24-Dec. 31, Bellingrath Gardens. Now in its 22nd year, this celebration features “more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate.”
Christmas Night in Lights – Nov. 10-Jan. 1, Hank Aaron Stadium. A display featuring “over 1 million LED lights, driven by over 10,000 computer channels and synchronized to both traditional and new rocking Christmas music playing through your car radio.”
Home Free “A Country Christmas Tour” – 8 p.m. Dec. 20, Mobile Saenger Theatre. Five-man a cappella band Home Free brings its holiday tour to the Port City.
Dollar General Bowl – 6 p.m. Dec. 23, Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
MoonPie Drop – Mobile’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration leads up to the annual Moon Pie drop at midnight, with laser light show and fireworks.
Don’t see your holiday event on this list? Email Laura Byrne at firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in the City of Mobile’s holiday calendar.