Holiday Events

Providence Tree Lighting
Providence Hospital will celebrate the 33rd anniversary of its annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital’s main lobby. A reception will follow. Call 251-266-1335.

Elfapalooza
Mobile’s chance to break the Guinness World Record for most elves in one place (Bienville Square). To be a part of the official count, come wearing red and green, an elf hat and pointy ears! Friday, Dec. 8, 5-7 p.m.

Christmas in Daphne
On Friday, Dec. 8, the Daphne Christmas Parade rolls at 6:30 p.m. south along Main Street through Olde Towne Daphne. Call 251-621-9000.

Live Nativity
On Dec. 8 from 6-9 p.m., come by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 5520 Zeigler Blvd., for an evening featuring a live nativity, light refreshments, display of nativity scenes from around the world, works of art and musical selections. Admission is free.

Holiday Fest
Virginia College in Mobile will host its second annual Holiday Fest with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon at the campus located at 3725 Airport Blvd., Suite 165. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature refreshments, letter writing, pictures with Santa, a tacky sweater contest, crafts, giveaways and more.

Mistletoe Market
Join Saraland Municipal Annex (939 Saraland Blvd. S.) on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day of shopping, arts and crafts, family fun and more at Mistletoe Market.

Bragg-Mitchell Open House
Guests are invited to “A Southern Christmas” and an afternoon at the historic Bragg-Mitchell mansion on Saturday, Dec. 9, 1-4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Billy Claus
LuLu’s annual Billy Claus and The LuLuBelles free event is Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m. The Nautical Night of Lights Boat Parade starts at dusk. 200 E. 25th Ave. in Gulf Shores. Visit www.lulubuffett.com/gulf-shores or call 251-967-5858.

Christmas Through the Ages
Experience Christmas of days gone by at Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island. Join soldiers from the past and their families as they celebrate a noncommercial Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 9. Email [email protected].

Dauphin Island Christmas Tree Lighting
The Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce hosts the second annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m. at Water Tower Plaza. Refreshments will be provided.

“Christmas Nights of Lights”
Through Jan. 1, “Christmas Nights of Lights” is at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd. The show is nightly at dusk until 10 p.m. Admission is $6 per person.

“Magic Christmas in Lights”
Bellingrath Gardens and Home’s 21st season of “Magic Christmas in Lights” will run 5-9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. For details or to order tickets, visit www.bellingrath.org.

“A Christmas Carol”
Playhouse in the Park will revive the beloved Dickens Christmas story on the Saenger Theatre stage Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Visit mobilesaenger.com.

Nutcracker Ballet
Bay Shore Ballet Academy will perform “The Nutcracker” ballet at Fairhope Civic Center Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. Visit bayshoreballet.com.

Nutcracker Ballet
Join Mobile Ballet for its annual holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.” Saturday, Dec. 9, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10, 2:30 p.m. at the Mobile Civic Center. Visit mobileballet.org.

Dinner and a Christmas movie
On Saturday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m., Off the Hook Marina and Grill, 621 N. Craft Highway in Chickasaw, will show “Miracle on 34th Street” on the big outdoor screen. Drink and dinner specials for the whole family. Call 251-422-3412.

“Christmas Cantata”
Join Government Street United Methodist Church Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. for “Christmas Cantata,” featuring organist Terry Maddox. 901 Government St. Call 251-438-4714.

Leinkauf Holiday Party
Leinkauf Historic District invites you to a holiday party Monday, Dec. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at The Pillars. There will be music, pictures with Santa, food and more. Tickets can be purchased at leinkaufneighborhood.com.


GENERAL INTEREST

Community Forum
Join the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Youth Justice Coalition for a discussion on the challenges of Alabama’s juvenile justice system on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m. at Small’s Auditorium, 95 S. Broad St.

Farmers Market
Shop the final farmers market of the season at Providence Hospital on Dec. 6, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Providence Hospital, Parking Lot F. Call 251-266-3501.

Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks
Boardwalk Talks are held the first and third Wednesday of each month at 11:15 a.m. at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd. Call 251-861-2141.

Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Wednesday at noon for lunch at Azalea City Golf Course. Call 251-348-3542.

Lunch Cruise
Historic Blakeley State Park invites the public to join us for a special sightseeing cruise and seafood lunch on Thursday, Dec. 7. Departing from the Blakeley dock at 10:30 a.m., returning at 1:30 p.m. Call 251-636-0798.

Scarlet Event
On Friday, Dec. 8, come to Cathedral Square at 6 p.m. for a free gathering offering an evening of music, art and vital health information. Part of World AIDS Day, celebrating life for the ones still here laughing, loving and living.

Celebrate Our History
The Tristan de Luna Chapter, Alabama Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Mobile Public Library invite the public to celebrate Alabama Day on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. at Bernheim Hall in the Ben May Main Library. Call 251-208-7093.

ACT English Prep Class
High school students are invited to sign up for a free ACT English review class on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 3:45-4:45 p.m. at the Daphne Library. Call 251-621-2818, ext. 211.

Socks for Seniors
Connie Hudson Senior Center is accepting donations of socks for senior citizens. All donations — new and packaged — must be dropped off by Monday, Dec. 11, at 3201 Hillcrest Road. Call 251-602-4963.

TOPS
Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church. Call 251-625-6888.

Toastmasters
Toastmasters International meets regularly at six locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Visit www.toastmasters.org for more information


FUNDRAISERS

Mutts and Mimosas
Brunch to support the Saraland Animal Shelter on Dec. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Off the Hook Marina & Grill (621 N. Craft Highway). Bring the family and the fur kids and support a great cause!

Bay Bash
Mobile Baykeeper’s 20th anniversary Bay Bash is Friday, Dec. 8, at GulfQuest. Special guest speaker will be Marc Yaggi. The event will conclude with a special fireworks show on the Mobile River. Email [email protected] or call 251-433-4229.


ARTS

MMoA Night Market
Mobile Museum of Art hosts its Night Market on Thursday, Dec. 7, 5-8:30 p.m. featuring wares by artists and artisans. Support your local artists and join the party and shopping fun with great food, drink and live music. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive.

LoDa Artwalk
Join downtown Mobile art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome you inside. Friday, Dec. 8, 6-9 p.m. in the Lower Dauphin Street district.

Van Cliburn’s Piano
Steinway Piano Gallery Spanish Fort will offer a glimpse into the life of piano virtuoso Van Cliburn, and display his personal piano, through Feb. 3. For information call 251-930-1082.


MUSEUMS

Dome Head Science
Join the Exploreum for a lecture on “When Will We Find Extraterrestrial Life?” Thursday, Dec. 7, 6-9 p.m. For tickets, visit exploreum.com.

“Posing Beauty in African-American Culture”
An exhibition at Mobile Museum of Art explores the understanding of how African and African-American beauty has been represented through a diverse range of media. Through Jan. 21. Visit mobilemuseumofart.com.

“Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!”
The insatiable curiosity of Curious George — the little monkey who has captured the imagination and hearts of millions of children and adults for 65 years — comes to life at Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center through Jan. 7. Visit exploreum.com.

“Dream Big: Engineering Our World”
Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” is a first-of-its-kind film for IMAX that will transform how we think about engineering. Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center through Jan. 7. Visit exploreum.com.

“Right on Course”
The United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives is open free to the public weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the newest exhibits is “Right on Course.” Visit www.asama.org.

“Windows to the Sea”
“Windows to the Sea” is the latest permanent exhibit at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. Visit disl.org.

“Savage Ancient Seas”
“Savage Ancient Seas” will transport GulfQuest guests to a time when the last of the great dinosaurs roamed Earth and swam the seas. Visit www.gulfquest.org.

Fairhope’s Founding
Learn more about the 1894 founding of Fairhope at the Fairhope Museum of History, 24 N. Section St. The museum is open daily (except Sunday and Monday), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 251-929-1471.

Little Discoveries
“Outside the Box,” aimed at children age 6 and under, explores how innovation and creativity can lead to a world of possibilities, starting with a simple cardboard box. Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Call 251-208-6893 or email [email protected].

Thursdays at MMoA
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Mobile Museum of Art offers free admission to all visitors. No reservations are necessary. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive. Call 251-208-5200.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Group Rides
South Alabama and Mississippi Mountain Bike Association invites all levels of cyclists to join them every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. at USA Bike Trails and Sunday at 9 a.m. at Chickasabogue Park. Email [email protected].

Weekly 1K/5K
Every Thursday evening at 6 p.m., join Red Beard’s Outfitter and Cortlandt’s Pub in the Spring Hill Village Shopping Center for a 1K or 5K run and walk. No cost to participate.

Bingo
Join Via! Health, Fitness, Enrichment Center (1717 Dauphin St.) for bingo every Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call 251-478-3311.

Bridge Lessons
The Mobile Bridge Center offers free bridge lessons each Tuesday at 6 p.m. at 1510 University Blvd. Arrive a few minutes early to register. Call 251-666-2147, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fitness and Athletics Classes
New fitness classes are offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Tai Chi, Candle Lit Yoga, Core Fusion, small-group personal fitness training, basketball for ages 15 and up, basketball for ages 8-14 and sports conditioning for ages 8-17. Call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Dance and art classes
New dance classes are offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Belly dance, pre-ballet and tumbling for ages 6-12, beginner piano for ages 8 and up. Call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Pickleball for adults (indoors)
Offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School on Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Great sport for all ages combines tennis, pingpong and badminton on a court one-fourth the size of a tennis court. Call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Ballroom dance
Azalea Ballroom Dance Club hosts dances the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. Call 251-623-9183 or visit azaleaballroomdanceclub.com.

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society hosts dances the first and third Monday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Hot Wheels Skating Rink in Daphne. Email [email protected].


WORKSHOPS

“A Peek Beyond the Lights”
An information session for parents and student athletes who have aspirations of competing on a professional level. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. at LeFlore Magnet High School, 700 Donald St. Cost: $10 per parent(s) and athlete. Call Melanie Johnson, 251-208-1610.

“Understanding Credit and Credit Reports”
Workshop designed to help you understand creditworthiness and all aspects of your personal credit report. Monday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m. Register at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling office, 705 Oak Circle Drive E., Mobile. Call 251-602-0011.