December 10

Bethlehem Walk
Our Savior Lutheran Church, 5101 Government Blvd. (at Landsdowne Drive), will host a “walking tour of the Little Town of Bethlehem,” which has been recreated on the church property. Tours will be held today as well as Friday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 12, from 6-8 p.m. After the Bethlehem walk, guests will be invited to have Christmas punch and treats, and listen to Christmas music. The tour and refreshments are free to all, but free-will offerings are welcome. Information on all church events can be found on the church website, www.oursavior-mobile.org, or by calling the church at 251-661-4524.

Wine-tasting murder mystery
“The Comeaux Family’s Crazy Cajun Christmas,” presented by Bay Cities Improv Company, will perform a wine-tasting murder mystery at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 199, 700 S. Mobile St. in Fairhope. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at the bar or at the door. Seating is limited! For more information, call 251-928-9132.

Community Christmas Chorus
Gulf Shores continues its holiday celebration at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center as local choirs present A Community Christmas Chorus. Free tickets for the show are available online or at the City Store box office on a first come, first serve basis. The box office is located at 1821 Gulf Shores Parkway and is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Trolley Trek
Start at the beautiful Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, all decorated for the holidays. Shop for unique gifts and enjoy refreshments. Then board the holiday trolley as we trek to the International Chocolate store at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center where there are unique gifts from around the world. Next, trek to the Mobile Museum of Art for great holiday shopping in one of the most beautiful museum stores, plus our Holiday Night Market will be going on at the same time. Free refreshments and holiday treats at all three locations. From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Space is limited, tickets are $20 per person and are available online at exploreum.com or by calling the Exploreum at 251-208-6893.

Candlelight Christmas at Oakleigh
A Mobile tradition for more than 60 years, Oakleigh’s Candlelight Christmas will feature living-history tours of the house, Santa Claus, choir performances, storytelling, food trucks and much more! Tickets costs are general admission, $12 in advance, $15 at the door; HMPS members, $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Children 12 and under are free! For more information, visit historicoakleigh.com.

Thursdays at MMoA
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Mobile Museum of Art offers free admission to all visitors. Join MMoA each week to experience the museum in new and exciting ways throughout the year. No reservations are necessary. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive.


December 11

4th annual Merry Market
Unique gifts and arts & crafts expo presented by Wind Creek Casino and Hotel at the Orange Beach Events Center at The Wharf. Door prizes, food vendors, gifts, arts & crafts, jewelry, clothing and much more. Continues through Dec. 12, where attendees can watch the Christmas boat parade. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call 251-968-7200.

Holiday Extravaganza
Begins at 5 p.m. at the History Museum of Mobile. For the price of regular admission, join the entire museum gang for a gingerbread house decorating contest, holiday storytelling, choir performances by local school choirs, dreidel game playing, selfies with Santa Claus, cookies and cider. You can also wander through the museum and see a Menorah display, railroad photos by Dr. Joachim Holloway and miniature trains in the Friedman Miniature House Gallery. For more information, visit museumofmobile.com.

Tanner Williams reunion
Tanner Williams Elementary is celebrating its 100th anniversary with an open house-style celebration, allowing visitors to take one last stroll down memory lane before the school is demolished this summer. Known for its small student to teacher ratio and close-knit community relationship, Tanner Williams Elementary has touched many students, teachers, and parents lives over the years. Located in the rural outskirts of Wilmer at 13700 Tanner Williams road, the elementary school is the backbone of the community. The open-house will take place Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information, find the article on lagniappemonbile.com.

An evening with Freddie
Bohemian LA Productions LLC will be raising funds for Mobile AIDS Coalition with the documentary “The Great Pretender” on the life of Freddie Mercury, former lead singer of Queen. The event will also include Peter Freestone, personal assistant to Mercury, who will be present for a Q&A session following the documentary. Freestone will also be signing copies of his book, “Freddie Mercury.” Books are not included in the cost of the event ticket; they may be purchased at www.bohemianlaproductions.com. The Venue, 105 S. Section St., Fairhope. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. with the documentary starting promptly at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $50.

Elfapalooza
Free the elf from the shelf! This is Mobile’s second chance to break the Guinness World Record for most elves in one place. To be a part of the official count, come wearing red and green, an elf hat and — whatever you do — don’t forget your pointy ears! The official “Walk of Elves” will take place at 7:10 p.m. in Bienville Square.

LoDa Artwalk
Downtown is the place to be the second Friday of each month! Join downtown art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome you inside to see beautiful artwork, sample delicious foods and hear the sounds of the LoDa Artwalk. The Artwalk gets better and better each month. From 6 to 9 p.m. in the Lower Dauphin Street district.


December 12

“The Nutcracker”
Holiday splendor returns to the stage with Mobile Ballet’s lavish production of “The Nutcracker” today and Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Mobile Civic Center Theater. There will be three performances: Saturday, Dec. 12, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online at www.mobileballet.org, call the Mobile Ballet box office at 251-342-2241 or visit  4351 Downtowner Loop North.

Dauphin Island Tree Lighting
Santa Claus will be on hand Saturday, Dec. 12,on Dauphin Island, where the Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a tree-lighting ceremony. It’s set for 5 p.m. at Water Tower Plaza. In addition to Santa and his elves hearing children’s Christmas wishes, organizers will be collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys for the local Toys for Tots drive. The chamber will also serve cookies, hot chocolate and hot cider at the Dauphin Island tree-lighting ceremony, and carolers will lead the crowd in singing For more information, visit the chamber’s website at www.dauphinislandchamber.com or call Dauphin Island Town Hall at 251-861-5525.

Christmas at the Gulf Coast Zoo
Come enjoy a day with the animals at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo for “Christmas with God’s Creatures” from noon to 4 p.m. The zoo, along with local churches, are sponsoring the event held at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, 1204 Gulf Shores Parkway. The event will feature a petting zoo, Christmas crafts, a live nativity, storytelling, homemade treats, refreshments and Christmas caroling. Admission to the zoo is free for the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of the following items for the Christian Service Center: canned corn, beans, peas, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, cream, soups and broth. For more information, call 251-968-5732.

Santa Drop
Bring the family and friends to see Santa drop from an airplane and land safely on the beautiful white sandy beaches behind the Flora-Bama! There will be food, delicious treats, pictures with Santa and tons of fun activities for the kids immediately following. 17401 Perdido Key Drive, 10 a.m. until noon. For more information call 850-492-0611 or visit florabama.com.

Holiday Chili Cook-Off
It’s a competition between police officers, it’s a Chili Cook-Off. Six teams of police officers compete with their best chili recipes to raise funds in support of the Mobile Police Foundation. Join Mobile Police Department Crime Prevention as it hosts the holiday event at Cathedral Square in downtown Mobile. Gates open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Police Headquarters, Central Events, Community Services and Precincts 1-4.

Cirque de Noel
The Mobile Symphony Orchestra will turn the traditional holiday concert on its head — quite literally — as astonishing acrobats and aerialists soar above the orchestra for Cirque de Noel today at 8 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile. The program combines spectacular circus acts with amazing symphonic music and holiday favorites. For more information, visit mobilesymphony.org.

Holiday fun
Children ages 4 to 8 will be entertained by storytelling, songs, and hands-on crafts and cookies at a fun morning at Blakeley State Park Saturday. Professional Fairhope storyteller Connie Cazort will be featured at the holiday event. The children’s program will be held at the Gatra Wehle Nature Center at Blakeley. It begins at 10 a.m. and continues until about noon with a cookie snack during the morning. A modest $5 fee for supplies and other expenses will be charged each child, but parents or other supervising adults are free. Space is limited to approximately 100, so advance registration is encouraged by calling Blakeley Park at 251-626-5581. Blakeley State Park is located on State Highway 225 about 4.5 miles north of its intersection with U.S. 31 at Spanish Fort. For more information, go to www.blakeleypark.com.

Hazardous waste collection
Got old paints, cleaners, pool chemicals and other toxic waste? Drive up and drop them off at the Mobile County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Grounds, Cody Road and Ziegler Boulevard. It’s easy and it’s free. Start collecting your drop-off items and set them in boxes or on tarps in your vehicles. On Saturday, just drive through, set your car in park, and let the professionals clear out your vehicle. Chemists and other experts will be on hand to separate the items to properly dispose of them. The periodic collection is sponsored by a $700,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


December 13

Heavy Hands food drive
DeltaSwamp Productions will be hosting a food drive/local metal concert at Langan Park, 4901 Zeigler Park, called Heavy Hands Fighting Hunger. Four local metal bands will perform on the stage at Langan (Municipal) Park to help raise food donations for the holidays. All items will be donated directly to Bay Area Food Bank. We ask that everyone attending donate at least five acceptable items. Help us reach our goal of 300 pounds! That’s approximately 230 meals. Music starts at 12 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

Open studio
Come enjoy complimentary mimosas as artists work at the Cathedral Square Gallery, 612 Dauphin St., in downtown Mobile. Works by more than 60 area artists also will be on display. For more information, call 251-694-0278.


December 14

Top Cats Toastmasters
Are you terrified at the idea of public speaking? We were. We got over it. Top Cats Toastmasters invites you to join us. We meet every Monday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Red Lobster near the southeast corner of Airport Boulevard and Azalea Road in Mobile. You can practice your speaking and listening skills and learn to think on your feet in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Dues are $43 twice a year, and lunch must be purchased. Toastmasters International is a worldwide organization. For further information, call 251-344-2938.


December 15

Baldwin Pops Band Concert
The Baldwin Pops Band, conducted by Dr. Roger Jones, will present a holiday concert at 7 p.m. at Gulf Shores Civic Center. The concert is sponsored by the city of Gulf Shores Special Events, and a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. For more information call 251-987-5757 or visit baldwinpopsband.com.

Bridge lessons
The Mobile Bridge Center is offering free bridge lessons each Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Mobile Bridge Center, 1510 University Blvd. Arrive a few minutes early to register. If you have questions, call the Bridge Center at 251-666-2147 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


December 16

Advent music
Christ Church Cathedral will host the annual Advent music program at noon. Immediately following the program, at 12:30 p.m. a lunch will be served; an $8 donation is requested for the meal. Everyone is welcome. Christ Church Cathedral is located at 115 S. Conception St. For more information, call 251-438-1822.

Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks
Boardwalk Talks are on the first and third Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. Come to the Estuarium to participate in a dialog with the experts at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd. The Northern Gulf Institute presents a series of informal conversations about all things scientific in the Gulf of Mexico region. For more information or with questions, call 251-861-2141.

Yoga at the Steeple
Christian-style yoga class, taught by Mary Mosteller, every Wednesday, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Steeple, 15 N. Joachim St. All levels and all types of people are welcome. Please bring your own mat. Cost is $10 per class. Perfect for a lunch break from work or an hour of stretching and restoration before you pick your children up from school.

Downtown Toastmasters
Are you interested in gaining more confidence in your public-speaking ability? The Downtown Mobile Toastmasters Club 2815 invites you to join us for our weekly educational lunch meeting at T.P. Crockmiers, 261 Dauphin St., from noon until 1 p.m. Practice your speaking, listening and leadership skills in a relaxed, friendly environment. Lunch must be purchased. Our dues are $42 twice yearly. Toastmasters International is a worldwide organization. For more information, call 251-404-3924.


ONGOING

Magic Christmas in Lights
The dazzling holiday light show, set out in a walking tour throughout the 65-acre Bellingrath estate, will continue nightly from 5-9 p.m. through Jan. 2 (closed Christmas and New Year’s Day). New scenes and enhancements have been added to celebrate “20 Years of Magic.” The Bellingrath Home will be decorated for the holidays and open for tours. Santa will be on hand in the Magnolia Café for photos each night through Dec. 23. For information and advance tickets, visit www.bellingrath.org.

Santa & Friends
The excitement of the season will come alive with Santa & Friends on Ice in the Beau Rivage Theatre through Dec. 27. A frozen winter pond made of real ice will be featured for professional skaters and other performers. Santa Claus is joined by Mrs. Claus, his elves and others as they mingle seasonal classics, such as “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Showtimes are Tuesday-Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will also feature performances at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $12.95 or use CODE: ICE to receive four tickets for $40. A military discount package of four tickets for $30 is available at the Beau Rivage box office with military ID. For tickets and more information, visit www.beaurivage.com.

Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb
Through April 3, experience the life and death of one of history’s most legendary kings through an exhibition of more than 100 reproductions of the boy king’s treasures at the History Museum of Mobile. Ten years in the making from the artisans of the Pharaonic Village in Egypt, this collection recreates Howard Carter’s 1922 discovery of Egyptian King Tut’s tomb, the richest archaeological find of all time. The replicas range from beautiful recreations of jewelry, enormous statues, Tut’s nearly 300-pound, solid-gold inner sarcophagus and replicas of the pharaoh’s sacred and personal possessions include his state chariot, golden shrines, beds, thrones, jewelry, spectacular funerary mask, mummy case and royal mummy. 11 S. Royal St., Mobile. Call 251-208-7508 for more information.

Chocolate! The Exhibition
The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center brings Mobile and the Gulf Coast a unique and educational exhibition that’s sure to be a “sweet treat” for young and old alike. “Chocolate! The Exhibition” explores the rich natural and cultural history of one of the world’s favorite treats, tracing chocolate from its origin in the rainforest to its status as a global economic commodity. Visit www.exploreum.com for more information.

Riverside Ice
The city of Mobile’s first outdoor skating rink is open in Cooper Riverside Park through Jan. 12. The rink is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. weekdays and until 11 p.m. on weekends. The hours will fluctuate according to holiday and school schedules. Ice-skating lessons for children will be held every Saturday and for adults every Sunday. Each class will cost $15. Private lessons will also be offered for the cost of $20 for 20 minutes and $30 for 30 minutes. The rink can also be reserved for parties, field trips and corporate functions. Public exhibitions will be announced in the weeks to come. Admission for skating is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. This includes the cost of skate rentals. For more information, visit riversideice.com.

Photos with Santa
Photos with Santa take place on weekends through Dec. 23 in Palm Plaza next to the ferris wheel at The Wharf, 4830 Main St., Orange Beach. Photo opportunities are available Fridays from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m., and Sundays from noon until 4 p.m. The cost is $15. For more information, call 251-224-1000 or visit alwharf.com.