December 17

Holiday movie night
Join the Saenger Theatre for a holiday movie night as “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is screened at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). Tickets are general admission: $6 per adult; $3 per child age 12 and under or seniors 60-plus. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets can be purchased in advance at either the Saenger box office at 6 S. Joachim St., Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or at the Mobile Civic Center box office at 401 Civic Center Drive, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the show at the Saenger box office, which will open at 11 a.m. before both screenings.

Distinguished Lecture Series
The University of South Alabama Gulf Coast Campus is pleased to present our inaugural Distinguished Lecture Series. The series brings public speakers of the highest caliber from the worlds of academia, business, the arts and civil society to our Gulf Coast campus to share their thoughts and ideas. The lecture will be held at 6 p.m. at the Gulf Shores Cultural Center, 19470 Oak Road W. (County Road 6), Gulf Shores. Dr. Sytske K. Kimball and Dr. Keith Blackwell, USA professors of meteorology, will speak on “Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico.” The Distinguished Lecture Series is free and open to the public.

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 18

Spookin’ Christmas Tour
SJM Tours presents its Strange Journeys Merry Spookin’ Christmas Tour at 8 p.m.. Celebrate Christmas with a walk through the historic Church Street Historic District and learn some of the strange and unusual tales of Mobile’s past: ghostly apparitions, Bigfoot, UFO and werewolf sightings, infamous outlaws, Mardi Gras tales and more! The tour meets/starts at 701 Government St. in the rear parking lot of the Ben May Mobile Public Library (entrance is on Washington Avenue) and lasts about two hours. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at www.sjmtours.com/tours.

Holiday Nights & Lights
The Spanish Fort Town Center Park After Dark Series proudly presents Holiday Nights & Lights from 4-6 p.m., featuring train rides, inflatables and games, Christmas treats for the kids, food trucks, special appearances by some surprise guests, and … SNOW! Be sure to stop by Bass Pro and get your free Christmas photo with Santa before or after! We hope to see everyone there! The Spanish Fort Town Center is located at Interstate 10 and Old Spanish Trail.

Holiday movie night
Join the Saenger Theatre for a holiday movie night as “It’s A Wonderful Life” is screened at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). Tickets are general admission: $6 per adult; $3 per child age 12 and under or seniors 60-plus. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets can be purchased in advance at either the Saenger box office at 6 S. Joachim St., Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or at the Mobile Civic Center box office at 401 Civic Center Drive, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the show at the Saenger box office, which will open at 11 a.m. before both screenings.


December 19

Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas
The Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas has become a holiday tradition at the Saenger. Kids, families and music lovers flock to this concert every year to hear the mastery of Vince Guaraldi’s classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Of course, the cameo appearance of Snoopy and Woodstock brings joy to everyone of all ages. Proceeds from every ticket sold will go to Delta Dogs, which provides health care support and preventative medicine to the pets of Mobile’s community in need. For tickets and more information, visit mobilesaenger.com.

Fish River Christmas Boat Parade
The boat parade will start at the U.S. 98 bridge at about dusk and go upriver to the Baldwin County 32 bridge. The parade should be passing through Big Daddy’s cove around 7 p.m. Big Daddy’s will also host the post parade party, where awards for the best-decorated boats will be presented. Big Daddy’s is located at 16542 Ferry Road in Fairhope.

Holiday market and Christmas kids’ day
Arts and crafts, fun activities, music, pictures, dance performances and much more! There’s so much fun this year that we need both Cathedral and Bienville squares. The market and kids’ day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and feature both farmer’s market and art vendors, make-and-take arts and crafts, snow, a photo booth, the Salvation Army’s Mobile Canteen with hot chocolate and coffee, and the band Peek at Cathedral Square. Bienville Square will feature an inflatable slide and inflatable obstacle course, karaoke, face painting, balloon clowns, Uncle Joe’s Rolling Zoo, story time with the Mobile Public Library and performances by area dance schools. We’ll also have “trains” to shuttle folks back and forth between the two locations.


December 20

St. Paul’s Singers concert
The newly formed St. Paul’s Singers will present the Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” in concert with soloists and orchestra at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 4051 Old Shell Road. A festive reception will follow in the Parish Hall. This is a community-based choral group that presents major works with orchestra. The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be accepted, to be donated to the St. Francis Fund which aids organizations in the community that help people in need and to help defray the cost of concerts in the Music at St. Paul’s Series.

Festival of Lessons and Carols
Government Street Presbyterian Church. 10:45 a.m. Start your Christmas week with glorious music and worship at this free concert of massed choirs, handbells and orchestra, then walk over to Dauphin Street for a holiday brunch and end up at beautiful Bienville Square. It’s the Mobile way to holiday!

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 21

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dance classes with professional instructors at 7 p.m., followed by dancing from 7:30-10 p.m. Admission is $10. This event is BYOB and no need to bring a partner. Beginners are welcome. Fitzpen Place, 11247 State Highway 31, Spanish Fort. For more information, email Cassie Fishbein at [email protected].

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 22

Book signing
In his book “Models of Influence,” photographer, television host and fashion authority Nigel Barker profiles 50 of the most noteworthy models from the 1940s to the present, revealing how their look or way of modeling not only made an indelible stamp on the industry but also influenced fashion design, the popular mode of dress and notions of female beauty worldwide. Barker will be at the Page & Palette (32 S. Section St.) Book Cellar at 6 p.m. The event is free.  For more information, call 251-928-5295.

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 23

GoDaddy Bowl
The 17th annual GoDaddy Bowl will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile on Wednesday, Dec. 23, beginning at 7 p.m. CST. The game features a match between the Georgia Southern Eagles and Bowling Green Falcons. It will be televised nationally on ESPN. Tickets range from $15 to $45 and are available at godaddybowl.com.

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, continues 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 on Ice
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, which 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 4-9 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m., and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. The cost is $15. For more information, call 251-224-1000 or visit alwharf.com.