December 31

MoonPie over Mobile
Downtown Mobile welcomes people each New Year’s Eve for an evening of celebratory activities leading up to the giant 600-pound electric MoonPie drop, laser light show and fireworks at midnight! Come be part of the celebration that begins with the cutting of the world’s largest edible MoonPie, followed by a second-line parade led by the Excelsior Band. Everyone is encouraged to decorate an umbrella Mardi Gras style and participate in the second line down Royal Street to Bienville Square. This year, revelers are encouraged to come early and watch the College Football Championship evening playoff game televised live from the stage located off Bienville Square. Then, En Vogue will take the stage to “Free Your Mind” and dance until the MoonPie drops at midnight! Visit www.mobilenewyear.com for all the details.

Happy Noon Year
Join the Exploreum for its Noon Year countdown, mini-moonpie drop and lots of family activities including Science Squad appearances, Exploding Moonpie Piñata, Firework Painting, The Science of Pyrotechnics, iHealthy Demonstration with Faulkner State University Culinary Chef Brandon Thrash (chocolate truffles), Live Science Demos and much more! General admission is $10 and includes Chocolate! The Exhibition, permanent exhibits, festivities and the IMAX Dome feature film “Living in the Age of Airplanes.” We will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve for the Noon Year celebration (official closing time is at 4 p.m.) and CLOSED New Year’s Day. The Exploreum is located at 65 Government St. For more information, visit www.exploreum.com.

Fairhope New Year’s Eve celebration
The city of Fairhope will again be hosting its annual New Year’s Eve celebration in the streets of downtown Fairhope. Residents and visitors are invited to bring their families and ring in the New Year with the Birmingham-based band Fly By Radio. The band will begin playing at 8:30 p.m. at the corner of Fairhope Avenue and Church Street. Other entertainment will include face painting, a DJ, fireworks and a ball drop at midnight. For additional information about the city of Fairhope’s New Year’s Eve celebration and tent rentals, call 251-929-1466.

Reelin’ in the New Year at The Wharf
Reel in the New Year at the best party on the coast at The Wharf! Don’t miss Big Night Dynamite on the Main Street stage, fireworks and the marlin drop at midnight, kid area on Main Street, The Wharf ice rink open until midnight, the Miller Lite Beer Garden and so much more! For more information and tickets, visit alwharf.com. The Wharf is located at 4830 Main St. in Orange Beach.


January 1

Flora-Bama Polar Bear Dip
Ring in the new year with Flora-Bama by taking a dip into the Gulf of Mexico at high noon. Dippers and other participants dress up or just show up for this special day. The Flora-Bama provides the traditional feast with black-eyed peas, cornbread, ham and more for those who take the plunge. Purchase a towel and an Annual Polar Bear Dip shirt in the gift shop beforehand! More information and registration can be found at florabama.com. Flora-Bama is located at 17401 Perdido Key Drive.  

Slip-and-slide Polar Bear Dip
Slip and slide your way into the Gulf of Mexico for a nontraditional Polar Bear Dip at Gulf Shores Public Beach, near The Hangout, 101 Gulf Shores Parkway. There is no charge to participate. The local Kiwanians, with the cooperation of The Hangout and the city of Gulf Shores, will set up a 33-foot, two-lane slip and slide that will deposit sliders directly into the Gulf of Mexico. Of course, some participants may choose to take a more traditional route to the Gulf. All participants will be treated to a post-dip party at The Hangout afterwards with live music. We will dip at high noon! For more information, visit www.gulfshoreskiwanis.org.


January 2

Magic Christmas in Lights
This 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 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.


January 3

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.


January 4

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.


January 5

Tea for Two
The Fairhope Museum of History will host “Tea for Two” at 2 p.m. Each Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m., the museum hosts a tea where guests enjoy a cup of delicious Baldwin County tea, cookies and a lecture on an interesting aspect of Fairhope history. These very popular afternoon events are sponsored by the Friends of the Museum group. For more information on the upcoming “Tea for Two” programs, call the Fairhope Museum of History at 251-929-1471.

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.


January 6

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, 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 up your children 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

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.