Dec 12

Magic Christmas in Lights
More than three million twinkling lights in nearly 1,000 displays throughout the 65-acre estate (new this year: Polar Bear Square); Bellingrath Home decorated for the holidays; shopping in the Gift Shop; Magnolia Café open for lunch and dinner; musical performances by local and regional groups (performance schedule on website) 5 – 9 p.m. Bellingrath Gardens and Home (12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore) Through Sat, Dec 31, except Dec 25. MCIL: Adults/ $15; children 5 -12/ $7; children 4 and under/ free; MCIL and Home: Adults/ $24; children 5 – 12/ $13; children 4 and under/ free. 251-973-2217 or 1-800-247-8420/ 251-973-2365
Contact: 251-973-2217 or 1-800-247-8420/ 251-973-2365

The Nutcracker
For grades K4 – 5; featuring hand-carved marionettes, hand puppets, and shadow puppets; with music by Tchaikovsky. Tue – Thu, 9 & 10:15 a.m. Playhouse in the Park (Museum Dr) Students/ $5; teachers/ free. 251-422-0079 Contact: 251-422-0079/ www.playhouseinthepark.org

Oakleigh Manor Tours
Tour the Oakleigh Historic Complex dressed for the holiday season, view the antique toy collection, enjoy a cup of hot spiced tea while children attend story time and make reindeer food. Oakleigh Historic Complex (300 Oakleigh Pl) Adults/ $10; children/ $5; group discounts. Contact: 251-432-6161/ www.historicmobile.org

Sublime Aesthetic, an Authentic Journey, the Nature of Grieving and Focus 
Four exhibitions: Works by students in Kate Seawell’s Professional Practices class at the University of South Alabama; senior shows by Meg Bolton and Haley Franklin; and drawings by Jerry Roldan. Sponsor: Hancock Bank. Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St) Through noon, Tue, Dec 31. Mon – Fri, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., except Dec 23 – 27. Contact: 251-432-9796/ www.mobilearts.org

Thursday at the Museum
Free admission and access to all galleries; special programs. Thu, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mobile Museum of Art (4850 Museum Dr) Free. Contact: 251-208-5200/ www.mobilemuseumofart.com

Meeting: Eastern Shore Camera Club
Providing members, from beginners to professionals, with educational and skill building opportunities in the art of photography; open to anyone interested. 2nd Thu, 6:30 p.m. Faulkner State Community College, Centennial Building (School St and Fairhope Ave, Fairhope) Contact: 251-401-0008 / www.escamera.org 


Dec 13

Film: Night of the Krampus
A holiday-themed short. Fighting Owl Films. 6:30 p.m. 401 Dauphin St. Free. Contact: www.fightingowlfilms.com

Opening: Scrooge
Musical by Scott Morlock, based on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; director; Stacey Driskell. 7:30 p.m. Lola Phillips Playhouse (801 Iroquois St, Chickasaw)$10 (cash and local checks) Contact: 251-457-8887/ www.cctshows.com 

Artwalk at Kangal
Featured artists: Karen Clements (pottery and glass) and Scott Clements (photographer) 5 – 9 p.m. Kangal Gallery in the SAIL LOFT (58 N Royal St) Tue – Fri, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sat, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Contact: 251-434-0330/ www.kangalgallery.com


Dec 14

Great Gifts by Creative Locals
The Peanut Trilogy by Dave Barnette; Half-thunk Thoughts, a calendar by JD Crowe; and a new Delta map by Melissa Smith. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Ashland Gallery (2321 Old Shell Rd) 
Contact: 251-479-3548 

The Nutcracker
The Mobile Ballet presents the classic story of The Nutcracker, 2:30 p.m. & 7:30p.m. Contact: www.MobileBallet.org / 251-342-2241

Workshop: Kids Studio
For ages 6 – 12. Sat, 11 a.m. Centre for the Living Arts, CLA Classroom (301 Conti St) Free. Contact: 251-208-5658 (Brennan Gibson)/ www.centreforthelivingarts.com

Holiday Harmonies
Mobile Symphony Orchestra; conductor: Scott Speck; with Pentatonix, a capella artists, winners of NBC’s Sing-Off. Holiday pops concert. Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre (6 S Joachim St) $20 – $65. Contact: 251-432-2010/ www.mobilesymphony.org

Scrooge 
Musical by Scott Morlock, based on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; director: Stacey Driskell.Fri & Sat, 7:30 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m. Lola Phillips Playhouse (801 Iroquois St, Chickasaw) $10 (cash and local checks) Contact: 251-457-8887/ www.cctshows.com 


Dec 15

The Nutcracker
The Bay Shore Ballet Theatre. Sat, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun, 3 p.m. Fairhope Civic Center (161 N Section St, Fairhope) Sat, 2 p.m.: $5; Sat, 7:30 p.m. & Sun, 3 p.m.: adults/ $12; seniors and children 12 and under/ $10. Tickets: Page and Palette (32 S Section St), Coffee Loft (503 N Section St) or at the door. Contact: 251-923-9223

Beauty from Ashes: a Blue Christmas Service
Beauty from Ashes: A Blue Christmas Service Sunday, December 15 5 p.m. | Christ Center Gym Are you missing your loved one or hurting this Christmas? We will remember those who have passed, pray for those far away and seek God’s healing. Location: Christ United Methodist Church – Christ Center Gym – 6101 Grelot Rd., Mobile, AL Start/End Time: 5:00pm, 6:00pm Contact: Kerry Cohen-342-0462 or kerry@christumcmobile.com

The Nutcracker
The Mobile Ballet presents the classic story of The Nutcracker, 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Contact: www.MobileBallet.org / 251-342-2241

Celtic Christmas Celebration Worship Service
with the Celtic ensemble Mithril. Music and Fine Arts Ministries Program. 11 a.m. Government Street Presbyterian Church (300 Government St)
Contact: 251-434-9325 (Terry D Maddox)

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Mixed media art class
Deaf and hard of hearing students will use the CLA’s Futures Project exhibit as inspiration while creating mixed media art projects. Students will work with different mediums such as paint, paper, and clay. The class will be lead by instructor Susan Baker with an ASL interpreter provided by AIDB. Family participation is encouraged. Please RSVP by Dec. 11, 1-4 p.m. Contact 208- 5658 or email cla.gibson@cityofmobile.org

Magic Christmas in Lights
More than three million twinkling lights in nearly 1,000 displays throughout the 65-acre estate (new this year: Polar Bear Square); Bellingrath Home decorated for the holidays; shopping in the Gift Shop; Magnolia Café open for lunch and dinner; musical performances by local and regional groups (performance schedule on website) 5 – 9 p.m. Bellingrath Gardens and Home (12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore)Through Sat, Dec 31, except Dec 25. MCIL: Adults/ $15; children 5 -12/ $7; children 4 and under/ free; MCIL and Home: Adults/ $24; children 5 – 12/ $13; children 4 and under/ free. 251-973-2217 or 1-800-247-8420/ 251-973-2365 (24-hour info) Contact: 251-973-2217 or 1-800-247-8420/ 251-973-2365 (24-hour info)

Beauty from Ashes: a Blue Christmas Service
Beauty from Ashes: A Blue Christmas Service Sunday, December 15 5:00 p.m. | Christ Center Gym Are you missing your loved one or hurting this Christmas? We will remember those who have passed, pray for those far away and seek God’s healing. Location: Christ United Methodist Church – Christ Center Gym – 6101 Grelot Rd., Mobile, AL Start/End Time: 5 p.m., 6 p.m. Contact: Kerry Cohen-342-0462 or kerry@christumcmobile.com

Holiday Harmonies
Mobile Symphony Orchestra; conductor: Scott Speck; with Pentatonix, a capella artists, winners of NBC’s Sing-Off. Holiday pops concert. Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre (6 S Joachim St) $20 – $65. Contact: 251-432-2010/ www.mobilesymphony.org

Scrooge 
Musical by Scott Morlock, based on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; director: Stacey Driskell.Fri & Sat, 7:30 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m..Lola Phillips Playhouse (801 Iroquois St, Chickasaw) $10 (cash and local checks) Contact: 251-457-8887/ www.cctshows.com 

Open Studio
Artists at work; complimentary mimosas; works by more than 60 area artists on display.Sun, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cathedral Square Gallery (612 Dauphin St) Contact: 251-694-0278/ lhall699@aol.com or visit http://cathedralsquaregallery.blogspot.com

Dec 16

Sounds of the Season: Mobile Pops
Annual Christmas concert; conductor: David Dueitt. 7 p.m. Davidson High School Auditorium (3900 Pleasant Valley Rd) Free.  Contact: www.mobilepopsband.com 

Moonlight Chasse’ Ballroom Dance Society
Dance, live music, cash bar. Partner not required. Lessons: 7 – 7:30 p.m.; dance 7:30 – 10 p.m. First & third Mon. Fitzpen Place (11247 Hwy 31, Spanish Fort) Members/ $7; nonmembers/ $10; college students/ $5. Contact: 251-377-4069 or cassief13@aol.com (Cassie Fishbein) 


Dec 17

Sounds of the Season: Mobile Pops
Annual Christmas concert; conductor: David Dueitt. 7 p.m. Saraland Center for Performing Arts, Saraland High School (1115 Industrial Prkwy, Saraland) Free. Contact: www.mobilepopsband.com 

Discovery Tuesday
For ages 8 – 14. 3:30 p.m. Mobile Public Library, Semmes Branch (9150 Moffett Rd) Contact: 251-645-6840/ www.mplonline.org


Dec 18

Pre-K Studio
Children ages 3-5 will use their imaginations to create collages out of recycled paper. 11 a.m. Contact 208-5658 or email cla.gibson@cityofmobile.org