December 5

Thursdays 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

Candlelight Chistmas at Oakleigh
Experience the holiday season as celebrated in the 1850s! Their collection of historic toys will be on display. (Adults/ $15) 5:30p.m. – 8p.m. Contact: 251-432-6161/ Hmps@bellsouth.net


December 6

North Pole Stroll
Family event, offering letters to Santa, a visit to Whoville, Merry-oke, Gulf Coast Exploreum open house, scavenger hunt, visiting Santa and more, all while snow falls on Royal St. 5:30-8:30. Contact: 251-434-8498/ chunter@downtownmobile.org

First Friday Artwalk
Exhibit openings–with guest artists, refreshments and live entertainment – at a variety of venues; map of participating venues, including specialty shops and restaurants, available at the Eastern Shore Art Center – 401 Oak St. 6 – 8 p.m. Downtown Fairhope. Contact: 251-928-2228/ www.esartcenter.com

Mobile County Master Gardener Greenery Sale
Fresh Fraser Fir wreaths from North Carolina, Fraser Fir garlands, one-of-a-kind mailbox saddles, mantel toppers, table centerpieces, swags, bows, bundles of assorted regional greenery for do-it-yourself decorators, Narcissus bulbs (paperwhites) potted and ready to bloom for the holidays, Christmas cactus, and more. Benefits horticulture education and a scholarship for an Auburn Horticulture student from our area. Fri, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Mobile Botanical Gardens (5151 Museum Dr) Pre-order deadline: Fri, Nov 22; form at www.aces.edu/Mobile/mg. Contact: 251-574-8445/ www.aces.edu/Mobile/mg


December 7

St. Lawrence Christmas Bazaar
Browse antiques, homemade goodies, gift baskets and more. 370 South Section St. (Free) 9a.m.-3p.m.

Virginia College in Mobile Friends and Family Open House
While learning about the educational opportunities available to Mobile-area students at Virginia College, attendees are also invited to help spread holiday cheer and give back to the community by collecting Toys for Tots and non-perishable items for local families in need. 10a.m.-2p.m. Contact: 205.837.3140  audrey@styleadvertising.com 

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

Galaxy Painting Workshop
Students will create their own galaxy paintings in this workshop led by artist Mandy Youngblood. Students will use acrylic paint and other materials on canvas to create a cosmic effect. Inspiration will be drawn from Kenny Scharf’s cosmic cavern and oil paintings of outer space. Students will leave with one painting. All materials are included. Registration ends December 2. 1p.m.-3p.m. Contact:  208- 5658/ cla.gibson@cityofmobile.org

MOBILE COUNTY MASTER GARDENER GREENERY SALE
Fresh Fraser Fir wreaths from North Carolina, Fraser Fir garlands, one-of-a-kind mailbox saddles, mantel toppers, table centerpieces, swags, bows, bundles of assorted regional greenery for do-it-yourself decorators, Narcissus bulbs (paperwhites) potted and ready to bloom for the holidays, Christmas cactus, and more. Benefits horticulture education and a scholarship for an Auburn Horticulture student from our area. Fri, 9 AM – 4 PM; Sat, 9 AM – 1 PM. Mobile Botanical Gardens (5151 Museum Dr) Pre-order deadline: Fri, Nov 22; form at www.aces.edu/Mobile/mg.
Contact: 251-574-8445/ www.aces.edu/Mobile/mg

Come to the Manger
Christmas concert by Gloria Dei Chorale; director: Louis F Daniel. Program includes music by Stopford, Rutter, Parsons, Kalinnikov, and others, as well as O Magnum Mysterium by Louis Daniel. 7:30 PM. St Mary’s Catholic Church (1453 Old Shell Rd) $10 donation goes to 15 Place. Contact: 251-533-9810 / www.gloriadeichorale.org

Christmas Concert
Gloria Dei Chorale; director: Louis F Daniel. Program includes music by Lauridsen, Whitacre, Berlioz, Kalinnikov, and more, as well as the premiere of a new piece by the director.7:30 p.m. St Mary’s Catholic Church (1453 Old Shell Rd) $10 donation goes to a local charity. Contact: 251-533-9810 / www.gloriadeichorale.org


December 8

St. Lawrence Christmas Bazaar
Browse antiques, homemade goodies, gift baskets and more. 370 South Section St. (Free) 9:30a.m. – 2p.m.

Christmas on the Hill
All of the shops in Spring Hill will be open and ready to help you cross off everyone on your Christmas list. Break up the shopping blues with carriage rides, photos with Santa, an art walk, strolling carolers, children’s activities and refreshments. 1p.m. – 5p.m. in the Village of Spring Hill.

Christmas Classics… Plus Some!
Port City Men’s Chorus. 4 p.m. Cornerstone CC (1007 Government St) $15. Contact: www.portcitymenschorus.org

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 / http://cathedralsquaregallery.blogspot.com


December 9

Joyful Christmas
Join the Baldwin County Youth Orchtestra, Baldwind Winds Ensembel, Baldwind (Adult) Strings Orchtestra, Baldwind Strings,and Beginning Bands in welcoming the holiday season. All day. (Free)


December 10

Light of Love
Co-sponsored by the Ronald McDonald House and the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, the Lights of Love tree lighting directly in front of the hospital will also feature visits from Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald, as well as performances from local choirs.
Visitors can enjoy cookies and cocoa while strolling the grounds of the beautiful Geri Moulton Children’s Park that forms the entrance to Children’s & Women’s. Parking will be available at the nearby USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. Contact: 415-1636/ cwhdevelop@usouthal.edu.

West Mobile Pre-K & Kids Studio
Instructors from Centre for the Living Arts will bring Pre-K & Kids Studio to the Mobile Public Library West Regional Branch every second Tuesday of September – December. 10 – 11am – Pre-K Studio (ages 3-5) 3:30 – 4:30pm – Kids Studio (ages 6-12) (Free) Contact to register: 251-340-8555

Discovery Tuesday
For ages 8 – 14. Library associate Jaime Lee will teach simple signs to be incorporated into artwork. 3:30 PM. Mobile Public Library, Semmes Branch (9150 Moffett Rd) Contact: 251-645-6840/ www.mplonline.org


December 11

Toulminville Kids Studio
Instructors from Centre for the Living Arts will bring Kids Studio to the Mobile Public Library Toulminville Branch every second Wednesday of September – December. 3:30 – 4:30pm – Kids Studio (ages 6-12) Contact to register: 251-438-7075

Learning Lunch
The History Museum of Mobile hosts a free monthly lecture program focusing on the region’s diverse history. From noon to 1 p.m. bring a lunch and enjoy a lecture and discussion with a local expert. This week’s lunch features a film from the United Way titled “Mobile in Black & White” and follows with a conversation with the Filmmakers. Contact: 251-208-7569/ museum@cityofmobile.org

Presentation: an Overview of Confederate Coins and Philatelc
by Hudson McDonald (Friend, History Museum of Mobile) Learning Lunch. Bring lunch; complimentary beverages provided. Noon. History Museum of Mobile (111 S Royal St) Contact: 251-208-7569/www.museumofmobile.com

Workshop: Orientation to the Grant Collection: Looking for Grants
An introduction to several internet sites that list grants. Instructor: Michael Reimer (Grant Collection Supervisor) Second Wed, 2:30 – 5 p.m. Mobile Public Library, West Regional Branch (5555 Grelot Rd.) Free, but registration required. Contact: 251-340-8561/ westref@mplonline.org 

Workshop: Pre-K Studio
For ages 3 – 5. Wed, 11 a.m. Centre for the Living Arts, CLA Classroom (301 Conti St) Free. Contact: 251-208-5658 (Brennan Gibson)/ www.centreforthelivingarts.com