Christmas events begin this weekend in Central, North Baldwin

By John Underwood / john@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 11/28/18

Central and North Baldwin residents will have plenty of opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit beginning this weekend.Arctic ExpressWales West RV Resort and Light Railway will host its annual …

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Christmas events begin this weekend in Central, North Baldwin

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Central and North Baldwin residents will have plenty of opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit beginning this weekend.

Arctic Express

Wales West RV Resort and Light Railway will host its annual Arctic Express beginning Nov. 23 through Christmas Eve at 13670 Smiley St. off County Road 9, Silverhill.

Ride an authentic steam train through a wonderland of lights and decorations to the North Pole. Children visit with Santa in the Winter-wonderland barn and receive a free wooden toy. Free refreshments served at the train station after the trip. Enjoy a ride on the mini-train, a sleigh/hay ride, and inflatables on the playground.

Hours are 4-9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 9 and nightly beginning Dec. 10 through Christmas Eve. Train rides are free with park admission, which is $15 per person, plus tax. Admission is free for children under 2.

For more information call 251-232-2322. Tickets can also be purchased online at waleswest.com/arctic.htm, “click here to order tickets online.”

Robertsdale

The St. Patrick’s Ladies Auxiliary will hold its annual Christmas bazaar beginning at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Church, 23035 Alabama 59, Robertsdale.

The bazaar features approximately 130 gift baskets, unique hand crafted items, needlework, baked goods, and much more.

Items available for purchase include bird feeders, wooden spoons, Afghans, scarves and caps and other unique items. Proceeds from sales benefit community charities, St. Patrick’s church and school.

Call the church office, 251-947-5054 for more information.

Honeybee Festival

The annual Honeybee Festival will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 at Honeybee Park.

The event kicks off with the Honeybee Festival 5K at 8 a.m., immediately followed by the 1-mile walk/run with awards presented.

The festival includes more than 90 arts and crafts and food vendors, including several to benefit local schools, along with entertainment from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For more information visit the Central Baldwin Education Foundation’s page on Facebook or visit cbef.org.

The City of Robertsdale will host its annual Christmas in the Park and Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Parade lineup is at 4:30 p.m. at the RHS baseball complex and is set to roll at 6:30 p.m.

The parade will be followed by the annual photos in the park with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Honeybee Park.

The Robertsdale Rotary Club sponsors the parade, with the assistance of the Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and City of Robertsdale.

For a parade application and for more information contact the chamber at 251-947-2626.

Polar Express

Derailed Diner will host its annual Polar Express inside the Oasis Travel Center, 27801 County Road 64 at the I-10 Wilcox Exit.

For six magical nights Derailed Diner’s authentic dining car will be transformed into the train car from the children’s book “The Polar Express.” Participants receive a golden “Believe” ticket punched by the Polar Express train conductor as they enter the train car singing the “Hot Chocolate” song.

All attending will be served hot chocolate and cookies after the professional performance and sing-a-long from the book. Each child will be gifted a magic jingle bell to wish upon.

Admission is free for children ages 4 to 12. No adults will be allowed on the train, but can peek through the windows. Each child is asked to bring a canned good to donate to charity.

Dates for the annual event have not yet been confirmed. Reservations are required by calling 251-960-1152.

Walk Through Bethlehem

After taking a year off, Bethel Baptist Church returns with its annual Walk Through Bethlehem, Friday through Sunday, Dec. 7-9 at the church, 22250 U.S. 90, Robertsdale.

This live, interactive adventure follows the birth of Jesus Christ through with recreations of the shepherd’s fields, the town of Bethlehem, the manger where Jesus was born, complete with live animals. Scenes also depict Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection with the stone rolled away.

For more information on other events contact the church, 251-947-5145, email bethelbaptistrobertsdale@gmail.com or visit bbcrobertsdale.com.

Silverhill

14th Annual Down Home Christmas will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Silverhill Covenant Church, 16094 Alabama 104, Silverhill.

Hand-made crafts will be sold by church members, including wreaths, jewelry, ornaments, crocheted items, quilted items, knitted items, T-shirts and stained glass. Swedish coffee breads will also be sold and Poinsettias will be available for purchase.

Lunch will be served featuring homemade soup and salad at a cost of $6.

For more information call the church, 251-945-5143.

The Town of Silverhill will kick things off with its annual Christmas parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. The parade will line up at the Silverhill Community Center and follow the normal parade route on Highway 104.

Open house will be following the parade. For more information call town hall at 251-945-5198.

Bay Minette

36th annual Christmas Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8.

A time-honored tradition, this outdoor event at Blackburn Park is sponsored by the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and features arts and crafts vendors, live music, food vendors and kid’s activities.

Friday activities include a Ping Pong Ball Drop where many wonderful prizes are up for grabs.

Saturday activities include the annual Christmas Parade. Line up begins at noon in front of Bay Minette Elementary School, judging begins at 1 p.m. with the parade set to roll at 1:30.

From BMES, the parade will run to Ninth Street, from Ninth Street to Hand Avenue, from Hand Avenue to U.S. 31 South, from U.S. 31 to Pine Street, from Pine Street to First Street, from First Street to Hoyle Avenue from Hoyle Avenue to Fifth Street and back to the school lot.

Bedtime Stories with Santa will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at the Bay Minette Public Library, 205 W. Second St. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to wear their PJs. For more information call 251-580-1648.

Baldwin County High School Reindeer Dash 5K and Fun Run will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 beginning at the Community Kids Park on McMillan Avenue. The 5K Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. with a 1-mile Fun Run beginning at approximately 9 a.m. Entry fee is $15 for youth age 14 and under, $20 for adults. Prizes will be awarded for the top three male and female 5K and Fun Run finishers, the top 5K male and female walk finishers and top finishers in age groups ranging from under 9 to 60-plus. For more information contact race director Graylin Hodge at 251-937-2341 or glhodge@bcbe.org.

Loxley

The Town of Loxley will have its annual parade and Christmas in the Park beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

The parade route will follow Highway 59 north from the Loxley Church of God to the Loxley Municipal Park. Following the parade there will be hot chocolate and cookies. Santa will be available for photos.

For parade and Christmas in the Park information, contact Tina Harris at the Civic Center, 251-964-7733.

Summerdale

The town of Summerdale’s annual Christmas parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The parade begins on Fourth Street and will travel west on Broadway to Northwest First Street, north to Jefferson, west to West Fourth Street, then south to Broadway, going east on Broadway back to Pioneer Park.

Visit with Santa in the park gazebo and enjoy refreshments after the parade. For more information call the Summerdale Town Hall, 251-989-6202.