Holiday events this weekend

Posted 12/20/19



Wales West Arctic Express

Wales West’s Arctic Express makes its way to the North Pole beginning Friday, Nov. 29 at 13670 Smiley St., Silverhill. Enjoy a steam train …

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Holiday events this weekend




Wales West Arctic Express

Wales West’s Arctic Express makes its way to the North Pole beginning Friday, Nov. 29 at 13670 Smiley St., Silverhill. Enjoy a steam train ride to the North Pole and visit Santa Claus with your whole family this holiday season at Wales West. Guests will travel by train through a snowy winter wonderland featuring more than 1 million twinkling lights and receive a free toy as a memento of their trip. This special holiday tradition will also feature a petting zoo in-cluding pony rides, miniature train rides, a hay-less hayride, bounce house, and fun artificial snow. Guests may purchase tickets online or purchase at the railroad for $15. Admission is free for all those 2 and under. The Arctic Express is open 4 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday until Dec. 12. Beginning Dec. 12, daily rides will be available through Dec. 24. To purchase tickets or for more information visit

Ice Skating Rink


Now through Jan. 12, The Wharf

Make a winter wish on a snowflake here at The Wharf at our real ice, Ice Skating Rink. Grab a pair of skates and glide, spin or fall into the season. Share this unique experience with family and friends. Plan a date night or a birthday party. Whatever the occasion, coast on blades along the coast with us. Cost is $12 including skate rental.


Photos with Santa


Now through Dec. 24, The Wharf


‘Tis the season to be jolly, and the perfect time to start the finest family tradition is here at The Wharf. Come to Santa’s Village and take a photo with Mr. Kringle. He has checked his list (twice actually), so make sure you are on your best behavior with visions of sugarplums when you snap a frame-worthy picture.


Horse & Carriage Rides


Weekends in November and December


Holiday traditions start with the smallest joys, and tis the season to be jolly. Mosey on over to The Wharf and spend an evening under the moon in an enchanted horse-drawn carriage. Trot along through the streets and gaze at the lights and decorations with your loved ones. You’ll want to have your camera ready for this ride, as it will be a selfie-worthy occasion. Pick up/drop off will be next to the Ice Rink. Cost is $25 per trip. The carriage seats 4 to 6 adults. Lap children are welcome.


Wharf North Pole Express


10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturdays through Dec. 21


All aboard the North Pole Express. Join us for a magical day of fun and laughter onboard our Wharf North Pole Express. We welcome your kiddos to wear their jammies as the train rides through our winter wonderland. At the end of the train ride, you will receive special stickers and Christmas Spirit coloring books to take as souvenirs. Don’t forget to stop by Santa’s Workshop and meet the big man himself. Pick up/drop off at regular train stop in front of Pepper Palace. Cost is $5 per person; Ages 3 and under ride free.


Holiday magic at OWA

Every Saturday and Sunday in December

2-7 p.m.

Santa and Mrs. Claus are welcoming guests of all ages in their North Pole home. Stop by Mrs. Claus’ kitchen and see what she’s whipping up that day (and grab a hot cup of cocoa!), say hello to a few special visitors in Santa’s stable, visit the magical elf workshop for arts and crafts, then grab a photo with the jolly man himself. The North Pole’s activities are completely free for families and kids to enjoy. Santa’s personal paparazzi will also be there to snap your picture for a small additional cost if you want!


Dec. 21

Fish River Christmas Boat Parade

4:30 p.m.

Route is from the 98 Bridge to the 32 Bridge.

Breakfast with Santa, Lillian

8:30 a.m., Lillian Community Club

The Optimist Club of Perdido Bay has made arrangements with Santa and Mrs. Claus to meet and greet boys and girls, infant to age eight, at the annual Breakfast with Santa at 8:30 a.m.

After the famous free Optimist Club breakfast for the children and their families, Santa will visit with them and present them with gifts.

Family members are welcome to take pictures of their children while they visit with the Jolly Old Elf.

 Breakfast with Santa, Gulf Shores

8 a.m., Erie H. Meyer Civic Center

Families can dive into a wholesome breakfast complete with sausage, bacon, eggs and pancakes. Admission for Breakfast with Santa is $5, while children 3 and under are free.  The first 50 children will receive a complimentary picture with Santa.

Dec. 22

Sunday Matinee

9 a.m., 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort  

Join the Peanuts gang for this Christmas classic, "A Charlie Brown Christmas"! Playing all day in our H.D. surround-sound theater. Free and open to the public.