The Wharf in Orange Beach will kick off the holiday season with its annual Winter at The Wharf with activities for the entire family. The property will transform into a winter wonderland with events all season long, including the Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 28 and great views of the Lighted Boat Parade on Dec. 9.
• Ice Skating Rink: Nov. 17 – Jan. 14, Main Street front parking lot. Skate on real ice Monday through Friday from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and enjoy Christmas Break (Dec. 16 to Dec. 31) hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission to the rink is $10 and $13 for the skating and Ferris wheel package. Again this year, you can purchase a frequent skater pass for $80, which includes 10 skate entries.
• Photos with Santa: Nov. 17 – Dec. 24 located in the former Cowgirls space. Santa Claus will visit The Wharf every weekend including Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 6 p.m. Various portrait packages will be available for purchase onsite.
• Horse & Carriage Rides: Nov. 18-19, Nov. 26, Dec. 1-3, Dec. 8-10, Dec. 15-17, across from ice skating rink. Enjoy the scene of lights and decor down Main Street with horse and carriage rides from 6 to 10 p.m. for $20 (group of four) or $5 for a single rider.
• Holiday Shopping: The Wharf tenants will participate in special hours and offer deals to help accommodate everyone’s gift giving needs. ​Holiday Open House​ – Nov. 19, 12 to 6 p.m.; Black Friday – Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Small Business Saturday – Nov. 25, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• 12 Days of Christmas Shopping: Dec. 13 – Dec. 24. For 12 consecutive days, The Wharf will announce extra special deals from ​various tenants including lodging, food and retail.
• Holiday SPECTRA: Nov. 28 – Dec. 31, Main Street. A special holiday production of the SPECTRA Sound & Light Spectacular will be performed each night at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. down Main Street.
• Happy Howlidays Kid & Pet Parade: Dec. 10. Kids and pets dressed in holiday attire will travel parade-style down Main Street at 2 p.m. FurreverHome Rescue will be onsite with adoption opportunities.
• Jingle Jubilee Kids Craft Day. Dec. 16. This event is a kids crafting dream with art contests, stations, musical performances and face painting from 12 to 4 p.m.
For more information and a full list of upcoming events, visit alwharf.com.