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As the calendar rolls around to the ‘ber months again, the excitement in the air becomes palpable. The holidays are coming, fast and furious, and Christmas is once again at the forefront of your mind. And although not all Christmases are created equal, you may start to dread the work, the expense, and possibly, the cold, sleet, and snow that often accompanies this not so magical time, searching for ways to “skip Christmas” without ignoring the holiday altogether. A trip to the beach always makes things better and the beaches of Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and Fort Morgan will bring a new excitement to your holiday celebrations, especially when you choose Alabama Beach Vacation Rentals for your not so humble holiday abode. 

A Different Spin 

Whether you are used to waking up to a world blanketed in snow on Christmas day or your Christmases have never been white ones, Christmas on the Gulf Coast offers a different spin to your celebrations. Chances are your home sweet holiday home will be close to the beach, perhaps even in sight of the white sands that resemble snow but are so much warmer to the touch and our early risers may want to start their day out with a walk on white sands at sunrise.  

The world looks different, feels different, in these early morning hours and as the sky changes from midnight velvet, to shades of fire, and then finally stops on that sea blue that mimics the waters below, the sunrise will fill your soul and prepare you for the day’s adventures that lie ahead. After, heading back to your holiday sanctuary to open presents and snack on the treats you baked in our fully equipped kitchens in the days leading up to the big day, will feel even more exciting and fun. 

So Much to Do 

From formal events (Photos with Santa at the Wharf in Orange Beach, through Christmas Eve) to unplanned moments of magic enjoyed with the family (driving through neighborhoods checking out all the Christmas lights) your time in any of the small towns on the Gulf Coast is destined to be a memorable one. Wake up every morning feeling rested and recharged and fall asleep each night feeling pleasantly exhausted as this list of holiday adventures is sure to fill every moment with fun and festivity. Below we have listed just a few ideas that we have to ensure your stay is wonderful, but feel free to add in any of your own holiday traditions, as you can never have too much holiday over Christmas. 

Starting Christmas Early 

Not every vacation will last through Christmas so a visit that occurs in the week of December 9th and 10th will help build up your holiday spirit.  Holly Days on Main at the Wharf offer a Christmas experience you will wish never had to end, including a holiday market, special holiday performances, and our favorite part of the entire event, a lighted boat parade that will change the way you look at parades forevermore. 

Hallmark Moments in Real Life 

Maybe you want to reenact your own Hallmark Christmas movie moment with a few turns around an outdoor ice rink, holding hands with your sweetie and falling in love all over again. The Wharf in Orange Beach tends to be where most things Christmas takes place in Alabama and from mid-November through mid-January, they offer a skating rink under shelter of a big white tent.  

Located next to Sand Dollar Lifestyles near the Main Entrance, you can even take care of some last-minute Christmas shopping while experiencing the most romantic moments in your life. Oh, and because no Hallmark Christmas moment would be complete without a piping hot cup of hot cocoa, the concession stand offers beverages hot and cold, including the sweet hot chocolate treat!  

Meeting Santa 

And finally, last on this list but not the end of everything holiday, the Eric H. Meyer Civic Center in Gulf Shores offers an opportunity for your tiniest believers to enjoy a breakfast with Santa on December 17th. Sausage, eggs, and pancakes are what’s for breakfast and pictures with the jolly old elf himself will bring out the biggest smiles on your beautiful children’s faces, making memories that will last a lifetime, and isn’t that what Christmas is all about? 

Christmas at Home with Alabama Beach Vacation Rentals 

Designed to be an integral part of your vacation experience at any time of the year, at Christmas our Alabama Beach Vacation Rentals holiday hideaway shine brighter. Enjoy your own wonderful life as you watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” on state-of-the-art televisions, bake Christmas cookies in our luxuriously appointed kitchens, and dream about sugar plums and new cars in the most comfortable beds in town. Reserve your favorite escape today!