It is time to reflect on 2022 and look forward to the new year ahead. It is time for making New Year's resolutions and setting goals. But before the resolutions take affect it is time to ring in the …
It is time to reflect on 2022 and look forward to the new year ahead. It is time for making New Year's resolutions and setting goals. But before the resolutions take affect it is time to ring in the New Year. Countless events are happening all over the Gulf Coast this weekend, but we have put together a list of our favorites. If you find it hard to stay awake until midnight or have small children, there are two local events just for you. Looking for a low-key way to ring in the New Year? Take an evening stroll through the lights at Bellingrath Gardens. Looking to party the New Year in? The city of Mobile's Moon Pie over Mobile event lasts all day and has something for everyone. Remember to celebrate responsibly and have a designated driver.
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Magic Christmas in Lights
What: Christmas may be over, but it isn't too late to enjoy a stroll through the magical Christmas light display at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Take the family and enjoy an evening stroll now that the temperature is up.
When: Magic Christmas in Lights is open through Wednesday, Jan. 4
What: If you have not had the pleasure of hearing Symone French perform you are missing out. The singer-songwriter from Mobile has a soulful sound you will not forget.
When: Friday, Dec. 30 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Noon Year's Eve at LuLu's
What: Join the family fun at LuLu's Gulf Shores for a kid-friendly New Year's Eve celebration. Guests can enjoy crafts, take part in a sandcastle building contest and more. At noon, hundreds of beach balls will fall from the sky. Get to LuLu's early if you want a table because the event is always well attended.
When: Saturday, Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: LuLu's Gulf Shores, 200 E. 25th Ave., Gulf Shores
Kids Confetti Drop
What: Ring in the New Year with your children on the streets at The Wharf. The streets will be filled with performers, music, activities like bouncy houses, rock wall and reptile encounters. At noon the sky will fill with confetti as cannons on the second-floor balcony launch colorful bits into the sky.
When: Saturday, Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach
Fairhope's New Year's Eve street party
What: Live music, children's activities, a football viewing area, ball drop and fireworks are on the schedule for the annual Fairhope New Year's Eve street party. The event is a fun way to celebrate with your family and friends.
When: Saturday, Dec. 31 from 8:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.
Where: Downtown Fairhope
Price: The event is free to attend
Moon Pie over Mobile
What: New York City may have a ball of Waterford Crystal to drop for New Year's Eve but Mobile has a Moon Pie. Take to the streets of Mobile and ring in the New Year as the Moon Pie drops overhead. This year's celebration will feature live music from Third Eye Blind, the Red Clay Strays and Levon Gray. For a full schedule of events, visit moonpieovermobile.com.
When: Saturday, Dec. 31 festivities begin at 11 a.m. for children's events
Where: Downtown Mobile
Price: Free to attend
Annual Polar Bear Dip
What: The Gulf Shores Kiwanis club presents the family-friendly Polar Bear Dip in Gulf Shores for the 12th year. Dress up in a wacky costume or your favorite swimsuit and enjoy a live DJ, games and entertainment as you prepare for the dip at noon. After the plunge, head to The Hangout for free chili and hot chocolate, college football and live music.
When: Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, at 10 a.m.
Where: The Hangout, 101 E. Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores
Price: The event is free to attend. T-shirts are $20 and 100% of the proceeds benefit the Gulf Shores Kiwanis Club and Alabama Special Olympics
Flora-Bama Polar Bear Dip
What: Rinse away 2022 and start 2023 renewed after a dip in the Gulf of Mexico. The annual Flora-Bama Polar Bear Dip is an annual tradition for the hundreds and sometimes thousands of brave souls that participate. Those who fully submerge will get a free draft beer and a New Year's lunch.
When: Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, from noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Dr., Perdido Key
Price: Free to attend