‘Winter at The Wharf’ Aims to Bring Joy to Local Children with Charity Giving Component for 2021

Winter at The Wharf
Winter at The Wharf

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (Nov. 9, 2021) — ‘Tis the season for holiday lights, joy and family! Make plans now to join us this year for Winter at The Wharf kicking off Friday, Nov. 12* at the ice-skating rink featuring real ice.

“Winter at The Wharf has a jam-packed lineup once again this year,” said Sheena Mizell, marketing and public relations director, The Wharf. “Our hope is to bring joy to the area with our annual events and new winter charity campaign."

The Wharf’s Anchor Campaign charity event will feature a bike drive and donation match at the ice-skating rink for Toys for Tots. The fun activities for all ages this season include the following attractions:

Ice Skating Rink

Daily; November 12, 2021 – January 17, 2022
Times vary by date | Located under the large white tent near Main Street entrance
Let us bring winter to you! Grab a pair of skates and glide, spin or fall into the season by coasting on blades along the Gulf Coast with us! Skate on Tuesdays for WKRG News 5, Give 5 and a $5 donation will be made in your honor for Toys for Tots from The Wharf and Sand Dollar Lifestyles until December 14th. Click here for exact dates, times and details.

Toys for Tots Bike Drive

Daily; November 12 – December 14, 2021
Various locations
Help spread cheer this year by donating a bike to Toys for Tots. Donors can collect a bike “ornament” from Christmas trees in The Port while taking photos with Santa or in the ice rink. The bikes requested are for children ages 16 and under. Make it a family occasion to shop for a local child, then return the bikes to the ice rink on December 14th. Thank you to our generous sponsors Sand Dollar Lifestyles + WKRG News 5 for their help in spreading joy this Christmas! Click here for more details.

The Wharf North Pole Express

Saturdays + Select Dates; November – December
10 am - 8 pm | Main Street at The Wharf (pick-up is at the Train Station near the Ferris wheel)
This winter, The Wharf Express is on a holiday mission! Put on your PJs and ride The Wharf North Pole Express each Saturday until Christmas, where every child will receive a candy cane, a coloring book and a golden ticket sticker as a special souvenir! Don’t forget to stop by The Port after for photos with Jolly Claus! Click here for exact dates, times and details.

Photos with Santa

Weekends; November 19 - December 24, 2021
Times vary by date | The Port
Ho Ho Holiday photo time with Santa at The Wharf! Jolly Claus has checked his list already — twice, actually — so make sure you are on your best behavior when you snap a frame-worthy photo. You can bring your letter to him and share your must-have toys and joys, then capture the moment to remember forever! Click here for exact dates, times and details.

Horse + Carriage Rides

Select nights; November 11 – December 31, 2021
6-9 pm | Main Street (pick-up is at the ice rink near the Main Street entrance)
Saddle up for the season by spending an evening under the moonlight in an enchanted horse-drawn carriage. Trot along through the streets and gaze at the holiday lights and decorations with your loved ones. You’ll want to have your camera ready for this ride! Click here for exact dates, times and details.

Black Friday Shopping

Friday, November 26, 2021
10 am – 6 pm | Various retailers
You’ve feasted for Thanksgiving, now feast on some savings the day after! Spend Black Friday at The Wharf and check out all the epic steals and deals throughout the shops and restaurants. We are your one-stop shopping destination for the holidays! Click here for tenant deals and more details.

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 27, 2021
10 am – 6 pm | Various retailers
Shop smart. Shop local. With an abundance of home-grown retailers and restaurants, The Wharf is the premier stop along your shopping route to purchase regional goods, products and services for the holidays. Plus, who doesn’t love a good gift card? So, come out and show your support for our community and get all your must-have items for loved ones this giving season! Click here for a complete list of details and discounts.

Holiday SPECTRA Laser Light Experience

Nightly; November 30 – December 31, 2021
6 pm + 7 pm | Main Street at The Wharf
Enjoy the special Holiday SPECTRA Laser Light Experience Show. For a limited time, the spectacle will celebrate the joyous season with timeless tunes and classic sing-a-longs. This display is certain to bring you holiday cheer! See Main Street as it’s transformed into a magical stage where the palm trees are energized with life and become the stars of the display! Click here to learn more.

Christmas Tree Lighting hosted by the City of Orange Beach

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
5:30 pm | Main Street + Marlin Circle
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at The Wharf! Help us usher in the holiday season with bulbs, garland and glee. The annual tree lighting hosted by the City of Orange Beach is the perfect ceremony to inspire the Yuletide spirit. Click here for more details and activities.

Holly Days on Main Festival hosted by the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber

Saturday + Sunday, December 11-12, 2021
Times vary by date | Main Street
The newest December tradition in Coastal Alabama is coming back for a second year! Vendors of all types will be on Main Street with a selection of gifts that are certain to make your holiday special. Be sure to also take in the sights and sounds of performances from area students, an art showcase, lighted boat parade and maybe even a visit from the big man in red. Click here for more details.

Yo Ho Ho 5k and Fun Run presented by The Kiwanis Club of Gulf Shores

Saturday, December 11, 2021

8 am | Main Street

The Kiwanis Club of Gulf Shores is hosting the third annual Yo Ho Ho 5K presented by Columbia Southern University. Participants are encouraged to come dressed in your best Christmas attire (pets and children are welcome to join). Click here for registration.

Last Minute Christmas Eve Shopping

Friday, December 24, 2021
10 am – 4 pm | Various retailers
It’s crunch time! Still looking for the perfect present for your loved ones? Don’t fret, The Wharf will be open for you to shop for last-minute gifts on Christmas Eve. Click here for more details.

Kids Confetti Drop

Friday, December 31, 2021
10 am – 2 pm | Main Street + Palms Plaza
Kids whose bedtime comes well before midnight will get to ring in the New Year hours early at the annual Kids Confetti Drop presented by Beachball Properties! All the fun starts with DJ Silky and the confetti will fall from the sky at noon. There will also be tons of fun kids’ activities, so come out and welcome 2022 with a safe and colorful good time the whole family can enjoy! Click here for more details.

Reelin’ in the New Year

Friday, December 31, 2021
5 pm – midnight | Main Street, Marlin Circle + Palms Plaza
2021 - see you never! Join us as we gladly welcome 2022 with our annual Reelin’ in the New Year presented by Pepsi, WKRG News 5 + Miller Lite. Let’s bid adieu to the year in the grandest of style with family friendly activities and adult-centered fun all rounding off at midnight with The Park Band, the marlin drop and a fireworks finale presented by Vizzy Hard Seltzer! Resolutions are for January. Give yourself one last excuse to let loose and kiss this unforgettable year goodbye! Click here for more details.


About The Wharf

Located in beautiful Orange Beach, Ala., The Wharf is an official Entertainment District with hundreds of family friendly events throughout the year. Enjoy shopping, drinks and dining at our 60+ unique stores, bars and restaurants. Stay onsite at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel or Levin’s Bend Condominium, catch a movie at the 15-screen AMC Theatre, experience a trip around one of the Southeast’s largest Ferris wheels, take a train ride down Main Street, explore all that nature has to offer on a boating excursion or catch a nightly SPECTRA Laser Light Experience show — the options are endless. The 10,000-seat Wharf Amphitheater hosts a variety of well-known entertainers, and The Wharf Marina is home to some of the largest in-water boat shows and saltwater fishing tournaments on the Gulf. Life happens here. Let yours be a part of it.

*Dates and times of these events are subject to change due to weather or holidays.

*Donation match not to exceed $5,000.

Media Contact // JamieDay Montgomery, 251-224-1000