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Winter at The Wharf Events to Jumpstart 2018 Holiday Season

November 15, 2018

‘Winter at The Wharf’ Events to Jumpstart 2018 Holiday Season

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (Nov. 12, 2018) — It’s Wharf Season with Pepsi and “Winter at The Wharf” will kick off with a variety of holiday-themed festivities on Friday, Nov. 16.

“It’s not often that you get the chance to ice skate under palm trees, so we are thrilled to provide unique, holiday fun for everyone this year at Winter at The Wharf,” said Sheena Mizell, Marketing Director at The Wharf.

The annual, season-long event will feature fun activities for all ages, and will include the following attractions:

Ice Skating Rink
Nov. 16 - Jan. 13 — Inside of the large white tent in the front parking lot next to fire station
Skate on real ice Mondays through Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The rink will feature special holiday hours which can be found on Admission to the rink is $10 and $13 for the skating and Ferris wheel combo package. Again this year, you can purchase a frequent skater pass for $80, which includes 10 skate entries.

Photos with Santa
Nov. 16 – Dec. 24 — The Port at the Wharf
He’s really here! Santa Claus will visit The Wharf every weekend including Fridays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Various portrait packages will be available for purchase onsite. Santa will also be in attendance on Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Christmas Tree Lighting. Other special holiday hours can be found on

Horse & Carriage Rides
Select Dates in Nov. and Dec. — Across from ice skating rink
Enjoy the scene of lights and decor down Main Street with horse and carriage rides from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on select weekend dates for $5 per person.

Holiday Shopping
The Wharf tenants will participate in special hours and offer deals to help accommodate everyone’s gift giving needs. Special observances include:
Black Friday
Friday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Holiday Sip & Shop
Sunday, Dec. 2, Noon to 6 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.
Last Minute Christmas Shopping
Dec. 24
Tenants will be open from noon to 4 p.m. for everyone’s last-minute shopping needs.

Christmas Tree Lighting
Tuesday, Nov. 27, Main Street
The Wharf will light it’s 40-foot Christmas Tree to kick-off the 2018 holiday season. The event will be hosted by the City of Orange Beach and spectators will have the chance to see the Gulf Shores High School band and chorus perform. Again this year, Santa will arrive on his new-and-improved sleigh — the firetruck!

Jingle Jubilee Kids Craft Day
Saturday, Dec. 8, The Port
This event is a kids’ crafting dream with art contests, stations and musical performances from noon to 4 p.m.

Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, Dec. 8
The Wharf is the best place to watch the parade. Stores will be open late until 9 p.m. to shop before and after the parade — come early and avoid traffic.

Happy Howlidays Kid & Pet Parade
Sunday, Dec. 9, Main Street
Kids and pets dressed in holiday attire will travel parade-style down Main Street at 2 p.m. There will be a Magic Poodle Show after the parade in Palm Plaza.

For more information and a full list of upcoming events click here.

About The Wharf
Located in beautiful Orange Beach, The Wharf is the Gulf Coast’s premier destination resort and Marina. The Wharf features a unique selection of shopping, dining and entertainment options, including restaurants, boutiques and stores, a 15-screen movie theater, 112-foot tall Ferris wheel, and live music at The Wharf’s 9,600 seat Amphitheater. No matter the time of year, The Wharf is the ultimate family-friendly vacation destination. For more information visit

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

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