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Mobile/ESho Holiday Event Rundown

03 Dec 2011

written by Mailer-Daemon

Mobile/ESho Holiday Event Rundown


Holiday Event Rundown, courtesy of Mobile Arts Council

November 28 – December 12
This is the first of five seasonal messages, listing some of the holiday events coming up in our area during the next week – a service of Mobile Arts Council for subscribers to ArtStart. For additional events, visit our website calendar and search by date or keyword.


Through Saturday, December 31

Magic Christmas in Lights
More than three million twinkling lights in more than 928 custom-designed set pieces in 13 scenes throughout the Gardens; Bellingrath Home decorated for the holidays; shopping in the Gift Shop; Magnolia CafĂ© open for dinner with holiday favorites (4 – 8 PM) 8 AM – 9 PM. Bellingrath Gardens and Home (12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore) Through Sat, Dec 31, except Dec 25. Adults/ $12; children 5 -12/ $6.50; children 4 and under/ Free. 251-973-2217 or 1-800-247-8420/ 251-973-2365 (24-hour info)

Through Monday, January 2

Film: The Light Before Christmas
Imax film for the holidays. Mon – Fri, 11 AM – 2 PM; Sat & Sun, 2 & 4 PM.Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center (65 Government St) Through Mon, Jan 2. Members: Adults (19 – 59)/ $6.50; youth (13 – 18) & senior citizens (60+)/ $5.50; children/ $5; nonmembers/ Adults (19 – 59)/ $8; youth (13 – 18) & senior citizens (60+)/ $6.75; children/ $6. 251-208-6873.

Monday, November 28

The International Tenors: A Christmas Concert
North Baldwin Community Concerts. 7 PM. Faulkner State Community College, L. D. Owen Performing Arts Center, Bay Minette) $20 (Available at North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, 251-937-5665, or at the door) INFO: 251-232-0620 or 251-937-5995 / 251-232-0620 or 251-937-5995.

Tuesday, November 29

Holiday Classics Celebrated
Greater Mobile Area Choral Society; director: Terry D Maddox, MM. 7 PM. St Francis At The Point (St Francis Traditional Episcopal Church, 17280 Scenic Hwy 98, Point Clear)

Wednesday, November 30

Christmas Spectacular
Features more than 250 University of Mobile musicians; ensembles include the Voices of Mobile, Impact, Sounds of Mobile, RamCorps, a live orchestra, and the A Cappella Choir. 6:45 PM. Dauphin Way Baptist Church (3661 Dauphin St. Free, but tickets required (Available from the University’s Center for Performing Arts, Dauphin Way Baptist Church, and Lifeway Christian bookstore) 251-442-2420. Also: Thu & Fri, 6:45 PM.

Thursday, December 1

Schoolfest Shows: A Christmas Carol – The Musical
Playhouse in the Park production. 9 & 11:15 AM. Saenger Theatre (6 S Joachim St) Students/ $7; teachers/ free; chaperones/ one free for every 15 students. 251-602-0630. Also: Fri, 9 & 11:15 AM.

Preview Party: Christmas at Oakleigh
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the sunken Garden; then a look of the house decorated for Christmas in the 1850s. 6 – 8 PM. Oakleigh Historic Complex (350 Oakleigh Pl) Couple/ $50. Reservation deadline: Nov 23. 251-432-6161.

A Dickens of a Christmas: A Stroll through the Streets of London
Festivities in the spirit of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; food by Vincent Henderson, music, dancing, parlor games, ornament making, and more. Mobile Opera, Mobile’s Singing Children and Mobile Public Library. 6:30 PM. Mobile Public Library, Ben May Main Library, Bernheim Hall (701 Government St) Adults/ $20; children 6 – 12/ $10. 251-208-7097.

Christmas Spectacular (See Wed)

City of Gulf Shores Christmas Open House
Featuring the Mobile symphony Brass. 7 PM. Erie Meyer Civic Center (1930 W 2nd St, Gulf Shores) Free, but a donation for Toys for Tots requested.

Roman Street Holiday Concert
Selections from the group’s newly released Christmas CD, dancing, cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. Benefits Via. 7 PM. Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center (1717 Dauphin St) 251-470-5222.

University of South Alabama Concert Choir & University Chorale:
Holiday Concert
Conductor: Laura Moore. 7:30 PM. University of South Alabama, Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. General/ $8; USA students/faculty/staff, senior citizens, children under 18/ $5. Also: Fri, 7:30 PM.

Sounds of Christmas from the Hill
Spring Hill College Chorale with small instrumental ensemble; director: Terry D Maddox, M.M. Program features sacred and secular holiday fare, including Johann Sebastian Bach’s For Us a Child Is Born Cantata and Heinrich Schutz’s double choir motet Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates 7:30 PM. Spring Hill College, St Joseph Chapel (4000 Dauphin St) 251-234-9325.

Friday, December 2

A Camellia Christmas
Holiday Sales at the Gardens, featuring poinsettias and other plants, including magnolias and camellias; Mobile County Master Gardeners Holiday Greenery Sale with fresh-cut greenery, wreaths, toppers and garlands. MBG and the Camellia Club of South Alabama. 9 AM – 4 PM. Mobile Botanical Gardens (5151 Museum Dr) 251-342-0555. Also: Sat, 9 AM – 4 PM; includes two workshops (9 AM: DIY Southern Holiday for adults. Gloves and clippers recommended, but not necessary. Members/ $25; nonmembers/ $35. 1 PM: Making Ornaments from Natural Materials for ages 3-12. $15); tours of the WinterGarden; children’s choirs (UMS-Wright Lower School Chorus, ER Dickson Elementary School ORFF Ensemble, O’Rourke Elementary School Drum Circle, Boys’ and Girls’ Club Honor Chorus, Old Shell Road Magnet Performing Arts School Chorus, Hollingers Island ES Chorus)

Schoolfest Shows: A Christmas Carol – The Musical (See Thu)

North Pole Stroll
Family holiday activities; performances by the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra Horn Chorale (balcony of Phelps Dunbar at Royal & Dauphin). 5:30 – 8:30 PM. Downtown Mobile (mainly along Royal St)

Christmas Spectacular (See Wed)

Fairhope Magical Christmas Parade
7 PM. Downtown Fairhope.

A Christmas Carol -The Musical
Playhouse in the Park production. 7:30 PM. Saenger Theatre (6 S Joachim St) Adults/ $20; students and senior citizens/ $15. 251-602-0630

USA Concert Choir and University Choral: Holiday Concert (See Thu)

Saturday, December 3

A Camellia Christmas (See Fri)

Christmas at Oakleigh
Tours of Oakleigh and the Cox Deasy Cottage with costumed docents; Southern treats, including Oakleigh’s famous hot spiced tea. 10 AM – 4 PM. Oakleigh Historic Complex (350 Oakleigh Pl) Adults/ $10; children under 12/ $5. 251-432-6161. Also: Sun, 10 AM – 4 PM.

Mobile Ballet Eastern Shore at ESAC: Nutcracker Tea
Storytelling by Connie Cozart with Mobile Ballet dancers; holiday beverages and treats. 2 PM. Eastern Shore Art Venter (401 Oak St, Fairhope) $25; table for 8/ $200. 251-928-2228 x107.

Candlelight Christmas at Oakleigh: Candlelight Tour
Holiday reception. 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Oakleigh Historic Mansion (350 Oakleigh Pl) Adults/ $10; children under 12/ $5. 251-432-6161

‘Twas the Murder Before Christmas
Evening includes a tour of the Museum, unlimited wine bar (cash bar from 6 – 6:45 PM), catered multi-course dinner, and a comic whodunit performed by the Mobile Mystery Dinner Players. 7 PM. Mobile Carnival Museum (355 Government St) $57. Reservations required. 251-479-3212.

Christmas Concert: Port City Men’s Chorus
Director: Alan Farmer. 7 PM. Larkins Music Center (257 Dauphin St) $10. Also: Sun, 2 PM, Alabama School of Math & Science, auditorium (1255 Dauphin St)

35th Anniversary Christmas Concert: Mobile’s Singing Children
Featuring alumni guest soloists. 7 PM. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (2 S Claiborne St) Donations welcome.

Sunday, December 4

Christmas at Oakleigh (See Saturday)

Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Christmas Open House
Tour the antebellum mansion decorated for the holidays; enjoy homemade refreshments, sleigh rides, children’s storytelling, seasonal and sacred music. 1 – 4 PM. Bragg-Mitchell Mansion (1906 Springhill Ave) Adults/ $8; children/ $5. 251-471-6364.

Christmas Concert: Port City Men’s Chorus (See Sat)

Noe! Noe!
Gloria Dei Chorale and chamber orchestra; director: Louis F Daniel. Program includes the debut of Sancta Madonna by Chorale director Louis Daniel and local composer Matthew Still, as well as Morten Lauridsen’s O Nata Lux, Dan Forrest’s A Basque Lullaby and The Shepherd’s Carol, K Lee Scott’s Candle Carol, Louis Daniel’s Love, Come This Blessed Morn and more. 7 PM. St Mary’s Catholic Church (1453 Old Shell Rd) Free, but donations are welcome and benefit Victory Health Partners. 251-533-9810

Monday, December 5

The Flavors of Christmas: Baldwin Pops Band
Conductor: Dr Roger Jones. Program features traditional and modern holiday music from around the world, including La Virgen de la Macarena (trumpet soloist; Jonathan Martin, Alleluia! Laudamus Te, A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Festival, Christmas in Poland, Fanfare Prelude: Adeste Fidelis, O’ Little Town of Bethlehem, Old Scottish Melody, and Variations on Deck the Halls. 7 PM. Foley Civic Center (407 E Laurel Ave, Foley) Collection of voluntary donations of new, unwrapped toys for the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. 251-928-3754/251-987-5757. Also: Tue, 7 PM. Daphne Civic Center (92603 US Hwy 98, Daphne)

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