Have you seen this Hallmark movie-worthy downtown?
There’s not a season the picturesque city of Fairhope, Alabama, would be undesirable to visit, but if you’re looking for somewhere new (and not so touristy) to travel this holiday season, set your GPS to this sweet city on the bay. Fairhope is home to a beautiful waterfront, adorable local shops, and award-winning dining, and this cheerful city has multiple festive events to discover this Christmas.
Annual Lighting of the Trees
If you walk the streets of Fairhope during the holiday season, each tree that lines downtown is covered in traditional white Christmas lights. The Lighting of the Trees ceremony brings out all the locals and many visitors, and the town looks magical once lit. Local school bands and choirs will perform, and Mrs. Claus will be there to take children’s Christmas lists and hand-deliver them to Santa at the North Pole. This year, Fairhope’s annual Lighting of the Trees celebration is Thursday, November 16 at 5:30 p.m., and the lights will be switched on at 6 p.m. sharp.
Movie in the Streets
Each year, Fairhope residents bundle up with Christmas pajamas and blankets to watch a holiday movie together. The Fairhope Business Association plays a Christmas movie on a giant screen in the middle of downtown, and guests are invited to bring chairs and gear up for the season. Refreshments are available, and the event is free. This year, the Movie in the Streets will be on Saturday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m., and the movie is The Polar Express.
Fairhope’s Christmas Open House
Fairhope’s Christmas Open House has been a tradition in the city for more than 50 years. Many Fairhope businesses are traditionally closed on Sunday, but on Sunday, November 19, all the cute shops and restaurants of downtown Fairhope will be open from 1-5 p.m. Get Christmas gifts for everyone on your list as you peruse the local boutiques and antique stores that make Fairhope shopping so incredible. Don’t forget to stop in Christmas Round the Corner, Fairhope’s local Christmas store that stays open and in the Christmas spirit year round.
Fairhope’s Magical Christmas Parade
One of the city’s main Christmas attractions, Fairhope’s Magical Christmas Parade, might be the cutest Christmas parade in the South. On Friday, December 1 at 7 p.m., gather around the Christmas light-filled streets of downtown Fairhope and watch more than 60 attractions pass in the Magical Christmas Parade. The reason for such a long parade in such a small downtown? Santa’s arrival to Fairhope, of course! We think Santa deserves the warmest welcome, and Fairhope knows how to provide it.
After Santa’s grand entrance at the Magical Christmas Parade, he sticks around for a little while to see all the kids of Fairhope. On Saturday, December 2 and Saturday, December 9, Santa will be in front of the Fairhope Museum of History in downtown Fairhope from 10:30 a.m. until noon for pictures and present-wishes alike. Don’t miss the opportunity to see him!
North Pole Stroll
On Friday, December 8 from 5-8 p.m., enjoy the Christmas lights, shopping, and dining of downtown Fairhope. Stores will stay open late for all your gifting needs, and there will be giveaways, complimentary shopping totes, and refreshments.
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If you haven’t been to the charming town of Fairhope, you need to plan a trip. This picture-perfect city sits right on the water, and the shopping and dining are unbelievable. With all the Christmas cheer that’s packed into the season, Fairhope could be your ideal Christmas getaway this year.