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It was a festive scene at The Wharf in December as people enjoyed the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Bands played, children sang and wrote letters to Santa, and more.

It Was Shorts & Flip Flop Weather For Christmas Tree Lighting At The Wharf

It might not have felt much like Christmas outside, with temperatures bringing folks out in T-shirts, shorts and flip flops.

But it was nonetheless a festive scene at The Wharf in Orange Beach on Tuesday, Dec. 1, as the City of Orange Beach held its annual Christmas Tree Lighting and holiday celebration.

The evening was marked by carolers singing, the Gulf Shores High School band playing familiar Christmas melodies, and lights aplenty as hundreds came out for the official lighting of the Wharf’s Christmas tree on Main Street.

Children penned letters to Santa, decorated cookies and enjoyed hot apple cider and ginger snaps. Parents perused shops, chased after their little ones and enjoyed the beautiful lights shined brightly on the palm trees lining Main Street.

Closing out the evening’s activities was the entrance of the big man himself, Santa Claus, high atop an Orange Beach fire truck. Kids lined up to share their Christmas wishes with Santa.

A host of holiday activities are slated for The Wharf this season, including an ice rink, horse and carriage rides, the Live Animal Nativity Trail and Exhibit, Photos with Santa, and more.

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