Kick off the 2020 holiday season at OWA with the annual tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

Festivities and music will begin at 6 p.m. in Downtown OWA.

Downtown OWA is where old favorites met new traditions. Inspired by Coastal Alabama’s small towns, Downtown OWA is a quaint spot for families to stroll from shop to shop and restaurant to restaurant at a leisurely pace.

From the vintage streetlights to balconies, visitors will be reminded of their favorite Main Street towns.

Pick up a quick snack at Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon, Hershey’s Ice Cream Parlor or Sweet Tooth at OWA.

Stop in for a glass of wine at C’est Le Vin Wine Bar & Shop, which specializes in fine wines by the glass and bottle, spirits, craft cocktails, craft beer, charcuterie boards, artisanal cheeses and other bites.

Groovy Goat Food, Drink, Sports & Games is a fun spot to let off some steam. Enjoy top-of-the-line food and drinks as you watch your favorite sports matchups on giant screens.

Other restaurants to try is Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, a casual eatery perfect for families; Trattoria Pizza & Italian; Tacos & Margaritas To Go; and Sushi Co.

The Spice & Tea Exchange is a great spot to pick up the perfect seasonings for the fish you’ll want to grill later. Here, you’ll also find a selection of 140 spices, 85 hand-mixed blends, more than 30 exotic teas, naturally flavored sugars, salts from around the world, and gourmet gifts and accessories.

OWA is a short drive north of Gulf Shores beaches. Make it a couples’ weekend and stay in one of these adorable two-bedroom condos or houses.