Want to spend your Christmas on the beach? Sure, it's a little different than what you might be used to, but waking up on December 25 to the sounds of the gently rolling waves and majestic ospreys is an experience like no other. Whether you're staying at a Gulf Shores rental with your entire family or planning a romantic vacation with a special someone, the holidays on Alabama's Gulf Coast are festive and a great way to celebrate the season of giving.

Christmas events for everyone

Christmas in Gulf ShoresIn early December, you can take your kids to the streets of Gulf Shores and catch the festive Christmas parade, which features local marching bands, kids dressed in costumes, and floats. Get into the holiday spirit by wearing your favorite red or green hat , and feel free to bring bells to make noise as each float passes by. The parade leads to the Christmas tree lighting, as well as a live nativity scene and pictures with Santa.

The parade typically starts along Clubhouse Drive and ends at the Gulf Shores Public Beach, so you can situate yourself anywhere on the path and get ready to sing along to beloved holiday tunes.

Decorate your Gulf Shores beach house rental

The great thing about staying at a beach rental along the shores of Alabama's Gulf Coast is that each property is furnished and outfitted to be as comfortable as home. If you're planning on spending the holidays at one of these lovely lodgings, bring along a small faux tree and decorate it with your family just for that added touch of home.

No matter what time of year it is, you can turn your beach accommodations into your home away from home.