Grand Bay’s Country Christmas, coordinated by the members of Citizens For a Better Grand Bay, began on Friday December 2nd with songs and dancing by the Alma Bryant Musical Theatre and the arrival of Santa Claus on the Grand Bay Fire Truck. Santa lit the Christmas tree and gave out special gifts to all the children who attended. Gifts were from the St Nick Program, sponsored by local businesses and friends: Tom’s Barbershop & Antiques, Azalea Real Estate, April McLeod, Tom Mize, The Martha Rebekah Lodge #29 and Ozzy & LJ’s Restaurant. The train ride to Santa was sponsored by Small Wonders and driven by Santa’s Helper Tracy Wright. Friday night’s children’s events and games were coordinated by Ann Bennett, Amber Cherry and Angela Andrews.
Milk & Cookies with Santa, was held at the Grand Bay Community Center on Saturday morning, Dec 3rd, hosted by the Grand Bay Watermelon Queens and GB Community Center Event coordinator, Kelli Bratton. Over 100 children visited with the jolly old man. Hanna Colson was selected as Miss Country Christmas 2017 and was the Winner of the Costume Contest held on Saturday morning. Photos of all the Country Christmas events can be found on the Grand Bay Country Christmas Facebook page.
The Spectacular Parade of Lights was held on Saturday night with over 27 floats and assorted vehicles, the Bryant Marching Band, the Grand Bay Volunteer Fire Department, the Mobile County Mounted Unit participated and of course Santa traded his sleigh in for a red convertible and pleased the crowd with candy, throws and good wishes. The 2016 Grand Marshall, Fire Chief Grayling Christian, and Commissioner Jerry Carl joined the parade, riding in style in classic cars loaned from the Jim Henderson Collection. The best float this year was the Polar Express from Barnes Fence and the Most Creative Float was the Davis Farm’s, Candyland. The best car was owned by Buzzy Broadus.
The Country Christmas events ended with Pancakes and PJs with Santa at the Grand Bay Community Center on Saturday Dec. 9th hosted by Brittaney Cleaver, Hayleigh Parsons, Angela Andrews & Felicia Arnone.
Citizens for a Better Grand Bay would like to thank the many volunteers for all the help and sponsorship. We can do great things when we work together as a community.