2016 Holiday Happenings


11th Annual Interfaith Christmas Nativity Exhibit
November 30-December 4, 1:00-8:00 p.m.
Help your family keep the true meaning of Christmas in your heart from the start by attending this Community Celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ. This spectacular event features nativities from around the world and special music by local performers. This magnificent display is sure to warm the hearts of young and old alike. 3460 Carter Hill Road, Montgomery. Open to all. FREE Admission. Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. www.MontgomeryNativity.com

19h Annual Lights of Love
Dec. 8th, 6 p.m. For a contribution of $15 or more to the Jackson Hospital Foundation, a light will be placed on the Lights of Love tree inside of Jackson Hospital in front lobby in honor, or in memory, of someone special to you. For contributions of $100 or more Moravian stars will be placed on the tree. For contributions of $500 or more a decorative angel will be placed on the tree.  Christian music will be presented. An invitation to the ceremony will be sent to those honored or to the family of those memorialized. Contributions will benefit the McGough Oncology Unit at Jackson Hospital. For more information, call 293.6940.

50th Annual Pike Road Arts & Crafts Fair
Historic Marks House, Pike Road, Al. November 5, 9:00am-4:00pm. Shop the arts and crafts and eat BBQ, sweets, and more! Special activities for the children too- face painting, a tour of the Pike Road Fire Department’s Mobile Fire Safety House and free “make and take” crafts will be provided by Home Depot. Please visit us at www.pikeroadartsandcraftsfair.com for more information.

2016 Capital City Christmas Parade
The City of Montgomery would like to invite you to the 2016 Christmas Parade. Depart from Cramton Bowl and Parade downtown from Capitol Steps to the Court Street Fountain. The event will be held Friday, December 16th at 6 p.m. A limited number of parade entries will be accepted.
All questions about a parade entry and parade festivities should be directed to (334) 625.2118 or Visit www.montgomeryal.gov for entry forms.

2016 Capital City Governor’s Tree Lighting
December 2 at 5:30 p.m. followed by Open House from 6 until 7 p.m. – Governor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Capitol.

2016 Capital City Tree Lighting
Date and time to be announced.
Located in front of City Hall.

“A Christmas Carol” at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival
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ASF revives this family classic, November 20-December 24! The snowy London streets ring with carols that set the stage for Dickens’ magical tale of hope and redemption. Join us as the ghosts of the past, present and future reawaken Scrooge’s conscience. Visit www.asf.net for more information.

Alabama Shakespeare Festival Holiday Tree Lighting
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November 19 at 4 p.m.
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival will host its first holiday tree lighting event. Come join us as Santa parades through the park and lights a 40 ft. Christmas tree that will be on display throughout the holiday season. Bring the whole family for hot chocolate, treats, the ASU Honey Bee’z, music performed by the Huntingdon College Winds, and caroling with the Montgomery Chorale. Get in the spirit of the season with free carriage rides in the park courtesy of Capitol City Carriage. Santa Claus is coming to town and will be available for photographs! All are welcome to join us for this free family friendly event. For more information please visit our website at www.asf.net.

Aldersgate UMC Holiday Events
6610 Vaughn Road
Sunday, December 4 at 4:30 p.m.
*The Great Christmas Cookie Caper: Christmas Cookie contest, Mission projects and concert.
*Appalachian Craft Fair: Saturday, December 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday, December 11, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Aldersgate United Methodist Church will be hosting the Red Bird Craft Fair featuring works by as many as 100 different crafters from Appalachia.  Items including handmade reed baskets, jewelry, woven mats, dolls, benches, toys, games, ornaments and nativity sets.   The craft fair will be open from 9:00 to 2:00 on Saturday, December 10 and 8:00 to 12:00 on Sunday, December 11.
*Sunday, December 11: “The Word Became Flesh”
10:30 a.m. Lessons and Carols Service
A heart stirring presentation featuring the Chancel Choir, Drama Team and Orchestra. Narrators: Charles Laubach, Cheryl Davitz and Kacey Vardaman.
*Saturday, December 24: Christmas Eve Service; 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Communion, Carols and Candlelight
For more information call the Aldersgate music ministry office at (334) 272.6152.

Annual Holiday Light Festival The Montgomery Zoo
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December 1-4, 8-11, 15-31; 5:30- 9:30 p.m. each night. Thousands of Holiday Lights illuminate The Montgomery Zoo in shapes of animals and Christmas themes. See the Zoo transformed into a Winter Wonderland sparkling with thousands of festive lights and decorations.  Stroll the many pathways or enjoy a brisk ride on the Santaland Express train ride. Visit with Santa nightly; enjoy live entertainment, food, gifts and more. Please call (334) 240-4900 or visit www.montgomeryzoo.com for more information.

Candlelight Harpischord Chamber Concert
December 9th 6:30 p.m.
Christchurch, 8800 Vaughn Rd. You are invited to Christchurch’s free concert of sacred and secular music. The 45-minute performance will feature instrumental and vocal pieces performed by the church’s chancel choir and soloists from the church as well as outside professionals. The free concert in the church’s sanctuary will begin at 6 p.m. It will be followed by a champagne and dessert reception in the parish hall. Reception tickets, which are $25 each, will be available by calling (334) 387.0566, ext. 203, beginning Wednesday, November 9th. Proceeds from the reception will benefit the Christchurch Pipe Organ Fund. Please visit www.christchurchxp.net for more details.
Cruising With Santa
December 2-3, 6-7, 16-17
Cruise the Alabama River with Santa on the Harriott II Riverboat, Downtown Riverwalk. Please visit us at http://www.montgomeryal.gov.

Eastdale Mall Holiday Events
Photos with Santa!
Friday, November 11-December 24th
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday’s, 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Come have your photo made with Santa on the big green sleigh! Santa will be available for photos from November 11th through Christmas Eve. Packages start at $15 and Digital Files are also available!
Santa’s Magical Arrival on Ice
Friday, November 11, 7p.m.- 9 p.m.
Santa Claus will arrive in his magical sleigh during a spectacular ice show at the Eastdale Mall Ice Palace. Ice Palace skaters will perform whimsical vignettes featuring traditional Holiday tunes that will delight children of all ages. The Eastdale Express will be up and running, so catch a ride! www.eastdale-mall.com
Thankgsiving Day
Thursday, November 24, 8 – 11:59 p.m.
We will be open from 8pm – Midnight on Thanksgiving night, and the first 100 people to line up at Customer Service that night will receive a FREE $10 Eastdale Mall Gift Card and a FREE 6 Piece Nugget from Chick-Fil-A! In addition, everyone 18 and older that registers at Customer Service that night will have a chance to win a $500 Eastdale Mall Gift Card!
Black Friday
Friday, November 25
We’re opening bright and early Black Friday at 7am and hope to see you there! And to thank you for getting up so early and shopping with us, Eastdale Mall is giving away $25 Gift Cards for shoppers that spend $150 or more during the hours of 7am and Noon! In addition, every shopper 18 and older will have the opportunity to win a $500 Eastdale Mall Gift Card by registering at Customer Service. Drawing will be held at NOON and it is not necessary to be present to win.
Pet photos with Santa!
December 1 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 5-9 p.m. in December, furry friends are invited to have their photo taken with Santa!
Breakfast with Santa Benefiting Easter Seals of Central Alabama
Saturday, December 3 and December 10
9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Santa always starts his day off with a good breakfast, and this year Eastdale Mall invites you to join him! Breakfast sponsored by Cinnabon is $5 per child and all proceeds will go to Easter Seals of Central Alabama. For information, or to make reservations, please email david.hagood@aronov.com.
WLWI Giveaway
Saturday, December 10, 11 a.m. until 12 p.m.
I-92 and Eastdale Mall are giving you the chance to win a $2,500 Shopping Spree! From November 11 – December 10, listen to WLWI 92.3 FM to qualify for a chance to win! Call Mall Information Desk, 277.7359, for more information.
Holiday Soiree
December 15, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Grab your girlfriends and head over to Eastdale Mall for a night of shopping, fun and giveaways! Shoppers can enjoy light refreshments and register to win one of the three Micheal Kors Handbags!
Cookies and Crafts with Santa
Saturday, December 17 from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.
Come join Santa and his elves from Pzazz Art Studio to create a cute Christmas craft! Enjoy cookies from our Cookies and Crafts sponsor The Great American Cookie Company. Admission to this fun holiday activity is $12 per child. This event requires reservations and space is limited.
Rockin’ NOON Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
At 12 noon our DJ will countdown and over 1,000 balloons will be released from the ceiling. In addition to the big balloon drop there will be face painting, Zoo Animals from the Montgomery Zoo, Balloon artists, Chuck E. Cheese and free ice skating at Ice Palace from 11am to 1pm.

F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum
Christmas Open House
Come join us, December 10, as we celebrate Christmas with our Christmas Open House. Call 264.4222. Please visit us at www.fitzgeraldmuseum.net.

Frazer Memorial UMC Events
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Youth Worship Arts
December 4 at 6 p.m. in Wesley Hall
Christmas Musical: A Celtic Christmas Celebration
Wesley Hall, December 11 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Frazer presents this community wide production, Christmas Theatre.  Fun for the entire family!  Please call (334) 272.8622 or visit www.frazerumc.org.
“Candlelight Worship”
December 24 , 3:30 p.m. in Wesley Hall and 6:30 p.m. in Sanctuary.
Glenn Miller Holiday Concert featuring
Airmen of Note
Date to be decided. Annual Glenn Miller Holiday Concert. This year’s performance is free to the public. Will be accepting canned food donations for the Montgomery Area Food Bank. This performance will be held at the Davis Theatre. Featuring The United States Air force Band, Airmen of Note, premier jazz ensemble, will perform holiday and Glenn Miller favorites. The Airmen of Note ensemble was created in 1950 to carry on the style and tradition of the Glenn Miller Army Air Forces Dance Band. Please call 241.9567.

Governor’s Mansion Candlelight Tour
Open House
1142 South Perry Street, Montgomery, 834.3022
The 1907 Governor’s Mansion will be aglow with lights and filled with the spirit of the season. December 5, 12, & 19. 5:30-7:30pm.

Holiday Open House @ MMFA
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December 3rd, 1 to 4 p.m.; The festivities for the event include musical performances by local school choirs and performance groups, holiday art projects, cookies and lemonade, and horse and carriage rides in the park. Holiday Open House is free and open to the public, so invite your friends and family and spend the afternoon at MMFA celebrating the season.

Holiday Pops Concert
December 13th, 7:30 p.m. at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center. Join the MSO for an evening of everyone’s seasonal favorites. To order tickets please call the Symphony office at (334) 240.4004.
Huntingdon’s Annual Christmas Celebration
Share some holiday cheer at Huntingdon College’s annual Community Christmas Celebration Thursday, December 1st, on the Huntingdon Campus. The celebration includes: 6:30 p.m., the Arrival of Saint Nicholas, in front of Flowers Hall; 6:45 p.m., Tree-lighting Ceremony and caroling, in front of Flowers Hall; and 7:00 p.m., A Service of Lessons and Carols, combining Biblical readings by members of the Huntingdon community interspersed with music from the College’s Concert Choir; Ligon Chapel, Flower’s Hall. The events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Huntingdon College Office of Community Relations at (334) 833.4515.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
December 3rd
5k Run or Walk to benefit the Arthritis Foundation Also 1 mile fun run (chasing an Elf) for under 8’s and 1-mile walk for those of us who want to support the Arthritis Foundation. Please visit us at www.jbrMontgomery.kintera.org.

My Three Angels at Cloverdale Playhouse
December 8-18
By Samuel Spewack and Bella Spewack, based on La Cuisine Des Anges by Albert Husson.
Directed by Eleanor Davis. Please call (334) 262-1530 or boxoffice@cloverdaleplayhouse.org.

Old Alabama Town Holiday
Open House Join Old Alabama Town in December to celebrate the holiday season. Our house museums will be authentically decorated for the holidays. Early December. Please call (334)240.4500 or www.oldalabamatown.com for more information.

Eastmont Baptist Church Children’s Christmas Festival
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December 3, 9 am to 12 pm
Admission is one canned good or school supply item. Enjoy breakfast with characters, pony rides, inflatables, crafts, manger museum and more. Located at 4505 Atlanta Highway. Call 277.6300 or visit www.eastmont.org for more information.

First Baptist Church Events
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The Joy Singers Christmas Program
Sunday, November 27 at 6:15 p.m.
Main Sanctuary in First Baptist Church, 305 South Perry Street, Montgomery. Come join us JOY Singers Senior Adult Choir as the y lead us in worship celebrating Christ’s birth.

The Living Christmas Tree
December 9-11; Come joins us for the “Living Christmas Tree”. Performers will delight you atop the 40 ft. set resembling a Christmas tree on stage. Please call (334) 834.6310 or visit www.montgomeryfbc.org.

The Montgomery Chorale Holiday
Performances Messiah Sing Along
Friday, December 2 from 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 4th at 2:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in n Old Cloverdale. Tickets, please call
(334) 265.3737 or visit www.montgomerychorale.org.

MPAC Holiday Shows
Mannheim Steamroller “Christmas” by Chip Davis
Tuesday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Sara Evans “At Christmas” presented by ALFA; Sunday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m.
Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker”
Monday, December 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Please visit us at www.mpaconline.org for ticket information or additional shows.

Moscow Ballet “Great Russian Nutcracker”
Monday, December 26 at 7:30 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. Bring the whole family for the sweetest Christmas celebration of the season! Experience the exquisite artistry of world class Russian dancers, playful puppets and the unmatched splendor of hand crafted sets and costumes. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is the Holiday tradition that brings the Christmas spirit to life! New York Times raves, “Real beauty!” and Los Angeles Times, “Bravura expertise!” Get your seats now for Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece at nutcracker.com. Tickets: $28 to $175. Tickets can be purchased online or at the MPAC Box Office.

“The Nutcracker” by Montgomery Ballet
December 8-11
Montgomery’s Favorite Holiday Tradition for over 41 years presented by The Montgomery Ballet.  The world’s most famous Christmas ballet. A Montgomery tradition since 1976, this year’s production promises to delight all ages with brilliant dancing, beautiful scenery, and colorful costumes. All reserved seats. Tickets are $20 to $30 for adults. We offer military, senior and student discounts. Prices are dependent on convenience and/or handling fees. For reservations, call (334) 409.0522 or visit www.montgomeryballet.org

The Shoppes at EastChase *Lights Up!:
Saturday, November 19 from 7-8 p.m.
Join us on Main Street for a parade celebrating Santa’s arrival with festive performances by local community organizations. After the parade, watch as The Shoppes at Eastchase light up with holiday spirit featuring a magical Christmas tree lighting and grand fireworks show. Stay after to visit Santa! For more information call 334-279-6046 or visit www theshoppesateastchase.com.
* Black Friday Giveaways: Friday, November 25
We’re giving away $3,000 in gift cards throughout the day! Register to win one of THREE $1,000 gift cards. Registration and giveaways will be held in front of GAP at the following times: 11 am – Registration opens at 9 am, 2 pm – Registration opens at Noon, 4 pm – Registration opens at 2 pm.
* Photos with Santa: November 14-December 18 and December 19-24; Saturdays: 11 am – 7 pm 11 am – 7 pm Sundays: 1 to 6 pm. Visit Santa in his brand-new Whimsical Wonderland located in front of Blackfinn Ameripub and get a professional photo. Make sure to stop by the Elfie-Selfie Station in front of Santa’s house and post your photo on social media using #SantaAtEastChase!
* Brunch with Santa: Saturday, Dec 10 and 17 at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Parents and their children can enjoy brunch and a visit with Santa at Blackfinn Ameripub, with proceeds benefiting Child Protect and autism awareness. Register at theshoppesateastchase.com.
* Holiday Bedtime Stories
The little ones can wear their pajamas and enjoy a night they won’t soon forget. Santa Claus will be reading favorite Christmas stories at Welle Studio, located next to Great American Cookies. There will be Christmas songs, milk and cookies, and more!
* Carriage Rides: Saturdays in December, 2-5 p.m.
‘Tis the season to enjoy a free horse-drawn carriage ride around the center! Located adjacent to Pies & Pints.
* Holiday Performances: Be entertained with holiday-themed performances by community organizations every weekend in December. For a detailed list of performance dates and times, visit theshoppesateastchase.com.
* Santa’s Mailbox: Looking for a direct connection to the North Pole? Drop your holiday wish list in Santa’s Mailbox in front of his home. Santa’s helpers will collect these letters and ensure a personalized letter from jolly old St. Nick himself. No postage required. Just remember to include a return address! (near Blackfinn Ameripub)
* Holiday Gift Wrapping: Mon-Sat: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun: Noon until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve: 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Save time and have our friends at the Montgomery Humane Society wrap your gifts this holiday season!

“Tis the Season!” and the “Alien Who Stole Christmas” at Montgomery Planetarium
Beginning December – Traces the development of many of the world’s endearing holiday customs, and how they involve lighting up the winter season, from the burning Yule log and sparkling Christmas tree lights, to the lighting of the Menorah and luminaries. It also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice. Not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Pagan, Nordic, Roman, Egyptian and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe to songs about lords a-leaping, and ladies dancing. And the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as well. For tickets, call (334)241.4799. Or visit http://mongomery.troy.edu/planetarium for details.
Just for Kids

YMCA Camp Chandler Holiday Camps
1240 Jordan Dam Road, Wetumpka, Alabama Christmas Camp Dec. 19-21 arriving on Dec. 19th at 4-5 p.m. and departing Dec. 22nd at 4-5 p.m. This adventure is for old and new campers (ages 5-14), old and new staff, friends and relatives. Fee: $110 (members) and $125 (non-members), which includes t-shirt and camp store. Please call 229.0031 for info.

YMCA Camp Chandler New Years Eve Bash
Dec. 31st – Jan. 1st, arriving Dec. 31st at 3 – 4 p.m. and departing Jan. 1st at 10-11 a.m. Celebrate New Year’s Eve Camp Chandler style with “ball drop,” dance, and fireworks. Ages 5 – 14. Parents, let us take care of your children’s fun, so you can celebrate the New Year together. Fee: $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Call 229.0031 or log on to www.campchandler.org for more information on all camps.

YMCA Goodtimes Holiday Childcare Call 279.8666 register. Program will run everyday except Thanksgiving Day or the day after. 7:00 a.m. thru 6 p.m. Cost per day; members $24 and non-members $29.

Bless Your Heart Christmas Open House
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November 12, 9 am to 6 pm
90 Main Street, Eclectic
Your source for holiday and everyday decor! We offer Farmhouse Decor as well as French Country and Traditional. Door prizes and refreshments! Call 334.531.0960 for more information.

Christmas Begins With Christ:
An Eclectic Christmas
December 1-10, Come join us in December to experience the true story of the first Christmas. This event will take place at 1455 Claud Road Eclectic AL, 36024, just south of Eclectic on AL Highway 63. Please call 578.4846 or visit our website at www.aneclecticministry.org. If registering through the website, your reservation will be confirmed as soon as possible. Admission is free, and donations are accepted and appreciated to help with expenses.

Original Grace Boutique Christmas Open House
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December 3
10 Main Street, Eclectic. Come to this quaint little boutique in the heart of downtown Eclectic open Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm. Serving all of your gift giving needs. Call 334.639.0125 or visit www.originalgraceevents.com.


Christmas Music and Tree Lighting Millbrook Village Green Stage, December 1 at 6 p.m., Performances by school, church and group choirs and Christmas caroling for everyone.

The Spirit of Christmas Parade
“An Old Fashioned Christmas”, Dec. 3rd, Parade is at 2 p.m. Millbrook’s Annual Christmas Parade will begin at the Sports Complex behind Smokehouse Bar-B-Q and will end at the intersection at City Hall. Activities will be from 1:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Vendors will be set up at Village Green Park; there will be arts, crafts, and food. This is one of the great things about living in a small community – family fun, not too crowded and loads of excitement for everyone. No admission fee. Call (334) 285.7232.

A Princess Christmas Ballet
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The most beloved princesses join together this holiday to celebrate the season with an unforgettable enchanted evening of ballet. Christmas cheer is unveiled as Seven Princesses magically come to life when The Prattville Ballet and students of C.J.’s Dance Factory present the “Princess Christmas Ballet”. Princess ballerinas from recounted books, plays and movies will enchant and amaze your little one. Familiar fantasy scenes from Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, Pocahontas, Belle, The Mermaid, and Frozen with happily ever after endings will delight while celebrating the holiday season. Guest choreographers Tammy Rauch and Jarren Foster have collaborated with director C.J. Martin to make this a holiday event you won’t want to miss. Ballet attendees ages 3-8 are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite princess ball gowns and finery to meet the Princesses in person 20 minutes after each performance. RSVP by calling: 334-467-8603, space is limited. This royal event will take place at the Jeff State Performing Arts Theatre Saturday, December 10th. General admission $12. Two performances~ matinee at 2:00 p.m. and evening at 7 p.m.

Annual Christmas Concert by Prattville
Community Chorus and Prattville Pops
December 9 at 7 pm
Concert will begin at 7pm at Doster Community Center. This Annual Christmas Concert will feature both the Prattville Community Chorus and Prattville Pops and a special appearance by dancers from the Center for the Performing Arts. This concert is FREE and open to the public. The Community Chorus and Pops are non-audition volunteer organizations and welcome new members. For more information about the concert or either of these groups, contact the Special Events Office at 334-595-0854 or visit the websites at pops.prattvilleal.gov or chorus.prattvilleal.gov.

East Memorial Baptist Church presents Christmas at East Memorial
December 4th , 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
1320 Old Ridge Road, invites the Public to experience. For information contact the church at (334) 365.7500 or visit www.eastmemorial.org.


Holiday Arts & Crafts Show at Prattville Pickers
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November 12, 10 am to 6 pm
Event held inside Prattville Pickers, 616 Hwy 82 West, and produced by Julianne Hansen Fine Art and Pottery. Including custom artwork by local artists, pottery, ornaments, soaps and lotions, candles, candy, home decor, yard art, gourmet food gifts and fabulous door prizes! Admission is FREE! Call 256.476.6016 for more info.

Mistletoe Market
Friday, November 4 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mistletoe Market, a merchant’s market held at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, Family Life Center, is a great opportunity to begin your holiday shopping. Great holiday gift ideas including home décor, clothing, jewelry, bed & bath, gift baskets, food gifts and more. 40 vendors. Visit www.visithistoricprattville.com or call 365.7058 for more information.

Prattville’s Annual Christmas Parade
December 2 at 7 pm
The parade will start at 7pm at the Autauga County Courthouse at 4th and Court Streets. It will follow Main Street, turn right on Northington, then left on Doster Road to Stanley Jensen Stadium. The theme is Simply Amazing Christmas and can be interpreted as what Christmas means to you, a special Christmas memory or tradition, etc. For an application and more information, contact the Special Events Office at 334-595-0854 or visit www.prattvilleal.gov.

Prattville’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration
November 28 at 6 pm
The event will be held in the grassy area near the Fountain at Court and Third Streets. Festivities will begin at 6pm, we will flip the switch to turn on the lights on the Christmas tree at 7pm and Santa will arrive at 7pm. This event is FREE and open to the public. For information or to register, contact the Special Events Office at 334-595-0854 or visit the website at www.prattvilleal.gov.

Prattauga Art Guild Holiday Open House
November 20 from 2 pm to 4 pm
The Prattville Creative Arts Center and Gallery will be all decked out for the Holiday Season with decorations and treats from 2-4pm. There will be lots of artwork and gift items for everyone on your list. Handmade and hand painted ornaments, note cards, paintings, photographs, prints, and more will be available with prices as low as $1! For more information, contact the Special Events Office at 334-595-0854 or visit the website at artguild.prattvilleal.gov.

Way Off Broadway Theatre’s Christmas Plays
December 8-10 and 15-17 at 7:30 pm, and
December 11 and 18 at 2 pm
Way Off Broadway Theatre presents both The Mice and the Manger, by Karen Jones, Pioneer Publishing, and A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas, by Laura Brooks, Dramatic Publishing. The Mice and the Manger is a cast of all children and tells the story of the Nativity through the eyes of the mice who were there. A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas is told with period songs, humor and depth of character, and tells a story of “healing that celebrates the importance of enduring family bonds.” Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information or for tickets, contact the Special Events Office at 334-595-0854 or visit the website at wobt.prattvilleal.gov.

Holiday Festival
A community celebration of the holiday season. A two week long, December 5-17, craft show and bake sale with Santa in attendance some afternoons. 10am-5pm. www.SelmaAlabama.com

Christmas Tree Lighting
December 2nd at 5:30 p.m. at Veterans Park.

Holiday Parade
December 3 at 10 a.m.. Begins at Tallassee Church of Christ and goes thru Central Blvd down to Barnette Blvd. and end at Tallassee Highschool. For more information please call (334) 283.5151.
Holiday Market: Dates and time to be decided. Located at Veteran’s Park in front of City Hall.

Lake Martin/Alex City

Hometown Christmas Parade
One of East Alabama’s largest parades featuring elaborate floats, dancing groups, marching bands, horse-riding clubs and Santa Claus highlight. December 5; 6-7 p.m. Downtown Alexander City. Please call (256) 329.9227. www.alexandercity.org

Charis Crafters 17th Annual Christmas Show and Tasting Fair
November 10-11. Wetumpka Civic Center. Thursday, November 10th from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Friday, November 11th from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Annual show features baked goods, canned goods and crafts from more than 20 artisans. Door prizes every hour. Tickets available at the door. Come taste foods prepared by members from our recipe cookbooks which will also be on sale. Contact Sheila Green (334) 567.3594 or Patricia McCullers (334) 567.5785.

Christmas on the Coosa
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December 10th: Character Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.; Arts & Crafts, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Car Show, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Street Parade, 2 p.m.; Skiiing Santa and Fireworks, 6 p.m.; LeFevre’s and Wilburn & Wilburn Gospel Concert, December 15 at 7 p.m. Please call (334) 567.1313 or (334 ) 567.4811.

“Cinnamon Grits Christmas in the South”
at the Wetumpka Depot
The Wetumpka Depot Players will present “Cinnamon Grits Christmas in the South” on December 12-18 at 9am, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Call  868.1440 or email kmeanor@wetumpkadepot.com for availability. The Depot Theatre is located at 300 S Main Street in the heart of historic downtown Wetumpka.

City of Wetumpka
Tree Lighting: December 8th, in Gold Star Park at 6 p.m. Photos with Santa at 5 p.m. and hot cocoa. Please visit www.cityofwetumpka.com for information.
Wetumpka Nativity and Luminary Open House:
December 9th, Downtown Wetumpka from 6 p.m.
Wetumpka Christmas Decoration Contest: December 6th; 6:00 p.m. Businesses and residential. There will be judging to those who have submitted applications. Prizes will be awarded.
New Year’s Eve Party: December 31st behind the City Administrative Bldg. 9 p.m. until midnight. Fireworks, DJ and a whole lot of fun!

“Jingle Arrgh the Way: A Christmas Pirate Adventure” at the Wetumpka Depot
Players will present “Jingle Arrgh the Way,” December 1-7. Directed by Megan Ducote. A mysterious message left in the crow’s nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs, and a trip to the North Pole to find “you know who” – makes “Jingle ARRGH the Way!” a wonderful holiday show for the whole family. Based on a story by Melinda Long, author of “How I Became a Pirate. Call  868.1440 or email kmeanor@wetumpkadepot.com for availability. Located at 300 S Main Street in the heart of historic downtown Wetumpka.

Eufaula Christmas Tour of Homes
Stroll through history and witness the magnificence of Eufaula’s finest homes all aglow in holiday splendor. Enjoy a seated luncheon or an elegant dinner at the grand historical Shorter Mansion. Begins December 3rd. Please visit www.eufaulapilgrimage.com

The Nutcracker
Southeast Alabama Dance Company presents its 38th annual performance of this holiday classic. Watch as snowflakes dance, flowers waltz, dolls come to life and the Nutcracker turns into a charming prince. December 2-4; Dothan Civic Center. Call (334) 702.7139 or visit www.southeastalabamadancecompany.org Admission charged.

Victorian Christmas
Sample turn-of-the-century desserts, sip hot chocolate or mulled cider and try your hand at making traditional Christmas decorations. December 11th; 1-4 p.m. Call (334) 794.3452 or visit www.landmarkparkdothan.com. Free.

North Pole Express Train Rides Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
Fridays, Nov. 19, 26, December 2, 9 and 16
Saturdays, Nov. 21, 28, December 3, 2, and 17
Sundays, Nov. 20, 27, and Dec. 4 and 11
Please visit our website www.hodrrm.org for times.
“All Aboard” says the conductor, and your journey begins. Through the dark night, the magical train speeds to the top of the world! Upon arrival at the brilliantly decorated North Pole, Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves board the train to visit with everyone, so be sure to bring your camera! You’ll enjoy chocolate milk and cookies and sing Christmas carols along with the live musician, Mr. Jim. Listen to a special Christmas story and receive a Christmas gift.

Santa Claus Special Train Ride The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
Santa rides the train with you!  Tell him what you would like for Christmas as he poses for photos. Each child will receive a Christmas gift! November 26th, December 3rd, 10th, & 17th. For tickets and info call 1(800)943.4490 or order online at www.hodrrm.org.
Birmingham and North

Alabama Ballet presents George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker”
With its tenth annual performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, Alabama Ballet remains one of only seven companies in the world currently licensed to present this holiday classic. All performed to Balanchine’s brilliant specifications; dazzling choreography, opulent costumes, and extravagant sets make this production unlike any other. The addition of a community cast of children from the area make this performance truly magical. Join us December 9-11 and 16-18 at the Samford Wright Center for this joyous spectacle. In addition to the Birmingham performances, Alabama Ballet will also tour to Anniston, AL. Balanchine’s Nutcracker™ is more than a performance; it is a holiday tradition you and your family do not want to miss. (205)322.4300. www.alabamaballet.org. Admission charged. Samford University Wright Center.

Breakfast in Santa’s Workshop at theMcWane Science Center
December 10th and 17th; 8:30am until 10:00 a.m.. Bring your little elves to have breakfast in Santa’s Workshop. Decorate gingerbread houses, have breakfast together, explore the Winter Wonderland exhibit and visit with Santa! Be sure to bring your camera! Ticket includes admission to the museum, breakfast, activities and visit with Santa! Reservations are required. Call (205)714.8414. Cost: $25 Adults, $20 Kids for non-members and $22 adults and $17 kids for members. www.mcwane.org

Christmas Craft Show
Gardendale Civic Center hosts the Christmas Craft Show with over 60 booths. Only handmade, hand crafted items. Pictures with Santa too! November 11-12; (205)683.0354. www.northartscouncil.webs.com. Free.

Christmas Village Festival
Jefferson Convention Complex, Birmingham. November 2-6. Wednesday-Saturday 10:00am- 8:00pm; Sunday, noon until 5:00pm. The largest indoor arts, crafts, and gifts show in the south, this show draws exhibitors from over 30 states with products like clothing, jewelry, food, decorations and much, much more. www.christmasvillagefestival.com

McWane Science Center ‘Magic of Model Trains Exhibit’
November 13-December 31
The holidays are picking up steam at McWane Science Center with the return of the Magic of Model Trains exhibit. Discover trains of every shape and size inside this popular exhibit which features over a dozen different train displays. Sets include several tiny trains that are built to scale with surrounding cities and scenes including the LG&W that depicts central Alabama in the 1950’s. Every set in the exhibit is designed to scale with the size of the trains. The meticulous detail of the scenery including covered bridges, downtown storefronts and of course, several train stations will keep your family entertained for hours! www.mcwane.org

Winter Wonderland! at McWane Science Center
November 13-December 31
Brrrr! When the weather outside is frightful, McWane is so delightful! Come inside the museum this holiday season and let your imagination be your guide through the new Winter Wonderland exhibits where snowflakes glisten above your head and toy trains zip around the tracks. Inside this holiday exhibit, wonder is in the air as children explore the snow room where everyday they can touch the “almost” snow! Kids’ laughter can be heard as they try to catch fish through the ice. Brave winter wonder seekers can even sled down a giant snow hill between the third and second floors in the museum. Then, skate around the ice pond in your slippery socks. www.mcwane.org


A Tuna Christmas
December 8-10, 15-17, and 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 2:30 at Studio II Series McClure Theatre, Columbus, Ga. Christmas returns to Texas’ third smallest town. Everybody’s frantic about the annual yard display contest, which Vera Carp hopes to win for the 15th year in a row. She faces the competition from Didi Snavely – the proprietress of Didi’s Used weapons – and Inita Goodwin and Helen Bedd – the cowboy-loving Tastee Kreme waitresses. Again, the entries are threatened by the Christmas Phantom. The whole town suspects juvenile delinquent Stanley Bumiller. Aunt Pearl knows better but she ain’t talking’. Columbus’ biggest hit turns 10 years old! For tickets please visit www.springeroperahouse.org.

Annual Fantasy In Lights at Callaway Gardens
The most spectacular holiday light and sound show in the south begins November 12- Jan. 7! Nestled amidst wooded landscape of Callaway Gardens, Fantasy In Lights is the Southeast’s most spectacular holiday light and sound show with more than eight million twinkling lights celebrating the holiday season.  This spectacular show has attracted almost two million visitors since it opened in 1992. With more than a dozen larger-than-life lighted scenes, Fantasy In Lights remains unique in that its scenes are custom-designed especially for Callaway Gardens–to celebrate not only the joy of the season but the wonder of nature in this idyllic setting. Drive your car or ride the Jolly Trolley to experience scenes like March of the Toy Soldiers and Snowflake Valley.  At Robin Lake Beach, enjoy ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ and ‘The Nativity’, light and sound shows enticing passers-by to stop, reflect and enjoy.  Sunday, November 12, the annual March of Dimes Walk – one night each year is reserved for walkers only to hike the winter wonderland of Fantasy In Lights.  No vehicles allowed! For tickets please visit www.callawaygardens.com.

Atlanta New Year’s Eve Peach Drop
December 31; Peachtree Street, Downtown Atlanta Georgia. This Block Party for Thousands offers live Musical Performances by local artists and musicians, as well as a midnight Fireworks Spectacular. Tickets are available at a variety of local sources. Stay downtown and enjoy the festivities at Underground Atlanta … enjoy the ‘official’ Peach Drop at midnight – followed by a really awesome New Year’s fireworks display, with live performances..

Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain
Snow Mountain is Atlanta’s first snow park! The 2016/2017 season opens November 19, 2016 – February 26, 2017. Atlanta’s Stone Mountain Park transforms into a winter wonderland with Snow Mountain. Bundle your family up and get ready for snow tubing, snowballs, snowmen and snow angels. Based at Stone Mountain Park’s famous Laser Lawn, Snow Mountain keeps your entire family busy for hours. A 400’ foot tubing hill and a snow play area filled with a blizzard of snow activities make Snow Mountain Atlanta’s not-to-be-missed winter attraction. There’s even a play zone reserved for your littlest snow bunnies. Snow Mountain’s state-of-the-art snow-making magic guarantees you tons of fresh snow daily.

Stone Mountain Christmas
November 12-January 4. There is nothing like the Christmas season that magically transforms Stone Mountain Park into a land of enchantment. Within the glow of more than two million twinkling lights, you can watch live entertainment, engage in fun attractions and reconnect with friends and family during this special time of year. Make a Stone Mountain Christmas a part of your holiday tradition. Events include Wonderland Walkway, Snow Angel Castle, Holly Jolly Cabaret, The Polar Express 4D Experience, Snow Angel Fireworks and Snowfall Celebration, Sleigh Ride, Simply Christmas, Christmas Parade, Visit with Santa Claus, storytelling and live shows, great food and holiday shopping!  stonemountainpark.com.

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