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2016 Holiday & Christmas Events in Tuscaloosa

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Along with list of Alabama Holiday events, we’ve also got a complete holiday fun coming to Tuscaloosa!

November 21st – Tuscaloosa Tinsel Trail

Tuscaloosa’s Riverwalk will be lit with 125 + live Christmas trees sponsored and decorated by local businesses, organizations, and individuals. The Tinsel Trail is a project of Tuscaloosa’s One Place, a 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of local families. Proceeds from Tinsel Trail are used to support these programs and serve our local community. The 2016 Tinsel Trail will officially be open at 5 pm on November 21st.

November 26th – 1st Annual Tree Lighting & Christmas Party

Join The Find Hope Project as they decorate their Christmas Tree on the lot of the future home of The West End Mission Center. Cookies & Hot Chocolate and Coffee will be served.

December 2nd – Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre Presents “Elf The Musical, Jr.”

The beloved holiday film comes to life in this hilarious musical adaptation. Buddy, a human orphan, accidentally makes his way into Santa’s bag of gifts and is carted off to the North Pole. There he is raised as an elf, until his enormous size and poor toy-making capabilities cannot be denied any longer. With Santa’s permission, Buddy sets out for New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. The ensuing adventure will have you embracing your “inner elf” in no time! This event will be from 7-9 pm.

December 3rd – Candyland Breakfasts and Brunch with Santa & Mrs. Claus at CHOM!

Bring your camera for pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus Join Santa and Mrs. Claus as they dance with Santa’s Elves, Elsa, Rudolph, and Frosty at the Reindeer Hop. Music by DJ Chuckie. Stay and Play in museum exhibits, then make ornaments.

  • Breakfasts: 8-9:30 am or 10-11:30 am
  • Brunch: 12-1:30 pm $15 person
  • Museum members: $14 person
  • 4 or more: $14 person

December 5th – Christmas Tree Lighting and 41st Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade

The theme for the 2016 parade is “Home for the Holidays.” The evening kicks off with the Christmas Tree Lighting on the steps of the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse at 5:15 p.m. followed by the parade at 6:30 p.m. The parade route travels downtown Tuscaloosa from Greensboro Avenue to University Blvd. Grand Marshals for the parade will be Sandra Baker and David E. Gay, Jr.

December 6th – Holidays on the River

Holidays on the River is one of the most exciting attractions that the City of Tuscaloosa has to offer every holiday season. Patrons will enjoy a beautifully decorated 60 ’X 100’ outdoor rink; complete with holiday characters and hourly snow flurries in a fantastic “winter wonderland”. Come watch generations skate together and commence your new family holiday tradition. Tickets to skate may be purchased online or at the box office on-site. Viewing admission is free of charge. The rink opens December 6th at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.

December 6th – It’s Ornamental

In the charming, historic University Club “It’s Ornamental” will offer ornaments designed by local artists and University of Alabama sport celebrities. Holiday music by the UA Opera Theatre will add to the spirit of the season. A small silent auction will offer some surprising items! Proceeds to benefit Turning Point. The event is from 7-9 pm.

December 9th-18th – Theatre Tuscaloosa presents: A Christmas Carol

In this stage adaptation of the Dickens classic, four spirits visit Ebenezer Scrooge in his DREAMS to help him find the true meaning of Christmas. It is a show for young and old and a great way to get the whole family into the holiday spirit.

December 10th – Jolly Jingles Art Market

American Christian Academy is excited to bring the Jolly Jingles Art Market, sponsored by the ACA Art Department. Featuring local arts and crafts by local vendors, handmade gifts, gift wrapping, food and treats, and musical performances. Santa will be there to take pictures with you or your littles! Jolly Jingles Market will be open from 9 am- 4 pm and admission is FREE!

December 23rd – Milk and Cookies with Moosie at CHOM!

Milk and Cookies with Moosie! Friday, December 23, 2016 at 2:30pm Join CHOM for a special picnic style snack of milk and cookies while we read Santa COWS!

Keep checking back as we will be updating this post to reflect all events.

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