MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Here are some of the Christmas events taking place in the River Region and around the state for 2017. This list is being added to, so check back for new information!
Auburn University will hold its lighting ceremony on Samford Hall lawn on Dec. 3 starting at 5 p.m. Both a Christmas tree and a menorah will be lit. There will be free entertainment, refreshments and the reading of the Christmas story and Hanukah story.
Candyland Christmas and Springdale on Ice is open and will remain open on the weekends in December. There will be Candlyland Cottages for the children to play in, a winter ice skating rink, Santa and Mrs. Claus, movies on the lawn, train rides and more.
This year's event is bigger and better than ever with two brand new attractions and seven new cottages. In addition to the Snow Show Spectacular on the square, we are adding a classic trackless steam locomotive and winter skating rink! We have a total of 15 imaginative play kid-sized cottages that comprise an entire Christmas village to inspire and entertain kids of all ages.
The City of Montgomery will host the official lighting ceremony for the Capital City's Christmas Tree on Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Lister Hill Plaza across from City Hall.
Generously donated by Jim Wilson and Associates, the 35 feet tall red cedar was harvested from the Park Crossing neighborhood in Montgomery. Mayor Strange will light the tree at approximately 6 p.m. Tuesday.
This year, the tree will have a spectacular light display after the initial lighting. Prior to the lighting, the Montgomery Chorale will perform and Santa will be on-hand for photographs. Organizers will provide free cookies, punch, and hot chocolate – depending on the temperature.
The Capital City Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Christmas Parade will take place Dec. 15 at 6:15 p.m. It will begin at the steps of the state capitol and will end at Court Square Fountain.
Alabama State Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting
Gov. Kay Ivey will light the state's Christmas tree during a special ceremony on Friday, Dec. 1 starting at 5:30 p.m. on the steps of the Capitol. The tree lighting ceremony will also honor first responders and other heroes. Christmas music will be performed by Will and Janet McFarlane, the husband and wife singing and songwriting duo from Muscle Shoals, and the 151st Army Band of the Alabama National Guard.
Alabama State University Tree Lighting
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 4 p.m. in front of Bibb Graves Hall on campus. The event is sponsored by ASU's Office of the President. The event is open to the public. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to attend and to bring an ornament to be placed on the tree. Both hot chocolate and hot apple cider will be served to all in attendance and everyone will be serenaded by the music of the ASU Mighty Marching Hornets Band.
Governor's Mansion Candlelight Tours
The official residence of Alabama governor will be opened to the public on the first three Monday nights in December (4th, 11th, and 18th) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Designers have volunteered their time to decorate the mansion, located at 1142 South Perry Street, and the neighboring Hill House for the tours. Tickets for the tours are available free of charge at the gift shop next door prior to the tours each day. The gift shop is located at 30 Finley Ave. across the street from the side entrance of the mansion.
Choirs scheduled to perform include the Trinity Presbyterian Church and Tuskegee University Golden Voices on Dec. 4, Albertville High School Vocal Ease on Dec. 11 and Prattville First United Methodist Church on Dec. 18.
More information is available at this link.
Montgomery Zoo Christmas Lights Festival
Admire thousands of lights, then meet Santa and get your photo taken at the Montgomery Zoo! Nov. 30 - Dec. 3, 7-10 and 14-31 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Regular night-time admission: $15 (ages 3 years old and older). Admission fee includes entry and one Christmas Lights Festival train ride.
Call 334-625-4900 or visit MontgomeryZoo.com.
Messiah Sing-a-Long with the Montgomery Chorale
Bring your score, if you have one, and join members of the Montgomery Chorale in this annual holiday favorite. Members of the Montgomery Symphony will accompany the audience in a sing-a-long version of the Christmas portion of Handel's beloved oratorio, 'Messiah.' Tuesday, December 12th at Montgomery's Church of the Ascension. 315 Clanton Ave. Free admission. Click here for more information from the Montgomery Chorale .
Holiday Pops Concert with the Montgomery Symphony
The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra hosts its annual holiday concert at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. Join the musicians for holiday favorites from 'Silent Night' to 'Sleigh Ride!' Get ticket information here.
Montgomery's Christmas Parade
The Christmas parade in Montgomery will be held ahead of the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. The parade is scheduled for Dec. 15 and is generally scheduled for 6:15 p.m. It will go down Dexter Avenue from the Capitol to Commerce Street.
Celebrate a Victorian Christmas on Sunday, Dec.10 at Landmark Park. Sample turn-of-the-century desserts, sip hot chocolate or cider and try your hand at making traditional Christmas decorations. Find more information by clicking this link.
Christmas parade postponed until Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Witness then the annual MoonPie Drop with 50,000 of your friends on New Year's Eve. The giant 600-pound electric MoonPie drop, laser light show and fireworks take place at midnight but the celebration starts with the cutting of the world's largest edible MoonPie, followed by a second-line parade led by the Excelsior Band. Find more information by clicking this link.
The Town of Notasulga will host its Christmas lighting on Nov. 30 at 6:00 p.m. at West Main Street across from Town Hall.
Notasulga Christmas Movie Night, Dec. 8 starting 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Tuskegee Street and Lyon Street (near Ben's Bargain's). Watch 'Home Alone' and enjoy some hot chocolate and popcorn. Everyone welcome to watch. Bring a chair and blanket.
The Notasulga Christmas Parade will take place Dec. 9 starting at 1:30 p.m. More information at this link.
The Opelika Christmas Parade will take place Dec. 2 starting at 10 a.m. More information at http://www.aotourism.com/Event/7336/Opelika-Christmas-Parade/.
The Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour is Dec. 6-10. Sixty historic homes in downtown Opelika will be transformed with colorful, nostalgic reminders of Christmas past. Find more information by clicking this link.
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place Friday, Dec. 1. at the Pike Road Town Hall starting at 5:30 p.m. It will feature music, a Christmas story read by Mayor Gordon Stone, hot chocolate, and even snow! The Christmas Tree Lighting is free, and everyone is invited to enjoy this evening of family fun.
A collection is being held for the local food pantry at Woodland UMC and items for local veterans hospitals. For a list of items being collected, please visit this link.
The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 28, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and promises to have fun surprises for all ages. The 30' Christmas Tree will be the center of attention with the picturesque backdrop of the Autauga Creek Spillway decorated with an amazing array of lights. The event will be full of music, dancers, children's activities, fun characters, and, of course, a visit from Santa. Join in as the Prattville Pops and Community Chorus perform Christmas carols and enjoy the local dance troupes as they present dances of the season.
Just after the Tree lights up at 7 p.m., Santa will arrive at 7:05 p.m. to visit with the children and to hear their Christmas wishes. Be sure and bring your camera to get a picture with Santa and to capture other special moments throughout the evening!
On Friday, Dec. 1, Prattville's Christmas Parade will roll through Downtown Prattville starting at 7 p.m. Applications are available by visiting the city's website or calling the Special Events Office at (334) 595-0854.
Prattville Christmas Concert
The Prattville Community Chorus and Prattville Pops will present their annual Christmas concert December 8th at 7pm at the Doster Community Center. Free. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food for the Autauga Interfaith Care Center food bank. More information here.
The city of Troy will hold a Christmas parade on Monday Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. with a tree lighting ceremony to follow. The lineup for the parade begins at 6 p.m. Officials say Elm Street will be a one-way after 6 p.m. until the end of the parade.