The Christmas season is here and there are a lot of events happening around the area to mark the holidays. Here are some of the dates and times for the events we’ve confirmed.
Don’t see your city’s event? Send us an email HERE! We’ll add more as they’re confirmed, so check back often!
DECEMBER 2/9/16 - Come out to Alabama’s Governor’s Mansion on South Perry Street for a candlelight tour from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the first three Mondays of the month.
DECEMBER 3 - Montgomery’s City Christmas Tree Lighting happens at 5 p.m. at Lister Hill Plaza (across from City Hall). The event will start with the opening of a 50-year-old time capsule to mark the city’s 200th anniversary.
DECEMBER 5th-8th and 12th-25th - The 28th Annual Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum Christmas Lights Festival begins with the flip of a switch by new Mayor Steven Reed at 6 p.m. The event runs from 5:30-9:30 p.m. nightly. Come see the Montgomery Zoo’s lights in a sparkling Winter Wonderland!
DECEMBER 6 - WSFA 12 News’ annual event, “12′s Day of Giving,” is back! From 5 a.m. until 7 p.m. come out to the Atlanta Highway Walmart. All proceeds benefit the Christmas Clearinghouse, Toys for Tots, and the Montgomery Area Food Bank! And starting Nov. 20, you can drop off items early at these locations: WSFA 12 News, Dixie Electric, Auburn University at Montgomery’s Library Tower, and the Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Montgomery or Wetumpka.
DECEMBER 6 - Official State of Alabama Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting starts at 5:30 p.m.
DECEMBER 6-30th - Christmas in Candyland at 1 N. Court Square. More details at ChristmasinCandyLand.com.
DECEMBER 8 -The annual Auburn Christmas Parade will begin at 2 p.m. in downtown.
DECEMBER 4-7th - The 48th annual Christmas on the River festival includes a live Nativity, concerts, theatrical productions, arts and crafts, and the Christmas in the Cane-brake, a candlelit evening of live entertainment and confections at antebellum mansions Bluff Hall, Gaineswood, and Lyon Hall. The grand finale is on Saturday and includes the COTR Day Parade, Fair in the Square, and the Christmas on the River-Gala and fireworks.
DECEMBER 3 - Downtown Dothan will be filled with Christmas joy and children’s voices as the City of Dothan hosts its 41st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Dothan Civic Center Parking Lot. It starts at 6 p.m. and includes Christmas carols and Santa Claus!
DECEMBER 5 - Christmas Tree Lighting for soldiers, families and the local communities will include carols, hot cocoa and cookies, and Santa! It starts at 5 p.m. on Howze Field.
DECEMBER 7 - The Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas Parade will start at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Luverne. The City of Luverne’s Christmas Tree lighting will also take place during the parade.
DECEMBER 7 - “Holidaze in Macon County” is a campaign organized by business and civic leaders who have planned something big. The celebration, which starts at 1 p.m. and will transform the Tuskegee Square into a festive experience with an assortment of decorations, including wooden reindeer, trees and angels that have been carved, painted and embellished by Macon County school students.
The community Christmas tree will be lit at 5 p.m. followed by a holiday-themed movie that is suitable for all ages.
DECEMBER 6 - This free, family event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Pike Road Town Hall (9575 Vaughn Rd) and feature holiday tunes from local students, a Christmas Story, cocoa, and a snowy treat to round out the evening. The lighting also kicks off our the Season of Giving Holiday Collections Drive, which benefits both the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care Systems and a local food pantry. Donations can be brought to the lighting or dropped off at Town Hall from 8-5 MF through noon on Dec. 19.
DECEMBER 5 - Prattville’s tree lighting will take place near the Fountain at Court and Third Streets. Festivities start around 5:30 p.m. with the tree lighting and Santa happening at 7 p.m.
DECEMBER 6 - Christmas parade rolls through downtown starting at 7 p.m.
DECEMBER 13 - Enjoy the sounds of the Annual Christmas Concert. It starts at 7 p.m. at Doster Community Center and features both the Prattville Community Chorus and Prattville Pops.
DECEMBER 14 - Old Kingston Annual Community Christmas Parade will roll from the Old Kingston Park and end at the Old Kingston Fire Department. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. and WSFA’s Valorie Lawson will be a special guest. For more information, call Loretta Burns at 334-782-0384.
DECEMBER 17 - The 4th annual Main Street Christmas event will be held in historic downtown Prattville from 5-7:30 p.m. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, caroling with the Prattville Community Chorus, a free children’s art project with the Prattauga Art Guild, and readings of ‘twas the Night Before Christmas by Way Off Broadway Theatre board member Janie Allred.
DECEMBER 21 - Get your last minute Christmas shopping done at the Prattauga Art Guild’s final Fall Artist Market at the Prattville Creative Art Center and Gallery, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find original paintings, drawings, photographs, and more.
Get more details HERE or by calling 334-595-0850
DECEMBER 2 - The Troy Christmas Parade starts at 7 p.m. at the Square!
DECEMBER 3 - Troy University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts presents its annual Sounds of the Season holiday celebration at 7 p.m. in Claudia Crosby Theater. This year’s show, titled “Christmas Traditions,” features special guest artist Bobby Horton with students and faculty from the John M. Long School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance. The annual lighting of the Troy Campus Christmas tree follows the performance. This is free and open to the public.
DECEMBER 8 - Tuskegee University will ring in the holiday season with its annual Christmas Concert and Tree-Lighting Ceremony. The concert, free and open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the University Chapel.
DECEMBER 23 - Special Holiday Program At Skyway Club - Join rangers and volunteers at the historic Skyway Club as they recount the experiences of World War II B-24 pilot Jim Scheib. After the program tour the Skyway Club, create ornaments, and decorate the holiday tree.
In the winter of 1944 Tuskegee Airmen bravely escorted Lt. Jim Scheib’s damaged bomber from deep within Nazi Germany to safety. Weeks later he was a guest at their segregated airfield at Ramitelli, Italy. Learn how the Tuskegee Airmen celebrated the holidays while serving overseas – and how Schieb and other bomber crewmen were treated to the kindness and generosity of America’s first African-American fighter pilots.
The public is welcome. Admission is free. General and accessible parking is located near the American flag in the paved lot overlooking the Skyway Club. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Program begins at 1:00 p.m. at 1616 Chappie James Drive.
DECEMBER 6 - Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m. on the county courthouse lawn, 100 East Commerce Street.
DECEMBER 14 - “Christmas on the Coosa” takes place on Saturday on South Main Street. At 2 p.m. the parade will start, followed by a wakeboarding show at 4 p.m. Santa will ski across the Coosa River at 6 p.m! The night ends with a fireworks show. For more info, call 334-567-5147.