Holiday Happenings


21st Presentation of The Nutcracker Ballet Presented by East Alabama Community Ballet

Telfair Peet Theatre, 350 West Samford Avenue, Auburn , Al, 36849  map

Since 1995, the East Alabama Community Ballet has brought the magic of The Nutcracker to the Auburn/Opelika area. There is no more festive way to start the holiday season than by experiencing this ballet classic. Follow Clara, as she visits the Land of Sweets and meets a prince, mouse king and queen and dances her way into your heart! Buy your tickets online.

Dates Times:December 15, 16, 17

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26th Annual Christmas Light Festival at the Montgomery Zoo

The Montgomery Zoo, 2301 Coliseum Parkway, Montgomery, Al, 36110  map

Dates Times:November 30-December 3, December 7-10 and December 14-31

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Phone: 334-625-4900



Auburn Parks and Recration

425 Perry Street , Auburn , Al, 36830  map

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Phone: 334-501-2930



Christmas On the Coosa

Gold Star Park, Ready Street, Wetumpka, Al, 36092  map

Dates Times:9-Dec

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Phone: 334-567-5147



Clara's Tea Party

Telfair Peet Theatre, 350 West Samford Avenue, Auburn , Al, 36849  map

You are invited to a Tea Party with Clara! Ideal for children ages 10 and under, Clara's Tea Party gives children an opportunity to watch a shortened version of The Nutcracker Ballet, meet the dancers, and take memorable Christmas photos. Light snacks and sweets will be provided. For adults, Clara's Boutique, a unique collection of Christmas and Nutcracker themed gifts, will also be open.

Dates Times:December 16, 10:00am-12:00pm

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The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center

241 South College Street, Auburn , Al, 36830  map

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Phone: 334-821-8200



Variations Dance Studio Presents "Nutcracker"

Opelika Performing Arts Center, 1700 Lafayette Parkway, Opelika, Al, 36801  map

This holiday season, enjoy the magic and beauty of our premiere performances of "Nutcracker". Follow Clara into a dream-like world of dancing snowflakes and see all the colorful treats found in the Land of Sweets! Whether it is a first time experience or an annual holiday tradition, don't miss your chance to reserve a seat at this beautiful holiday ballet.

Dates Times:December 15-17

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Phone: 334-275-5013




Wetumpka Tree Lighting and Progressive Nativity and Luminaria

Gold Star Park, Ready Street, Wetumpka, Al, 36092  map

Lighting of the tree will be December 5, 6:00pm. Luminaria/Nativity and Open House will be December 8.

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Phone: 334-567-5147


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"A Charlie Brown Christmas"

RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway, Columbus, Ga, 31901

Dates Times:December 18-19


"A Tuna Christmas: The Next Generation"

Springer Opera House, 103 10th Street, Columbus, Ga, 31901

Dates Times:December 14-17 & 19-23


"Back in Time"- A Historical Holiday Celebration

Pioneer Park, 6500 Stage Road, Loachapoka, Al, 36835

The 4H "History Seeker" will provide for guests an evening of historically-accurate dining and entertainment within the preserved buildings of Pioneer Park. All proceeds from the evening will serve to benefit The Lee County Historical Society. All participants will be in costume, the dinner will be one typical of the season and era, the entertainment will involve 4H club members partnered with community leaders and educators performing skits, choral pieces and band performances.This celebration is recognized as an Alabama Lee County 200 Bicentennial Event and will serve to teach, inspire, and entertain all participants involved.

Dates Times:December 9, 5:00-8:00pm


RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway, Columbus, Ga, 31901

Dates Times:11-Nov


"Gifts of the Magi"

New Horizon Community Theatre, 411 West 8th Street, West Point, Ga, 31833

Dates Times:December 14-16


"The Nutcracker" presented by Southeast Alabama Dance Company

Dothan Civic Center, 126 North Andrew Street, Dothan, Al, 36303

36th annual performance of this holiday classic. Watch as snowflakes dance, flowers waltz, dolls come to life and the Nutcracker turns into a charming prince.

Dates Times:December 1-3


12th Annual Eufaula's Christmas Tour of Homes

Historic Downtown Eufaula, Eufaula, Al, 36027

Stroll through history and witness the magnificance of Eufuala's finest homes aglow in holiday splendor. This delightful tour boasts lovely, unique homes decorated for Christmas as only Eufaulians can do. Experience Christmas as never before in some of the South's finest homes!

Dates Times:2-Dec


12th Annual Interfaith Christmas Nativity Exhibit

3460 Carter Hill Road, Montgomery, Al, 36111

Help your family keep the true meaning of Christmas in their hearts from the start by attenging 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 display is sure to warm the hearts of the young and old alike.

Dates Times:November 29-December 3


21st Annual Cookie Walk

Grace United Methodist Church, 915 E Glenn Avenue, Auburn , Al, 36830

Benefiting Habitat for Humanity. It has been 22 Successful years! Habitat for Humanity Annual Fundraiser is still a unique way to welcome in the Holiday Spirit of generosity and celebration. Folks from the Lee County community come out to buy fresh and delicious holiday-decorated cookies. The big event is sponsored by the Auburn WeHelp Coalition of 12 local churches. Our guests "Walk" the aisles lined with tables displayed with thousands of home-baked holiday Cookies and goodies while they select their favorites. After generously filling their boxes, shoppers happily pay only$6 per pound.

Dates Times:December 2, 8:00am-1:00pm

23rd Annual Christmas in a Railroad Town

Historic Downtown Opelika, 1032 South Railroad Avenue, Opelika, Al, 36801

Dates Times:December 8, 6:00-9:00pm


26th Annual Fantasy in Lights

17800 Us Highway 27, Pine Mountain, Ga, 31822

Dates Times:November 17-January 6


27th Annual Christmas Made in the South

Columbus Convention & Trade Center, 801 Front Avenue, Columbus, Ga, 31901

Dates Times:October 27-29


34th Annual Christmas Through the Ages

51 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, Al, 36528

Dates Times:9-Dec

251-861-6992 ,

Alabama Ballet presents George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker"

2726 1st Avenue South, Birmingham, Al, 35233

Dates Times:December 8-10 and 15-17


Alabama Shakespeare Festival presents "A Christmas Carol"

1 Festival Drive, Montgomery, Al, 36117

Dates Times:November 19-December 24


An Ecletic Christmas

Falk Farm, 1733 Claude Road, Eclectic, Al, 36024

Dates Times:December 1-9


Annual Christmas Tree Recycling

1032 South Railroad Avenue, Opelika, Al, 36801

A project of Opelika Tree Commission and Keep Opelika Beautiful. This takes place the Saturday after Christmas at the Opelika Chamber from 8am-12pm. Citizens receive a tree seedling in exchange for the tree.

Dates Times:30-Dec

334-749-4970, www.keepopelikabeautifulcom

Annual Hometown Christmas Parade

Comer Street, Alexander City, Al, 35010

Dates Times:4-Dec


Artic Express Christmas Train

13670 Smiley Street, Silverhill, Al, 36576

Dates Times:Weekends in December


Atlanta Children's Christmas Parade

Peachtree and 16th Street, Atlanta, Ga, 30308

With floats, giant helium-filled balloons and marching bands, the Children's Christmas Parade will be the largest holiday parade in the southeast. Thousands of spectators will be lined up along the streets eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa and the official beginning of the holiday season in Atlanta.

Dates Times:December 2, 10:30am


Auburn Christmas Parade

122 West Magnolia Avenue, Auburn , Al, 36830

The entire community is invited to celebrate the season with the Auburn Chamber Christmas Parade in downtown Auburn. The parade will include Aubie, Santa, Christmas characters, live music and lots of other favorites! For float entry forms, contact Auburn Chamber.

Dates Times:December 10, 5:00pm


Bi-City Christmas Parade

Broad Street and Broadway, Columbus, Ga, 31901

The Bi-City Christmas Parade will begin on Colin Powell Parkway, go down Broad Street in Phenix City and end on Broadway in Columbus. The parade will consist of holiday themed floats, horses, motorcycles, clowns, marching units and much more!.

Dates Times:December 2, 10:00am


Birmingham Ballet presents 'The Mutt-cracker'

BJCC, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, Al, 35203

Dates Times:15-Dec


Birmingham Ballet presents 'The Nutcracker'

BJCC, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, Al, 35203

Dates Times:December 16-17


Broadway Parade and Tree Lighting

1100 Broadway, Columbus, Ga, 31901

Dates Times:December 1, 6:30pm


Cantus Christmas & Vega Quartet

RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway, Columbus, Ga, 31901

Dates Times:19-Dec


Christmas at Arlington

331 Cotton Avenue, Southwest, Birmingham, Al, 35211

A beautiful event held right before Christmas which showcases the home in period decor.

Dates Times:December 1-3


Christmas at Crossroads

Russel Farms Road, Alexander City, Al, 35010

Christmas at Crossroads is a great way to spend the day after Thanksgiving with your family at Russell Crossroads. The Holiday Bazaar is moving from The Stables this year to make it easier for all to see Santa and do some Christmas shopping too! The Holiday Bazaar will run from 9 until 4 and will be under the big tent on the Town Green! Santa will arrive at 11 by horse-drawn wagon and the Jolly Ol Elf will spend time with the kids until 2. There will be games and crafts for the kids and lots of other fun stuff too. Come be a part and grab the Christmas Spirit! There is no charge, except what you choose to spend at the Bazaar!

Dates Times:24-Nov

256-496-4232, www.russelllandsonlakemartin,com

Christmas at The Alabama Nature Center

3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook, Al, 36054

Dates Times:9-Dec


Christmas at the Cave

5181 DeSoto Caverns Parkway, Childersburg, Al, 35044

Come walk in a Winter "Underland" for a family-fun event for all ages. Will holiday treats, classic Christmas movies, caroler and sing-a-longs, as well as a special visit from St. Nicholas himself, Christmas at the Cave at the majestic DeSoto Caverns is the best way for your family spend the most wonderful time of the year.

Dates Times:December 15-16 and 22-23


Christmas Holidays at Hills & Dales Estate

1916 Hills and Dales Drive, LaGrange, Ga, 30240

Experience our circa 1940's, tinsel-laden Christmas tree, brilliant Poinsettias and other seasonal decoratoins during the holiday season. The Fuller E. Callaway family home and the visitor center will be decorated for the holidays this December, Tuesdays to Saturdays. Regular tour prices apply. Also offering wreath workshops, family tabletop luminaries workshop, mixed green Christmas wreath workshops and Children's Christmas Celebration.

Dates Times:December


Christmas In Camelot Lighted Tour

Camelot Way, Opelika, Al, 36801

Dates Times:December, 4:30-10:00pm

Christmas Village at the Historic Langdale Mill

US Hwy 29 at Fob James Road, Valley, Al,

Beginning the first weekend in December, experience the spirit of the season in Historic Valley. There is a life-size nativity scene in the meadow, the Madonna light-sculpture, and the Christmas Merry-go-Round that has given over 1,000,000 FREE rides to families. As you take a walk through history, you will be greeted with caroling and much more festive fun. Also, don't miss the "A Cotton Mill Christmas" production at Langdale Theatre, as the local actors tell the history and stories of Valley, Al.

Dates Times:Weekends in December

334-756-5290 ,

City of Millbrook Spirit of Christmas

3113 Park Court, Millbrook, Al, 36054

City of Opelika Christmas Parade

Downtown Opelika, 1032 South Railroad Avenue, Opelika, Al, 36801

This year theme: Christmas Showcase and is sure to be a lot of fun. If you would like to participate in the parade, please complete an application form. The form and guidelines can be found on the Chamber's website.

Dates Times:December 2, 10:00am


Collingwood Christmas Luminaries

Columbus Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"

RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway, Columbus, Ga, 31901

Dates Times:December 11-12


Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

Columbus State University at Riverside Theatre, Bay Avenue and 10th Street, , Columbus, Ga, 31901

What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? In this merriest of stories Nancy proves once again that a little fancying up can go a long, festive way!

Dates Times:December 1-3


Follow the Shepards Christmas Walks & Under the Bethlehem Star Light Show

Explorations in Antiquity Center, 130 Gordon Commercial Drive, LaGrange, Al, 30240

Follow the journey of Joseph and Mary as they travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem and learn new insights into the Christmas story. These walks can be done in conjunction with the Christmas multi-media presentation in the evening. Reservations required.

Dates Times:Weekends December 1-23


Governor's Mansion Candlelight Open House and Tour

1142 South Perry Street, Montgomery, Al, 36104

Each Monday before Christmas, the Candlelight Tour serves as an opportunity for the public to view the Governor's Mansion holiday decor, enjoy live choir performances and sample Alabama-made goods at the gift shop. During the tours, rooms open to the public, which include the main entrance, dining room, sitting room, sun room and more, feature holiday decor by volunteer designers from around the state. While each room displays a different decorating style, all showcase a classic and charming Christmas look. In addition, the Farley-Hill House, which is located next door to the mansion and typically used as a meeting space, is also decorated and open for public viewing during the tour. Guests are also able to listen to live music performed by different children's choirs each night on the staircase of the mansion.

Dates Times:December 4, 11 and 18


Ho! Ho! Ho! Hike!

Louise Kreher Forest Preserve & Nature Center, 2222 North College Street, Auburn , Al, 36830

Come hike the preserve for a fun "santa-hunt" where we look for this elusive visitor in red! Later we return to the amphitheater where we will gather for a cup of hot cocoa and warm fire. Admission is $3 per person. Donations of canned goods will be accepted for the East Alabama Food Bank. Cancelled if rain.

Dates Times:December 2, 10:00am-2:00PM


Holiday Festival

Selma Performing Arts Center, 1000 Selma Avenue, Selma, Al, 36701

A community celebration of the holiday season. A two week long craft show and bake sale with Santa in attendance some afternoons. The event is held annually on the first 2 full weeks of December.

Dates Times:December 4-16


Holiday Spectacular'

301 19th Street North, Birmingham, Al, 35203

Dates Times:December 1-17


Holidays on the Harriott

Downtown Riverfront, 213 Commerce Street, Montgomery, Al, 36104

Full Holiday Meal, Live Entertainment and Cash Bar

Dates Times:December 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16


Jingle Jog 5K and Santa Stroll Fun Run

Toomer's Coner, 100 North College Street , Auburn, Al, 36830

Dates Times:9-Dec


Junior League of Lee County's Annual Hoilday Poinsettia Sale

Auburn , Al, 36830

Poinsettias are available in two sizes and three colors (red, white, and marble.) Prices are $12.00 for 6.5-inch and $22.00 for 10-inch plants. Orders may be placed with any JLLC member or online at Orders may be picked up on December 5th or 6th at the Elks Lodge in Opelika. Delivery options are available on November 21st and December 5th for businesses or residences in the Lee County area ordering 10 or more plants.

LaGrange Christmas Parade

111 Bull Street, LaGrange, Al, 30241

The floats begin at 6:00pm. Start the holiday season off right with this spirited Troup County tradition. Each year hundreds of businesses, community groups, schools and churches create floats for the annual parade that makes its way through downtown city streets. Marching bands, live animals, clowns and a variety of novelty entries complete the festive environment. And, much to the delight of both the young and young at heart, Santa always manages to make a special guest appearance on the top of a fire truck.

Dates Times:30-Nov


LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Concert "Embrace the Spirit of the Seaseon"

301 Church Street, LaGrange, Al, 30240

Dates Times:12-Dec


Magic Christmas in Lights

Bellingrath Gardens, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, Al, 36582

In this Gulf Coast holiday tradition, guests stroll through a dazzling light display that features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. In addition, the Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and enhanced with beautiful poinsettias. Magic Christmas in Lights includes nightly choral performances on the South Terrace of the Home on Sundays through Thursdays. In addition, guests may purchase hot chocolate on Live Oak Plaza to warm the heart and soul.

251-973-2217 |,

Magical Night of Lights

Lake Lanier Islands, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, Ga, 30518

Dates Times:November 17-January 3

770-945-8787 ,

Messiah Sing-a-long with the Montgomery Chorale

Church of the Ascension 315 Clanton Avenue, Montgomery, Al, 36104

Join the Montgomery Chorale in this community sing-a-long of Handel's Messiah. This free community event.

Dates Times:December 12, 7:00-9:00pm


Montgomery Ballet presents the 42nd Annual Performance of "Nutcracker"

Davis Theatre, 251 Montgomery Street, Montgomery, Al, 36104

Dates Times:December 8-10


Night of Lights

Phenix City Amp, ,

Dates Times:30-Nov

Old Alabama Town Holiday Open House

301 Columbus Street, Montgomery, Al, 36104

Our annual Holiday Open House, often the first week of December. We open up the Living Block and Ordeman House, and feature live holiday music, storytelling, costumed villagers, cookies and hot cider, pioneer tree ornaments for kids, and even photos with Father Christmas. Free to the public.


Opelika Parks and Recreation

1001 Andrews Road, Opelika, Al, 36801

Christmas Crafts: Make and take your own Christmas crafts. December 19, 2:00pm. Ages 6-10years, Fee $15. Christmas Wreaths: Decorate wreaths with all your favorite things and hang them on your door to display at Christmas. December 5, 3:30pm. Ages 5-12years. Fee $15. Rocky Brook Reindeer Express: Come take a train ride through the lights at Municipal Park! Enjoy food, hot chocolate, face painting, entertainment, pictures with Santa and more! Ages 2nd grade and younger.

Dates Times:December 14, 15, 16; 5:00-8:00pm


Port Columbus' Victorian Christmas

National Civil War Naval Museum, 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus, Ga, 31901

Dates Times:December 2-3


Santa Claus Special at The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum

1919 9th Street, Calera, Al, 35040

Dates Times:December 2, 9 and 16


Santa Cluas 10K at Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens, 17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain, Ga, 31822

Dates Times:2-Dec


Santa On the Corner

Toomer's Corner, 100 North College Street, Auburn , Al, 36830

Santa Claus will be in downtown Auburn on select December weekends. Bring your family! Donations will be accepted to The United Way.

Dates Times:TBA


Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park

1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, Ga, 30083

Dates Times:November-February


Sounds of the Season

3601 Sixth Avenue South, Birmingham, Al, 35222

Kick off the holidays with Sounds of the Season, a concert of favorites both sacred and secular. Featuring surprise guest artists and familiar faces, the concert will feature a variety of solo and ensemble performances to set the perfect mood for the holiday season. Opera Birmingham is teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corps to provide toys for less fortunate children in the community this season through their TOYS FOR TOTS program. To participate, please bring a new, unwrapped toy to Sounds of the Season, and let's make sure EVERYONE has a Merry Christmas!

Dates Times:December 8-10 and 15-17


STARS presents "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

1116 26th Street South, Birmingham, Al, 35205

Dates Times:November 16-19


Stone Mountain Christmas

1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, Ga, 30083

Dates Times:November 11-January 3


The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum's North Pole Express

1919 9th Street, Calera, Al, 35040

Dates Times:November 17-19, 24-26, December 1-3, 8-10 and 15-16

205-668-3435 ,

The Ludy's Christmas Light Spectacular

5784 Ironstone Drive, Columbus, Ga, 31907

Dates Times:Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve


Victorian Christmas

Landmark Park, 430 Landmark Drive, Dothan, Al, 36303

Dates Times:December 10, 1-4pm


Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour

Opelika Historic District, 8th & 9th Streets, Opelika, Al, 36801

Dates Times:December 6-10


Winter Wonderland

17th Street Plaza, Birmingham, Al, 35233

Take a spin on the ice with the cityscape as your backdrop. The ice rink is open through January 16. The boxcar is fully stocked with hot chocolate and other winter treats.

205-521-9933 ,