Looking for sparkly lights and festive holiday parades? You’ve come to the right place! Watch the kids’ eyes get all aglow at these Christmas tree lightings and holiday parades in Huntsville and North Alabama.
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Lights Up! Bridge Street Christmas Tree Lighting
Bridge Street Town Centre will light up like a winter wonderland to welcome Santa. The evening’s merriment features musical entertainment by Big Daddy Kingfish, the lighting of the 45-foot-tall Christmas tree followed by a spectacular fireworks show from the lake choreographed to holiday music. Musical entertainment begins at 4:30, with the Christmas tree lighting followed by fireworks.
10th Annual Village of Providence Tree Lighting and Toys-for-Tots Drive
Join us in Providence Park for the 10th Annual Tree Lighting event for games, activities and pictures with Santa FREE with a new unwrapped toy for Toys-for-Tots. Businesses will have crafts and game tents set up for your enjoyment. Please, no outside food or drink at this event. Event begins with Santa’s arrival via firetruck at 4PM, followed by the tree lighting at 6PM.
Christmas in the Park – Arab
Arab City Park is a must-see during the holiday season. Featuring more than 1 million lights, the park will be ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. Kick things off off with the 25th Annual Lighting Ceremony featuring the Arab High School Jazz Band, led by Ty Parker, and special guests Charles Whisenant, Arab’s Citizen of the Year, and 2020 Miss Marshall County & Miss Appalachian Valley reigning queens. Afterwards, enjoy Christmas in the Park every night through December 31st.
A local favorite, Huntsville’s Tinsel Trail is a display of live Christmas trees in Downtown Huntsville during the month of December. An anticipated 300 will trees decorate Big Spring Park for the holiday season. This includes large flagship trees and the City of Huntsville tree, and each tree is sponsored by a local corporation, group or family, and decorated by its sponsor. Trees can have themes that match the company’s mission, or sometimes they’re just totally unique! The Tinsel Trail is open to the public daily until midnight. Trees are lit from dusk until midnight each night.
Christmas in Cullman Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony
Join us on November 22 for a night of celebrating Christmas in Cullman with our annual parade and tree-lighting ceremony! Cullman is thrilled to be getting its own one-of-a-kind German Christmas Pyramid that is being constructed for 2019 outside the Cullman County Museum. This pyramid was hand-crafted in Germany and created specifically for the Cullman community to celebrate its German heritage.
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Decatur Christmas Parade
At this year’s Christmas parade, we’re having a Christmas Movie Marathon! Catch up on your Christmas movie knowledge and sign up to be a part of the fun today! All proceeds from the event benefit local charities, and four cash prizes will be awarded for the following categories: Best Decorated Float, Best Walking Unit, Best Animal Unit and Best Decorated Vehicle.
Huntsville Christmas Parade
The Mix 96.9 and the Von Braun Center’s 2019 Huntsville Christmas Parade will be held on Dec. 3, 2019 at 6pm in downtown Huntsville. The theme this year is Christmas Around the World, and as usual, all floats have lots of lights! All are sure to enjoy the new addition to this year’s Christmas parade: a fireworks show will mark the ending, scheduled to begin at 7:15PM.
Redstone Community Tree Lighting
The Redstone Community Tree Lighting features a lighting ceremony beginning at 5:30PM, as well as FREE pictures with Santa, Home Depot Santa’s Workshop, festive treats, kids activities and more! Bring a toy for the Toys for Tots drop off station.
Arab Christmas Parade
Don’t miss the annual small town Arab Christmas parade! 2019’s theme is “Stories of Christmas,” and as always, Santa will make his appearance at the end of the parade!
Ardmore’s Tinsel Trail
Don’t miss out on the lighting of the Ardmore Tinsel Trail, with a tree lighting ceremony and celebration on Dec. 6th at 6PM featuring the Cedar Hill Children’s Choir. Then, during the entire month of December, enjoy an array of 90+ trees decked with amazing collections of baubles and lights decorated by area businesses and organizations.
Guntersville Christmas Parade
It’s that time of year! Help us celebrate Christmas by joining us for the Guntersville Christmas Parade on Friday, December 6. The parade begins at 6PM and travels through downtown Guntersville.
Monroeville Christmas Parade
Join the town of Monroeville for our Annual Christmas parade! Festivities will conclude with Pictures with Santa at the Monroe County Museum, followed by a stroll through the new Christmas Tree Village and Christmas Movie featuring “The Star”. Winners of parade floats, window contests, and Trees will be announced prior to the star of the movie.
7th Annual Lighting of the Soldiers Tree
Rosie’s International Services, Inc presents the 7th Annual Lighting of the Soldiers Tree honoring our military soldiers, retirees, veterans, and families. There will be music, art, and food, including a saxophonist, art coloring for soldiers and families, and kids can make a Christmas card with a message to a soldier.
Priceville’s Sheila Smith Christmas Parade
The Town of Priceville Park and Recreation’s Annual Shelia Smith Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, December 7 at 2 P.M. with a rain date of December 14. Floats will be judged and cash prizes will be given to 1st through 3rd place winners. Santa arrives at the end of the parade!
Trinity Christmas Parade
The Trinity, AL parade route begins at Love Chapel Church on North Seneca Drive and ends at Trinity Town Hall on Preston Drive. Bring the kids ready to catch candy while waiting to see Santa as he makes his way through our beloved town. We offer prize money for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place floats.
Hartselle Christmas Parade
The Annual Hartselle Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade is held on the 2nd Thursday night in December starting at 7:00pm, and continues to be one of the largest in North Alabama. The parade route starts at the football stadium and goes down Railroad Street to Main Street in Downtown Hartselle.
New Hope Christmas Parade
Visit small town New Hope for their Annual Christmas Parade! The New Hope Christmas Parade is December 12th at 6pm. Following we will light the City Christmas Tree and host an Open House in New Hope City Hall. Santa will be available at City Hall for photos and the traditional cookies and hot chocolate will be served. Also, check out the “Tinsel Trees” and the new “Walk in the Trees” and help make this holiday a great one for all of New Hope!
Scottsboro Christmas Parade
This year’s theme is “Under the Mistletoe” for our annual city-wide Holiday Celebration. Lineup will begin at 3PM on the corner of Veterans Dr. and Broad St., and rain date will be Monday, December 16th.
New Market Christmas Parade
Our annual New Market Volunteer Fire Department Christmas Parade is a family-friendly local event that awards a best of show contest. Winners will be announced at the fire station after the parade. Join us at the fire station immediately following the parade for visits and pictures with Santa and refreshments!
Madison Christmas Parade
The Annual Madison Christmas Parade route will begin at Plaza Drive and Hughes Road and will continue to downtown Madison. This year’s theme is “The Polar Express!” Afterwards, gather for an old-fashioned celebration on the Village Green.
44th Annual Parade of Lights at Joe Wheeler State Park
The Parade of Lights is a fun, festive family event that features more than a dozen yachts, pontoons and other watercraft all decorated creatively with lights for the holidays. Bring your own hot chocolate to watch the boats float by from the banks outside The Lodge at Joe Wheeler State Park. You can also watch the parade from inside the restaurant, where a special holiday buffet is served beginning at 4PM. Many families choose to rent a lodge room and watch from inside their room; all 75 lodge rooms have balconies that over look the lake and offer a great view for the parade!
Celebrate Chanukuh with Chabad of Huntsville! Enjoy a grand Menorah lighting, hot latkes, street performers, face painting and more!
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