Colbert County: December Happenings!

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COLBERT COUNTY-Colbert County has events for the upcoming holidays to,please anyone who wants to celebrate the season.  Check out just a few of the fun events to help you celebrate the season:

Now – January 14th – Ice-Skating in Muscle Shoals, 2010 Avalon Avenue, Muscle Shoals. Dash on over to Muscle Shoals this season and revel in the winter wonderland at the Public Ice-Skating Rink! Join in for frosty fun on Thursdays (3-8 PM), Fridays (3-8 PM), Saturdays (12-8 PM), and Sundays (12-8 PM), now through January 14th. The rink will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is just $12 and includes skate rental! Find the rink at 2010 Avalon Ave., Muscle Shoals 35661. For any weather updates, follow Shoals Chamber, and for private rental inquiries, email Alyssa at acrow@shoalschamber.com.

 

November 14 – December 23, 2023 – Winter Art Market, Get ready for the 2023 Winter Art Market! Shop for the holidays and yourself, from dozens of artists and artisans. TVAA members will get first-chance shopping on November 11. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9 am-5 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm. Museum admission: $5 for adults, $3 for students, free for TVAA members. Information: 256-383-0533 or www.tennesseevalleyarts.orghttp://www.tennesseevalleyarts.org.

 

December 1, 2023 – Holiday Decorating with Nature,1569 Cook Lane, Tuscumbia. A workshop on

Holiday Decorating with Nature will be presented by the Regional Offices of Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Colbert, Franklin, and Lauderdale Counties) at historic Belle Mont Mansion on December 1, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Jayne Leutzow, Regional Extension Agent for Home, Grounds, and Gardens will demonstrate techniques for creating festive swags, garlands, wreaths, centerpieces, and the apple & pineapple cones that are used in decorations at historic Williamsburg. Participants will be able to create examples of their choice of decoration to take home with them.   You are invited to bring additional greenery or decorative objects to personalize your

wreath or arrangement. Cost is $25.00, including materials and refreshments. Space is limited and prepaid registration is required. Proceeds benefit Belle Mont’s preservation and operations. Call 256-381-5052 or email

bellemontmansion@gmail.com for more information.

 

December 1, 2023 – Act of Congress Christmas at the Ritz, The Ritz Theatre, 111 W 3rd Street, Sheffield. Experience the magic of the holiday season with a performance that transcends time and genre. Join us on December 1st at 7:00 PM as the renowned musical ensemble, Act of Congress, graces the stage at The Ritz. Information: 256-383-0533 or www.tennesseevalleyarts.org.

 

December 2, 2023 – Leighton Christmas Parade, Main Street, Leighton. Get ready to kick off the holiday season in Leighton as the Christmas parade takes place at 6:00 PM in downtown Leighton. Information: 256-577-4088.

 

December 2, 2023 – Festival of Yule, Main Street, Tuscumbia. A Family Friendly Afternoon/Evening Event where you can enjoy local restaurants and street food while shopping local small businesses and local vendors’ arts, crafts, and goods! Food/Coat/Blanket Drive for those less fortunate during the holiday season! Enjoy dressing up with all the vendors in your favorite Mystical, Celtic, or Norse attire for great photo ops in the beautiful celebration of Winter Solstice! Information: eventsbyhesperia@gmail.com or eventsbyhesperia.com.

 

December 2, 2023 – 2023 Christmas Gala (Urban Mystic/PC Band), Listerhill Credit Union, 4790 2nd St, Muscle Shoals. Performing live Urban Mystic and The PC Band from Memphis Tennessee. This is an All-Inclusive Event. Information 256-710-9454 or 256-349-3882.

 

December 2, 2023 – NWSCC Breakfast with Santa, Northwest Shoals Community College, 800 George Wallace Blvd, Muscle Shoals. The Northwest-Shoals Community College is Ho-Ho-Ho-happy to announce our Breakfast With Santa event, taking place on our Muscle Shoals Campus on Saturday, December 2. Join us for breakfast, crafts, Christmas carols, and Santa and some of his special friends. Tickets are $14 per person. Everyone (adults and children) 2 and older must have a ticket for entry. Children under 2 are free. This event will benefit the NWSCC Foundation. Information: 256-331-5200.

 

December 2, 2023 – Listening Room Event feat. Tyler Tisdale & Katie Barnett, Alabama Music Hall of Fame, 617 Highway 72 W, Tuscumbia. Doors: 5:30 pm Show: 7 pm, this will be limited seating (around 50 people) so jump on your tickets! This is a listening room event so we ask that you keep talking at a minimum. Katie Barnett will kick things off with a 45 min set at 7 pm followed by Tyler Tisdale. Information: 256-381-4417 or alamhof.org.

 

December 5, 2023 – Sheffield Christmas Parade, Downtown Sheffield. Get ready to kick off the holiday season in Sheffield as the Christmas parade takes place at 6:00 PM. Information: 256-383-0250.

 

December 7, 2023 – Cherokee Christmas Parade, Downtown Cherokee. Get ready to kick off the holiday season in Cherokee as the Christmas parade takes place at 6:30 PM. Information: 256-359-4959.

 

December 7, 2023 – Sheffield Comprehensive Plan Public Workshop, Sheffield Municipal Building, 647 N Nashville Ave, Sheffield. The City of Sheffield and the North Alabama Council of Local Governments are conducting a public workshop to help develop a new Comprehensive Master Plan for to guide the City’s future development. The workshop is open to all citizens and interested members of the public. Please plan to attend to share your vision for what Sheffield should become and how we can make it happen. Information: 256-383-0250.

 

December 7, 2023 – Winter Wonderland Student Maker Market, Muscle Shoals High School Library, Muscle Shoals. Come support our talented students and get some of your Christmas shopping out of the way from 3:30 pm until 5:30 pm. We will have baked goods, hot chocolate, live music, and a special photo opportunity with Santa. Admission is $3 and goes to support the MSHS Library.

 

December 7-8, 2023 – Ritz Holiday Cabaret, The Ritz Theatre, 111 W 3rd Street, Sheffield. Join us in the intimate Ritz Studio for a charming evening of classic holiday songs. You will get to enjoy performances by our stellar cast of local vocalists: Matt Rose, Natalie Thrasher, Hannah Grace Thompson Beth Cleveland, Adaley Simpson, Jacob Adams, Jonathan Grimes, Avery Guinn, and Haley Crowell. Information: 256-383-0533 or www.tennesseevalleyarts.org.

 

December 7-10, 2023 – A Sherlock Carol, Cypress Moon Studios, 1000 Alabama Ave, Sheffield. The Full Moon Players Proudly Presents: A Sherlock Carol This murder mystery comedy is produced by Tonya Holly, and directed by Dylan Bales!  Two beloved classic tales. One thrilling new mystery. A SHERLOCK CAROL is a heartwarming holiday production for all ages and a theatrical experience you’ll never forget! Reunite with the characters you love from Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, now brought together in a story of intrigue and suspense, with a helping of holiday cheer. When a grown-up Tiny Tim asks Sherlock Holmes to investigate the peculiar death of Ebenezer Scrooge, the Great Detective must use his tools of deduction to get to the bottom of the crime. But it is a dark and treacherous Christmas Eve, and once again the holiday is haunted by the spirits of the past, present, and future. Information: 256-335-6961 or visit www.cypressmoonstudios.org.

 

December 8-9, 2023 – Holiday Tour of Homes, CaringPlace of the Shoals presents the Holiday Tour of Homes on December 8th from 5-9 pm and December 9th from 2-7 pm. 6 historic homes on Wood Ave. in Florence and 5 on the bluff in Sheffield! You’ll love this tour of homes! Support The CaringPlace of the Shoals by purchasing tickets at Kennedy-Douglas, Sheffield Library, First United Methodist Church of Florence, First Presbyterian Churches of Florence, and Sheffield! Information: 256-762-2266 or enunnelly@comcast.net.

 

December 9, 2023 – Hippopotamus for Christmas, The Ritz Theatre, 111 W 3rd St., Sheffield. As five sisters prepare for their first Christmas since their parents’ divorce, a unique Christmas wish comes to life in the form of an escaped baby hippopotamus from the local zoo. A chaotic journey with hippo-in-tow ensues. Will baby hippo, Crissy, be reunited with her mother? Will the sisters find the spirit of Christmas? Hippopotamus for Christmas is a production of Time Out for Theatre, The Ritz’s children’s theatre program. Information: 256-383-0533 or www.tennesseevalleyarts.org.

 

December 9, 2023 – 13th Annual “Dickens Christmas, Ya’ll”, Downtown Tuscumbia, Various locations Downtown Tuscumbia is transformed by this holiday festival reminiscent of Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.” There are carriage rides in town throughout the day along with carolers, Dickens characters, falling snow, and much more! Admission is charged for some events. Information:  256-383-9797, tuscumbiaretaildevelopment@gmail.com.

 

December 9, 2023 – 2023 Tennessee Valley Country Club Holiday Tea, Tennessee Valley Country Club Christian Home, 101 Maple St, Tuscumbia. It’s a Dickens’ Christmas, Y’all! You can park in the Courthouse parking lot on Water St and ride the Tea Bus. Tea Bus leaves at 2:40. Tickets are available at Fiddledee D! $20 each. Information: 256-383-9797.

 

December 10, 2023 – Historic Sheffield Trolley Tours (SOLD OUT), Sheffield. Explore the rich history of Sheffield this holiday season on an enlightening two-hour trolley tour guided by historian Jimmy Austin. Tours will depart from City Hall at 2 pm and last approximately 2 hours. Tickets are $10 and available at the Sheffield Public Library. Information: 256-386-5633.

 

December 14, 2023 – Shoals Holiday Concert, Alabama Music Hall of Fame, 617 Highway 72 W, Tuscumbia. Save the date for this year’s Shoals Holiday Concert! We’re beyond thrilled to welcome back renowned artists such as the Grammy-nominated Mark Narmore and Bobby Tomberlin, along with Tess Frizell, a member of one of Country Music’s most legendary families! Tickets can be purchased at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and Colbert County Tourism. For more information, call 256-383-0783.

 

December 14-17, 2023 – It’s A Wonderful Life, Cypress Moon Studios, 1000 Alabama Ave, Sheffield. This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, complete with a live sound effects artist, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he contemplates his mortality on one fateful Christmas Eve. For tickets, please call 256-335-6961 or visit www.cypressmoonstudios.org! This show is under the direction of Jennifer Adams, assisted directed by Allison Cole, and produced by Tonya Holly!

 

December 15-16, 2023 – The Polar Express at the Ritz, The Ritz Theatre, 111 W 3rd Street, Sheffield. The Ritz Theatre is hosting two evenings of magic, all themed around the holiday classic The Polar Express!

Starting at 6 pm, you’ll get to ride a trolley with Santa, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, make an ornament, and have festive family fun! Then at 7 pm, we’ll watch the movie on our big screen in the historic Ritz Theatre, which will be decked out for the season! Tickets are $18 (plus tax) and must be purchased in advance.  Last year’s events sold out, so get your tickets today! Information: 256-383-0533 or www.tennesseevalleyarts.org.

 

December 17, 2023 – Historic Sheffield Trolley Tours (SOLD OUT), Sheffield. Explore the rich history of Sheffield this holiday season on an enlightening two-hour trolley tour guided by historian Jimmy Austin. Tours will depart from City Hall at 2 pm and last approximately 2 hours. Tickets are $10 and available at the Sheffield Public Library. Information: 256-386-5633.

 

December 18, 2023 – Christmas with the Kranks, The Ritz Theatre, 111 W 3rd Street, Sheffield. When their only daughter Blair leaves the family nest, Luther and Nora Krank (Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis) decide to book an island cruise to beat the yuletide blues and just skip the holidays. But their decision to boycott tradition has the whole neighborhood in an uproar, and when Blair call son Christmas Eve to announce a surprise visit with her new fiancée, the Kranks have just twelve hours to perform a miracle and pull themselves and their neighbors together to throw the best celebration ever! With fast-paced energy and support from Dan Aykroyd, Cheech Marin, Jake Busey and M. Emmet Walsh, this hilarious adaptation of John Grisham’s bestselling novel, “Skipping Christmas” has become “an instant family classic!” (Gorman Woodfin, CBN). Tickets are $10 with the movie starting at 7 pm. Information: 256-383-0533 or www.tennesseevalleyarts.org.

 

December 19, 2023 – Christmas Vacation 2023, The Ritz Theatre, 111 W 3rd Street, Sheffield. What’s better than a membership to the Jelly of the Month Club? Watching the Griswolds on our big screen at The Ritz, which is decked out for the season! Concessions will be available, including fresh popcorn, hot cocoa, wine, beer, soda, water, and candy. Concessions will be available, including fresh popcorn, hot cocoa, wine, beer, soda, water, and candy. Tickets are $10 with the movie starting at 7 pm. Information: 256-383-0533 or www.tennesseevalleyarts.org.

 

December 21, 2023 – The Nutcracker, The Ritz Theatre, 111 W 3rd Street, Sheffield. Choreographer Peter Wright first staged The Nutcracker, based on the iconic 1892 original by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa, in 1984 with the Royal Ballet. It has since become every bit as much a holiday staple as eggnog, cookies, and tinsel, enchanting audiences year after year for nearly four decades—and you would be hard-pressed to find a more dazzling production than this pristine 2018 recording by the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden. Concessions will be available, including fresh popcorn, hot cocoa, wine, beer, soda, water, and candy. Tickets are $10 with the movie starting at 7 pm. Information: 256-383-0533 or www.tennesseevalleyarts.org.

 

December 22, 2023 – It’s A Wonderful Life 2023, The Ritz Theatre, 111 W 3rd Street, Sheffield. Watch George Bailey learn why he’s the richest man in town in this 1946 perennial Christmas classic. Watch the movie on our big screen at the Ritz, which is decked out for the season. Concessions will be available, including fresh popcorn, hot cocoa, wine, beer, soda, water, and candy. Concessions will be available, including fresh popcorn, hot cocoa, wine, beer, soda, water, and candy. Tickets are $10 with the movie starting at 7 pm. Information: 256-383-0533 or www.tennesseevalleyarts.org.

Media Release/Maryanne Floyd/Director of Communications/Colbert County Tourism & Convention Bureau

 

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