Plenty to see and do around Colbert County in December

by Dennis Sherer
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COLBERT COUNTY-From parades and visits with Santa to concerts and rides on a holiday train,
there is an abundance of holiday events throughout Colbert County in

Susann Hamlin, president and CEO of Colbert County Tourism, said there will
be plenty for Colbert residents and visitors to do during the Christmas

For more information about events and activities in Colbert County, call the
Tourism Bureau at 256-383-0783.

December events in Colbert County include:

–           Roberts Christmas Lights, 450 Berryman Dr., Tuscumbia – in the
Spring Valley community, drive-through outdoor holiday decoration display
dusk until 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Nightly through Christmas.  256-383-0783

–           The fountain light and water show, set to Christmas music at
Spring Park in Tuscumbia  is presented at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. daily
through Dec 1-.24    256-389-1357

–           Christmas Village at Spring Park in Tuscumbia, Dec.1-24.
Christmas decorations will light up the park nightly.  256-389-1357

–           Tuscumbia Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 3. The parade
begins at  Deshler High School and travels south on Main Street in downtown
Tuscumbia. 256-386-7200

–           Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley, immediately after the Tuscumbia
Christmas Parade, Tuesday, Dec. 3. Ride through downtown on the Tuscumbia
Trolley, singing Christmas carols. 256-386-7200.

–           Muscle Shoals Christmas Parade, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. The
parade begins at Gusmus Avenue and travels east on Avalon Avenue to
Sheffield Avenue. 256-386-9250

–           The Trees of Christmas at Tennessee Valley Museum of Art,
Tuscumbia, Dec. 6-24, features trees decorated by local individuals and
groups. Admission $5. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F and 1-3 p.m. on Sundays. Free
admission on Sundays. 256-383-0533

–           Breakfast with Santa, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec.7, Lion’s
Den, Cherokee. 256-810-0777.

–          Cherokee Christmas Parade, 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. The parade
begins at Cherokee High School and travels down North Pike into downtown.

–          Plantation Christmas, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Belle Mont
Mansion, 1569 Cook Lane, Tuscumbia, reminiscent of Christmas the “Old South”
with traditional live decorations, period Christmas music, vintage ballroom
dancing, and refreshments Admission $8 adults, $4 ages 6-12; and 5 and
younger, free.  256-381-5052

–          Christmas Train at Spring Park in Tuscumbia, Dec.9-24. The Santa
Express Train runs 4-8 p.m. daily. Admission $4. 256-389-1357

–          Sheffield Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. The parade
begins on North Montgomery Avenue and travels through downtown. 256-810-3030

–          We’ll be Home for Christmas concert, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec.
12, Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Tuscumbia, featuring the music and comedy of
Aaron Wilburn, Mark Narmore and Bobby Tomberlin come home for Christmas.
Admission $15. 256-381-4417

–          Cookies with Santa, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12. The Healing
Place, 2409 Wildwood St., Muscle Shoals. Free photos and surprises.

–          Annual Dickens Christmas Feast, 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13,
Tuscumbia Depot Roundhouse, Holiday dinner with the Deshler High School
Chamber ensemble performing pieces from the Romantic period. There will also
be an excerpt from “The Christmas Story.” Admission $25. Advance tickets
required, 256-383-9797

–          Leighton Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. Friday Dec. 13. The parade
begins at Colbert County High School and proceeds down New High School
Street and Main Street. 256-446-8477

–          Christmas at Ivy Green, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec., 14, the
birthplace of Helen Keller in Tuscumbia, will be adorned with beautiful live
holiday decorations. Regular admission. 256-383-4066

–           It’s a Dickens Christmas, Y’all, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
14, Downtown Tuscumbia, carriage rides, snowfall, music, arts & crafts, and
food vendors. 256-383-9797.

–          Christmas at Belle Mont Mansion, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
14, 1569 Cook Ln., Tuscumbia. The Jeffersonian Palladian mansion, built in
1828, will be decorated for the holidays. Admission. 256-381-5052

–          Cookies and cocoa with Santa, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14,
LaGrange Volunteer Fire Department, 7625 LaGrange Road, Leighton.

–          Sheffield Candlelight Parade, begins at dusk Saturday, Dec. 14
and Sunday, Dec. 15. More than 4,000 luminary candles will lights streets
and avenues in the Park Boulevard/Oakwood neighborhoods. Donations of canned
food to help the needy will be collected at the start of the parade route.

–          The Best Christmas Pageant Ever play, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14
and 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec.15, Ritz Theater, 111 W. 3rd St., Sheffield.
Admission $8 adults, $7 students. 256-383-0533

–          Sunday with Santa to benefit Cole Kelley, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec.,
15, Locust Hill, 209 S. Cave St., Tuscumbia. Photographs with Santa,
Christmas story time, cookies and cocoa and ornament making. $20 per child.
Tickets available at Cold Water Books in Tuscumbia and Mars Hill Elementary
School in Florence. 256-542-8731

–          Holiday Cabaret, 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 19. Friday, Dec. 20 and
Saturday, Dec. 21, Ritz Theater Annex, 111 W. 3rd St., Sheffield.

–          Cypress Moon Studios Christmas Party, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19,
1000 Alabama Avenue, Sheffield. Celebrate the holidays and more than 40
years of music at Cypress Moon’s 15th annual Christmas Party. Meet the
songwriters, artists, musicians and engineers. Wear your favorite ugly
Christmas. For more details, call 256-335-6961

–          A (not so) Silent Night, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, Do Right Man
Barbershop, 122 N. Nashville Ave., Sheffield. An evening of holiday songs
around a bonfire with soup & hot chocolate, smores and mulled cider. Several
local musicians including, The Counts Family, Bailey White, Sarah Grace
Robinson, Della Ray, KLR, Cody Gaisser will be leading holiday songs
throughout the evening. Donations of new gloves (not knit) and small
denomination fast food gift cards will be collected for Room at the Inn.

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