Holidays on the River: Through Jan. 15, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. With Ice skating, music, visits from Santa and more, this event offers something for the entire family. For more information, visit holidaysontheriver.com or Holidays on the River on Facebook.
Candyland Breakfasts and Brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus at CHOM: Dec. 2, Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa, downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information, including specific times, visit chomonline.org.
Saturday Storytime: Dec. 2, 10 to 11 a.m. Tuscaloosa Public Library (Main Branch). For more information, and to see other TPL events, visit Tuscaloosa-library.org. For additional activities, visit tuscaloosa-library.org/calendar.
Free Christmas Play: Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m.-Noon. Northport Civic Center. The Calico Street troupe will feature "The Christmas Story" with costumed actors, dancers, special lighting, and music, all on a 36-foot stage. All ages are welcome. For more information, visit calicostreet.com.
5th Street Vintage Market: Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 4150 5th Street, Northport. The Vintage Market is a great place to find unusual and unique treasures, from vintage books, clothes, and jewelry to handmade items, vinyl records, and more. For more information, visit 5thstreetvintagemarket.com.
Alabama Museum of Natural History Holiday Open House: Dec. 3, 4-5:30 p.m. Alabama Museum of Natural History, University of Alabama campus. Enjoy hot beverages and treats, as well as fun activities for children.
42nd Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade, PARA: Dec. 4, downtown Tuscaloosa. Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the steps of the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse, 5:15 p.m. Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit tcpara.org.
Dickens Downtown: Dec. 5, 5-8 p.m., historic downtown Northport. This community supported Victorian holiday gathering celebrates the true spirit of Christmas. For more information on this free event, visit dickens-downtown.com.
Big Sandy Baptist Country Christmas: Dec. 7-8, 6-8 p.m. Big Sandy Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa. Take a step back in time to a “Country Christmas.” Enjoy a country store, hayrides, hot cocoa, crafts for the children to make for the tree, and the story of the first Christmas. This event is free. For more information, visit bigsandybaptist.org.
Tuscaloosa Community Dancers Presents “The Nutcracker”: Dec. 7-10, Bama Theatre, downtown Tuscaloosa. Show times: Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at tututix.com/TuscaloosaCommunityDancers.
Theatre Tuscaloosa Presents Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”: Dec. 7-17, Bean-Brown Theatre, Tuscaloosa. In this classic, four spirits visit Ebenezer Scrooge in his dreams to help him find the true meaning of Christmas. To purchase tickets, visit theatretusc.com or call the Theatre Tuscaloosa Box Office at (205) 391-2277.
Jolly Jingles Christmas Market: Dec. 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. American Christian Academy, Tuscaloosa. This event, sponsored by the ACA Art Department, features arts and crafts by local vendors, handmade gifts, gift wrapping, food and treats, and more. Santa will be there too. Admission is free.
Santa Mouse at CHOM: Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa, downtown Tuscaloosa. Make a Santa Mouse ornament, and enjoy story time readings of Santa Mouse. For more information, visit chomonline.org.
Christmas Afloat: Dec. 9, 6:15 p.m. Black Warrior River, Tuscaloosa and Northport. This holiday flotilla by the “Pirates of the Warrior” boat club is back for 2017. For more information on this annual lighted Christmas parade, visit Tuscaloosa Christmas Afloat 2017 on Facebook.
Tuscaloosa Farmer’s Market: Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon. Tuscaloosa River Market, 1900 Jack Warner Blvd, Tuscaloosa. Shop for fresh produce, grass fed beef, baked goods, cheeses and more. Buy fresh, buy local. For more information, visit tuscaloosarivermarket.com or call (205) 248-5295.
Homegrown Alabama Farmer’s Market: Thursdays, 3-6 p.m. 812 5th Avenue, Tuscaloosa. This University of Alabama student-run farmer’s market features vendors from all over the state, along with live music from local musicians. homegrownalabama.ua.edu; (205) 210-9621
Northport Farmer’s Market: Saturdays, 6 a.m. to noon, 4150 5th Street, Northport. For more information, visit npfarmersmarket.com.