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.
Sleep Outfitters Grand Opening: Dec. 7, 4 to 6 p.m. 2601 McFarland Blvd, Northport. Win a dream vacation for two, a pair of tickets to the BBVA Compass Vulcan Classic, and meet Big AL. Enjoy refreshments and door prizes, too.
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.
Carolyn Breckenridge Author Signing: Dec. 10, 2-6 p.m. Barnes & Nobile, Midtown Village. Carolyn W. Ezell, writing under the name Carolyn Breckenridge, is meeting the public and signing copies of her mystery novels “Tuscaloosa Moon” and “Tuscaloosa Boneyard.”
Chamber Business After Hours: Dec. 12, 5-7 p.m. The Bank of Tuscaloosa Plaza, Tuscaloosa. For more information, visit tuscaloosachamber.com.
The ACT Presents “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe”: Dec. 15-18, Bama Theatre, Tuscaloosa. Journey to the magical land of Narnia with The Actor’s Charitable Theatre, and enjoy this live production of C.S. Lewis’ classic, timeless tale. Tickets: $12-20. For more information, visit theact.info.
Holiday Hoopla at CHOM: Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa, downtown Tuscaloosa. Make your way through the ornament and gift creating stations. Then, head over to the wrapping area and wrap it up! For more information, visit chomonline.org.
A Message of Hope Live Nativity: Dec. 16-17, 6-8 p.m. Taylorville Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa. There will be 10 drive-thru scenes, live animals, and narrative audio. For more information, visit taylorvillebaptist.org.
Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra’s Annual TSO Christmas Celebration: Dec. 18, 7 p.m. Moody Music Building Concert Hall, University of Alabama School of Music, Tuscaloosa. The TSO is once again partnering with the Alabama Choir School and the Prentice Concert Chorale for this annual event, featuring classical and contemporary holiday favorites that bring the Christmas spirit to life. For more information, including tickets, call (205) 752-5515 or visit tsoonline.org.
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.