Shelton State Holiday Cookies Class: Nov. 27, 6-8 p.m. Fredd Campus Building 700, Tuscaloosa. Who doesn’t love beautiful, festive holiday cookies? Enjoy an evening of fun and easy decorating tips and icing recipes. This class will be held in the Culinary Arts Kitchen. Class fee: $32. For more information, call (205) 391-2211.
Engage Tuscaloosa Opioid Summit: Nov. 28, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa. Engage is a one-day conference for the West Alabama community to learn and discuss key topics that perpetuate the opioid epidemic. The event is free; lunch will be served. Registration is required. To register, visit Eventbrite.com.
An Evening of Arts ‘n Autism: Nov. 29, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Harrison Galleries, downtown Tuscaloosa. This evening is a showcase of student art, and area artists, benefiting Arts ‘n Autism. Guests will enjoy an auction of the art (including pieces from over 20 Kentuck artists), live music by Vulcan Eejits, food provided by Sweet Home Food Bar, and more. Special thanks to Jim Harrison for donating his gallery space for the evening and supporting area non-profits. For more information, visit artsnautism.org, or call (205) 247-4990.
American Christian Academy’s Jolly Jingles Christmas Market: Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the ACA gymnasium. The Market is sponsored by the ACA Art Department. Shoppers can enjoy arts and crafts by vendors, handmade gifts, gift wrapping, food and treats, and more. Santa will be there to take photos. Admission is free.
Candyland Breakfasts and Brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus at CHOM: Dec. 1, Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa, downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information, including specific times, visit chomonline.org.
5th Street Vintage Market: Dec. 2, 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.
Humane Society of West Alabama’s Pet Photos with Santa: Dec. 2 (1-5 p.m.), Dec. 4 (4:30-7:30 p.m.), and Dec. 6 (4:30-7:30 p.m.). Pet Supplies Plus, Tuscaloosa. Bring your pets for a holiday photo with Santa. A professional photographer will take portraits. $15 per photo; proceeds benefit HSWA. For an appointment, call (205) 210-5528.
Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society Holiday Tour of Homes: Dec. 2, 2 to 5 p.m. Several historic area homes, including the The Old Tavern and The Murphy-Collins House, will be open and decorated for the holidays, and refreshments will be served. Some locations will have entertainment. Tickets are $10 per adult (non TCPS members) and children 12 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at any tour location the day of the event. Call 205-758-2238 for more information.
43nd Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade, PARA: Dec. 3, 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. 4, 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.
Kentuck Art Night in Downtown Northport: Dec. 6, 5- 8 p.m. This monthly celebration of art and artists is free to the public. Enjoy live music, pop-up shops from local vendors, demonstrations by Kentuck studio artists, and more. For more information, visit kentuck.org/art-night.
Free Family Skate Night: Dec. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Super Skate, Tuscaloosa. The Druid City Dames and The University of Alabama Professional Staff Assembly and UA’s Office of Health Promotion and Wellness are sponsoring this skate night. Entry is free; $5 skate rentals. Donations will be collected for children in the residential program at Brewer-Porch Children’s Center. Needed: “Funky-patterned” socks (all sizes) and $20 Target gift cards.
YMCA Rudolph Run 8k and Santa’s Express Fun Run: Dec. 8, 8 a.m. (9 a.m. fun run). Tuscaloosa YMCA Family Center. Proceeds from this race will help provide financial assistance to families in need of YMCA programs. Bring your family to enjoy the race; kids can enjoy the Elves’ Workshop while the adults run. For more information, and to register, visit ymcatuscaloosa.org.
Jingle All the Way at CHOM: Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa, downtown Tuscaloosa. Create a reindeer ornament, design a reindeer hat, prepare reindeer food, and play reindeer games. For more information, visit chomonline.org.
4th Annual Unitarian Universalist Holiday Market: Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Grace Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa. Enjoy this holiday market highlighting local artists and artisans. Featured arts and crafts include handmade jewelry, pottery, baskets, wearable items, hand sewn pieces, paintings, and more. Enjoy locally made food items, as well as coffee, tea, and lunch. For more information, visit uutuscaloosa.org.
Christmas Afloat: Dec. 8, 5 p.m. (Fireworks at 5:45 p.m.) Black Warrior River, Tuscaloosa, and Northport. This holiday flotilla by the “Pirates of the Warrior” boat club is back for 2018
Holidays on the River: Through Jan. 21, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. With Ice skating, music, visits from Santa and more, this event offers something for the entire family. For more information, and to buy tickets to ice skate, visit holidaysontheriver.com.
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.