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.
TCT Presents "Babes in Toyland": Dec. 7-9, Bama Theatre, downtown Tuscaloosa. This classic tale will wow your audiences, both young and old. For information, including show times and to purchase tickets, visit tuscaloosachildrenstheatre.net.
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.
Tinsel Trail's Sunday with Santa: Dec. 9, 3-6 p.m. Tuscaloosa River Market. Come out and enjoy the festive atmosphere of the Tinsel Trail, enjoy holiday activities, and bring the kids to meet Santa Claus!
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.
AG Bell Alabama Chapter Inaugural Community Learning Expo on Hearing Loss: Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ferguson Student Center, University of Alabama campus. This expo from The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing seeks to raise awareness about the prevalence of hearing loss in Alabama, while educating parents and caregivers about the latest in pediatric hearing solutions. Food, drink, and activities for kids will be provided. For more information, visit agbell.com.
Alabama Museum of Natural History Holiday Open House: Dec. 9, 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 at this free event. Disney's Mickey Mouse will be there!
OLLI Spring Open House: Dec. 10, 4 to 6 p.m. Bryant Conference Center. Enjoy refreshments and learn more about OLLI@UA – a member-led community of lifelong learners catering towards mature adults. Come learn about our courses, field trips, and special events. For more information, call (205) 348-6482 or visit olli.ua.edu.
Theatre Tuscaloosa Presents Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”: Dec. 10-16, 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.
Chamber Business After Hours: Dec. 11, 5-7 p.m. JamisonMoneyFarmer,Tuscaloosa. For more information, visit tuscaloosachamber.com.
Tuscaloosa Community Dancers Presents “The Nutcracker”: Dec. 13-16, 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.
Alabama Choir School Winter Concerts: Dec. 14-15, 7 p.m. Moody Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Alabama campus. These annual performances feature the school’s five choir. For ticket information, and to purchase tickets call (205) 758-0927, or visit alachoirschool.org.
O’ Christmas Tree at CHOM: Dec. 15, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa, downtown Tuscaloosa. Make a Christmas tree ornament, design a festive wreath, and play holiday games. For more information, visit chomonline.org.
The Star of Bethlehem Live Nativity: Dec. 15-16, 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.
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.