Well everyone, we hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday. Warm enough for you? On that note, one KEY thing to mention right now: The Holidays on the River ice skating rink is going to be closed on Monday, Dec. 28, because of the recent storms and high temperatures. Unfavorable ice conditions has forced officials to close temporarily – so while it’s listed here as one of the few big events for the week, check the Holidays on the River Facebook site for updates. Boo for warm weather!

And you know one reason why this calendar is a bit thin this week, especially given that New Year’s Eve is coming? Hint: ROLL TIDE. I think half the town (or more) is going to the playoff game and the other half are holding watch parties. Enjoy!

Whatever you do this week, have a blast and enjoy your vacations as we all prep to ring in 2016 on Friday!

Holidays on the River: Through Jan. 18, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. With Ice skating, music and dance performances and more, this event offers something for the entire family. For more information, visit holidaysontheriver.com or Holidays on the River on Facebook.

Indian Hills Year End Celebration: Wednesday, Dec. 30, 6 to 9 p.m. Indian Hills Country Club. Celebrate the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 with fun time with friends and family, great food and music by Angela and the Able Brothers.

New Year’s Eve for Kids: Dec. 31, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa (C.H.O.M.), downtown Tuscaloosa. The Balloon Drop happens at 11 a.m. For more information: (205) 349-4235 and www.chomonline.org.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Michigan State Spartans: Thursday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas. The game is on ESPN. Tune in. Yell loud. Roll with the Tide!

UPCOMING EVENTS in January:

Bama Art House Winter Series: Ongoing, Bama Theatre, downtown Tuscaloosa. The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa presents this series of film screenings, which take place each Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. through Feb. 16. The first film in the series, “Room,” is scheduled for Jan. 12. For more information, call (205) 758-5195 or visit bamatheatre.org.  

Free Estate Planning and Asset Protection Workshop at Red Oak Legal, PC: Tuesday, Jan. 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. 500 Towncenter Blvd., Ste. B, in Tuscaloosa.  Educational workshop presented by local attorney G. Stephen Wiggins. Topics include wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance directives, living wills, long-term care, Medicaid qualification, and probate administration. Also, how to protect your assets from:  divorce, remarriage, creditors, bankruptcy, and nursing homes. Registration is required. Call (205) 764-1262 or go to redoaklegalpc.com.

Kentuck Art Night in downtown Northport: Thursday, Jan. 7, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event, a monthly celebration of art and artists, is free to the public. For more information, visit kentuck.org/art-night. 

The ACT Auditions for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: Jan 11-12, Sign-in 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Covenant Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa. A classical Shakespearean monologue is preferred, but contemporary pieces are fine too. Ages: 8th grade and older. For more information, visit theactonline.com or The Actor’s Charitable Theatre on Facebook.  

CHOM Celebrates National Popcorn Day: Jan. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa (C.H.O.M.), downtown Tuscaloosa. Enjoy popcorn crafts, parachute popcorn games and more. And of course, eat popcorn! For more information: (205) 349-4235 and chomonline.org

Realizing the Dream Concert: Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m. Moody Music Concert Hall, University of Alabama campus. Award-winning South African artist Jonathan Butler is the featured artist for the 2016 Realizing the Dream Concert, part of the 27th annual weekend of recognition for the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For more information about Realizing the Dream activities and events, call (205) 348-7111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is it, T-Town: It’s almost here. Soon, Santa will make his annual visit to our fair city, and we’ll all be gathering around holiday tables with friends and family to celebrate Christmas.

Have you finished your shopping? Yes? Well if so, then check out some of these fun events happening around town this week. Obviously with the holiday, this weekly calendar will be slightly thinner than usual – but that’s just because almost everyone will be taking several days off this week to enjoy some much-needed down time.

And if you haven’t finished your shopping, stop reading this immediately. Get the car keys and go shop – and remember to shop local, y’all!

Happy Holidays from everyone at Druid City Living.

May the Force be with you, Tuscaloosa. Gee, can you guess what major event is happening this week? Yeah, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on Friday but if you aren’t planning on braving the theater crowds to see it in its opening weekend, guess what? You’ve got tons of fun options for things to do all week long, including this weekend. From a Live Nativity scene in Northport to Christmas Afloat on the Black Warrior River to The Mulligan Brothers acoustic performance at the Bama to a special night of bowling at AMF just for stressed out moms, we’re hopping, T-Town!

Enjoy these events, you must.

A TSO Christmas: Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Moody Concert Hall, University of Alabama School of Music, Tuscaloosa. Don’t miss the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra’s annual sold-out classic, which features a myriad of holiday favorites, including sing-alongs and music from Steve Sample. For more information, including tickets, call (205) 752-5515 or visit www.tsoonline.org.

Theatre Tuscaloosa Auditions for “The Glass Menagerie”: Dec 14-15, 6 p.m. Wilson Carr Rehearsal Hall, Bean-Brown Theatre, Shelton State Community College. For more information, call (205) 391-2277.

United Way 2015 Campaign Celebration: Dec. 15, 5:30-7 p.m. Embassy Suites, Tuscaloosa. Join United Way of West Alabama for its 2015 campaign celebration where you'll meet and hear from campaign volunteers and learn West Alabama's fundraising total for the annual United Way campaign. For more information, contact Julie Mann at (205) 345-6640 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2nd Annual Tacky Christmas Sweater and Bowling Mom’s Night Out: Dec. 15, 7 p.m. AMF Bama Lanes, 520 15th Street East, Tuscaloosa. It’s all about bad bowling, questionable fashion choices and lots of laughs! Cost: $12 (two hours of bowling and shoe rental). For more information, visit amf.com/bamalanes.

Holiday Acoustic Night at the Bama Theatre Featuring The Mulligan Brothers: Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. Greensboro Room, Bama Theatre, downtown Tuscaloosa. This event is a benefit for the Druid City Garden Project. Tickets: $15. For more information, visit bamatheatre.org.

Just like last week, this week is jam-packed with tons of fun things to do and see and hear. And yep, it's ALL about the holidays! Don’t you just love December in Tuscaloosa and Northport? Well, of course you do. You live here. And don’t forget: Holidays on the River continues through Jan. 18, so pick a time and head down to enjoy ice skating, the Tinsel Trees, some holiday music and a festive good time!

40th Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade, PARA: Dec. 7, 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.  

Chick-fil-A Toys for Tots Drive: Dec. 8, 5-7 p.m. Chick-fil-A Tuscaloosa South. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and receive a free Chick-Fil-A Nugget Kid’s Meal (4-count). Crafts and coloring for the kids will be available, along with a special visit from Santa Cow.

Market After Dark: Dec. 9, 6 to 8 p.m., Makers Market Tuscaloosa. The Makers Market has partnered with Turning Point for a special night of shopping. Proceeds benefit Turning Point. Come see tons of great handcrafted items made by locals, and enjoy a silent auction for Pie Lab Pies! Check out The Maker’s Market on Facebook.

Sweet Escape: Dec. 10, 4 – 7 p.m. Bama Bed and Breakfast, downtown Tuscaloosa. This evening of shopping, pampering and chocolate tasting is for the women of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. For more information, call (205) 391-0559. 

Happy Holidays, T-town! This week is packed with great events that everyone in the family can enjoy, including the big annual Tuscaloosa tradition: Holidays on the River. In addition, The Nutcracker is set for this weekend at the Bama Theatre downtown, and Hilaritas, another huge local tradition, will be held at the Moody Music Building’s concert hall. Read on: You’re sure to find something fun to do!

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