Hard realities tend to hit us at the most inopportune times. Like your deciding another baby may be great, and, on the very same afternoon, you witness the biggest meltdown you’ve ever seen in Publix by a 25-pound bundle of Huggies with a pacifier? This happens a lot during the holidays. Reality is amplified. Be prepared this year.
Not surprisingly, this week’s community calendar is a little on the light side. Given that this is the week leading up to Christmas Day, fewer events are being held – but that does *not* mean great opportunities aren’t around for family holiday fun. Check out Holidays on the River – go ice skating! Or visit the Tuscaloosa Barnyard’s Country Christmas and enjoy a lovely festive hayride and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. You can also check out a live nativity pageant in Northport!
Whatever you do this week, we hope it is relatively stress-free and enjoyable. Have a wonderful holiday!
It’s been a busy year for The Actor’s Charitable Theatre (ACT), and the group is closing out 2016 in grand fashion, presenting the holiday classic “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at the Bama Theatre, Dec. 16-19.
“This is a funny and heartwarming tale that not only entertains, but reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas,” said Joey Lay, the artistic director and one of the original founders of The ACT. “’The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ will feature an all-inclusive cast, highlighting Tuscaloosa’s talent of all abilities.”
This week’s calendar is loaded with excellent opportunities to enjoy everything our area has to offer. And if you are still not in the holiday spirit, you will be: Just go check out The ACT’s hilarious production of “The Best Christmas Ever,” or enjoy Theatre Tuscaloosa’s stellar “A Christmas Carol.” The Tuscaloosa Barnyard is doing “A Country Christmas,” and several other area businesses are holding holiday-themed events.
Ho ho ho!
The Junior League of Tuscaloosa will host Breakfast with Santa at the Drish House on Dec. 10, with three seatings: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and noon. Tickets cost $15, all attendees regardless of age must have a ticket. This annual event is a great opportunity to get your entire family in the Christmas spirit.
Tuscaloosa’s Christmas Afloat returns to the water Saturday, Dec. 10. The lighted holiday boat parade will move from the McFarland bridge area to the area near the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. The event, which also features a fireworks show, will be viewable from both shores of the Black Warrior River.
All the rain Tuscaloosa has seen in recent days, including on Monday, has resulted in a decision to move the 41st Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade to Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Becky Booker with Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority said in addition, the tree lighting ceremony on the steps of the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse has been canceled. Booker did add that the Grand Marshal Reception would be held as originally scheduled.
“All parade line up procedures, times, and rules will still apply on Thursday,” Booker said.
Theatre Tuscaloosa will present Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Dec. 9-18 in the Bean-Brown Theatre on the Martin Campus of Shelton State Community College.
In this stage adaptation of the Dickens classic, four spirits visit Ebenezer Scrooge in his dreams to help him find the true meaning of Christmas. It is a show for young and old and a great way for families to celebrate the holiday spirit.
This year marks the 27th year of Northport’s annual Dickens Downtown, a Victorian Christmas celebration sponsored by the Northport Merchants Association.
Dressed in traditional period costumes, carolers and characters will stroll the streets of historic downtown Northport. Visitors can also enjoy arts and crafts demonstrations, a Holiday Market from Kentuck, and even a visit from Father Christmas.