It is the holiday season and that means much shopping!

Parents are often distracted and kids are intrigued by elevators, escalators, and elaborate store displays; which poses a surprising number of hazards that can cause severe injuries.  Here are some tips for keeping children safe during the holiday shopping.

Do you have activities and traditions passed along by your parents that you now enjoy with your children when the holiday season rolls around? Or are you a believer in creating your own? Or maybe you are a mother for the first time this year and are looking to discover and incorporate new traditions for your new family.  

If you’ve ever wanted to view a Christmas parade on the water, now’s your chance. On Saturday, Dec. 9, the community can enjoy the annual Christmas Afloat parade. The recreational boating club Pirates of the Warrior will host its annual lighted Christmas parade. 

For over 30 years, the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers have enchanted audiences with their annual performance of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Undoubtedly, this year's dancers, under the direction of Alden Phillips, a Tuscaloosa native and alumna of the performance group, will continue that tradition. 

If you’ve ever thought about having your pet’s photo taken with Santa Claus, now might be a great time to actually get that done. The Humane Society of West Alabama’s annual pet photos with Santa is happening soon at Pet Supplies Plus on McFarland Boulevard.

Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority announces the selection of four individuals as Grand Marshals of the 42nd Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade sponsored by PARA.

Tickets for the City of Tuscaloosa’s Holidays on the River event went on sale on Monday, Nov. 13. New this year, all day passes are available for purchase.

Fall in Tuscaloosa is remarkable sight. And in addition to the plethora of pumpkin spice lattes, and the stunning autumn colors beginning to burst from the trees, there are also some great Halloween destinations you don’t want to miss this month. 

Whether you’re into the spooky frights – like a tour of Tuscaloosa’s most haunted places – or you just want to enjoy a crisp fall day picking pumpkins, these are some of the best places for families to enjoy fall fun in the area.

On Tuesday, July 4th, Tuscaloosa kicks off its seventh annual Celebration on the River event. Free family activities, a performance by the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks display over the Black Warrior River will be featured. 

Season’s greetings! We hope you all had a lovely holiday – now get ready for another one. New Year’s Day is almost here, and as we usher in 2017, these are a few of the events happening in and around the area.

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