North

  • Huntsville - Galaxy of Lights - November 10-December 31

    Named one of the top 20 events for the entire Southeast, this marvelous holiday light festival at the Huntsville Botanical Garden (which stretches for an entire mile) features over-the-top animated light displays, a charming winter village as well as dancing and singing nursery rhyme characters. Learn More

  • Huntsville - Rocket City Marathon - December 9

    A feature event for over 35 years in north Alabama, this mostly flat course is a Boston marathon qualifier and is hosted by the Huntsville Track Club. Learn More

Central

  • Montgomery - “A Christmas Carol” - November 19-December 24

    Usher in the holiday spirit with the timeless seasonal tale, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” beautifully produced by the world-renowned Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Make this holiday hit featuring Charles Dickens himself who, with sleight of hand and sense of humor, brings his magical story to life, part of your family’s annual tradition. Learn More

  • Opelika - Victorian Front Porch Tour - December 6-10

    The North Opelika Historic District transforms into a charming Victorian Christmas, decked out with delightful holiday scenes and other nostalgic figures. Learn More

  • Alex City - Russell Forest Run - February 24

    With both a 5K and 10K, this run leads participants over beautiful rolling hills and paths of sand, gravel and clay. Starting at Russell Crossroads and traveling through points like Kob’s Knob and Heaven Hill, this path is sure to please! Learn More

  • Montgomery - ClefWorks Concert - February 25-March 5

    Clefworks is a remarkable program that’s been improving the sounds of Montgomery for the last 10 years. This particular event culminates in a wonderful concert at The Capri Theatre in Old Cloverdale. School concerts and outreach activities will take place during the prior week as well. You can keep up with all of the “pop” ups throughout the event by following Clefworks on social media. Learn More

South

  • Theodore - Magic Christmas Lights at Bellingrath Gardens - November 24-December 31

    This must-see sparkling attraction features more than 1,000 set pieces and 3 million lights in 15 holiday-themed scenes amid the 65-acre garden estate. Learn More

  • Orange Beach - Polar Bear Dip - January 1

    Every year, the Flora-Bama invites folks to ring in the New Year by taking a dip in the Gulf of Mexico at high noon. Many dippers dress up for this special day or just come to enjoy the show! The venue provides the traditional feast with black-eyed peas, cornbread and ham along with some other goodies for those who take the plunge. Learn More

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