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2022 Guide to Holiday Events in Tuscaloosa




November 1

Art Garage Calligraphy Class 6:30pm-8:00pm

Join us for our next community art class, calligraphy. Kalynn will return to the Art Garage to teach a class on the art of using dipped pen. She is a talented calligrapher and has created custom pieces of artwork for many clients. We are so honored to have her share her talent with us and teach us the basics of calligraphy. Each guest will receive a pen, a nib, and a small amount of ink. This is the perfect art to learn just before the holidays. Just think...gift tags, packaging, and even your Christmas Card envelopes! Class is discounted for members. Community classes are geared for teens-adults. $45; must sign up online. www.artgaragetuscaloosa.com


November 4

Northport Pharmacy & Gift Gallery Christmas Open House 8am – 6pm. Shop with us and enjoy 20% off your purchase with free gift wrap!


November 5

Northport Pharmacy & Gift Gallery Christmas Open House 8am-12pm. Shop with us and enjoy 20% off your purchase with free gift wrap!


November 8-12

Tinsel Trail Ornament Making at Art Garage - Various Times

Book any open play session during this week and your child will have the chance to make an ornament for the Art Garage Tinsel Trail. Ornaments will be on display throughout the holiday season and then can be collected from the Art Garage after the holidays are over. $20 (included with any open play session reservation); must book a session online. www.artgaragetuscaloosa.com


November 11

PARAkids Veteran’s Day Camp for grades K-6 at Phelps Activity Center

For more information or to register, visit www.tcpara.org.


Reindeer Express Market at the Bobby Miller Center Shopping Hours: 12-4

Vendor booths are $40, includes 1 8ft table, additional tables available $5

Vendors can set up Saturday from 6p-8 and 10-12 Sunday morning.

Free for shoppers. For more information call 205-758-0419.


Turkey Tumble Parents Night Out 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Bama Bounders Gymnastics - 2005 32nd Street, Northport, 35476

Join us for our Turkey Tumble Parents Night Out! We will have lots of turkey tumbling games, activities and art project as well as gymnastics, trampoline, pizza dinner and lots of fun! Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. You must register by Thursday, November 10 to participate. We no longer take walk ins. Sign up today and get your friends to sign up too! Visit www.thebamabounders.com or call (205) 861-2436.



November 13

Confetti Gift & Party Open House 1pm-5pm

Come see the best of the holiday season from teacher gifts to stocking stuffers and sample the season’s favorites.


EverHayes Tween to Teen Boutique Open House 1pm – 4pm

It's that time of year again. The Holidays have arrived. Visit our open house for a fun event of hors d'oeuvres, treats and more. See our collections of clothing, gifts and even a little bit of Christmas Decor. We will have door prizes and discounts throughout the store. We cannot wait to see you.


Holiday Open (Ivy) House – Ivy House Boutique 12:30pm – 4pm

Join us for our Annual Holiday Open (Ivy) House! Enjoy treats, hang out with friends, and sip our special cocktail while you shop our Thanksgiving and Christmas collections! We will also be featuring our favorite gift ideas and offering exclusive specials. We can’t wait to see you!



November 17

Preschool Storytime & Craft “Thanksgiving Book” at Art Garage 10:30am-11:00am

Join us for a seasonal preschool Story time and a Simple Craft. Craft and story will not last longer than 30 minutes. Studio is closed for open play. Ages 2-5. Parents stay during story times and craft. Parents are welcome to assist children. This event is discounted for members. $10; must sign up online. www.artgaragetuscaloosa.com


November 18

PARAkids Bonfire at Phelps Activity Center, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Drop the kids off for a night of fun featuring a bonfire! This event will include games, music, pizza, hot chocolate & s'mores, and sparklers! Don't forget to bring a lawn chair and blanket. Fee: $15.00 per participant. Pre-registration is required to guarantee a spot. Registration deadline: Wednesday, November 16. To register, visit www.tcpara.org.


November 21

Holidays on the Plaza returns to Tuscaloosa’s Government Plaza with ice skating, music, movie nights and more. Admission to Holidays on the Plaza is free to all guests, however, skate pass tickets are required for skate rental and access to the ice rink. www.holidaysontheplaza.com


PARAkids Thanksgiving Day Camp for grades K-6 at Phelps Activity Center and Jerry Tingle Activity Center. For more information and to register, visit www.tcpara.org.


Tinsel Trail Grand Opening – 5:30pm

Join us to kick off the Trail season at Government Plaza! Come enjoy holiday music, refreshments, visit with sponsors, and see all of the trees that light up downtown Tuscaloosa for the holiday season.



December 2-4

Disney’s Frozen JR. brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Disney’s Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Disney’s Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Tickets: https://tuscaloosachildrenstheatre.net/ *online ticket sales are highly encouraged

Show Times:

December 2 @ 7:00pm

December 3 @ 2:00pm and 7pm

December 4 @ 2:00pm


December 3

Cookies with Santa at Northport Pharmacy & Gift Gallery 9am-12pm. Take your picture with Santa and enjoy some cookies with him!


December 4

Pet Night on Tinsel Trail Government Plaza 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Mark your calendars and bring your furry friend to Tinsel Trail's Pet Night. Come by to enjoy the Trail with your pet, take festive holiday pet pictures, and meet local community pet partners. Awards are given for best holiday pet costumes and attire!


December 5

The 46th Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade "A Retro Christmas" Downtown Tuscaloosa 6:30pm. One of Alabama's largest Christmas Parades is coming back for its 46th year! The Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade is scheduled for Monday, December 5, 2022 at 6:30 pm with the theme of "A Retro Christmas". The Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse at 5:15 pm as well. Bring the kiddos for a night of festive fun in the heart of West Alabama!


December 6

Christmas Cookie Decorating at Art Garage - 6:30-8:00pm

Join us for our yearly cookie decorating community class. We love Kate Bakes and she is always so gracious to come back each year and teach this class. She is an excellent baker and will teach all the tricks needed to master cookie decorating for the holidays. Guests will leave with several cookies to take home and enjoy. All supplies are provided. Class is discounted for members. Community classes are geared for teens-adults. $45. www.artgaragetuscaloosa.com


Dickens Downtown Historic Downtown Northport - 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Dickens Downtown is a FREE family-family event celebrating the Christmas spirit and the joy of giving. Enjoy activities, shopping, and music all throughout downtown. Attendees are highly encouraged to dress in costume. Visit “The Merchants of Historic Downtown Northport” Facebook page for more information.


December 8

Tinsel Trail's Ugly Sweater Night Government Plaza - 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Come in your tackiest holiday sweater and join the festivities. Enjoy the Trail as we host live holiday trivia, award the best ugly sweaters, and more!


Preschool Storytime & Craft “Christmas Book” at Art Garage - 10:30am-11:00am

Join us for a seasonal preschool Story time and a Simple Craft. Craft and story will not last longer than 30 minutes. Studio is closed for open play. Ages 2-5. Parents stay during story times and craft. Parents are welcome to assist children. This event is discounted for members. $10, must sign up online. www.artgaragetuscaloosa.com


December 8-11

The Nutcracker presented by The Tuscaloosa Community Dancers at the Historic Bama Theatre. Featuring local talent blended with professional guest artists from around the country, TCD’s 51st production will truly be one of a kind. Tickets for any of the performances and Breakfast with the Nutcracker may be purchased online at For tickets, visit: https://buy.tututix.com/tuscaloosacommunitydancers.

Show times:

Thursday, December 8 @ 7pm

Friday December 9 @ 7pm

Saturday, December 10 @ 10am and 5pm

Sunday, December 11 @ 2pm.



December 9

The Grinch Parents Night Out - 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Bama Bounders Gymnastics - 2005 32nd Street, Northport 35476

Get in the holiday spirit with our Grinch Parents Night Out! The night will be filled with Grinch and holiday games, activities and an art project as well as gymnastics, trampoline, pizza dinner and lots of festive fun! Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. You must register by Thursday, December 8 to participate. We no longer take walk ins. Sign up today and get your friends to sign up too! Visit www.thebamabounders.com or call (205) 861-2436.



December 9-18

The Great Christmas Cookie Bake-Off presented by Theatre Tuscaloosa

In this festive, family-friendly musical, eight young cookie chefs from across the country battle it out for first prize at the Cookie Coliseum. As three celebrity judges eliminate the chefs one by one, tension mounts and rivalry begins to give way to charity, family, and forgiveness. Meanwhile, the chefs learn what really makes for a winning Christmas recipe. Visit www.Theatretusc.com or call 204.391.2277.



December 10

Alabama Choir School Winter Concert at UA's Moody Concert Hall 7:00 PM

Tickets at acstickets.ludus.com. Come hear the three fantastic choirs of the Alabama Choir School sing music from four centuries in several different languages, including contemporary show choir tunes from The Greatest Showman, Oliver, Pentatonix, and Big Fish! More information at www.alachoirschool.org.


“Breakfast with the Nutcracker” 8:45am. This fundraiser for TCD, taking place immediately before the show, is a chance for parents and children to join some of their favorite characters for breakfast before they join Clara on her Christmas Eve journey during the show. For tickets, visit: https://buy.tututix.com/tuscaloosacommunitydancers


Gingerbread House Making at Art Garage - Various Times

Join us for our yearly Gingerbread House Class Special Event. We have several dates and times offered. Children are not dropped off for this event. Special events are discounted by 10% for family membership holders. $25; must sign up online. www.artgaragetuscaloosa.com



December 12

Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra’s "Home for the Holidays" Annual Holiday Concert at UA's Moody Concert Hall 7:00 PM. The Ambassador and Chamber Choirs of the Alabama Choir School will be featured performers for the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra's "Home for the Holidays" Annual Holiday Concert. Tickets at tsoonline.org


December 15

City of Northport’s 2nd Annual Holiday Open House at City of Northport Civic Center. 5pm - 8:00pmPlease join the City of Northport this holiday season for our annual Holiday Open House. Come all and come merry, Santa and friends will be attending and will be awaiting to meet each and every one of you. This family-friendly event will be free to the community and in hopes of spreading a little holiday cheer, to all!


December 16

Family Night on Tinsel Trail – Government Plaza 4pm-7pm

​​Bring your family for crafts & activities, refreshments, and Santa!!! Family Night on Tinsel Trail is a free event.



December 17

Gingerbread House Making at Art Garage - Various Times

Join us for our yearly Gingerbread House Class Special Event. We have several dates and times offered. Children are not dropped off for this event. Special events are discounted by 10% for family membership holders. $25; must sign up online. www.artgaragetuscaloosa.com


December 19

PARAkids Christmas Break Day Camp for grades K-6

December 19-23, 26-30 and January 2-4. For more information and to register, visit www.tcpara.org.


December 20

Nutcracker Painting at Art Garage - 10am

We are excited to host a new holiday event for 2022. Each attendee will paint a wooden nutcracker to keep. The class will last about 1 hour and children may be dropped off for this event. Children over the age of 5 may attend. Best for older children. $25; must sign up online. www.artgaragetuscaloosa.com


December 21

Gingerbread House Making at Art Garage - Various Times

Join us for our yearly Gingerbread House Class Special Event. We have several dates and times offered. Children are not dropped off for this event. Special events are discounted by 10% for family membership holders. $25; must sign up online. www.artgaragetuscaloosa.com


***Art Garage Holiday Themed Open Play Sessions November & December Tuesdays- Saturdays (Various Times). Join us for our weekly HOLIDAY - themed open play sessions during November and December. Themes range from Turkey week, Thanksgiving foods, Christmas Decorations, Christmas Treats, Christmas Wreaths and Trees, And New Year’s Week. Open play sessions will have fun, age appropriate themed seasonal projects all through the Holidays. $20; must book a session online. www.artgaragetuscaloosa.com




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