It has started to look a lot like Christmas in recent weeks, but Thanksgiving typically marks the start of the Christmas season, with parades and other festivities to spread the holiday cheer.
Here are some activities and events in the region:
Let It Snow, at the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts: Open now through January 31; Admission of $ 8 for adults and children over 24 months, includes all-day admission to Imagination Place. The times and dates are: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Closed on Thanksgiving Day until November 28, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and New Years Eve until January 2.
Christmas at the Falls, Noccalula Falls Park: 4 to 9 p.m., Thanksgiving Day to January 1; closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tickets must be purchased online and inclement weather may close the event (check social media for weather closures). Tickets can be transferred to another night, but there will be no refund on unused tickets. Tickets will be pre-sold online only by night and time slot. Monday through Thursday, $ 8, plus online fees; Friday to Sunday $ 10, plus online fees.
Gadsden Christmas Parade: December 4 at 10:00 a.m., with programming at 8:30 a.m., in downtown Gadsden.
The Woman’s Club of Gadsden 2021 Holiday Tour of Home: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. December 5. Tickets are $ 15 at the door, $ 10 in advance, available from club members, by calling Martha Elrod at 256-442-7405, at the Floyd Law Firm, The Alabama Gift Company and all stores Johnson’s Giant Food.
Southside-Rainbow City Boat Parade: Lights on at 7 p.m. on December 5, line-up at 6 p.m. Boats will depart from Rainbow Landing and line up above Little Bridge Marina, pass the community of Buck’s Island and return. People are welcome to watch from the comfort of their vehicles from the Southside waterfront property.
Glencoe Town Biscuits and Cocoa with Santa: 6 p.m. December 6 at the Glencoe Public Safety Building; Santa will arrive at 6 p.m.
Attalla Town Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade: Tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. on December 9, parade follows at 6 p.m.
Rainbow City Gold City Christmas: 6 p.m. December 9, free concert with Gold City and the Joyful Juniors, at Rainbow Town Hall.
Hokes Bluff Christmas Parade, “Christmas Luau”: December 16, 4:00 pm, programming is 3:30 pm between Hokes Bluff Elementary School and Hokes Bluff Middle School.
Southside Christmas Parade: 4:30 p.m. on December 11, the line-up is at 3:00 p.m. and forms at Southside Town Hall.
10th Annual Carver Community Christmas Parade: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11, training at the Old Goodyear Warehouse, towards Carver Square.
Contact Gadsden Times reporter Donna Thornton at 256-393-3284 or [email protected]
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