‘Tis the season to be jolly…and that means enjoying the plethora of festive holiday events that can be found in Montgomery and surrounding areas.
Here is a handy list of special events going on this holiday season:
ELF THE MUSICAL
Pike Road Intermediate School
4710 Pike Rd
Pike Rd, AL
December 1 – December 18, 2022
Directed by James Keith Posey
Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer) and Chad Beguelin (Disney's Aladdin on Broadway), with a book by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear. Purchase tickets HERE.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Alabama Shakespeare Festival
1 Festival Drive
December 2 – 13, 2022
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers the impact of his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Kate Bergstrom will make her directorial debut leading a cast of five actors who will use sound effects, singing, and quick character changes to bring to life this iconic American story. This production is perfect for all ages. Purchase tickets HERE.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FESTIVAL AT THE ZOO
Montgomery Zoo & Mann Wildlife Learning Museum
2301 Coliseum Pkwy
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
See the Montgomery Zoo transformed into a Winter Wonderland displaying thousands of sparkling and twinkling lights and festive decorations at Christmas Lights Festival. Take a leisurely stroll or enjoy a brisk train ride. Safely visit Santa and the Christmas Tree Village at the Mann Museum, enjoy the live entertainment at the Overlook Cafe, and no winter's night would be complete without some warming hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies from the Overlook Cafe. Make plans to swing by the Zoo and Museum Gift Shops for last minute gift purchases, souvenirs, and to participate in the Zoo Animal Angel Tree, helping conservation efforts at the Zoo and around the world. For more information and to purchase tickets click HERE.
A DOWNTOWN DICKENS CHRISTMAS
Historic Downtown Wetumpka
December 2 & 3, 2022 – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Join the Wetumpka Chamber in collaboration with the City of Wetumpka, and Main Street Wetumpka for a two-night community event as we celebrate the annual Christmas tree lighting and enjoy a Victorian Christmas in historic downtown Wetumpka! A Downtown Dickens Christmas will be held on December 2nd and 3rd from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, where you will be transported back to scenes from “A Christmas Carol” with period costumes, photos with Father Christmas, authentic vendors, and decorated downtown businesses. This is the perfect time to walk around our whimsical historic business district and complete your holiday shopping.
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PARADE AND FESTIVAL
3199 Main Street
Saturday, December 3, 2022 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Theme for this year is – “A Musical Millbrook Christmas”. Our Grand Marshals for this year’s parade are the SEHS Choir & Band Directors & members. The Parade will start at 2:00 pm at the Smokehouse Pit BBQ on Main Street and end at the intersection of Main Street and Coosada Road.
Arts & Crafts & Food Vendors & Entertainment – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. We will have entertainment on stage all day on the Village Green. Come out and see lots of dancers, old and young, and listen to some wonderful singers. We have a great variety of Arts & Crafts vendors, so come out and buy some beautiful and unique Christmas gifts. We have food vendors aplenty with all kinds of temptations. Come for breakfast, stay for lunch, and take home goodies for supper!
Santa & Mrs. Claus will be in the Gazebo in the Village Green and available for pictures 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Free photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus for children 12 and under.
JINGLE JAM: THE BIG GIVE
Centerpoint Fellowship Church
1200 McQueen Smith Rd
South Prattville, AL
December 4, 2022 – 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Are you looking for something exciting to do this Holiday season? Take a break from all the baking, shopping, and endless rolls of wrapping paper to join us at JINGLE JAM... a Christmas party big enough for the whole family! Jingle Jam will have it all! Fun and games, music, lights, an interactive show that's sure to engage all ages, and a totally rockin' after party! You don't want to miss this, so invite your friends and family and plan to join us for Jingle Jam on December 4th as we unwrap "THE BIG GIVE!"
We do have a limited capacity for this event, so please reserve your FREE tickets by Wednesday, November 30th!
While Jingle Jam is free to attend, we ask that each family consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy or blanket with you to donate to a wonderful cause! We are partnering with our friends at The Mercy House in Montgomery this Christmas season to help bless families in need.
BEDTIME STORIES WITH SANTA
The Shoppes at EastChase
7074 Eastchase Parkway
December 6 & 13, 2022 – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Put on your best holiday pajamas and head to Books-A-Million for Bedtime Stories with Santa! Each ticket will include a holiday book to take home, complimentary cookies, hot chocolate, and a reading by Santa. Following the reading, there will be time for photos with Santa and to tell him your holiday wishes!
Bedtime Stories will be hosted on Tuesday, December 6 and 13th from 4 PM - 6 PM. Tickets are sold in 30-minute increments to allow for quality time with the Man in the Red Coat! Purchase tickets HERE.
dot by Colman Domingo
960 Cloverdale Rd,
Montgomery, AL 36106
December 8th- 18th
The holidays are always a wild family affair at the Shealy house. But this year, Dotty and her three grown children gather with more than exchanging presents on their minds. As Dotty struggles to hold on to her memory, her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. This twisted and hilarious new play grapples unflinchingly with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of a West Philly neighborhood.
Directed by our own Greg Thornton, former company member at ASF
COOKIES WITH SANTA
The Party Palace
1032A US 231
December 9, 2022 – 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Come experience the magic and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Party Palace.
Get your child’s photo taken and have a cookie as well (made by the elves themsELVES)
For extra magic have your child bring Santa a hand-written note with what their wish is for Christmas!
We will take professional photos as well and will upload them to our Facebook page for sharing!
Children under 2 and adults are free.
All other children need a paid ticket. Purchase tickets HERE
A SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS
First United Methodist Church
2416 W Cloverdale Park
December 11, 2022 – 9:45 am to 10:45 am
On the third Sunday of Advent, our Cathedral Choir, an orchestra, and soloists will lead us in the holiday musical event of the season. Bring your family and friends to experience the sounds of the season during this unforgettable worship event!
CRAFTS AT CHRISTMAS
First Presbyterian Church
100 West Bridge Street
December 13, 2022 – 12:00 pm
Central Alabama Master Gardeners will share all types of tips and tricks for making fun festive crafts to share with others and decorate with this holiday season. This event is free to the public. Water is provided, bring a sack lunch and a friend! For more information contact Elmore County Extension Office at 334-567-6301.
ZOOFARI WINTER CAMP
December 27 – December 30, 2022
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Museum
2301 Coliseum Parkway
Campers will enjoy unique, educational, and fun daily winter-themed activities, make crafts, experience behind the scenes animal encounters, and perhaps make a new friend or two. Close out the holidays and bring in the new year with a WILDLIFE bang at the Montgomery Zoo! For more information click HERE.
HOLIDAYS ON THE HARRIOTT II
Harriott II Riverboat
213 Commerce St
Fridays and Saturdays through December – 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
The Holidays are magical when you take a cruise on the Harriott II. Purchase your tickets online HERE to enjoy a delicious dinner, dancing and spectacular views.
Wishing you a festive and happy holiday season from your Hat Team of Professional Realtors!
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