Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Mark Your Calendars for Holiday Events Happening This Month

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Mark Your Calendars for Holiday Events Happening This Month

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After Dickens Downtown on Tuesday, and the opening of Holidays on the River -- delayed from Tuesday due to rain -- the holiday season in Tuscaloosa hits its busiest streak in the next few weeks.

This week alone, there are traditions including the University of Alabama's jazz-choral concert of holiday favorites, "Hilaritas"; the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers' "Nutcracker"; the 13th Holiday Singalong in Capitol Park; and one of the biggest, by numbers, events in the region, the West Alabama Christmas Parade.

Holidays on the River got rained out from continual downpours last Tuesday, but clearer skies are called for through the weekend, so ice skating should be back on.

After getting its start at Queen City Park on Jack Warner Parkway, the rink is now set up in the pit area of the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. It's $10 for a 90-minute skate session. There are other events planned at the Amp, including holiday-themed movies at 6 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; Santa Claus appearances Dec. 12-13, and 19-20; free horse- carriage rides Dec. 12-13 and 19- 23; music and other events throughout. For a full schedule, see www.holidaysontheriver.com.

TCD's "Nutcracker" begins tonight at the Bama Theatre. See the story for more.

"Hilaritas" will hold its usual yearly pair of performances, 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday, in the Moody Concert Hall, with tickets at $5 and $7 for students, $10 and $15 for general. Visit www.uamusic.tix.com or call 205-348-7111.

Saturday of course is the SEC Championship Game, and locals, anticipating Tide success, planned the few events for earlier in the day.

The Third Annual Toys for Tots Golf Tournament starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at The Links at Tuscaloosa Golf and Country Club, 1800 Links Blvd. It's $15 for members, $30 for non-members, and new toys should be brought for donations.

The folks at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tuscaloosa, 6400 New Watermelon Road, are hosting a Holiday Market from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, with 12 area vendors selling homemade or handmade items for Christmas gifts or holiday decorating. Included will be Mennonite bread, poinsettias, wellness products, coasters, pottery, tiles, crafts, relishes, bows, pottery, soaps, jewels, jewelry and more. …

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