Looking for holiday festivities? Here’s what’s happening in Tuscaloosa

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter A’Leeyah Ponder

The air is filled with Christmas cheer around Tuscaloosa, and there are plenty of opportunities for those seeking a family-friendly outing this month.

Tuscaloosa’s top holiday attractions are undoubtedly Holidays on the Plaza and the Tinsel Trail, both located at Government Plaza in downtown Tuscaloosa.

An outdoor ice skating rink is the prime draw, but the Tinsel Trail’s 150-plus live Christmas trees decorated by local organizations is a close second. The Tinsel Trail will be in place through Jan. 2, and Holidays on the Plaza is open through Jan. 17.

“We came out to have a little family fun on the ice,” Tuscaloosa local Richard Branam said. “We usually come down here every year and go ice skating with the kids.”

He said he and his family have made ice skating a family tradition. Other families were out too, visiting Holidays on the Plaza and checking out the trees on the Tinsel Trail.

“We’re coming out to see the trees in the daytime,” said Tuscaloosan Joseph Freeman. “We’ve seen them in the nighttime.”

Christmastime is always one of the happiest times of year for children, and this year is no exception.

“I’m excited because Santa’s giving me a lot of presents,” said Serenity, who was out with her parents.

But Holidays on the Plaza and the Tinsel Trail are merely two of Tuscaloosa’s Christmas goings-on. Here’s some other activities you might find up your alley:

  • The Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa is hosting a Christmas scavenger hunt Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests must be 2 or older, and all guests must wear a museum-approved mask from entry to exit. All scavenger hunt activities are included in the regular admission price.
  • Tuscaloosa Public Library is hosting a Holiday Open House filled with holiday music, crafts and cookies on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the library’s main branch on Jack Warner Parkway
  • The Nutcracker presented by the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers will be at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa at the following:
  • The Alabama Choir School is hosting its winter concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10, at the University of Alabama’s Moody Music Concert Hall in the Moody Music Building. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased right here
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