If you know me, you know I LOVE Christmas! Despite the craziness of decorating, shopping for gifts and attending holiday parties, it is such a wonderful time to do special things with your family and friends. In an effort to make it easier to find worthwhile things to do with your loved ones, I thought I would put together a list of current Christmas events in Montgomery, AL. I hope this helps brighten your holiday season this year.
The Montgomery Zoo’s Christmas Lights Festival
When: Dec 1-4, 8-11 and 15-31; 5:30 – 9:30 pm nightly
Come celebrate the season at the Montgomery Zoo’s 20th Annual Christmas Lights Festival. View thousands of lights in a variety of Christmas and animal themed displays throughout the beautiful Montgomery Zoo. Plus, there is a “Singing Christmas Tree” that has lights that dance to holiday music. Train rides are available to see the winter wonderland or you can stroll through the zoo at your own pace to see the decorations. The Zoo will also offer horse rides nightly for an additional fee. You can have your picture taken a top a grand horse, fit with jingle bells and all to make a special memory. Or visit Santa at Santa’s Hut near the train station for Christmas wishes and photos each night. An additional fee required to participate, but Santa is sure to bring a smile to you and your children.
Want more fun? The Christmas Craft Corner located at the Overlook Café will be open for zoo guests to make special crafts and keepsakes. A small fee is required to participate in this activity. And don’t forget to grab a bite to eat or get some hot chocolate at the zoo’s Overlook Café. There will be live entertainment each night at the Overlook Café starting at 6:15 pm to help brighten your break. Last but not least, pick up a last minute Christmas gift at the zoo’s gift shop. The shop will have a large variety of trinkets to choose from for the animal enthusiasts on your list.
Admission is $10.00 per person ages 3 years and up, the cost includes the train ride through the Zoo.
Montgomery Zoo Friends and children ages 2 years and under are admitted free (Train ride $3.00 additional for Zoo Friends). Contact the Montgomery Zoo at (334) 240-4900 for more information or visit http://www.montgomeryzoo.com.
This is a new event for Montgomery that is sponsored by the city. There is a snow machine that produces real snow that will create a “Winter Wonderland” at the corner of Tallapoosa and Commerce streets. The snow show will be held from 5 pm until 8 pm each Thursday and Saturday until Christmas.
Besides enjoying a very rare December snow flurry, you can also take a trolley ride to view Christmas lights throughout the city. Tickets for the trolley are only $5 and can be bought at the Commerce Street ticket booth. The trolleys will leave at 7pm and each run will be between 1.5 and 2 hours long. You can actually suggest stops for the trolley by calling 311 or 240-INFO.
The fun doesn’t stop there! Sleigh rides will also be offered as part of Dream in December. Capital City Carriage Service will provide horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown Montgomery. Plus, you can have your picture taken with Santa. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. For a family of four, the cost is $40 along with a donation for the Montgomery Area Food Bank.
While you are downtown for Dream in December, grab a bite to eat at one of the great dining spots. Downtown restaurants will be offering special Christmas dinners and events to coincide with what thisevent. From BBQ to Italian to seafood and gourmet options, there should be something for everyone.
Cruising with Santa
When: December 8-10 and 15-20 from 7 –9 pm. Boarding at 6:30
The City of Montgomery Parks and Recreation Department is offering riverboat cruises with who else….Santa Claus! The Harriott II will give you and yours a ride along the river. Tickets are $39 for adults, $19 for children and $1 for children 2 and under. Prices include a dinner of waldorf salad, baked ham, roasted turkey, dressing, (for children: chicken fingers), green beans almandine, sweet potato casserole, rolls, red velvet cake, tea & coffee. To purchase tickets call (334) 625-2100 or go in person to the Riverwalk Box Office at 200 Coosa Street. You can also buy tickets online at www.funontheriver.com.
Photos with Santa at The Shoppes of Eastchase
When: Saturdays in December, 2 – 7 pm, Sundays in December, 2 – 6 pm, December 21 – 23rd from 2 – 7
All at Santa’s Workshop inside Priester’s Pecans. Have a professional photo taken with Santa by the Studio at Eastchase. Various photo packages available.
Holiday Train Ride or Holiday Carriage Ride at Eastchase
When: Saturdays and Sundays in December (departing all day long)
Be sure to hop aboard the holiday train for a festive, fun-filled ride the whole family will enjoy. Or celebrate the season in style with a horse-drawn carriage ride around the property. Carriage rides provided by Capitol City Carriage.
Guthrie’s Brunch with Santa
When: December 10th at 10 am at the Guthrie’s in Eastchase
Kids of all ages can hang out with Santa and delight in a free bite to eat compliments of The Shoppes at Eastchase. Seating is limited so to reserve a spot, RSVP at 279-6046.
Breakfast with Santa at Panera Bread
When: December 17th and December 24th, 8:30 – 10:00 am At Panera Bread in Eastchase. Children can visit with Santa while they have breakfast provided at no charge by The Shoppes at Eastchase. RSVP with the Mall Office by Dec. 12 for the Dec. 17 breakfast and by Dec. 19 for the Dec. 24 breakfast. Call 279-6046 for more info.
Best Christmas Lights in Montgomery
When: all month long
Here are what I consider the best places to go to see great Christmas lights in Montgomery:
1. The Gemette’s at 3581 Dalraida Parkway (off of Wares Ferry Road)
2. House at corner of Boultier Street and Carter Hill Road. So many characters and lights it will make your head spin.
3. House in Eastern Forest (neighborhood past Wynlakes on the left) that has a dancing lights display synced to its own radio station. I’m not sure of this address, but you go into Eastern Forest and take a right…house is on the left.
4. The house on Vaughn Road right past the Perry Hill intersection, next to the church. This house also has a dancing lights display synced to its own radio station. It is smaller in scale than the Eastern Forest house, but still pretty cool.
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!