Montgomery is Your Home for the Holidays


MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The City of Montgomery is transforming into a winter wonderland beginning December 1 and continuing through New Year’s Eve, as dozens of free, family-friendly holiday events are being held across the region. 

Montgomery Mayor Steven L. Reed will kick off the holiday festivities on Tuesday, December 5, at 6:00 p.m., at Montgomery’s Riverfront Park with Christmas on the Riverfront. The program will feature performances from local artists and children, and culminate with Mayor Reed and First Lady Tamika Reed officially lighting the city’s Christmas tree. 

On Thursday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 6 p.m., Mayor Reed and the Jewish Federation of Central Alabama will host a Hanukkah Celebration & Menorah Lighting at Montgomery City Hall. 

On Friday, December 8, Mayor Reed will be leading floats, marching bands, community organizations, and Santa Claus down Montgomery’s historic Dexter Avenue in the Capital City Christmas Parade. Coverage of the parade will air live on WSFA starting at 6:15 p.m. 

Montgomery Mayor Steven L. Reed said about this year’s holiday season, “As Andy Rooney once famously said, ‘There is something about Christmas that requires a homecoming. It’s a time for gathering, for sharing meals and memories with those we love.’ The City of Montgomery is happy to welcome everyone home for the holidays.”  

The season will come to a close on December 31 with the Downtown Countdown New Years Eve Celebration.  

A full schedule of holiday events across Montgomery can be found below: 

Christmas Lights Festival at the Montgomery Zoo 

December 1-25 at the Montgomery Zoo 

Alabama River Region Ballet “The Nutcracker” 

December 1-2, at 7 p.m. at Davis Theater 

Jewelry Making: Enameled Christmas Ornaments  

December 1, at the Armory Learning Arts Center 

Alabama Shakespeare Festival Holiday Open House 

December 2, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival 

Christmas Ornaments Workshop 

December 4, at the Montgomery Armory 

Christmas on the Riverfront 

December 5 at 6 p.m. at Riverfront Park 

Ice Skating on the Riverfront 

December 5-31, 2 p.m.  – 8 p.m. daily at Riverfront Park 

Montgomery’s Hanukkah Celebration 

December 7, from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Montgomery City Hall 

Capitol City Christmas Parade 

December 8, at 6:15 p.m. Downtown Montgomery  

Jewelry Making: Metal Clay Dangle Earrings  

December 8, at the Armory Learning Arts Center 

Holiday Art Making @ MMFA 

December 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 

Christmas Ornaments Workshop 

December 11, at the Armory Learning Arts Center 

Holiday Family Game Night 

December 15, at 6 p.m. at Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library 

Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert 

December 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center

Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Zoofari Winter Camp 

December 18 – 22, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Center 

Montgomery Boat Parade  

December 22, at 6:15 p.m. at Riverfront Park 

Ninth Annual Camellia Bowl 

December 23, 11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at The Historic Cramton Bowl 

Downtown Countdown – NYE Celebration  

December 31 from 9 p.m. to midnight at Riverwalk Amphitheatre 

Article submitted by City of Montgomery. 

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