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Christmas in Limestone County 2020

The Chamber of Commerce, Athens Main Street, City of Athens, Limestone County Commission, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association, and several community volunteers have formed a committee to help promote and celebrate the holiday season. 

34th Annual Christmas Open House - November 21-22 2020 - Downtown Athens, AlabamaDSCN0113

The Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce and Athens Main Street are planning a weekend full of fun for the whole family. The date for this year's Christmas Open House is November 21 through November 22.

Skating rink hours are Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 4 p.m. 

Photos with Santa on Marion Street will be from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. 

Merry Market on Marion Street will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from Noon to 4 p.m. For vendor applications, click here

NEW THIS YEAR: The Broken Brush Art Studio will offer painting opportunities for children and adults near the skating rink. Children can paint a Christmas Tree Night Light for $15 each and adults can paint a 12" Lighted Christmas Tree for $45. Take home paint kits will also be available for purchase. If you purchase four or more items, you will receive a discount. 

Be sure to join us for The “Season of Love” Christmas Concert hosted by Jerome & Tiffany Malone on November 21 from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on the Courthouse Square!

Carriage Rides will be available throughout the weekend via Stan Smith.

North Pole Stroll - December 1 - 31, 2020 - Big Spring Memorial Park - Downtown Athens

Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association is offering businesses the opportunity to purchase a tree in their annual North Pole Stroll. The stroll is located in Big Spring Memorial Park in downtown Athens. Trees are $100 and for more information, contact the Tourism Office at (256) 232-5411 or visit their website here. Tourism is providing a more extensive list of Christmas events here

Annual Limestone County Commission Christmas Tree Lighting - December 3, 2020 - East Side of the Limestone County Courthouse Lawn

Before the annual parade, the Limestone County Commission would like to invite the community out for some Christmas carols and excitement as Limestone County's official Christmas tree will be lit on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at 5 p.m. on the east side lawn of the historic Limestone County Courthouse. Carols will be sung by Tom McClung and the emcee for the event will be Jamie & Gloria Cooper. Ornaments, decorated by area students, will be judged and winners will be announced. There is a 100 percent chance of snow at the courthouse. 

Athens-Limestone County Christmas Parade - December 3, 2020 - Begins Promptly at 6 p.m.

After the tree lighting, residents from across the entire county will convene for the annual Athens-Limestone County Christmas Parade. The theme is 'A Christmas Wish - Love, Unity, & Community.' The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on December 3rd at Athens Middle School on U.S. Highway 31 and follow the same route as previous years — west on Hobbs Street, south on Jefferson Street, east on Market Street, south on Marion Street, west on Washington Street, south on Jefferson Street and ending at the Hometown Shopping Center. Betty Christopher, who has worked with the parade since 2004, will serve as grand marshal. Parade applications can be turned in from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Chamber office located at 101 S. Beaty Street in Athens. The deadline to register is at 4 p.m. on November 19. Click here for the parade application!

10th Annual Sippin' Cider Festival - December 12, 2020 - Downtown Athens

Athens Main Street has scheduled their annual cider festival for December 12, 2020, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Downtown merchants will be open late for shopping and dining. While shopping, patrons can sip on cider and vote for their favorite! Merchants are competing for the coveted Cider Cup and bragging rights for the year. Patrons can eat smores on the courthouse lawn. Christmas carols will be lead by Limestone County native Jerome Malone. Kids can also get their picture taken with costume characters. 

There are several more events throughout Limestone County, for more Christmas Cheer click here.

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