Christmas in Limestone County 2021

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. 


35th Annual Christmas Open House 

November 19-21, 2021

Skating on the Square

Enjoy a weekend of Ice Skating on the Square! Tickets are $5.00 per person. 

Saturday & Sunday : 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Marion Street Downtown Athens

Presented by: Dream Key Real Estate & Listerhill Credit Union


Photos with Santa

Santa will be set up at Dream Key Real Estate (Old Donnell House) on Satuday (20th) and Sunday (21st) from 1 P.M. - 3 P.M. Photos will be $10.  

Saturday & Sunday : 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Dream Key Real Estate | 121 N. Jefferson St.

Sponsored by: Dream Key Real Estate


Merry Market on Marion

Come shop local vendors Fri-Sun on Market Street around the Ice Skating Rink!

Friday: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Sponsored By: Athens Limestone Hospital and Express Employment Pro's 

To view Merry Market Application, Click Below. 

 Merry Market Application

The Malone's & Friends : I'll Be

Home for Christmas Concert

Friday: 6:30 p.m.

Saturday: 4 p.m.

East Side of the Courthouse

Sponsored By: Bank Independent and Alliance HR Services


Merchant's Alley Tree Lighting

Friday: 5:30 p.m.

Merchant's Alley on Jefferson Street

Sponsored by: Dream Key Real Estate


Christmas Light Show

Friday & Saturday - 7 p.m.

Sponsored By: Village Veterinary Clinic and Innovative Realty


Shop with Local Merchants in Athens & Limestone County all weekend!


Glow Light Sponsor - EXIT Realty Downhome

Santa's Carriage Sponsor - EvoQuore Technologies, Inc.

Blizzard Bas

Skate Shack Sponsor - First National Bank, Morell Engineering, Inc., Steelcase

Snowflake Supporters - Alabama Real Estate Solutions, American Leakless Company, Athens Alehouse and Cellar, Blake Willams Communications, Hyatt & Sims, Inc., McConnell Funeral Home, Redstone FCU 


Schedule of Events in Limestone County

Window Decorating Judging - November 19, 2021

 All Businesses in Athens and Limestone County will have the opportunity to participate in a Christmas Decorating Contest centered around a County-wide Christmas Theme Window Decorating Contest - Merchants will be voting for the best decorated window! This year's theme is 'I'll Be Home for Christmas.' 

7th Annual North Pole Stroll - December 1 - 31, 2021 - 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

Annual Limestone County Commission Christmas Tree Lighting - December 2, 2021 - 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 2, 2020, at 5 p.m. on the east side lawn of the historic Limestone County Courthouse. 

Athens-Limestone County Christmas Parade - December 2, 2021 - 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 'I'll Be Home for Christmas.' The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on December 2nd 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. Traci Collins, President of Athens Limedstone Hospital, will serve as grand marshal. 

Presenting Sponsor - Trustmark Bank 

Grand Prize Sponsor - Steelcase 

First Place Sponsor– Alabama Real Estate Solutions

Second Place Sponsor – Morell Engineering , Inc.

Third Place Sponsor– Crawford's Gifts

Best Car/Truck Sponsor– RE/MAX Valley

Best Horse Sponsor– Limestone County Sheriff’s Office

Ardmore High– Rustic Williow

Athens High– EXIT Realty Downhome

Athens Bible– First National Bank

Clements High– *sponsorship still available

East Limestone High– Traces Salon

Elkmont High– Town of Elkmont

Lindsay Lane– Crye-Leike Realtors 

Tanner High –  *sponsorship still available 

West Limestone High – Dream Key Real Estate

VIP Lounge Sponsor -  Dream Key Real Estate


Ardmore Tinsel Trail Tree Lighting - December 3, 2021

The Ardmore Chamber of Commerce has scheduled their Annual Tinsel Trail Tree Lighting for December 3, 2021 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The lighting will take place at the corner of Ardmore Avenue and 1st Street at Town Hall 


Santa Pictures & Snacks at Ardmore Town Hall - December 4, 2021

Children with have the opportunity to have their picture made with Santa (free) and receive a snack. They will also help decorate one of the trees outside Town Hall on the Greater Ardmore Chamber Tinsel Trail. This event will take place December 4, 2021 from 10 A.M to 12 P.M. 

11th Annual Sippin' Cider Festival - December 11, 2021 - Downtown Athens

Athens Main Street has scheduled their annual cider festival for December 11, 2020, from 4 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. 


Ardmore Christmas Parade - December 13, 2021 at 6:30 P.M.

The parade will depart from Ardmore HS, proceed down Ardmore Avenue past Town Hall, turn left on Main Street, turn right on Hamlett Street, circle behind Piggly Wiggly going back on Main Street going back up Main Street toward the Ardmore Sonic, and turning right on Park Avenue to the Ardmore Town Park and turning right on 2nd Street. (For entry information contact Ardmore Town Hall.)

There are several more events throughout Limestone County, for more Christmas Cheer from the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association, click here.

For more information on Athens Main Street, click here.

For more information on Limestone County, Alabama, click here. 

For more information on the City of Athens, click here

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