Everything is Merrier in Marshall County

Posted on Monday, 03 December 2018.

Everything is Merrier in Marshall County, Alabama this time of year! Whether you are doing some holiday travel to the area or planning to enjoy things closer to home, you’ve come to the right place!

Marshall County has you covered with some of the most spectacular, twinkling, wistful destinations and events that truly brings new meaning to Christmas in the South.  With family-friendly destinations like ours it’s not hard to find something that fits your style. The hard part will be making enough time to visit them all.

Each city in our county curates the best holiday activities for your families. Check out our list of the special events that you and your family do not want to miss this Christmas season!

  • Christmas in the Park in Arab - Experience this festive and over-the-top display of merriment and holiday splendor, as you stroll through a magical wonderland filled with family photo opportunities at every turn. More than 2 million Christmas lights create an alluring display along the paved trail in the park. Enjoy the sights from the park pavilion of enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride around the park. The glimmering displays are free November 23, 2018 to December 31, 2018 in Arab, AL from 6-9 p.m. each night.
  • Cookies with Santa in Albertville - Mark your calendars for December 8th because you will not want to miss a visit from Santa. Children enjoy Christmas cookies and coloring time while waiting to tell Santa what’s on this year’s wish list. Each child may register for door prizes with everything from toys to bikes being given away. This event begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Albertville Chamber of Commerce. It’s a perfect opportunity to grab that picture with Santa too. Don't miss this exciting time!


  • A Night Before Christmas in Guntersville – Downtown Guntersville's, North Town Merchant’s Association is once again hosting their magical A Night before Christmas on December 7th from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. There is no entrance fee but plan to bring some spending money because local merchant’s will be hosting special holiday sales for your Christmas shopping delight. All of this merriment takes place in Guntersville’s historic downtown and is filled with holiday cheer. This event brings locals and visitors alike together for a community based evening of fun and celebration. Enjoy horse drawn wagon & carriage rides, ice skating, cookie decorating, story-telling, holiday music, and food, come visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and visit the Guntersville First United Methodist Church’s live Night in Bethlehem event. Make plans to attend with your family for this one night extravaganza. It’s the Hallmark movie Christmas right here in our own backyard.


  • Christmas Parades across the county – Each municipality in Marshall County will have its own parade for the 2nd year in a row! Asbury – Dec. 2 @ 2pm, Albertville – Dec. 6 @ 5:30pm, Arab – Dec. 6 @ 6pm, Boaz – Dec. 7 @ 5:30pm, Guntersville – Dec. 8 @ 5pm, Grant – Dec. 8 @ 1pm, Douglas – Dec. 10 @ 5:30pm and Brindlee Mtn. – Dec. 13 @ 5pm


  • Santa in the Park in Arab - The Arab City Park transforms their historic village into a winter wonderland complete with Santa's Village. The village houses 10 buildings, each with activities, crafts and food. This area of the park is $5 per person, and children 2 and under get in free.  Visit with Santa and take all the pictures you want, make reindeer food, write your letter to Santa, watch the blacksmith make reindeer shoes, decorate cookies, stroll through our Historic Village, and listen to Christmas music in the Rice Church & Smith's Country Store. Local acts are scheduled to perform throughout the holiday season. Santa's Village is open every Friday and Saturday night, November 23-24 through December 14-15 from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Festival of Trees at the Guntersville Museum – Escape the cold and migrate indoors to visit the Guntersville Museum and Cultural Center this holiday season. This annual event features over 40 decorated trees and wreaths from around the community and includes receptions and musical entertainment throughout the season. Decorated trees include one made of newspaper from the Advertiser Gleam and one dedicated to Alabama’s 200th birthday celebration! There’s even one for Cat in the Hat and Dr. Seuss fans! The exhibit is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and weekends from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Explore all these amazing events while they last! Tis’ the Season!

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