5 Holiday Must Dos in MGM

These holiday events show of the newest and hottest in Montgomery, or offer a little something extra this year.


It’s the most hectic wonderful time of the year! A quick glance at our holiday events listing will send you reeling at all the opportunities for merry-making! There’s certainly more going on than even the busiest elf could do, so to help you out we’ve put together a list of five events that offer a look at what’s new and hot in Montgomery, or that offer a little something different this year!


Get the first look inside this highly anticipated renovation of the old Kress department store on historic Dexter Avenue! The Holiday Pop Up Market in Kress will be an authentic family friendly celebration featuring over 50 local makers & artisans. It will celebrate the makers, the dreamers, and community members who are making downtown Montgomery so relevant and vibrant. There will be musical performances from local school groups each day, a Saturday visit from Santa in horse ridden carriage, a “pay it forward” holiday raffle, delicious holiday cheer and more.  Find out more here. 


Every time you throw a sockball…someone’s feet get a little warmer! Show up early armed with a pair of clean, unused socks and join in for a rambunctious so sockball fight before you tuck with your popcorn to enjoy this annual Christmas Classic. The Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless will collect all the socks and give them to homeless individuals in the Montgomery area. Get all the info here.


3. Cottage Hill Candlelight Christmas Tour – December 10 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Montgomery’s oldest surviving residential neighborhood is soon to be one of the hottest places to check out, with the new Equal Justice Initiative Memorial to Peace and Justice opening next spring, storefronts under renovation and soon to welcome restaurants and retailers, and a boutique hotel recently announced. The neighbors of the Cottage Hill Foundation invite you to tour the beautiful historic neighborhood and homes built in the late 1800’s, enjoy light refreshments, entertainment or art in each of the homes and businesses, and listen for the Contagious Carolers and Madrigal Voices caroling around the neighborhood. Ticket sales and tour maps start at St. Andrews Church at 433 Clayton Street.
For a historic guided tour, ride the bus with historians Mary Ann Neely and Dr. Richard Bailey which will launch from the Jubilee Community Center (Sanctuary) located at 432 S. Goldthwaite Street, at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. and includes the cost of the Tour of Homes ticket.
Purchase your tickets in advance.

4. 2017 Capitol City Christmas & Camellia Bowl Parade and Game – December 15 at 6:15 p.m., kickoff on December 16, at 7:00 p.m.

This isn’t any old Christmas Parade! This one features not only fabulous floats and local celebs, but the marching bands for the two teams pitted against each other in the ESPN/Raycom Media Camellia Bowl game the next day. And this year, as an extra treat, members of the crew of the USS Montgomery will lead the parade!   The festivities continue the next day, with the Guardian Credit Union Fan Fest starting at 3 PM at Paterson Field, and pep rallies at 4 and 4:30 p.m. The Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the real action gets started with kickoff at 7 P.M. Get your tickets for the game now!

5. A Christmas Carol at ASF – through December 24

Ok, ok… this one isn’t new – in fact it’s one of our most beloved traditions in Montgomery. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival puts on a holiday show like no one else, from the gorgeous holiday décor to the broadway quality production, all built and rehearsed right here in MGM. This production even features some adorable furry friends looking for a forever home in partnership with the Montgomery Humane Society. Tickets go faster than snow on Alabama asphalt, so get yoursnow!


This isn’t nearly all you can do in Montgomery this season. Take a look at our holiday events listing to line up the perfect holiday event for your visit!



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