Don’t Miss Alabama: Celebrate Thanksgiving, Family Entertainment

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Here you will find everything you need for the perfect family holiday weekend.

iron bowl

It’s time again for one of football’s most iconic collegiate rivalry games. The Alabama Crimson Tide meets the Auburn Tigers for the 86th Iron Bowl on Saturday, November 26 at 2:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The classic encounter will be broadcast on CBS and other streaming services. In the 2021 matchup, the Crimson Tide won 24-22 in four overtimes.

Glow Wild: A Animal Lantern Celebration

Get ready for Birmingham Zoo’s larger-than-life light-up experience, Glow Wild: An Animal Lantern Celebration. The celebration lasts until Monday, January 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It will be open on Martin Luther King Day 2023 but will be closed next Thanksgiving, Christmas and Christmas Eve. Watch the zoo come to life with lantern creations of wildlife and marine life that brilliantly light up the night. Take a ride on the Red Diamond Express Train or take a spin on the Protective Life Carousel. Glow Wild is a weather dependent event where nights are subject to cancellation. Tickets are available from birminghamzoo/glowwild.

Galaxy of Lights in Huntsville

Explore the elaborate lights at the Huntsville Botanical Garden through Saturday, December 31st. Between late-night walks and late-night drives, there are new features on this year’s Galaxy of Lights: a 150-foot light tunnel with 40,000 light channels; lighting effects in and around the Damson Aquatic Garden; a display of 96 light poles, each 10 feet tall, programmed to dance to music in the Van Valkenburgh Daylily Garden; more than 300 colorful floodlights that accentuate the garden’s natural features and landscape; more than 10 lighted swings are spread throughout the experience; and a professional photo motif in the garden. Visit hsvbg.org/galaxy for tickets and information. Click here for the full holiday schedule. The venue is located at 4747 Bob Wallace Ave.

Christmas Tree Lights – Birmingham

The City of Birmingham is hosting its annual Christmas tree lighting in Linn Park on Sunday 27th November from 4pm to 8pm. Bring your lounge chairs and enjoy free concerts, a dance performance, vendors, food trucks, vacation photos, and Coca-Cola samples. The celebrations will take place in front of City Hall on 20th Street North.

Events include:

  • 4:00 PM – Magic City Market Place vendors and food truck.
  • 5pm – Ursula Smith dance performance.
  • 5:15 p.m. – Ampliphied Noiz.
  • 6pm – Tree Lighting Ceremony.
  • 6:15pm – Dave and the Party Rockers concert.

Visit the website for more information.

Turkey Day Classic – Montgomery

Alabama State University (ASU) welcomes the University of Arkansas Pine-Bluff (UAPD) to the 98th Annual Turkey Day Classic (TDC) Thursday, November 24 at 2 p.m. at ASU Stadium in Montgomery. In addition to the excitement of one of the nation’s oldest black college and varsity football classics, a fun schedule of events is planned for TDC, from the annual alumni brunch to the annual TDC concert to the annual TDC parade in downtown Montgomery before the showdown between the ASU Hornets and the UAPD Golden Lions. Click here for the full lineup. Follow us on Facebook.

Ice Rink at The Wharf

Grab a pair of skates and slide, spin or fall into the season on real ice through Monday, January 16th at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Skaters must complete a waiver prior to participation. Follow this link for the full holiday schedule and ticket information. General admission is $15. The rink is under the large white tent near the Main Street entrance.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians Annual Pow Wow to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians will celebrate one of their most enduring Thanksgiving traditions with their annual Pow Wow. The two-day celebration will take place on Thursday November 24th and Friday November 25th and will mark the 50th anniversary of a gathering on Poarch reservations that began in 1971 as a homecoming celebration for tribal members. Thousands of Alabama families and people from across the country are expected to travel to Atmore to experience the Poarch tradition and honor the tribe’s place in Alabama history. The event is packed with family activities for all ages: the coronation of the Indian Princesses of Poarch Creek, crafts and merchandise, stalls, handcrafted items, traditional home-cooked BBQ, fire roasted corn and buffalo burgers. The venue is at 6477 Jack Springs Road on the Poarch Creek Indian Reservation in Atmore. Visit the website for detailed information. Admission is $5. Children up to 6 years have free admission. Read more about the Poarch Band of Creek Indians here.

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