The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


November 29, 2013

Christmas comes but once a year

Limestone County comes alive for the season

Ready or not, it’s here — the most wonderful time of the year.

From the annual Reliance Bank Christmas parade to Sippin’ Cider on The Square, Limestone County is coming alive with the sights, sounds and smells of the season.

Residents and visitors alike have a number of holiday activities to choose from:

• Third Annual Holiday Tour of Homes

Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

Self-guided tour will feature five beautifully-decorated Athens homes. Each home will feature sweet treats created and provided by local caterers. Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased at SheaLeigh’s, Pam's Home Furnishings, First National Bank — U.S. 72, Smith Infinity-Huntsville, Class Act Hair & Nail Salon, Crawford’s, Pablo's, Trinity's, the KALB office, or from any Athens Ladies Civitan members. Tickets will be available the day of the tour for $20 at any of the featured homes. This event supports Athens Ladies Civitans outreach to adults and children with developmental disabilities.  Additional information at 256-233-0258.

• Lincoln-Bridgeforth Park Christmas Tree Lighting

Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m. at the park.

Local children referred from the Boys & Girls Club will receive toys from Santa and Mrs. Claus. A few bicycles will be given away. Snacks served. Children must have been referred to receive toys or be in the bicycle drawing. Sponsored by the Lincoln-Bridgeforth Park Committee.

• Reliance Bank Christmas Parade

Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m.

It’s holiday tailgating in Athens. Folks start parking early in the day to claim their favorite spot. Up to 8,000 spectators attend. This year’s theme is “A Storybook Christmas.” Includes floats, high school bands, horses, and of course, Santa. One of the highlights is who wins the grand prize float award, which traditionally has gone to Friends in Ripley (eight wins), a group created to honor the memory of Ripley farmer Ed Black. The route starts at Athens High, goes west on Hobbs Street, around The Square, south on Jefferson Street and ends at Hometown Grocery.

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