Holiday Celebrations in the Lake Martin Area

‘Tis the season for holiday celebrations in the Lake Martin area. Whether you are traveling or live locally, there is no better place to find heart-warming, festive activities. Lake Martin has holiday events, music, shopping and more lined up through the New Year that are sure to spread Christmas cheer!

Cliff Williams / The Outlook Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived by an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Marine Patrol boat to close out the annual Christmas parade.

Holiday Events

Alexander City Hometown Christmas Parade

On Dec. 4, enjoy a longtime community tradition, the Hometown Christmas Parade. The parade, hosted by the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce, will line up on Comer Street at 4 P.M. and proceed down Cherokee Road toward Benjamin Russell High School. The route will then turn up Church Street and head toward downtown, ending down the hill of AL-22, near the bottom of Strand Park. Spectators can enjoy the festivities anywhere along the route. Be sure to bring a chair and your holiday cheer!

Alexander City’s 5th Annual Downtown Christmas

Mark your calendars for Dec. 9 and enjoy Alexander City’s 5th Annual Downtown Christmas! Alexander City Parks & Recreation partners with Main Street Alexander City to bring Frosty’s Playground, Letters to Santa, The Polar Express, Ornament Building, Hot Cocoa, and more to the community. Taking place from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. in downtown Alexander City, you’ll be sure to find fun for the whole family.

A Christmas Carol Live Radio Play

ACT II presents “A Christmas Carol Live Radio Play” Dec. 1 and 2 at 7 P.M. and Dec. 3 at 2 P.M. on the Betty Carol Graham Center stage at Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City. Directed by Steve Thomas and Doug Roberts, the radio play takes the audience into the radio station studio for a production that includes two foley artists using unique materials for a wide variety of sound effects. Free admission.

Chris Baker, Keith Garrett, Patti Smith, Jan Jung and Bucky Alleman rehearse a scene for ACT II’s “A Christmas Carol Live Radio Play,” from Joe Landry’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel.

Christmas at Crossroads

The turkey and dressing have all disappeared YUM! We hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Now, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas! Your first stop on the Friday after Thanksgiving should be Russell Crossroads for Christmas at Crossroads. Christmas at Crossroads, complete with Santa, is held in conjunction with our Holiday Bazaar! Make sure your kids have their lists ready for Santa, we sure hope they have been really good this year! The Jolly Elf will make his way from the North Pole and arrive by horse-drawn carriage at 10 A.M. There will be tons of arts and crafts for the children to make and games for them to play! Come spend Black Friday at Russell Crossroads with Santa and a whole lot more!

Dadeville’s “Spirit of a Hometown” Christmas Parade

Dadeville hosts one of the most loved annual events, The Spirit of a Hometown Christmas Parade, on Dec. 3 starting at noon. Artisan and food vendors will set up on campus at Dadeville High School to celebrate before the parade at 3:00 P.M. The parade starts on Lafayette street, making a turn on Spring street past Pennington Park, then turning on South street and ending back at Dadeville High School. Be sure to bring an appetite and a chair to enjoy Dadeville’s Christmas spirit.

Dadeville Christmas Tree Lighting

Join community members and city officials at the Dadeville Square on Nov. 26 for hot chocolate, Christmas carols and the lighting of the town tree. The annual tree lighting marks the official start of the holiday season. Enjoy holiday music from Ms. Geneva Heard’s Daycare, FBC Senior Adult Choir, Lake Community Church Praise and Worship Team, and Jonathan Hogan, followed by Pennington Park’s display lighting.

Harbor Pointe Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

Bluff’s Daiquiri Bar at Harbor Pointe Marina is bringing the Christmas spirit with their Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party on Dec. 9 at Bluff’s Daiquiri Bar. They will celebrate with an Ugly Sweater Contest, holiday drinks, a DJ and more!

Holiday Bazaar at Russell Crossroads

The Holiday Bazaar, in conjunction with Christmas at Crossroads, will be held Friday, Nov. 24, on the Town Green at Russell Crossroads. Artisans and patrons from all over gather for the huge display of handmade goods – there is something for everyone on your Christmas List under the big tents. Jury-selected artists will display for sale everything from jewelry, soaps, paintings, pottery, woodwork, lotions, furniture, and much more!

For more information, contact Sydnee Riley at 256-212-1431 or

Lake Martin Mini Mall Annual Christmas Party

Lake Martin Mini Mall is bringing the Christmas spirit with their Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party on Dec. 9 at their brick and mortar location. They will celebrate with an Ugly Sweater Contest, holiday drinks, live music and more. Follow them on Facebook for more updates!

Santa at the Library

On Dec. 11, Santa Claus is coming to the Dadeville Public Library! From 5-7 P.M., bring the kids to the library and let them tell Santa what’s on their wish-list! For more information, please contact the Dadeville Public Library or visit their Facebook page.

Saturday with Santa

On Dec. 16, head downtown to Main Street Alexander City and experience the ultimate Christmas celebration for the entire family beginning at 10 A.M. Coming all the way from the North Pole, Main Street will host Santa Claus to listen to your Christmas list! This event is FREE for the entire community, so come enjoy and let’s celebrate the special season.

For more information about Saturday with Santa, please contact Main Street.

Town of Camp Hill Christmas Parade

The Town of Camp Hill hosts their annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 2 starting at 2 P.M. There will be performances from local marching bands, horses, vendors, and food booths set up. For more details, follow the Town of Camp Hill, AL on Facebook!

Town of New Site Christmas Tree Lighting

On Dec. 5, the Town of New Site invites you to enjoy the 3rd annual Community Christmas Celebration at the New Site Town Hall from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. There will be a Tree Lighting Ceremony, Christmas music, a Hot Cocoa Booth, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children are encouraged to bring their Christmas letters to drop in Santa’s mailbox. In addition, a Christmas Open House will be held at Jackson Apothecary & Russell Medical Health Partners of New Site.

Holiday Music

Christmas with Friends Benefit Concert

Join community members at the Christmas with Friends Benefit Concert for an evening of fun Christmas songs, beautiful carols and the telling of the Nativity Story by special guest, Wayne Cowhick on Dec. 14. There will be performances by The Fireball Singers, Alicia Mann Holena, Jennifer Dozier Jones, Billy Templin, Greg Willis, Gigi Hankins Willis, Tara Rowland Spickard, Steve Lewis, Scott Blake, and The Modulators Band. The concert will take place at the Betty Carol Graham Technology Center on campus at Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City.

The event is free admission, but cash donations are appreciated and encouraged. Proceeds will go to a local charity that will be announced at a later date. For more information, check out the Facebook event announcement!

Dadeville Community Chorus Holiday Concert

Enjoy the Dadeville Community Chorus Holiday Concert at the Dadeville Performing Arts Center! Community members are welcome to listen to classic carols and songs of the season!

For more information, be sure to check out the Dadeville Performing Arts Center or find them on Facebook!

David Jones Christmas Special at Zazu’s Verandah

Join David Jones on the Dadeville Square at Zazu’s Verandah for Christmas tunes and personal holiday favorites on Thursday, Dec. 14 starting at 6:30 P.M. Be sure to bring friends and help spread the holiday cheer.

For more information, please contact Mitzy or Rick Hidding at Zazu’s.

Hand Bells Holiday Concert

On Dec. 19, Dadeville Performing Arts Center hosts the Hand Bells Holiday Concert. Starting at 7:00 P.M., enjoy holiday favorites and a festive atmosphere. For more information about the concert, please contact Dadeville Performing Arts Center or find them on Facebook!

“The Bev” Beverly Ceasar & Band

The Dadeville Performing Arts Center is thrilled to present Dadeville’s own Beverly Caesar and her band, singing holiday hits on December 1 at 7 P.M. Come to the center and enjoy a smooth jazzy twist on classic Christmas tunes! For more information, please visit the center’s website or find them on Facebook for updates.

Holiday Magic in Lake Martin, AL!

Christmas in Pennington Park

Pennington Park hosts an annual Christmas display where community members, organizations, churches and more can participate by setting up a lighted holiday-themed display. The park will be open for display installation throughout November and the lighting ceremony will be in conjunction with Dadeville’s Christmas Tree Lighting on the Town Square. Throughout the season, children can stop by and drop their Christmas letters to Santa in the magical North Pole mailbox on site. Each participant will receive a personalized response from Santa himself; last year, Santa sent over 100 letters to children in the community.

Come check out the beautiful displays from 4:30-10 P.M. beginning Nov. 26 through Jan. 1. For more information, contact Kurt Pfitzner at or call 334-233-9852.

Jingle Jump at Camp ASCCA

On Dec. 16, support Camp ASCCA by participating in Jingle Jump 2023. This is the 9th annual Jingle Jump, the camp’s biggest fundraiser, encourages teams and individuals to raise funds for the ASCCA Campership Fund. Camp ASCCA is one of the most sought-after organizations in the South that specializes in serving children and adults with disabilities and providing therapeutic recreation .

The ASCCA Campership Fund helps campers who may need financial assistance be able to come and enjoy a week at Camp ASCCA for the upcoming summer. Costumes and Christmas attire are strongly encouraged, as it provides entertainment and smiles for Christmas campers. Last year, Camp ASCCA exceeded fundraising expectations, raising over $50,000 with 45 participating teams.

To learn more about participation and donation, check out their website and follow them on Facebook for updates.

‘Tis the Season to Shop Local

‘Tis the Season to Shop Local is a program designed by the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce to encourage our community to continue supporting local businesses and keep their dollars in town. Pick up your card by shopping at participating stores between Sunday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 9.

For every $10 you spend, you earn one stamp. Once you’ve spent $50 and filled the card up, simply write your name and phone number on the card and leave it with the retailer who put the last stamp on the card; they will turn it in for you. There is no limit to the per transaction limit of punches or the number of rewards cards you can turn in throughout the campaign. You will then be entered for one of three $250 grand prizes in which you can select gift cards from the participating retailers.

If you’ve won a prize, you will be contacted by the chamber using the information you’ve filled out on the rewards card. For more information, please contact the chamber or visit their website.

The Lake Martin-Dadeville Area Chamber of Commerce also hosts $20 on the 20th, a program that supports our local economy and encourages community members to shop local. For more information about Dadeville retailers, please contact the chamber or visit store locations.

Explore the Lake Martin area this holiday season! For more information or details about holiday events, check out our calendar of events. To submit an event, click here.