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November 28, 2011

Christmas events fill calendar

The Thanksgiving turkey has been consumed and Black Friday is behind us. It is officially Christmas season.

North Jefferson municipalities have a multitude of events planned, starting with Gardendale’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Tuesday.

Children’s choirs from local churches will sing Christmas carols starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Gardendale Civic Center.

Then Gardendale Mayor Othell Phillips will count down to the lighting of the official city Christmas tree.

On Dec. 5, the city of Fultondale hosts its Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

This year’s event includes the planting of a new tree; the former city Christmas tree was badly damaged by the April 27 tornado and could not be saved. That tree had been planted by the Fultondale High School senior class when the students were in kindergarten.

City officials are encouraging students to make ornaments for the city tree.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and Christmas music provided by the Fultondale High School band. The tree will be lit at 7 p.m.

For those who want to hear more holiday music, the Birmingham Community Concert Band is hosting a free concert on Dec. 4, 3 p.m., at the Gardendale Civic Center Exhibition Hall. The city of Gardendale and the Gardendale Arts Council are sponsoring the event.

There is also no lack of Christmas parades in upcoming weeks. In order of date, parades include:

Gardendale

The area’s largest parade is Thursday at 6 p.m. This year is Gardendale’s 25th annual Christmas parade.

The route goes from the former Shoney’s parking lot at Mt. Olive Road and Fieldstown Road, east on Fieldstown Road, north on Grubbs Avenue, through the Village Green Shopping Center, and south on Main Street to the Gardendale First Baptist Church south campus.

There will also be a Candy Cane Lane near Auto Zone, where businesses will provide refreshments.

Organizers say the parade draws a crowd of 15,000 people.

This year’s theme is “A Super Hero Christmas.” Floats will be judged for first, second and third place prizes in relation to the theme.

There will also be a Crowd Favorite trophy given, and for the first time, there will be a trophy given for Best Overall Float.

A fireworks show sponsored by Jeff Dennis Jewelers will kick off the parade at 6 p.m.

Parade participants must pass candy out; not toss it to the crowd.

For more information, call the Greater Gardendale Chamber of Commerce at 631-9195.

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