Earlier this week I was driving through Cullman and caught a ‘sneak peek’ of the Christmas tree lighting! The guys in the bucket truck had just hung the last strand and were calling it a night when I snapped this picture. Each year a huge cedar tree is placed in the middle of the shopping center and covered with lights. Yes, it lacks the grandor of the Rockefeller tree in New York City, still, there’s something magical about all those lights shining brightly against a dark sky. Lights, for me, are a sign of hope and isn’t that something we could all use a little more of these days? For a moment that big ole’ cedar evokes romanticized thoughts of magical moments around the town tree. The kind of moments we all secretly enjoy watching in all those sappy Hallmark holiday movies! C’mon ladies… you all know what I’m talking about!
Cullman is still very much small town USA. Not quite Mayberry but not too far removed. Those of us privileged to live here love our town and this weekend we will all come together to celebrate. Young and old alike will gasp when the tree is officially lit and delight at the wide eyed children as they anxiously await Santa’s arrival. The store windows are decorated, the light poles have been draped in garland and the lit snowflakes hung. The high school band has been rehearsing all week for the parade and I’m certain that Santa has his bags packed in preparation for his trip down from the North Pole! Won’t you join us for the 27th Annual Christmas in Cullman?
The Events Kick Off Saturday Morning November 10th, at 9:30 am with the Annual Christmas Parade
The parade route will start at the Busy Bee Cafe at 101 5th St SE. The parade will feature the Cullman High School Band, Santa and his sled, the cow train and a host of other merry-making elves!
Other events scheduled throughout the weekend will include:
- Christmas Caroler’s and Christmas Music
- Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
- Train Rides
- 25th Annual Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show & Auction by Patty’s Hot Rods (behind Depot Park)
- Kid’s Area Near Wiess Cottage
- Ice Skating Rink across from Berkley Bob’s Coffee House
- Snow Maze
- Letters to Santa
- Hoop A Penguin
- Reindeer Picture Painting
- Reading with Mrs. Clause or Cookie Decorating
- Christmas Balloon Animals
- Pictures with Santa
- Free Snow Cones for First 100 Kids to Visit Santa
- Bounce Houses
- Santa and his sleigh
- Cow train
- Beer garden
- Moe’s BBQ
- College Football on Game-day TVs
- Live Entertainment at Berkeley Bobs
- National Guard Marine Corp Band
- Animal Adoptions
- And Much More!!
The Official Christmas Tree Lighting for Christmas in Cullman will take place at 6:30 pm Saturday at Depot Park.
Come enjoy a weekend of fun events for the entire family. Don’t forget to add SOUTHERN ACCENTS to your ‘must do’ list while you are here!! We will be hosting an art exhibit upstairs from Southern Artist Mandy Maples Phillips. We’ve been working hard all week preparing the store for this special celebration. Please stop in, say hello, and take a look around. We would love to meet you!