Can’t Miss Alabama: Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, family fun

Find everything you need for the perfect family holiday weekend.

Iron bowl

It’s time again for one of college football’s most storied rivalries. The Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Auburn Tigers on Saturday, November 26th at 2:30pm at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the 86th Iron Bowl. The classic clash will be broadcast on CBS and other streaming services. In the 2021 game, the Crimson Tide won 24-22 in four overtimes.

Glow Wild: Animal Lantern Festival

Get ready for Birmingham Zoo’s amazing light-up experience, Glow Wild: An Animal Lantern Celebration. The celebration runs through Monday, Jan. 16, from 5 to 9 p.m. It’s open on Martin Luther King Day in 2023, but is closed this coming Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Watch the zoo come to life with lantern creations of wildlife and marine life brilliantly lighting up the night. Ride the Red Diamond Express Train or take a spin on the Protective Life Carousel. Glow Wild is a weather dependent event and overnight stays are subject to cancellation. Tickets are on sale at birminghamzoo/glowwild.

Galaxy of Lights in Huntsville

Explore the intricate lights at the Huntsville Botanical Garden through Saturday, December 31st. Between night walks and night drives, new features at this year’s Galaxy of Lights include a 150-foot tunnel of lights featuring 40,000 channels of light; lighting effects in and around Damson Aquatic Garden; a display of 96 light poles, each 10 feet tall, programmed to dance to music in the Van Valkenburg Lily Garden; more than 300 colored spotlights that highlight the natural features and landscape of the garden; more than 10 lighted swings scattered throughout the experience; and a professional photo opportunity in the garden. For tickets and information, visit Click here for the full holiday schedule. The location is at 4747 Bob Wallace Ave.

Festive Tree Lighting – Birmingham

The City of Birmingham will host its annual Holiday Lighting at Linn Park on Sunday, November 27th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy free concerts, a dance performance, vendors, food trucks, holiday photos and samples of Coca-Cola. The festivities will be held in front of City Hall on 20th Street North.

Events include:

  • 4:00pm – Magic City Market Place vendors and food trucks.
  • 17:00 – Dance performance by Ursula Smith.
  • 17:15 – Ampliphied Noi.
  • 6 p.m. – Lighting of the Christmas tree.
  • 6:15 p.m. – Dave and the Party Rockers concert.

For more details visit the website.

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 2:00 pm at ASU Stadium in Montgomery. In addition to the excitement surrounding one of the nation’s oldest historically black college and university football classics, a fun-filled schedule of events is planned for TDC, from the annual alumni brunch to the annual TDC concert to the annual TDC downtown parade Montgomery before the game between the ASU Hornets and the UAPD Golden Lions. Click here for the full range. Follow on Facebook.

Ice rink at The Wharf

Grab a pair of skates and slide, spin or hit the real ice season through Monday, January 16 at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Skaters are required to fill out a waiver before participating. Follow this link for the full holiday schedule and ticket information. General admission is $15. The rink is under the big white marquee near the main street entrance.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians Annual Pow Wow to celebrate 50 years

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians will celebrate one of its most enduring Thanksgiving traditions with its annual Pow Wow. The two-day celebration will be Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25, marking the 50th anniversary of the gathering on the Poarch reservation lands, which began in 1971 as a homecoming celebration for tribal members. Thousands of Alabama families and people from around 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 filled with family activities for all ages: the crowning of the Poarch Creek Native American princesses, crafts and merchandise, vendor booths, handmade items, traditional homemade barbecue, fire-roasted corn and buffalo burgers. The location is at 6477 Jack Springs Road on the Poarch Creek Indian Reservation in Atmore. For full details visit the website. Admission is $5. Children under 6 are admitted for free. Read more about the Poarch Band of Creek Indians here.

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