Christmas coming to Cullman

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CULLMAN, Ala. – In a town known for its festivals and community celebrations, Christmas takes the cake in Cullman with numerous celebrations and festivities. 

The two most heavily attended parades are the Christmas in Cullman Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting and Cullman County Christmas Parade. 

On Friday, Dec. 2, the annual Christmas in Cullman Christmas Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at Depot Park at 6 p.m. Christmas in Cullman is taking nominations for the first ever grand marshal of the parade. Nominees are suggested to have a giving heart, great love of the community and reside in Cullman County. 

The 33rd Annual Cullman County Christmas Parade will follow its usual route beginning at Wallace State Community College south along U.S. Highway 31. The parade will be held rain or shine at noon on Saturday, Dec. 3. This year’s theme is “God’s Gift of Salvation-Jesus,” and the event is organized by the Hanceville Civitan Club. 

The parades are just the tip of the iceberg for the holiday season celebration in Cullman. Other events include: 

Dec. 9-11 

Cullman Christkindlmarkt  

  • Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  Sunday, Dec. 11, 1-5 p.m. 
  • Cullman Festhalle 
  • Food and drinks, handmade gifts, children’s activities and Santa 

Ave Maria Grotto 

  • Hours for each day are 5-9 p.m. 
  • Nov. 25-26 
  • Dec. 1-3 
  • Dec. 9-10 with wagon rides 
  • Dec. 11-15 
  • Dec. 16-17 with wagon rides 
  • Dec. 19-22 
  • Dec. 23 for wagon rides 
  • Dec. 26 
  • Christmas lights highlighting the grotto with music and refreshments. Wagon rides through the woods on select dates. 
  • Admission 
  • Adults $10 
  • Seniors $8 
  • Military, veterans, first responders $7 
  • Ages 13-17 $8 
  • Ages 5-12 $7 
  • Ages 4 and under free 
  • Wagon rides on select dates $10 
  • Kids’ wagon rides $5 

20th Annual Sportsman Lake Park Winter Wonderland Christmas Light Display 

  • 1544 Sportsman Lake Rd. N.W. Cullman 
  • Admission is $10 per vehicle, cash only 
  • Hours are 5-9 p.m. 
  • Nov. 18-20, 25-27, 30 
  • December 1-4, 7-11, 14-23, 26-30 
  • Over a million lights along the winter wonderland with the Christmas train, snow machine, carriage rides, photo booth and hot chocolate