A perusal of the Alabama Tourism Department Sweet Home Alabama statewide Calendar of Events for December include some events of interest for Confederate heritage supporters.
Tuscumbia | Dec 2, 2012
Dec 2, Tuscumbia Plantation Christmas 256-383-0783. www.VisitTuscumbiaAL.com. Admission charged. Belle Mont Mansion, 1569 Cook Lane--Holiday event reminiscent of the "Old South" with traditional live decorations, period Christmas music, vintage ballroom dancing, and refreshments. 1-5 pm
Mobile | Dec 1-2, 2012
Dec 1-2, Mobile Christmas at Oakleigh 251-432-6161. www.historicmobile.org. Admission charged. Oakleigh Historic Complex--Oakleigh opens its doors for the holiday season dressed in traditional holiday decor of the 1850s. Enjoy guided tours, holiday refreshments and special entertainment. 1859 Cox Deasy Cottage will also be open. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m.
Athens | Nov 15-Dec 2, 2012
Preview party on Thursday, November 15, 2012 Tours will be November 16, 17, and 18 and November 29, 30, December 1 and 2, 2012. The Donnell House is an antebellum house built approximately 1845 by the Rev. Robert Donnell in Athens, Alabama. The Board of Directors of this wonderful old house has had the responsibility of the upkeep for many, many years. One of the fundraisers, held annually to help with maintenance and repairs, is a Festival of Trees. This year’s theme is A Civil War Christmas; memorabilia from the Civil War era will be on display and many of the trees will be decorated in Civil War themes. There will be a preview party held on Thursday, November 15, admission, $20.00 (heavy hors’ douvres will be served); tours will be November 16, 17, and 18 and November 29, 30, December 1 and 2, admission $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for children under 12. Groups of 10 or more may schedule a tour by calling 256-232-3796.
Opelika | Dec 5, 2012
Dec 5-9, Opelika Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour 334 745-4861. www.opelika.org. Free. North Opelika Historic Neighborhood District--Event will feature Opelika’s extremely popular tour through the North Opelika Historic Neighborhood District, where families lavishly transform the front porches of their elegant Victorian homes into a magical Christmas wonderland of Victorian Christmas scenes that include life-sized Santas, carousel horses and other figures. Area churches and businesses offer visitors hot chocolate and light refreshments on this night.
Gulf Shores | Dec 8, 2012
Dec 8, Gulf Shores Civil War Christmas at Fort Morgan 251-540-7127. Admission charged. Fort Morgan State Historic Site--Experience a Civil War Christmas at the fort as interpreters portray the life of the men and women of the Confederate garrison during a special candlelight tour. 4-7 p.m.
Dothan | Dec 9, 2012
Dec 9, Dothan Victorian Christmas 334-794-3452. www.landmarkpark.com. Free. Landmark Park--Sample turn-of-the-century desserts, sip hot chocolate or mulled cider and try your hand at making traditional Christmas decorations during this holiday open house. A circuit-riding preacher will deliver a Christmas message at the church. 1-4 p.m.
· Vida Christmas Parade
Vida | Dec 15, 2012
Dec 15, Vida Christmas Parade starting at 2pm - line up starting at noon. Food will be served in the community center following the parade. The Prattville Dragoons will be participating with marchers tossing candy and carrying the Camp 1524 banner.
· ArchiTreats: Food For Thought: Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Alabama in the Civil WarMontgomery | Dec 20, 2012
· Dec 20, Montgomery ArchiTreats: Food For Thought: Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Alabama in the Civil War 334-353-4726. www.archives.alabama.gov. Free. Alabama Department of Archives and History--Program presented by Ben H. Severance as part of the ArchiTreats Third-Thursday Lecture Series. Noon-1 p.m.
· Montgomery | Dec 1-31, 2012
Dec 1-31, Montgomery Old Alabama Town Holiday Celebration 334-240-4500. www.oldalabamatown.com. Fee for attractions only. Old Alabama Town--Join Old Alabama Town in December to celebrate the holiday season. Our house museums will be authenically decorated for the holidays. Enjoy a special exhibit in the Reception Center. Individual self-guided tours offered Monday - Saturday from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Guided tours available by reservation only, and for groups of 10 or more.