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

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Iron bowl

It’s time again for one of college football’s most famous rivalry games. The Alabama Crimson Tide will face the Auburn Tigers on Saturday, November 26th at 2:30pm at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 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: A celebration of the animal lamp

Get ready for Birmingham Zoo’s illuminated experience, Glow Wild: An Animal Lantern Celebration. The celebration runs until Monday, January 16, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. It is open on Martin Luther King Day 2023, but is closed this coming Thanksgiving, Christmas and Christmas Eve. Watch the zoo come to life with wild animal creations and sea lights that brilliantly light 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 nights may be cancelled. Tickets are on sale at birminghamzoo/glowwild.

Galaxy of Lights in Huntsville

Explore the elaborate lights at the Huntsville Botanical Garden through Saturday, December 31st. Among the nighttime walks and rides, new features at this year’s Galaxy of Lights include a 150-foot tunnel of lights that features 40,000 light channels; light effects in and around the Damson Water Garden; a display of 96 light poles, each 10 feet tall, programmed to dance to music in the Van Valkenburgh Daylily Garden; more than 300 colored spotlights that emphasize the natural elements of the garden and the landscape; more than 10 illuminated swings spread throughout the experience; and the possibility of professional photography in the garden. For tickets and information, visit hsvbg.org/galaxy. Click here for the complete holiday schedule. The venue is at 4747 Bob Wallace Ave.

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Holiday tree lighting – Birmingham

The City of Birmingham will host its annual Linn Park Tree Lighting on Sunday, November 27th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. The festivities will be held in front of City Hall on North 20th Street.

Events include:

  • 16:00 – Magic City Market Place and food trucks.
  • 17:00 – dance performance by Ursula Smith.
  • 17:15 – Ampliphied Noiz.
  • 18:00 – Ceremonial lighting of the tree.
  • 18:15 – Dave and the Party Rockers concert.

See the website for more details.

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 black football classics, TDC has a fun schedule of events planned, from the annual alumni brunch to the annual TDC concert to the annual TDC downtown parade. Montgomery before the matchup between the ASU Hornets and the UAPD Golden Lions. Click here for the full lineup. Follow along on Facebook.

Ice rink at The Wharf

Grab your skates and slide, spin or fall into the season on real ice through Monday, January 16th at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Skaters are required to complete a waiver before participating. Click this link for the full holiday schedule and ticket information. General admission is $15. The rink is located under a large white tent at the entrance to Hlavná ulica.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians Annual Pow Wow Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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 held on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, marking the 50th anniversary of the gathering on the Poarch Reservation, which began in 1971 as a celebration of the return of 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 packed with family activities for all ages: the crowning of the Poarch Creek Indian Princesses, crafts and merchandise, vendor booths, handmade items, traditional homemade barbecue, fire-roasted corn and buffalo burgers. The venue is at 6477 Jack Springs Road on the Poarch Creek Indian Reservation in Atmore. See the website for full details. Admission is $5. Children under 6 years old have free entry. Read more about the Poarch Band of Creek Indians here.

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