There have already been three Christmas concerts and one parade. The Heritage Hall Jazz Band, a 20-piece ensemble whose lineup includes quite a collection of seasoned performers, presented their tenth annual concert of Christmas music Sunday afternoon. Sunday evening the awesome voices of the Talladega College choir presented their Christmas gift to the community with carols, spirituals and selections from Handel’s Messiah, including a stirring performance of the Hallelujah chorus. Sylacauga’s Christmas parade was Tuesday night, and the Comer Memorial Library hosted a holiday concert by Chris Phillips and Robin Waldrop.
This evening the Talladega library is presenting a free, high-energy musical performance celebrating the season, and Saturday evening the Pell City Center is hosting the 90-voice Magic City Choral Society in a program of Christmas music, with canned foods for the Love Pantry requested for admission. Sunday is the day for the Christmas Tour of Homes in Talladega and Lincoln’s fifth annual Christmas parade.
Next week Christmas events are planned every day in Talladega, with a new lineup of attractions organized by the Greater Talladega Chamber of Commerce. The Christmas parade is Monday evening, and Santa will be on hand at his workshop on the Courthouse Square in the evenings Tuesday through Friday for visits from children. Christmas movies will be shown next door at the Ritz at 6:30 Tuesday and Thursday and the Chamber Ambassadors will be wrapping gifts Friday evening. Heritage Hall is having a Holiday Open House Tuesday with Christmas music by Kim Gaddy. The week wraps up with a 5k run through Shocco Springs.
But that’s not all the events in the area. Childersburg and Pell City are having Christmas parades next Thursday (Dec. 12) and a Christmas dance to raise Relay for Life funds is planned for next Friday at the Pell City Center. Weogufka’s parade follows the following Saturday afternoon.
Pell City’s Christmas lights at Lakeside Park are on display every night with viewers invited to drive through at no charge, and the city recently agreed to spend $5,000 more for additional decorations for its downtown area.
Most of these things wouldn’t happen without local donations and the time and talents invested by volunteers who want to see others in their communities enjoy the sights and sounds of the Christmas season. Seeing others enjoy their work is all the reward they ask.
Don’t be a Scrooge. Make it a point to get out and see what your community has to offer, greet your friends and neighbors, and experience the sights and sounds of Christmas. It only comes once a year.