Christmas events planned throughout Calhoun County
by Laura Gaddy
Nov 29, 2013 | 4394 views |  0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The number of community Christmas events in Calhoun County this year will exceed the number of cities in the county.

Each community in Calhoun County plans to host at least one Christmas event, and some will host two. Almost every city will host its own Christmas parade complete with bands, beauty pageant winners and Santa.

“I think it’s going to be bigger than it’s ever been,” said Angie Shockley, program director of the Anniston Parks and Recreation Department.

Some cities will augment their parade with less-common activities.

Weaver’s parade will coincide with the city’s holiday chili contest. Jacksonville residents will host a Christmas lighting ceremony on the Public Square days before their parade.

Piedmont will also have something other than its annual Christmas parade to offer visitors. The city, together with a ministerial association, will erect a prefabricated drive-through light display.

In Oxford’s parade, Santa will ride in on a bass boat. In Anniston, the parade will have a Victorian theme. And in Jacksonville, the grand marshal will be 1-year-old Thompson Waggoner.

“I think it’s going to be bigger and better this year,” Jacksonville parade organizer Rita Edwards said, unknowingly echoing statements made by Shockley. “It could last up to two hours.”

Staff writer Laura Gaddy: 256-235-3544. On Twitter @LJohnson_Star.


What: Annual Christmas parade

When: Monday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Noble Street

Hobson City

What: Annual Christmas parade

When: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m.

Where: Martin Luther King Drive


What: Lighting on the Square

When: Monday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m.

Where: The Public Square

What: Annual Christmas Parade

When: Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Pelham Road

Ohatchee: What: Christmas on the Town event

When: Monday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m.

Where: Ohatchee Town Hall


What: Annual Christmas parade

When: Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m.

Where: Main Street

What: Drive-thru light display

When: December 13 - 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly

Where: Piedmont Sports Complex


What: Annual Christmas parade and park celebration

When: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Main Street and Weaver City Park

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