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Arab’s Holiday Tradition Lights up the City Beginning November 27

Decatur, Ala. (November 16, 2020) - The City of Arab kicks off the holiday season the day after Thanksgiving when Arab City Park is transformed into Christmas in the Park, a festive and over-the-top display of merriment and holiday splendor. More than two million lights will illuminate the night sky and decorations galore will line the sidewalks for four weeks, beginning November 27th and ending December 31st. 

Each year, the North Alabama city welcomes visitors to Christmas in the Park who come to stroll through the magical wonderland filled with family photo opportunities at every turn. The event kicks off on November 27th at 6:00 p.m. with the 26th annual lighting ceremony. Musical entertainment will be provided by Arab High School Jazz Band who will be playing everyone’s favorite Christmas carols and medleys. 

During Christmas in the Park, the holiday lights are on from dusk until 9:30 p.m., weather-permitting. The public is invited to attend and admission is free.

Santa in the Park adds to the holiday excitement when the Arab Historic Village, adjacent to the Arab City Park, is transformed into Santa’s village. As festival-goers make their way around, a variety of activities will keep everyone entertained. Stop by the gristmill and pick up food for the reindeer, watch as the blacksmith makes reindeer shoes at his shop, visit with Santa Claus, enjoy a train ride, find your way out of the ice maze and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. All historic buildings will be open and adorned with festive Christmas decorations. Plenty of photo opportunities will be available to capture the holiday spirit. Hours for Santa in the Park are 6 to 9 p.m. (weather-permitting) beginning Nov. 27-28, and continuing Dec. 4-5, Dec. 11-12, and Dec. 18-19. Admission for Santa in the Park is $6 per person. Children under 2 are admitted free. 

Arab City Park is located at 844 Shoal Creek Trail. For more information and a schedule of entertainment for Christmas in the Park, visit or call the Arab Parks and Recreation Department at 256.586.6793.

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