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Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association

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Arab’s Holiday Tradition Lights up the Town Beginning November 24

Decatur, Ala. (October 17, 2023) - The City of Arab and Arab Parks and Recreation kick off the holiday season the day after Thanksgiving when Arab City Park is transformed into Christmas in the Park. The annual five week holiday spectacle is a festive and over-the-top display of merriment and holiday splendor where more than two million lights illuminate the night sky and decorations galore line the sidewalks. Now in its 29th year, Christmas in the Park begins November 24 and ends December 31, 2023.

In celebration of the holiday season, Arab invites visitors to Christmas in the Park for a stroll through a magical wonderland filled with family photo opportunities at every turn. The event kicks off on November 24 at 6:00 p.m. with a 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, November 24 through December 31. Admission is free.

Santa in the Village adds to the holiday excitement when the Arab Historic Village, adjacent to the Arab City Park, is transformed into Santa’s village. As festivalgoers 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, head over to the 1890’s Farmhouse to visit with the Grinch and be sure to visit with Santa Claus before leaving. 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 Village are 6 to 9 p.m. (weather-permitting) beginning November 24-25, and continuing December 1-2, December 8-9, December 15-16 and December 22-23. 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, visit or call (256) 586-6793.


About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)

AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the $4.3 billion North Alabama travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, golf courses, restaurants, accommodations and vendors. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available by calling 800.648.5381, by visiting and by following us on social media @VisitNorthAL.