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Cullman’s Holiday Activities Pay Tribute to its German Heritage 

Decatur, Ala. – The city of Cullman offers a different twist on the holiday season and invites local and visitors to join in paying homage to the city’s German heritage next month. Christmas in Cullman features several events and attractions including the tallest Weihnachtspyramide on display, Christkindlmarkt, German food and popular holiday traditions such as the downtown Christmas parade and ceremonial lighting of a massive tree at the conclusion and more.

The must-see attraction at Christmas in Cullman is the towering Christmas pyramid. At 30 feet tall, the Cullman Christmas pyramid is the tallest structure of its kind in the United States. Located next to the Cullman County Museum, the carousel-like pyramid will be lit the day after Thanksgiving and will stay lit until after the new year. Known in German as Weihnachtspyramide, it is a traditional German decoration of wooden figures that represent different symbols and seasonal elements. The Christmas pyramid in Cullman has six tiers with each one featuring a different scene, including one that will pay tribute to the local law enforcement, first responders, as well as everyday citizens. 

The downtown Christmas parade and the lighting of the city’s 42-foot tree are set to take place Dec. 2. The nighttime Christmas parade kicks off at 6:00 p.m. at the Busy Bee Café, traveling down 1st Avenue and ending at Depot Park. The tree-lighting ceremony will take place at Depot Park immediately following the parade and includes other festivities such as music, crafts for kids, pictures with Santa and more.

The Cullman Christkindlmarkt will be held Dec. 9-11 and features a host of local vendors set up German-style in small wooden tents. The market is a great opportunity to find German ornaments, unique gifts and other handcrafted goodies and treasures. The market will be located in the Festhalle Farmers Market and Economic Development parking lot behind the Cullman Museum. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 9-10 and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11. Admission is free.  

For more information on Christmas in Cullman, call (256) 734-9157 or visit For up to date information, follow the event page on Facebook at

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