CONTACT: Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381

Downtown Athens Lit Up for the Holidays

Decatur, Ala. – Each year, downtown Athens, Ala. is transformed into a holiday spectacle for several weeks of free festive fun. The North Pole Stroll is a celebration of beautifully decorated Christmas trees placed in Big Spring Memorial Park for all to enjoy from December 5-30, 2019,  and on one special night, Santa makes an appearance to spread holiday cheer and to visit with children. 

The North Pole Stroll is open each day until midnight beginning December 5 until December 30 for locals and visitors to stroll among the beautiful display of trees and enjoy the lights and holiday decorations. On December 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., Santa Claus makes an appearance for an evening of Letters to Santa. Children are invited to bring their Christmas wish list and after Santa has met with all of the good boys and girls and each child has their photo opportunity with the jolly old man, Santa rallies everyone together for a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”  

The six to seven-foot beautiful Frasier Fur trees, provided by Lowe’s of Athens, are decorated by members of the community, local businesses and civic groups. One of the conditions for the décor is to keep it as green-friendly as possible by using solar LED lighting. Trees can have themes that match the sponsor’s mission, or they can be uniquely designed. 

The North Pole Stroll is organized by Athens-Limestone Tourism Association and supported by Lowes of Athens, City of Athens, Limestone County Commission, City of Athens Parks and Recreation and Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful. Admission is free. 

For more information on the North Pole Stroll, call 256.232.5411 or visit

About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the 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, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. 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 or by visiting Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @VisitNorthAL and like us at