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PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381

Downtown Athens to Sparkle for the Holidays

Decatur, Ala. (November 17, 2020) – It’s the most wonderful time of the year in downtown Athens as the North Alabama town invites locals and visitors to join in the holiday spirit with the annual North Pole Stroll. From December 3rd until 31st, the North Pole Stroll welcomes visitors for a celebration of beautifully decorated Christmas trees placed in Big Spring Memorial Park for all to enjoy and adding to this year’s celebration will be horse-drawn carriage rides around the historic downtown area.

Named a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event for December, the North Pole Stroll is open each day until midnight beginning December 3 until December 31 for locals and visitors to stroll at-your-own-pace among the beautiful display of trees and enjoy the lights and holiday decorations. After a stroll through the Christmas trees, take a scenic horse and carriage ride (fee charged) through the streets of the Beaty Historic District for a true Hallmark Christmas moment. The carriage rides will be served by a four-passenger open-air wagon and are weather permitting. For more information on the carriage rides, visit Wild Hearts Cowboy Carriage Rides’ Facebook page.  

The approximately six-foot beautiful Douglas fir trees 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 and City of Athens Parks and Recreation. Big Spring Memorial Park is located on Market Street East in downtown Athens. 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