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North Pole Stroll Brings a Month of Christmas Fun

Decatur, Ala. – Each year, Big Spring Memorial Park in Athens, Ala. is transformed into a holiday spectacle for a month of free festive fun. The North Pole Stroll is an annual celebration of beautifully decorated Christmas trees placed in downtown Athens for all to enjoy, and one night only during the month-long event, Santa makes an appearance to spread holiday cheer and to visit with children.

The North Pole Stroll is open to the public daily December 1-30 until midnight for locals and visitors to stroll among the festival of trees and enjoy the lights and holiday decorations. On December 16th, from 5 to 7 p.m., Santa makes an appearance for an evening of Letters to Santa where hundreds of children descend onto the park equipped with their Christmas wish list eagerly waiting to hand off to Saint Nicholas. 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 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. 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, 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