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Christmas in Tallassee

By Leigh Anne Butler

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and if you haven’t experienced Tallassee during the holiday season, you’re in for a treat!  Tallassee has made its Christmas line up of events a treasured tradition.  Twinkling lights, family-friendly events, special Christmas performances and even several Santa sightings are among the ways to experience the magic of Christmas right here in Tallassee.

“We have a lot going on,” Tallassee Chamber of Commerce executive director, Jerry Cunningham explained.  “We are very fortunate here in Tallassee.”

The Montgomery Ballet kicked off the holiday season in Tallassee Sunday afternoon with a performance of “The Nutcracker” at The Mt. Vernon Theatre.

The McCraney-Cottle Arts Council and Mt. Vernon Theatre will present “The Sounds of the Season” on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Theatre.  Tickets for the performance are $10. 

“I’ll be directing a community group that has around 40 members,” Cunningham continued.  “I also have a youth choral as well as a brass band.  It’s about an hour and ten minute program that features traditional Christmas music, lighting and decorations that will put you in the Christmas mood.”

Prior to the show, The Rustic Mill Bistro will offer a pre-dinner buffet for $7 from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m.  The Chamber of Commerce is urging people to come early, park your car and take a stroll from the Mt. Vernon Theatre to the Rustic Mill Bistro and enjoy lighted luminaires, street carolers and holiday lights.

On Friday, Dec. 6 the Holiday Market in Veterans’ Park starts at 11:30 a.m. and continues until 7:00 p.m.  The Holiday market welcomes a variety of vendors that feature handmade crafts, unique gifts, art, jewelry, home-baked treats and food vendors.  The Christmas Tree Lighting festivities continue in Veterans’ Park from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Come help Santa, the Tallassee City Council and mayor, Johnny Hammock countdown the lighting of Tallassee’s official Christmas tree. 

“The Christmas parade is always a big event and will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10:00,” Cunningham stated.  Last year's parade was rained out. The parade is presented by the Tallassee Chamber of Commerce and The City of Tallassee and will feature area bands, churches and organizations as well as Santa.

The Holiday Market continues in Veterans’ Park on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

If you would like more information on any of these events you can visit www.tallasseechristmas.com or contact The Tallassee Chamber of Commerce at (334) 283-5151, Mt. Vernon Theatre at (334) 991-2086 or the Holiday Market at (334) 324-3492.  Tickets are still available for performances and vendor space is still available for the Holiday Market.