5 fun ways to celebrate the holidays in Lake Martin

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Sleigh the holidays with these fun activities in Lake Martin. Photo via Pennington Park

f your family, like many others in Alabama, love lake life, you might be celebrating a lot of the holiday season at Lake Martin. But if you think the only fun to be had lakeside in December is boat rides and fishing, think again! We found five festive activities happening around Lake Martin that you won’t want to miss.

1. See the Alexander City Christmas Parade

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See Christmas floats and more at this parade. Photo via Lake Martin Tourism

Don’t miss out on seeing the Alexander City Christmas Parade. Only a short drive from the lake, the Christmas Parade features a marching band, dancers, festively-decorated floats and Santa Clause. The parade starts at 5PM and winds its way through the streets of downtown Alexander City.

2. Take a Walk through Pennington Park

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Row into the holidays with displays like this one. Photo via Pennington Park

Take a stroll through Pennington Park as it’s transformed into a magical winter wonderland. With over 50 Christmas displays, you can explore the twinkling lights for hours. Go to the park on December, 18, for a special meet and greet with Santa from Noon-3PM

Looking for a keepsake? Hop into the full-size Santa sleigh for perfect holiday photos and tell the kids to bring their letters to the big guy. There will be a special mailbox where they can drop of their letters to be sent to the North Pole—Santa is guaranteed to respond.

3. Experience “A Downtown Christmas”

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Experience the magic of downtown Alexander City at Christmas time. Photo via Lake Martin Tourism

Get ready for Alexander City’s Annual Downtown Christmas celebration. The day consists of a full schedule of events, including a Holiday Market, street performers, reindeer races, a handmade ornament workshop and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Clause. Check out the Main Street Alexander City website for details on times and places for the events.

4. See a Live Nativity

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See a live-action Christmas story. Photo via Lake Martin Tourism

Take a drive through Alexander City, and you’ll spot the Live Nativity put on by 1st United Methodist Church. The elaborate setup features actual live animals and actors from the church. After you see the Nativity, be sure to explore the rest of downtown and check out the local shops and restaurants.

5. Catch the Lighted Boat Parade

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Lake Martin looking beautiful at sunset. Photo via Lake Martin’s Facebook

See a Christmas parade on the water at Lake Martin. Boats big and small will be decked out with their brightest lights and most festive holiday decor. The parade starts at 4:30PM at The Social at Lake Martin and ends at Bluffs Daiquiri Bar at Harbor Point.

You’ll be able to see the show from the shoreline, or you can be a part of the fun and register your boat as part of the parade.

What is your favorite Christmas activity to do around Lake Martin? Let us know by tagging us @thebamabuzz.

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Miranda Shaffer
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