Tourism – What A Wonderful Life

12-5-2014 9-47-09 AMRemember reading the Polar Express as a child and wanting to hear the ringing bells of Santa sleigh? Now through December 17th, you and your family can experience the Polar Express at Whistle Hollow Farms located at 701 Lofton Hall Road, Ardmore, TN. You can choose either 9:00AM or 12:00PM, Monday-Friday for an adventure on the farm. Enjoy the Polar Express on the big screen with hot chocolate and homemade cookies. Make a lasting family memory. Admission is $6 per person. Enjoy lunch for an additional $2 per person. Contact 931-638-3501 or to make a reservation.

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The Mooresville Mercantile Holiday Open House will be held on Dec 5th & 6th located at 5081 Mooresville Road, Mooresville, AL. You will be impressed by the all American-made wares and goods available to fill your stockings or heap under the Christmas tree. Go to for more information.

The Elkmont Lions Club Christmas Parade on December 6th begins at 1PM with the theme “A Disney Christmas” in Elkmont, AL. After the Elkmont Parade, continue the celebration of Christmas with the Ardmore Christmas Tour of Homes starting from 3PM till 7PM. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ardmore Public Library, enjoy the tour of local homes decked in their holiday finest. Homes to be toured include Alisha Schrimsher, Cecelia and Andy Hargrove, Ronny Cornelison, Elayne Shannon, Ginger and Kevin Dunn, and Mattie and Jerry Lipham. Purchase your $10 tickets from the Ardmore Public Library located on 25836 Main Street, Ardmore TN, Ardmore City Hall 25844 Main Street, Ardmore, TN, Ardmore Town Hall 26704 Main Street, Ardmore, AL, or First National Bank 26591 Main Street, Ardmore, TN.

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The Belle Mina Station Christmas Open House will be held December 6th at 6855 Mooresville Road, Belle Mina, AL. Bring your list and enjoy the Belle Mina Station for a little holiday shopping, cheer, and light refreshments from 10AM to 5M. Call 256-355-7059 for more information.

Hand-bell Artist, Danny Lyons, with Bellissimo Hand-bell Quartet will be performing December 7th at McCandless Hall, Athens State University 300 North Beaty Street, Athens, AL. Sponsored by the Livingston Concert & Lecture Series and the Center for Lifelong Learning, enjoy this special concert featuring Danny Lyons as he rings an entire 3 octave set of hand bells – 37 in all. He will be joined by the Bellissimo Hand-bell Quartet. Concert starts at 3PM. Limited seating available for this free event. For ticket information, contact the Center for Lifelong Learning at 256-233-8262.

The Athens Ladies Civitan Holiday Tour of Homes will be held on December 7th in Athens, AL. Five prominent Athens homes will be dressed up for the holidays and open for touring from 1PM to 5PM. Each home will have delicious sweet treats provided by local caterers for your enjoyment. This is a self-guided tour with hostesses at each home. Advanced tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Nestle Toll House U.S. 72-Athens, Shea Leigh’s on Hwy 72-Athens, Pimentos downtown Athens, 1st National Bank U.S. 72-Athens, Hallie Marie’s next to 306BBQ on U.S. 72-Athens, and Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful East Street-Athens. Tickets at the door will be $20. For more information contact Carolyn Stair, 256-233-0258.

Join First Christian Church on December 8th as they celebrate the season with “The Light of Christmas Concert” with The Heritage Children’s Chorale with Mary Stephenson, Founder-Director. First Christian Church is located on 400 West Market Street in Athens, AL. Concert begins at 7:30PM with free admission.
The Ardmore Christmas Parade will be held on December 9th in Ardmore AL/TN. Santa is coming to Ardmore with floats, marching bands, and more. This year’s theme will be “Melodies of Christmas.” Line up starts at Ardmore High School at 5PM, parade starts at 6:30PM, and marches down AL-251 to AL-53. To register your float, marching band, group, or individual participants, please call 256-423-3011 or 931-427-2421.

Experience the unique Bethlehem Walk at Mable Hill Baptist Church located on 3778 Ready Section Road, Ardmore, AL on December 5th-7th and December 12th-14th from 6:30PM-9PM as they reenact the birth of Jesus in this annual walk-through production. For more information visit
Visit Historic Mooresville, AL, for the Holiday Home Tour and Progressive Dinner. They are putting on their holiday finest, and invite you to enjoy the season with them on December 13th. Bright, fresh greenery and red bows decorate the street signs. Della Robbia wreaths colorfully deck the public buildings, and homes are decorated in the traditions of Christmas past. Reserve your space on this exclusive tour that will visit locations and homes from 2PM until 7PM. Cost is $65.00 per person. For more information, or to make reservations, go to

The Annual Spirit of Athens Sippin’ Cider will be held December 13th on the Downtown Square in Athens, AL from 5PM to 8PM. Enjoy samples of cider from participating merchants and vote by ballot for your favorite. The cider receiving the most votes wins bragging rights for the year. The ballots will also serve as an entry to one of many door prizes to be given away.

Make your plans now to attend Yesterday’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Variety Show at the Yesterday’s Event Center located on 15631 Brownsferry Road, Athens, AL. Don your partywear and come enjoy a night of your favorite music. RSVP to

Visit us at the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Office located at 100 N. Beaty Street, Athens, AL. for information on upcoming events, attractions, hotels and restaurants. To learn more about Limestone County, please visit us online at or call 256-232-5411.
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association