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6 Spots in Tuscaloosa, AL, to Celebrate the Holidays in Style


Spending the holidays here in Tuscaloosa, can be a great experience. With most of the University of Alabama campus closed for winter break, this is the perfect opportunity to explore the city. Celebrate the season in style with these fun spots and activities recommended by evolve Tuscaloosa.

What’s the Most Eye-Catching Holiday Attraction in Tuscaloosa?

If you’re looking for one of the best Alabama attractions when it comes to holiday spectacle, look no further than the Tinsel Trail. This festive route stretches along the Riverwalk from the Tuscaloosa River Market to the Amphitheater, and features 150 live Christmas trees decked out for the season.

Where Can I Go to Eat?

With holidays comes “holiday hours.” Here are a few great restaurants close to evolve Tuscaloosa that are open every day during winter break.

  • Sitar Indian Cuisine is a fantastic traditional Indian restaurant with a killer menu that loves UA so much they have discounted entrees for ’Bama students, so be sure to bring your ID.
  • Side by Side Kitchen & Cocktails is inside the Embassy Suites at the corner of University and Greensboro and has a fried catfish entree that’ll knock your socks off.
  • Sonic Drive-In is classic fast food done right and served up in retro drive-in style.

What Other Holiday Events Are Happening Around Town?

Whether you want to get outside and get moving, or cozy up at home, there are plenty of options including the favorite Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra. Soak in the highbrow culture in the comfort of your own home (or car, or as you’re walking around with your headphones in), with streaming concert performances you can watch any time for a $5 donation. There are also some free performances on the site you can enjoy too.

Celebrate the Holidays & Every Day

No matter how you decide to spend your holidays, evolve Tuscaloosa’s stellar staff are available to help you to make the most of your winter break. Check out our Neighborhood page to discover more about the community.


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