• Continuing a 32-year tradition, Knox Concert Series, in partnership with Wells Fargo, presents “The Nutcracker,” performed by the Alabama Ballet at the Anniston Performing Arts Center on Woodstock Avenue. Adult tickets are $20, children 12 and under $12. Reserved seating is $30. Showtime is 2 p.m. Tickets available at the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, Couch’s Jewelers, Farmers & Merchants Bank in Jacksonville, NobleBank of Anniston, Regions Bank of Anniston, Rabbit Hutch, Tyson’s Fine Wine and Things and the Bank of Wedowee in Randolph County, or online at www.knoxconcertseries.org. For reserved tickets, call Pam McKenzie at 256-832-4554; for information, call Betsy Davis at 256-831-7927.
• Make the magic of “The Nutcracker” last for your child with tickets to the Sugar Plum Party, immediately following the performance. The $25 tickets are limited and include an on-stage tour, photos with a cast member, tea party and a souvenir. For reservations, call Amy Askew at 256-310-3764.
• The Anniston Christmas Parade on Noble Street begins at 6:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s parade is “A Victorian Christmas,” and will feature carols, floats and music from the Southerners Community Jazz Band. The Anniston-Calhoun County Public Library will have Santa stories starting at 5:30. Rain date is Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
• Ohatchee hosts “Christmas on the Town” with Santa arriving courtesy of the Ohatchee Volunteer Fire Department to greet children in the town gazebo. Then enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and Christmas music at an open house at the adjacent senior citizen’s building. 5-7 p.m.
• You may know the Dutton Family as finalists on “America’s Got Talent” or from their weekly performances at the family’s theater in Branson, Mo. Now catch “The Dutton Family Christmas Show” at the Oxford Performing Arts Center, 100 Choccolocco St. Showtime is 7 p.m. Reserved seating is $25, general admission $20. Tickets can be purchased at the theater, the Oxford Civic Center or online at www.oxfordpac.org.
• Feel like curling up with a cup of cocoa and some Christmas music? Head to the Jacksonville Public Library for “Carols, Cookies and Cocoa” featuring live music from local performers Jason Wright and Chris Phillips. 3-6 p.m. Call 256-435-6332 for more information.
• If you’re more bah-humbug than Christmas carols, the Jacksonville Public Library still has you covered. “A Very Merry Grinchmas” will chase away the Christmas blues with Grinch stories, crafts, snacks and a Whoville character costume contest. 4-5:30 p.m. Call 256-435-6332 for more information.
• The Oxford Christmas Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. on Hale Street, traveling up Choccolocco to Main before wrapping up at the intersection of Snow and Stewart streets.
• The Cheaha Acting Company’s presents “How the Buckner Family Saved Christmas,” an original musical written and directed by local actor Eric Traynor, at Foothills Theatre (formerly Zannie Theatre), 338 Buckner Circle on McClellan. Adult tickets are $15, students $10. Thursday-Saturday shows at 7 p.m., Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Call the Cheaha Acting Company Reservation Hotline at 256-770-9571.
• CAST presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at McClellan Theatre, 100 Gamecock Drive on McClellan. Thursday-Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Box office opens 30 minutes before curtain; tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.castalabama.com. For more information, call 256-820-CAST.
• Take a stroll through a whimsical Christmas wonderland on the grounds of the Anniston Museum, Berman Museum and Longleaf Botanical Gardens during the inaugural Christmas in the Gardens walking tour. Enjoy live music, activities for the kids and that red-suited visitor from the North. $10 per vehicle. 5-8 p.m. with last drive-in admission at 7:30 p.m.
• The Downtown Dance Conservatory of Gadsden presents “Cathedrals of Winter,” an original neoclassical ballet inspired by Sacred Spaces, at Wallace Hall on the campus of Gadsden State Community College. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Admission is $12. For more information, visit www.culturalarts.org.
• Downtown Anniston comes alive with a life-sized carousel and horse-drawn carriage during “Imagination,” the final installment of Spirit of Anniston’s Christmas on Noble. Create a craft in Santa’s Workshop and enjoy wandering carolers, arts and food vendors and visiting Disney characters. All this and more on Noble Street between 9th and 10th streets, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit online at www.spiritofanniston.org.
• Get back to nature at the JSU Mountain Center during “Merry Mountain Christmas” featuring Christmas stories, crafts and programs on Earth-friendly gift-giving and winter wildlife feeding. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For directions and pricing, call 256-463-3838.
• The Piedmont Christmas Parade begins at 5 p.m. in downtown Piedmont.
• Make a fashion faux pas to help families in need at the Heroes American Grille Tackiest Christmas Sweater Contest. All ages welcome; there is no cover charge but donations are appreciated. If you’d rather preserve your dignity (we don’t blame you), you can still contribute with a check made out to Calhoun County Achievement Foundation. 5-7:30 p.m. Be sure to sign in at the start of the event. Call 256-405-4366 for more information.
• Nativity scenes are a common sight this time of year, but to truly appreciate the story of Christ’s birth, you’ll want to see it live. The worship ministry of Golden Springs Baptist Church presents a live Nativity at the Oxford Performing Arts Center beginning at 6 p.m. There is no charge. For more information, call 256-241-3322.
• Enjoy an evening with Linus, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang when CharACTers Theatrics presents “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at Wallace Hall on the campus of Gadsden State Community College. Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $12; students, children and seniors $10. Visit online at www.charactersentertainment.com.
• CAST teams up with Garfrerick’s Café in Oxford to present “Merry Little Christmas.” $45 ticket includes three-course dinner and a musical revue of holiday songs designed to put you in the Christmas spirit. Call 256-831-0044 for reservations.
• Ring in 2014 at the “The Eve,” a fundraising gala to benefit the Imagination Library sponsored by the United Way’s Young Leaders Society, at the Courtyard Marriott. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is $50 and includes catered foods, party favors, a midnight champagne toast and music from Z and the Party Faktory. A “bottomless” souvenir beer cup is available for $5, “bottomless” wine glass is $10. Must be 21 or older. Visit www.theevecalhoun.com for information and ticket locations.