The City of Demopolis is celebrating its 50th Christmas on The River in 2021. Alabamians from all over the Yellowhammer State and beyond visit this event and it has become one of the “top 20 tourist attractions in the Southeastern United States and named an Ultimate Holiday Town by A&E TV.”

The Christmas on The River event happens yearly on the 1st Saturday of December on the Tombigbee River. The Nautical parade is one of the special events which includes lighted boats decorated by different families, schools, clubs, and organizations.  Also, there are tons of events leading up to the Nautical Parade and Fireworks on Saturday, December 4, 2021.

50th Christmas on the River Event Schedule

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Tuesday, November 30th at 7:00 pm

Friends in Jazz Christmas Concert at DHS Auditorium

Free – donations welcome

Thursday, December 2nd at 5:30 pm

The lighting of the Public Square in Historic Downtown Demopolis

Friday, December 3rd

5:00 pm – 1:00 am

Alabama State Championships

BBQ Cook-off

At George Franks Fields - $5 admission

5:30 – 8:00 pm

Christmas in the Canebrake at Bluff Hall

$5 adults

$3 ages 6 -18

Under 6 – free

Christmas in the Canebrake: Parlors & Trees

Bluff Hall plus 4 private homes - $20

Candlelight Visit with Photo Op at Gaineswood

$5 adults

$3 ages 6 -18

Under 6 – free

Saturday, December 4th

7:30am – 3:30pm

Fair in the Square in Downtown Demopolis

8:00 am – 10:30 am

Kids Hamburger Cook-Off at George Franks Field

$25 entry

7:00 am-8:00 am – check-in

Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk at Rooster Hall

$25 entry fee by November 29th, $30 after

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Guided Tours & Photo Op

Children’s crafts

Gaineswood

$5 adults

$3 ages 6 -18

Under 6 – free

11:30 am

Day Parade - Walnut Ave. & Strawberry Ave north of Pettus St.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Open House at Bluff Hall

$5 adults

$3 ages 6 -18

2:00 pm

BBQ Cook-Off Winners Announced at George Franks Field

6:00 pm

Nautical Event at Tombigbee River

6:00 pm

COTR50 Gala at the Demopolis Civic Center

$50 per person - $10 aged 12 or under

8:00 pm

Fireworks at Tombigbee River

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