December 2011

Warm Up to Winter Fun

Festive holiday events and fun winter activities are around every corner in Mississippi and Alabama. From enchanting concerts and twinkling lights to fun-filled hockey games, there are plenty of opportunities for lasting memories this season.
 
To get into the spirit of the winter season in Alabama, head to the Benton H. Wilcoxon Ice Complex in Huntsville for some ice skating. Public skating sessions are offered most days, and skate rental is included with admission during some sessions. The Wilcoxon Ice Complex is also a popular spot for group activities like birthday parties, broomball, hockey and even fundraising opportunities. If you get hungry from all that time on the ice, take a break for a meal or a snack from The Blue Line Café. Find pricing information and hours at www.iceskate.org.
 
Celebrate the new year in the style of old Vienna with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve: A Viennese Celebration. Featuring polkas, waltzes and opera selections, and conducted by Christopher Confessore, this performance will offer a unique twist to your holiday festivities. The concert is even concluded with a champagne toast. Purchase tickets online and view the schedule of upcoming concerts at www.alabamasymphony.org.
 
For the ultimate winter family event, catch the action of Mississippi RiverKings hockey this season, part of the Southern Professional Hockey League. On December 23 and 31, 2011, see them take on the Louisiana Ice Gators; on December 27, 2011, they’ll play the Huntsville Havoc. Games take place at the Desoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi. The RiverKings host fun fan activities for good causes – like jersey auctions and puck tosses during games, and even post-game skating – and funds raised by these activities benefit local charities and nonprofit organizations. Visit www.riverkings.com for complete ticket, schedule and team information.
 
The town of Natchez, Mississippi is known for its picturesque location on the Mississippi River, its magnificent antebellum homes and its genuine Southern hospitality. During the holiday season, the town is transformed into a sparkling display of festivity. Now through December 24, 2011, the town hosts Christmas in Natchez, a variety of holiday themed events – from concerts and theater presentations to the Longwood in Lights driving tour. On December 18, 23 and 24, 2011, don’t miss The Towers Jeweled Christmas, a unique view of the famous Towers of Natchez, one of the area’s most celebrated antebellum homes. Find a full schedule of events at www.christmasinnatchez.com/index.php/events.
 
The chill of winter brings with it the anticipation of the holidays and the new year. Spend some quality time with friends and family at any of the exciting events in the region.