Saturday packed with holiday events

By ED HOWELL, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 12/8/17

Saturday will be one of those days jam-packed with holiday events and activities in Walker County from morning to night.

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Saturday packed with holiday events


Saturday will be one of those days jam-packed with holiday events and activities in Walker County from morning to night.

The day — which will be sunny but will only reach 49, with lows Friday and Saturday night in the mid 20s — will start at 9 a.m. with the 12th Annual Lee's Jingle Bell Run, which is a 5K Walk/ Run and Santa Chase starting and ending on the courthouse square in Jasper. Participants are invited to dress in their craziest holiday best.

Since 2006, the Jingle Bell Run has been held in memory of Lee Smith, a runner who died in an automobile accident in 2006. Keeping with Smith’s spirit of giving, the Jingle Bell Run benefits dreamFIT, Happy Birthday Jesus at Maranatha Baptist Church, and children and families in need.

Registration will be held from 8:15 until 8:45 a.m., with an 8:50 a.m. warm up by ‘Living the Dream in Jasper.’ At 9 a.m. will be a 5K Walk/Run, free children's activities and entertainment by Living the Dream in Jasper (dreamFIT). A Santa Chase will be at 9:45 a.m. and door prizes and awards will be given out at 10 a.m.

The 5K event is $20, while the Santa Chase is $10.

First-place awards will be given to the first-place boy and girl (10 and under) for the Santa Chase. The 5K awards include the overall awards for male and female, as well as first place for male/female age groups, including 18 and under, 19-29, 30-39 and 40 and up. Awards will also be given for the Best Dressed Male, Female & Group and the Most Christmas Spirit Booth. All participants will get a “jingle bell.” 

If a business or organization would like to get involved, one may contact Jennifer Williams Smith at

Eldridge will hold its “Christmas in the Country” Parade that morning at 10 a.m., with line up at 9 a.m. at the Eldridge Town Hall. All entries are welcome, and a complimentary chili lunch will be served following the parade in the Eldridge Community Center Gymnasium. Anyone wanting more information may call Eldridge Mayor Bobbie Dodd at 205-275-3496.

Meanwhile, Carbon Hill’s Christmas parade will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. Line up will be at 5 p.m. at the old rescue place next to Mr. Pizza’s. Anyone wanting more details can call 205-924-9961.

At night, Jasper’s First Baptist Church will present a Christmas concert with Southern Gospel singer David Phelps at 7 p.m., with the doors opening at 6 p.m. Advance tickets for General Seating is $20 and the Artist Circle is $25. Tickets on the day of the event will be $25 and $30. VIP meet and greet tickets that allows one to sit at the front of the church are $75. Tickets can be purchased at JFBC or at, which can be linked to from the church website.

In addition, the Jasper Men’s Chorale will hold the second and final Christmas show for this year, called “The Christmas of a Lifetime,” at the Jasper High School’s Pam Brown Theater at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $12 each and are available from chorale members or at First Bank of Jasper, Bank of Walker County, and Pinnacle Bank. Tickets are also available at the door.

For those looking to participate in charity, the Holiday Toy Drive will be collecting toys and funds at various collection points in the county, as the deadline has been extended a week. Toys will be distributed on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. at the Walker County Community Action Youth Building at 1804 6th Ave. in Jasper. Boxes to collect toys are set up at the Daily Mountain Eagle, the Walker County Commission Office, the Walker County Revenue Office, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, Carl Cannon Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC, BBVA/Compass Bank Downtown, First Bank of Jasper (main office), Los Reyes Grill, Lavish Boutique, Ford CDJR of Jasper, Fred’s Department Store, Jasper Civic Center, Jasper City Hall, Jasper Water Works and Sewer Board, Memorial Park Natatorium, Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, Pinnacle Bank (downtown), Bank of Walker County, Honda of Jasper, Scott Crump Toyota and Desperation Church.

Anyone wanting more information can email or call organizer Robbie Dickerson at 205-388-2880.

In the meantime, Christmas store and internet sales will be in full swing, with extra anticipation as the colder temperatures that will come this weekend are expected to encourage shoppers to do more holiday spending for gifts. Parents are also expected to take their children to see Santa at the Jasper Mall and other sites where he can get last-minute requests. They may also spend part of the day getting those gifts, as well as Christmas cards, ready to mail. Jasper Postmaster Greg D. Conner said that during the coming week, Dec. 11-18, customer traffic is expected to be the busiest mailing and shipping week of the year.