Courtland to host Christmas Open House Dec. 8

Historic homes throughout downtown Courtland will  be decorated in the Christmas spirit for the Courtland Open House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Courtland is hosting its annual Christmas Open House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the McCarley Center starting at 12:45 p.m. on the day of the tour, event organizer Sonja Gillespie said. 

A map of houses on tour will be available when tickets are purchased. Proceeds from admission will benefit the Courtland Community Revitalization Committee, which oversees Courtland’s events throughout the year.

Courtland’s historic homes featured in the tour include the Campbell-Norwood Home, historic houses owned by Courtland residents Deborah Allard, Richard and Brandy Thompson, Judy and Anthony Owens, the Courtland Museum and Tiffani’s on the Courtland Square.

“Tiffani’s is a new business in town,” Gillespie said. “It is beautifully decorated for Christmas and offers many Christmas décor items for sale.”

Also exhibited in the Christmas Tour of Homes is the Courtland Presbyterian Church. Construction for the church building began circa 1859, prior to the Civil War—it’s congregation was organized in 1821. 

The tall church still retains its interior gallery. A fire in 1957 destroyed all but two of the Victorian-era stained glass windows.  Of note are the handsomely paneled front doors and the fine brickwork.  This is Courtland’s only remaining 19th-century church.  Services are held every Sunday morning.

The historic Town of Courtland will also host their annual Christmas Parade the Thursday before the Home Tours on Dec. 5, beginning at 6 p.m. 

 Entry into the parade is free, but all entries must be decorated. Horses, vehicles, including antique cars, and ATVs are all welcome. School bands, organizations, sports teams, dance teams, Homecoming Queens and Kings, and others are invited to participate.

Awards will be given for first, second and third-place floats. First-place will receive $300, second-place will receive $200, and third-place will receive $100. 

Alabama Senator Garlan Gudger will serve as Grand Marshall and will lead the parade through Historic Downtown Courtland. Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Frosty the Snowman will also be a part of the parade this year, according to organizers.

Spectators are encouraged to come early for coffee or hot chocolate and stay after for a chance to see Santa Claus. 

Lineup for the parade will start on Tennessee Street in front of the old Courtland School at 4 p.m., and judging of the floats will begin at 5 p.m. 

Registration forms can be picked up at Courtland City Hall Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Those who would like to request a mail-in entry form can contact Peggy Hazel at 256-637-8109 or Linda Gibson at 256-483-8436.

The deadline to register is Dec. 2. 

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