The Alabama football team may be headed to New Orleans, but there is a lot going on in Tuscaloosa this New Year’s weekend. Both Alabama basketball teams begin conference play in Coleman Coliseum against ranked foes, and Holidays on the River gives you a chance to experience Tuscaloosa’s winter wonderland with ice skating and more. Don’t forget to tag @VisitTuscaloosa on Instagram when you post your holiday adventures around Tuscaloosa. We may use your photo and give you a shoutout!

It’s going to be another perfect winter weekend for ice skating and fun at Holidays on the River. If you haven’t tried ice skating before then now is your chance to experience something new and different. The rink will be open from 2 pm -10 pm on Friday and 11 am – 9 pm on Saturday. There will also be a New Year’s Eve celebration on Sunday. Buy your tickets at now at http://www.holidaysontheriver.com/

After an 8-4 start against non-conference opponents, the Alabama men’s basketball team begins SEC play Saturday with a visit from the #5 Texas A&M. The Aggies come into Tuscaloosa with an 11-1 record and looking like the team to beat in the SEC. An Alabama win would be huge for the program and the season, as the Tide have struggled toward the end of their non-conference schedule. This is one of the biggest games in Coleman in a long time. The atmosphere will be electric with the Tide’s 5-star talent trying to knock off a top 5 opponent. You won’t want to miss this one! Get tickets now at RollTide.com for this 5 pm tipoff.

New Year’s Eve is all about fun, and the Children’s Hands-On Museum wants to make sure kids get the full, festive experience. From 10 am – 12 pm on Saturday the 30th CHOM will host the New Year’s Eve for Kids and will pull out all the stops to make sure kids ring in the new year right. This includes hats, horns, tiaras, a balloon drop at 11 am, and a New Year’s toast. Go to CHOMOnline.org for more information, and Happy New Year!

The men’s basketball squad isn’t the only team entering SEC play this weekend. The women’s team will continue their special season against #16 Missouri on Sunday at 2 pm. Alabama is on a five-game winning streak and has posted a 9-3 record on the season thus far. They are a perfect 7-0 at home, so maybe that home cooking will help knock off the 12-1 Tigers. Come be a part of what could be a statement win of the 2017 season. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at RollTide.com.

We have tons more going on so check out our great upcoming events at visittuscaloosa.xyz/events, and follow us on our social media pages (@visittuscaloosa) for more announcements.

It’s looking like another awesome weekend for events in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! Kick the weekend off tonight with The Sweet Lillies as they take the stage at Green Bar with their high energy Americana sound! The band’s melodic tunes have quickly captured the hearts and music souls of fans in Colorado and beyond! Based out of Colorado’s Front Range, The Sweet Lillies are continually expanding their audience and reach, building fan and critic support through an unwavering commitment to creativity, a contagious love of music, and a get-up-and-dance attitude that spreads lots of love and smiles.

On Friday, get your Bama gear on and head to Coleman Coliseum to watch the Women’s Gymnastics Team take on Boise State! It’s princess night at the coliseum so the first 500 kids will receive a crown for wearing a princess costume and getting their photo with princesses on the concourse. With Alabama and Boise State being just two ranks apart at number 6 and 8 respectively, this is sure to come down to the wire!

If sports aren’t your thing, the Astronomy group in the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy will be hosting a public night at Moundville Archaeological Park. Prof.’s Ron Buta and others will lead a deep-sky observing session from 7-10pm! The park does not charge for after-hours admission for these programs, so it will be completely free and incredibly interesting!

Saturday is packed with awesome activities all day long! Start off your Saturday at the Farmers Market at the Tuscaloosa River Market! Vendors set up ripe red tomatoes and famous Chilton County peaches. Musicians sit propped up against the door, playing guitars as you walk in, and local Food Trucks, bakers, artists, and craftsmen gather here to sell their gourmet grub, fresh-baked yeast rolls, homemade jams and jellies and hand-carved cutting boards.

If you’re one to choose donuts over vegetables, you can eat your donuts and exercise at the same time at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Krispy Kreme Challenge! There’s two miles you get to run in this event: the mile before you eat a dozen donuts and the mile after. If you race as a team, there are team prizes for best costume, best team name, and lots of other aspects of the race. course, you can participate and not eat the donuts if you do not wish to!

Finally, this Saturday from 10-4pm, the Children’s Hands-On Museum (CHOM) is celebrating Mardi Gras: CHOM Style! Kids can enjoy King Cake, fun masks, beads, and moon pies! To top it off, DJ Chuckie will be spinning tunes from 10 am – Noon! This is a can’t miss event for kids!

We have tons more going on so check out our great upcoming events, and follow us on our social media pages (@visittuscaloosa) for more announcements and events. Tell your friends and we can’t wait to see you around the One and Only Tuscaloosa!

Photo Credit: Melissa Baines