It's that time of year again! The holidays are upon us, and one of the greatest things about the holidays in Tuscaloosa is that the City and various organizations transform the landscape into a winter wonderland of sorts, even though our climate is relatively mild.

Each year, Tuscaloosa's One Place hosts the Tinsel Trail, one of its biggest fundraisers of the year! Area businesses and organizations sponsor a Christmas tree which it then decorates or commissions to be decorated.

There are dozens of trees, spanning from the Tuscaloosa River Market to the path which leads to the Bama Belle park.  There are no trees along that path, but once you get to the other side, they resume just outside the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.

So, while everyone is doing his or her best to stay away from other people and vast crowds, a walk along the Tinsel Trail can be a great way to not only get into the Christmas spirit but to also bond with loved ones.

A helpful suggestion is to either make a warm drink at home or visit any area coffee house and grab a warm beverage. Then, walk from one end of the trail to the other and back either at the amphitheater or at the Tuscaloosa River Walk location.  Once you've finished one, drive down Jack Warner Parkway and do the same at the other end.

If it's a first, second, or third date, this is an easy way to get closer to your date without it looking or feeling creepy. As the temperatures fall in the evening, the cold air creates the perfect opportunity to share body heat; and the various themes provide ice breakers for conversation and give you the chance to get a feel for your company's personality.

Sounds like a great plan, right? You're welcome!

And if you don't need an idea for date night, the Tinsel Trail is also a great way for families to bond.

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