Festival of Lights – Oneonta AL

The Oneonta Business Association, in cooperation with the City of Oneonta and Community Organizations, presents the Festival of Lights.

The Oneonta Business Association, in partnership with the City of Oneonta and Community Organizations, is excited to host their second annual Festival of Lights, which promises to be the biggest and best ever!

Here are the current plans and ways in which you can become involved in making Oneonta a holiday attraction and shopping destination!

Decorating Town

Date: Sunday, November 17
Time: 1:00 pm

Volunteers will meet at 1 p.m. at the gazebo for work assignments and then branch out to place clear LED Christmas lights on the trunks of the crepe myrtle trees on 1st Avenue East and on the shrubs.  They will also decorate the City’s gazebo, public restroom structure, trees, and welcome signs.  Your ideas are welcome and most appreciated!  Email #ob#puevfgznf#at#barbagnohfvarffnffbpvngvba.pbz#ob# to let them know of any ideas you may have for decorating your hometown for the holidays!  Also, if you’d like to volunteer, please email so we can put you on the list of Santa’s helpers that day!  For information, call 205-446-0462.

Light the Town Campaign

The OBA is raising funds with which to replace the Christmas lights that were removed from the tops of downtown buildings last year.  About 25 years ago, Glenn Glaze with Ace Hardware donated the lights which had to be taken done due to deterioration of lines and the expense of powering the incandescent bulbs.  The OBA plans to use LED bulbs and heavy-duty outdoor electrical lines.  Phase 1 will hopefully be completed in time for the Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.  You can donate online.  For more details, click here.  We will also be offering commemorative “Light the Town” Christmas tree ornaments to raise funds for this project.  They will be available for purchase in local stores in a few weeks.

Donate to the Light the Town Campaign

2nd Annual Festival of Lights Tree Contest

Last year, 22 beautiful decorated Christmas trees and the City’s flagship tree (14 ft) were proudly displayed in the area of the town gazebo.  The OBA goal for 2019 is 30 trees, plus the flagship tree.  Early entry is encouraged as there is a limited number of trees.OTELCO had a great time participating last year, and can’t wait to decorate our tree again in 2019! For more details, click here.

Register for the Tree Contest Here

Third Thursday – Oneonta Downtown District

Date: November 21, 2019
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Participating merchants will stay open late for your shopping convenience.  Come to town, dine, and find great Christmas gifts for the entire family in beautiful downtown Oneonta! Bring your own personal camera or smartphone and shoot photos with Santa from 5-8 pm at The Makers Downtown on Third Street North, across from Cargile Jewelers.

A picture of Santa in front of a Christmas tree and presents during lat year's Festival of Lights

Santa is coming to town!

Santa Comes to Town

Businesses are invited to sponsor Santa appearances and have folks come to their place of operation.  Interested businesses should email #ob#puevfgznf#at#barbagnohfvarffnffbpvngvba.pbz#ob#. Stay tuned for those dates!  NEW THIS YEAR:  You may bring your own personal cameras and smartphones to take your own photos with our wonderful Santa Claus!!!


  • Thursday, November 21, 5-8 pm, The Makers Downtown
  • Friday, November 29, 2-5 pm, Miller’s Soda Shoppe
  • Friday, November 29, 5:30 p.m., Community Christmas Tree Lighting by the Gazebo
  • Thursday, December 12, 4-7 pm, Neely School of Music & Arts

Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Date: November 29, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm

Join the community at the Angels in Oneonta mural for this hour-long celebration of the Festival of Lights and Christmas in Oneonta!  There will be entertainment, Santa Claus, and the Christmas tree Lighting.

Festival of Lights Awards Ceremony 

Date: December 10, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm

Before the parade, join the Oneonta Business Association down by the Angel Wings Mural on Railroad Boulevard and the forest of beautifully decorated Christmas trees at 6 p.m. for the announcement of winners in our Christmas Tree Decorating Contest and Holiday Decorating Contest!

Blount County Christmas Parade

Date: December 10, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm

Coordinated by the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, this annual parade will also bring Santa to town, along with many outstanding floats, cars, and other entries.  A little elf dropped by the OBA to say there will be snow at this year’s parade!  If you’d like to register an entry in the parade, contact Barbara Andersen at #ob#oneonen#at#oybhagbarbagnpunzore.bet#ob#.

Third Thursday – Oneonta Downtown District

Date: December 19, 2019

Time: 5:00-8:00 pm

Participating merchants will stay open late for your shopping convenience.  Come to town, dine, and find great Christmas gifts for the entire family in beautiful downtown Oneonta!