Christmas on the Square 2017

A scene from the 2017 edition of Christmas on the Square in Talladega. The 2018 version is set for Friday-Sunday and will go on rain or shine. 

TALLADEGA -- The city of Talladega has published the itinerary for the third annual Christmas on the Square this weekend and has promised the event will go on as planned, rain or shine, according to a flier.

The event will be Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from to noon to 6 p.m.

Friday will begin with a performance by the Talladega College choir from 6 to 7 p.m. The ice skating rink will be open from 6  to 9 p.m., according to the flier.

City Manager Beth Cheeks will give her remarks starting at 6:20 p.m., followed by an official tree-lighting ceremony with Santa Claus. There will be free hot chocolate and cookies from 6 to 7 p.m., and “ring roamer selfies” from 6 to 9. There will also be a showing of the Christmas classic 3-D animated  film “The Polar Express” at The Ritz Theatre starting at 7 p.m., sponsored by FIRST Family Services.

The Vendor Village, Food Truck Alley, Frozen Fun Center, Christmas DJ, Santa’s Workshop, ice skating rink, dress up photo booth and holiday train ride will be going all day Saturday and Sunday.

Elsa, Anna and Olaf from “Frozen” will be at the Frozen Fun Center from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and Santa will be on hand from 1 to 6 both days.

Magic 96.5 will be doing live event coverage Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Rince Alainn School of Irish Dance will perform at noon. The Ritz will show Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” at 1 p.m. Saturday.  

The Saturday film lineup will be rounded out by  “Arthur Christmas” at 3 p.m. and “Frozen” at 5 p.m.

Sunday’s movies include “The Santa Claus” at 1 p.m., “A Christmas Story” at 3 and “Home Alone 2” at 5.

This year’s event is being produced by Telegraph Communications, which also handled the first two. While this year’s schedule does not include a performance by a nationally known headliner, as last year’s did, everything is expected to be bigger and better than ever, including more vendors, more food trucks and even more entertainment for children and the whole family.