Christmas on the River has not only captivated the hearts of those in and around West Alabama, it has proven an annual tourist attraction capable of bringing in visitors from other states and regions of the country.
Christmas on the River (COTR) is an annual event in Demopolis. It is a holiday celebration with several events during four days-main events are always the first weekend in December. They celebrate with a “Special child” and the announcement of their “St. Nick”. They have a reading of the Christmas Story and lighting of the park with a Santa visit, then on Friday and Saturday they have Christmas in the Canebrake, candlelit tours of historical homes, Canebrake children’s plays, the Alabama State BBQ Cook-Off, Fair in the Square arts and crafts show, a day parade and a nautical night parade with a fireworks show and semi-formal Gala on the Tombigbee.