The 2019 Athens North Pole Stroll will return to Big Spring Memorial Park in the Beaty Historic District during the month of December. Each tree sponsored by area agencies, groups, businesses and families will sparkle to life after dark and will be decked with a variety of decorations and themes.
The 2019 event will be from December 2nd through 27th.
Any questions about this event can be directed to the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association by calling 256-232-5411
SPONSORSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 16, 2019
2019 Forms and Information
Guidelines for Tree Decoration
What are the guidelines for decorating my tree?
IMPORTANT: Please secure all decorations to your tree using pipe cleaners, small zip ties, or other strings/ties to prevent hook ornaments from falling off in the wind.
Decorators must provide their own decorations and lighting.
Decorators must use Solar Powered LED outdoor lights only. We reserve the right to remove any lights that are not LED. We recommend using 4-5 strings of LED outdoor lights per tree.
Edible items used to decorate are prohibited including but not limited to candy canes, popcorn, and birdseed.
Athens North Pole Stroll will provide each sponsor/ decorator with one live Christmas tree, signage listing the sponsor/decorator. Do not remove the sign when un-decorating, please leave the sign for reuse. If you took your sign during the previous year, please return it for reuse.
Standard trees measure approximately 6 ft in height
Athens Police Department will increase patrols in the park.
Please, no offensive or inappropriate decor. We reserve the right to remove offensive displays.
Please check your tree and decoration regularly - especially after windy or rainy days. We are not responsible for the loss of any decorations.
Please be available and adhere to setup and takedown dates. It is crucial the park be restored to its natural order by December 31st.
Please print and submit this form to sponsor a tree for your business/organization/family/group. If your are sponsoring for a decorator of your choosing, please include their information. If you are sponsoring a tree with decorator chosen from our list nonprofit requesting sponsorship, please fill in the organizational name. If a conflict arises, we will contact you by phone or email.
Sponsors and decorators will need to print and remit a Waiver of Liability in addition to sponsor form.
What is the Athens North Pole Stroll? Athens North Pole Stroll is a display of live Christmas Trees in the heart of the Historic Beaty District set beside the beautiful pond. The trees are decorated by local businesses, organizations, churches, non-profits, and individuals. Open from December 1st through 28th, the trail is free and open to the public.
Where is it located? Athens North Pole Stroll happens in Big Spring Memorial Park (aka The Duck Pond) between North Beaty Street and East Street in Athens. Who organizes this event? This event is organized by the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association.
How can I participate? Purchase a tree for decoration or sponsor a tree for another party like a local non-profit, scout group, church group or even as a family project. Each tree will be provided a sign listing Sponsor and Decorator.
What do I put on my tree? Be creative! Decorate your tree around your family tree, list your business partners on ornaments as a thank you, tell a story with your tree decorations -- the options are endless. Branded material from your company, organization or group are welcome. However, we request you refrain from using political or inflammatory images or materials as decorations and is subject to removal. No matter what, get creative and have fun! We only ask that you keep it appropriate for all ages.
What are the payment options? Cash, check or money order made payable to the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association with the memo: 2019 North Pole Stroll Tree Sponsor
When does the Athens North Pole Stroll happen and for how long? Athens North Pole Stroll happens from December 2nd to December 27th and is available in the park 24-hours a day. The lights will be operational starting at dark, approximately 6:00PM.
Where can I park to access Athens North Pole Stroll? Visitors will find parking within Big Spring Memorial Park off of North Beaty Street as well as limited parking on East Street.
Do I have to pay to visit Athens North Pole Stroll? No, this event is free and open to the public.
Donations are welcome for the event in person or by mail at the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center 100 North Beaty Street Athens, AL 35611. Please designate North Pole Stroll Donation in the subject line of the check or enclosed letter.
DECORATORS' TIPS What are some things I should bring to decorate my tree?
Weather-proof, non-breakable decorations
If using paper or pictures, please laminate your images
Scotch Guard to prevent mildew on ribbon or fabric
Small step ladder
Bread-ties, zip ties, pipe cleaners, wires, or other similar items to secure your ornaments against the wind and rain
Solar-powered LED outdoor lights (4-5 strings suggested but more is better)
Do not use water soluble glue on ornaments
Key Dates to Remember
October 31, 2019 -- Last Day to Buy Tree
TREE DEADLINE EXTENDED --
November 16, 2019
November 22-27, 2019 -- Decorating Days
December 14, 2019 -- Santa's Visit and T'was the Night Before Christmas
December 29-31, 2019 -- Take Down Days
If I don't want to decorate, what kind of sponsorships are available?
Organizations, businesses, churches and individuals are welcome to sponsor a tree or multiple trees for non-profits in the community to decorate.
If your school, organization, or church choir or band would like an opportunity to showcase your talents during this event, please contact the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association (ALCTA) at the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center (100 North Beaty Street in Athens) or by phone 256-232-5411.
Volunteering is a great way to serve the community during this event and help to keep it running smoothly.
Helping to keep the park clean and beautiful by picking up trash during the event is always appreciated.
Santa needs elves to help keep the lines moving for his visit.
Have a special skill you think that might be helpful, let us know!
Be part of the magic - join the ALCTA North Pole Stroll Committee.
Advertisement for your businesses, organization, or groups in a high traffic area.
Engage the community in a unique venue and be part of their memories
Networking opportunity with other local businesses/nonprofits.
Opportunity to attract more consumers and families to local businesses during the slower winter months.
Endless decorating possibilities - tree sponsors may use any decorations (Keep it kid friendly and classy, please. No food of any kind is permitted).
Team building opportunity on Decoration Day for your company or organization's team members. Strengthen employee relationships and have some holiday fun.
Your information and logo featured on our website, blog, email, and social media as participating in the event.
Non-Profits seeking Sponsors & Community Trees
The Chasteen Family In Memory Tree
Twinning City Tree
Community Unity Tree
We would like to extend an opportunity to invite the community to hang an ornament on the tree. (Ornaments will not be returned)
Big Spring Memorial Park -- Get Directions
For your GPS unit, put in: 100 Beaty Street North Athens, AL
Use the "Directions" feature to get turn by turn direction to Big Spring Memorial Park and Athens North Pole Stroll.
Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association Athens-Limestone Visitors Center 100 North Beaty Street Athens, AL 35611