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Free Holiday Fun in Moulton

Many families have enjoyed the Galaxy of Lights at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens, the drive-through display at Toyota Field in Madison, and the Winter Wonderland at Sportsman Lake Park in Cullman. All of those are a lot of fun, but they have an admission charge. If your pockets are empty and your credit cards maxed out from Christmas shopping but you still want to have some holiday fun, let me recommend a drive to Moulton. You have a few nights left.

The businesses in Lawrence County have outdone themselves this year by decorating a hundred (or more) trees creating a colorful spectacle you can walk through with many places to stop and take photos. Just find a parking spot on the square, bundle up, get out, and enjoy the music. No tickets required.

If you plan your visit for dinnertime, there are a number of enticing possibilities. Western Sirloin is very popular on Highway 157, and you'll spot John's Bar-B-Que on Court Street on your way to the square. Plus, there are a number of fast-food chains and Mexican restaurants. Steve and I decided to try Mel's Family Steak House on Highway 157 adjacent to the Stockyard. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday, and of course, their hours might be different on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

We were impressed with the masks and strong commitment to social distancing. In fact, when there were no tables left in the front dining room because so many were unavailable, they seated us in another dining room, so we had the whole room to ourselves. I'm still pretty squeamish about salad bars, but I did see several people applying lots of hand sanitizer before going through the line. Maybe after I get the vaccine . . . .

Anyway, our steaks were good, and the service was fast and friendly.

Have a great Christmas week.

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