Ready or not, here it comes. We’re less than a week out from Christmas Day now, and I hope instead of spending every waking moment of your weekend at the mall, you can focus on the special moments with your family at some of these local free events.
There’s still a little more time to enjoy the holiday staples:
- The Galaxy of Lights will be twinkling until January 4th
- The Jolly Elf will be in residence at Santa’s Village up through December 23rd
- You can slide into 2013 at Skating In the Park until January 5th
Please keep in mind the events listed here are mainly the free or cheap ones happening in our area. There are numerous more listed in our full Event Calendar, and we’ve gone one step further and detailed all the holiday events in our Holiday Happenings Guide!
Finally, if you must do some shopping, remember to Shop Local! We’ve put together a handy Hometown Holiday Gift Guide to help you out.
See something we missed? Leave the details in the comment section and share with your fellow Rocket City Parents.
Thursday – Sunday: FREE
First Baptist Church in Huntsville (map)
“The Living Christmas Tree” at First Baptist Church in Huntsville is now in its 29th year, and performances are tonight through Sunday! You can hear a choir of 165 singers perform holiday carols in the biggest tree you’ve ever seen. The shows are open to the public, but reservations are required to be sure you get a seat. Reserve yours at (256) 428-9422. It’s pretty impressive to see, and you can read our review of the event here. (PSSSST! Did you know The Living Christmas Tree will be broadcast on WHNT2 on Saturday night, as well as online both Friday and Saturday nights? More information and channel listings HERE!)
Quick! There’s just a few days left to consult with the Jolly Old Elf himself, and lucky for you, doing that is completely free at several places this weekend. List visits with Santa at Parkway Place and Madison Square are completely free anytime now through Christmas Eve. You can also meet Father Christmas at Bridge Street this weekend from noon-6PM (professional photography not available – bring your cameras!)
If your kid has ever wanted to try their hand at hockey, but you didn’t want to drop major bucks on the equipment before committing, these sessions are for you. There’s no hockey or skating experience necessary for kids between 4 and 12 years old. There’s no cost, but you need to register no later than Friday at 5:00pm to reserve a spot at the 11Am clinic in Huntsville or the 2PM clinic in Decatur. All the equipment is provided (hockey helmet, skates, stick and gloves) just wear comfortable, warm clothing and be ready to have a blast on the ice! Register online here: www.nahahockey.org.
Saturday from 10:00AM – 6:00PM: FREE
Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment Complex (map)
My husband and I have a little holiday tradition: get a sitter for the kids and go to the last Artist Market of the year at Lowe Mill to do a little shopping. It’s free to stroll inside the quirky & cozy Mill, but if you bring some funds along you’ll find gifts there like no other: jewelry, art, vinyl, collectibles, accessories, etc. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some live music & demonstrations to sample while you’re there, and be sure to head over to Pizelle’s Confections for the most amazing cup of drinking chocolate you’ll ever have.
Saturday at 7:30 PM: $5 Adults / $3 Students / Kids under 6 FREE
VBAS Planetarium (map)
What exactly was the object the Wisemen saw? Each year at this special time, we turn back the hands of time to look into the sky of long ago & search for this mysterious object. Is there a scientific answer about what the Christmas star was that we can uncover? Come hear what ancient scientific records reveal and take a look through the powerful Von Braun Astronomical Society Planetarium telescopes for yourself. Telescopes will be open after the programs. (Weather permitting)