Put away those Halloween decorations and get ready because it’s official – Christmas is almost here. Seriously. Suppers with Santa tickets go on sale today and Fayetteville’s Host of Christmas Past is next weekend. Did you think we were kidding?Don’t worry, you won’t miss a second of the celebrations because we’ve got every tree lighting, Santa sighting, and spirit brighting event in our Holiday Happenings Guide! Get out your planners because we’ve got THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY EVENTS GUIDE IN THE VALLEY. PLUS, we’re bringing back our 12 Days of Giveaways and you definitely don’t want to miss those.
But before the festivities begin (and the clocks are set back) there’s still some Fall fun to be had. Check out what’s free and cheap and family-friendly this weekend in the Tennessee Valley. As always, check our Yard Sale Map for the best bargains and check out the Event Calendar for all the things we couldn’t list here. See something we missed? Leave the details the comment section and share with your fellow Rocket City Parents.
All Weekend: Want to get that pesky holiday shopping finished early? You’ll have plenty of opportunities this weekend. The largest event is definitely Under the Christmas Tree, Randolph School’s annual fundraiser at the VBC (Fri-Sun). Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children and students are FREE. Madison Academy’s Southern Tradition Holiday Market is also this weekend (Saturday 9AM-3PM; 325 Slaughter Road) and there will be a carnival for kids in the gym. Pineview Baptist Craft Show this weekend (Saturday 9AM-3PM; 5614 Highway 53, Harvest) and there’s a Holiday Open House at Huntsville Massage Professionals (Saturday 9AM-5PM; 600 St. Clair Avenue) entrance to all three is FREE.
Sat & Sun:Whether you want to give some blood, some time, or maybe some money, this weekend you’ve got several opportunities to give. This Saturday, the Hogan YMCA is holding a blood drive in their front parking lot (9AM-2PM). Everyone who donates will be entered in a raffle to win an ALABAMA or AUBURN tailgate package including autographed team memorabilia. The Boys and Girls Club is partnering with KaBoom!, Humana, and the City of Huntsville to build a playground this Saturday (8AM-3PM; 101 Mason Court) at the Holmes Avenue Park. Volunteers are still needed and no skills are necessary but you must be 18+ to volunteer. Contact Jeremy Williams at 256-534-6060 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Finally, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of North Alabama is holding a fundraiser called Bowl for Kids’ Sake this Sunday (Noon-4PM) and Rocket City Mom has a team. We’d love for you to join us by starting your own team but if you can’t, won’t you consider donating to ours? This is a very worthwhile agency that has had measurable success nationally and in our community but they are DESPERATELY underfunded. Please consider making a donation of any amount to support this wonderful cause.
Saturday, 10AM & 1PM: Each Fall the North Alabama Railroad Museum offers two weekends of their Fall Color Special train ride. This Saturday is the last of those weekends and while the ride isn’t free, at $12 per adult and $8 per child under 12 years of age, it’s a pretty good deal considering the ride itself is almost an hour roundtrip. Reservations are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED and can be made by calling the museum at 256-851-6276 (NARM) on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
Saturday, 10:40AM: This totally FREE activity is sponsored by Operation Green Team and takes place at Hays Nature Preserve the first Saturday of each month. This month, children will join local artist Monica Yother in “Painting the Preserve”. Each child will paint their own nature and harvest inspired canvas. Registration is limited to 20 children so hurry and reserve your spot by calling 532-5326. All supplies are provided by Operation Green Team.
Saturday, 9AM-6PM: FREE and open to the public. Visit downtown Elkmont and view a large variety of handmade/ hand painted arts and crafts all for sale and all made by artisans here in the Tennessee Valley. There will also be several local musical acts performing throughout the day including Jim Parker, Taylor McLain and the Barnstormers.
As always, click on the orange titles to visit the associated website for more information on a particular event. If you see an event we’ve missed, share your info in the comment section.
Andrea Owensby is the awesome mom behind last year’s Summerfest (a free day of fun for families in Phil Campbell) but planning giant parties isn’t her only skill. She’s also a consultant with Initial Outfitters. IO is a home-party business that specializes in personalization. They sell boutique style jewelry, totes, soaps, and and array of other gifts that can be personalized for everyone! Your Style…Made Personal. RCM readers can receive free personalization.
Check out her website and then give her a call (256-283-7977) or email to get more info!