Not to make you panic or anything but there are 13 days until the beginning of Hannukkah, 37 days until the Winter Solstice, and less than 50 days before Christmas Day. The holidays are here, y’all, and it’s time to start planning all the time you’ll spend with your family this season. We hope to make that easier for you with our Holiday Happenings Guide, where we’ve listed every tree lighting, Santa sighting, angel singing, and more.
It’s also a really good weekend to spend some quality time with your Significant Other. Lucky for you there are THREE local Parent’s Night Out programs offered this weekend, and you can get the details on all of them plus lots of other events happening around town in our Event Calendar.
But our Weekend Roundup is our weekly list of favorite things to do with your family that are free or relatively easy on your wallet. We think that’s important, especially this time of the year!
Bridge Street Lights Up for the Season
Thursday from 4:30 – 9:00 PM – FREE
Bridge Street Town Center North Court (map)
The holiday season kicks-off at Bridge Street with the lighting of the 45-foot-tall Christmas tree. The tree features more than 30,000 white lights and festive-colored ornaments. The event will also feature music performed by school choirs and local musicians plus a visit by Santa and his elves. Get the full schedule of music and entertainment HERE.
Galaxy of Lights Walking Nights
Friday – Monday, 5:30-7:30 PM
Huntsville Botanical Gardens (map)
Don’t miss North Alabama’s favorite holiday tradition! Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light spectacle featuring larger-than-life animated light displays, and the Walking Nights is a great way to experience it! Be sure to stop by and visit with Santa, who will be at the Garden on Walking Nights only. And now your friends at RCM are giving away tickets – enter to win those below & we’ll draw a winner tonight at 5PM. ) Get more info on the HBG website.
Krispy Kreme Challenge Family Fun Zone
Saturday from 8:00-10:00 AM – FREE
Providence Classical School (former East Clinton Elementary) (map)
Some members of your family might be running two miles & eating doughnuts at this annual race that benefits United Cerebral Palsy, but others can enjoy the moon bounce, face painting, doughnut decorating, and much more! Not up to the Challenge? You and the kids can participate in the Fun Mile where participants are invited to run, jog, walk or stroll… and probably enjoy a few doughnuts in support of UCP. Yay, doughnuts!
Family Storytime on the Weekend
Saturday at 1:30 PM – FREE
Eleanor Murphy Library (map)
Now there’s a special Family Storytime for those who can’t make it during the week! Join Ms. Haley for a special Thanksgiving Preschool Story Time, especially for kids ages 2-5 and their families. You’ll read Thanksgiving stories, sing songs and do a fun craft! For more information contact 256-881-5620 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go Star Gazing
Saturday from 7:30-9:00 PM
$5/Adults, $3/Students, free for children under 6
Von Braun Astronomical Society Planetarium (map)
Weather permitting, you will have the opportunity to look at some of the wonders of the universe our telescopes following the planetarium program with the help of our experienced and knowledgeable observing crew. Every day the Earth is bombarded with about 40 tons of pebbles from space that burn up in the atmosphere and are visible as meteors or “shooting stars”. Larger meteoroids can reach the earth’s surface to become meteorites. These visitors can tell us much about the early solar system. Presented by Bill Cooke from Marshall Space Flight Center. For current show information visit www.vbas.org.