2014 Santa Sightings in Huntsville

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If you’re trying to catch a glimpse of the jolly white headed man in the red suit, rumor has it he and his friends will be at these events. Many of these events are the perfect setting to get a picture with Santa and we recommend hitting up a couple in case your little ones aren’t cooperative on the first attempt. It happens. 

For more holiday fun including all the places to hear holiday music, watch holiday plays, cavort with holiday cheerfulness and just plain get in the holiday spirit visit the main page of our comprehensive 2014 Holiday Happenings Guide sponsored by Madison Behavior Therapy

Under the Christmas Tree

Randolph_underthechristmastreeThe 30th Annual Under the Christmas Tree Market will include Breakfast with Santa, Photos with Santa, and a gingerbread decorating party (see website for prices) in addition to all kinds of Christmas decorating ideas and more than 75 specialty merchants from 7 states. Find unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Date/Time: November 7-9 | Fri,10AM-7PM; Sat,10AM-6PM; Sun, 12-5PM
Location: South Hall VBC (map)
Cost: $8 (adults);$5 (seniors, college students, active military); children are FREE
More Info: Under the Christmas Tree Website

“Host of Christmas Past” in Fayetteville

hostofchristmaspastEvery year during the second weekend of November the small town of Fayetteville comes alive with its traditional “Host of Christmas Past.” This friendly small town offers free parking, great food, carriage rides, homemade snow, high tea, and nonstop entertainment. Of course, Santa will be present!

Date/Time: November 7-9
Location: Downtown Fayetteville, TN (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: www.hostofchristmaspast.com

Santa at the Malls

PJ-Party-PosterThe big guy is coming to both Parkway Place and Madison Square Mall and they’ve got all kinds of special events planned. Check their websites for all the info, but here’s a preview of all the Santa opportunities available!

Pajama Party with Santa: November 8th at 9AM at Parkway Place, free party with milk & cookies!
Storytime with Santa: November 15th at 10AM at Madison Square Mall, each child who visits Santa will receive a free gift.
Pet Photos with Santa: November 20th & December 4th at both Parkway Place & Madison Square
Roll Tide Santa: December 2nd 6-9PM at Parkway Place
War Eagle Santa: November 18th 6-9PM at Parkway Place
Breakfast with Santa: Chick-fil-A’s Breakfast with Santa is December 6th at 8:30 AM in the Food Court at Parkway Place. This event will include appearances by Bearemy from Build-A-Bear Workshop, the Chick-fil-A Cow, Cindy Lou Who and the Grinch as well as festive Holiday Music and time with Santa himself.
Sensitive Santa: Parkway Place will offer special sessions with Santa, by appointment only, for children with special needs who would benefit from softer lights and sounds at the photo set. Our Sensitive Santa will be much more soft spoken and we are happy to be able to offer all families a chance to enjoy the Magic of the Holiday Season through this program. To set up a special appointment before or after mall hours please e-mail Jana_Kuner@cblproperties.com.

Date/Time: November 8 (PP) & November 15 (MS) – Christmas Eve
Location: Parkway Place Mall (map), Madison Square Mall (map)
Cost: Photo packages vary
More Info: www.parkwayplacemall.com / www.madisonsquaremall.com

Bridge Street Christmas Tree Lighting

bridgestreet_santaThe 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, FIREWORKS and a visit by Santa and his elves. Throughout the season, Santa will be roaming the promenade dressed in Victorian garb, greeting shoppers and posing for photographs. Visitors are invited to bring their own cameras – professional photography is not available.

Dates/Times: Friday, November 14th at 6:00PM
Location: Bridge Street Town Centre (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: www.bridgestreethuntsville.com

Galaxy of Lights Walking Nights

HSVBGDon’t miss North Alabama’s favorite holiday tradition! Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light spectacle featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart. The entrance for Galaxy of Lights will be through their newly renovated front gate. This will be the entrance for both walking and driving nights. Santa will be visiting on each Walking Night at the Galaxy of Lights.

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Dates/Times: Walking Nights: November 14-17, November 21-25. Dog Walking Nights: November 17 & 24
Location: Huntsville Botanical Gardens (map)
Cost: $6 Adult, $3.00 Child (3+), $1 Dog (dog-walking nights only)
More Info: www.hsvbg.org
Read our review of this event.

Thornhill Christmas Tree Farm

thornhill_logo.jpgLeave that fake tree in its box and head on up to Thornhill Tree Farm to select the perfect tree for this holiday season. During your visit, stop by the Tree House for a delicious hot chocolate and apple cider, and ponder through the gift shop. Also take a ride on the Christmas train, The Miss Joy, which winds among 25 acres of evergreens and then be sure to enjoy the hayrides, petting zoo, pony rides, facepainting, wreath demonstrations, and the corn bin before you leave! All activities are $1 and you pick what you want to do. Cut trees are $7/foot. PLUS Santa will be visiting every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

Dates/Times: November 24-December 31
Location: 15107 AL HWY 71, Pisgah (map)
Cost: Varies (see description)
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Village of Providence Tree Lighting


Many of the merchants throughout Providence will be providing family-friendly activities for both young and old alike at the event, such as a corn-hole competition, a giant Jenga attraction, and a cookie decorating station and of course, Santa Clause will be available for pictures. Additionally, in order to encourage healthy and worthwhile rivalry between establishments within the Village of Providence, each will compete with one another in collecting unwrapped and unopened Christmas gifts for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves’ charity, Toys for Tots.

Dates/Times: Friday, Nov. 28 | 4-7PM
Location: Village of Providence (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: www.villageofprovidence.com

Santa’s Village

santasvillage_2012Another staple holiday event put on by Earlyworks, this one in conjunction with Constitution Village. If you buy a ticket to the Earlyworks Society’s Suppers with Santa, you get admission to Santa’s Village for free but you can also just buy tickets for this delightful event on its own. Young and old will delight in visiting the Claus’ house, Santa’s reindeer, the North Pole elves and chatting with Santa! Nightly snow shows, craft projects in the Toymaker’s Workshop, musical entertainment on the Tinsel Tunes Stage and shopping at the new Arts Marketplace, all add to the enchantment at the Village Santa calls home. In Santa’s Magic Garden there’s a show you won’t want to miss! This magical garden will come to life right before your eyes – Christmas trees will talk and sing, while holiday lights magically keep up the beat!

Date/Time: November 28 – December 23, 5-9PM Nightly
Location: Constitution Village (map)
Cost: $5 per person. Children under 1 year free.
More Info: www.earlyworks.com
Read our review of this event.

Kris Kringle’s Candlelight Christmas
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No Holiday Event is Complete Without This Guy

At this annual event the star-lit mountain will be mirrored by more than 600 candles, adding to the nostalgic feel of the holidays. Music will be heard throughout the mansion and the park; cider, cookies and tasty figgie pudding will keep us warm. Children can enjoy stringing cranberries and popcorn, making paper punch ornaments, creating handmade cards and icing cookies. The evening wouldn’t be complete without a visit with Kris Kringle. See Burritt on the Mountain transformed into a twinkling, winter wonderland!

Date/Time: December 5th and 6th, 4:30-9:00 PM
Location: Burritt On the Mountain (map)
Cost: $10 (adults); $9 (seniors and military); $8 (3-18); children two and under are FREE
More Info: Burritt’s Website
Read our review of this event.

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Santa in the Park in Arab

Arab City Park is a must-see during the holiday season. Featuring more than 2 million lights, the park is ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. Visitors can stroll along the sidewalks and pathways within the park. This event kicks off with a formal lighting ceremony at 6:00 PM on the Friday after Thanksgiving at the park gazebo. Santa Claus and his elves will make a special visit to Arab Historic Village. His toy shop will open Fridays and Saturdays for four weekends beginning November 28, 2014. Have your picture taken with Santa, make reindeer food, watch the work, enjoy cookies and juice in the Boyd House and listen to live music.

Dates/Times: Fridays & Saturdays, November 28 – December 20
Location: Arab Historic Village (map)
Cost: The park is free & open to the public, Santa visits are $5 each, Children 2 and under are free.
More Info: www.arab-chamber.org

Suppers with Santa

supperwithsanta_logoThis popular Huntsville fundraiser sponsored by the Earlyworks Society includes a child-friendly meal and a seat at each table reserved for Santa to drop by and wish you a hearty Ho Ho Ho! When Santa’s not at your table, one of his many friends will drop by to say hello. After dinner, head over to Santa’s Village to visit with the reindeer, hear a story from Mrs. Claus, and enjoy the snowfall while listening to our entertainers performing holiday classics (and you can visit with Santa there, too!). Tickets go on sale NOVEMBER 1st online only – they go FAST!

Date/Time: December 1st-4th, seatings at 4:30PM and 6:00PM each night
Location: Earlyworks Children’s Museum Grand Hall (map)
Cost: Tickets are $15 each and are required for anyone above the age of one year. Includes admission to Santa’s Village.
More Info: Earlyworks Website
Read our review of this event.

Smile and Say Santa

SMILE & SAY (1)The Little Gym of Jones Valley and Rocket City Mom are teaming up to provide local parents with a FREE opportunity to get their child’s photo made with Santa in a high-energy, low stress environment. Why wait in a long line when you can bring your child, bring your camera, and take a number? Parents can bring their kids to The Little Gym at Jones Valley where Santa will be waiting to listen to their Christmas wishes and get his photo made. Upon arrival just sign in and receive a number. Your little one can then play in the supervised gym while waiting! When your number is called you just step on up and get your time with the big guy, snap a couple of selfies, and you’re done. #MakingParentingInHuntsvilleEasier

While the photo opportunity is provided free of charge we will gladly accept cash donations which will be collected for Harris Home for Children.

Dates/Times: December 3 | 2-7PM
Location: 2124 Cecil Ashburn Drive, Suite 108 (map)
Cost: Free but donations for Harris Home for Children accepted.
More Info: www.rocketcitymom.com

“Christmas Now & Then”

christmasnowandthenThis annual show at Calvary Assembly Church in Decatur not only features Santa, but dancing characters like Frosty the Snowman, The Grinch, Angels, Elves, Spiderman, VeggieTales, Disney characters, and a host of other children’s favorites in the elaborate production. It’s a character smorgasbord!

Date/Time: December 5-7 and December 12-14 at 7PM
Location: Calvary Assembly Church (map)
Cost: Tickets are general admission and can be purchased online in advance for $4 each
More Info: Christmas Now & then Website
Read our review of this event.

North Alabama Educators Pictures with Santa

NAECU_santaNAECU will be hosting Pictures with Santa again this year! For your convenience please *RSVP to Lyda or Libby at receptionist@naecu.org or by calling (256)534-2423 to schedule your appointment time. Pictures with Santa is a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Fund at Huntsville Hospital Foundation.

Dates/Times: December 6 | 9AM-1PM
Location: 2309 Whitesburg Dr. (map)
Cost: $15-$25 per package
More Info: Facebook Event

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Santa Train

Santatrain_huntsville_al“Santa Claus is coming to town!” And he’s riding our train! Join an annual tradition at the North Alabama Railroad Museum as we bring Santa aboard our excursion train! Every child aboard will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and tell him everything on their wish list. Parents and children alike share smiles and laughs with Jolly St. Nick as the train clickety-clacks along the track. After the ride, each child will receive a special treat. The Gift Shop will be detached from the train, so come early or stay late and get all your gifts & stocking stuffers for Christmas! These excursions are very popular, so make your reservations early to ensure you and your children have a seat on our train! These train rides last 40 minutes and run at 10, 11, 1, 2 and 3 PM. Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended and may be made by calling the museum at (256) 851-6276 or buy yours online.

Date/Time: December 6th,7th, and 13th
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum (map)
Cost: First-class seats are $25 each (offers a drink, cookies for children and has a dedicated Santa Claus), Coach seats are $15
More Info: www.northalabamarailroadmuseum.com
Read our review of this event.

Santa at Skating in the Park

RCM-and-Skating-Promo1We’re super excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the Huntsville Art Museum for a special 1/2 price day for Rocket City Mom readers. On Monday, December 8th from 1-10PM, all you have to do is bring a copy of this coloring sheet (doesn’t even have to be colored) with you to the park and present for 1/2 price tickets!!! PLUS one of our fav local photographers, Jeff White, will be there from 4-6PM which makes this a great opportunity to get a snapshot with the jolly big guy without all the lines.

Dates/Times: December 8 | 4-6PM
Location: Big Spring Park / Huntsville Museum of Art (map)
Skating Cost: $5 (ages 9+), $2.50 (ages 8 and under) WITH COLORING PAGE
More InfoFacebook Event Page

Saturday with Santa

Huntsville families are invited to join Santa at the Garden! Clementine’s will cater the event and children will get a chance to sit on Santa’s lap for a picture so be sure to bring your camera! There will also be a holiday craft and face painting for little ones to enjoy. Reservations are required, call (256) 830-4447 ext 232 or book online.

Date/Time: Saturday, December 13th at 10AM and 11:30AM and 1PM
Location: Huntsville Botanical Gardens (map)
Cost: For members, the cost is $15 per person. For non-members, the cost is $25 per person and includes Garden admission. Children 1 and under are free but please add them to your reservation so HBG can have an accurate count.
More Info: Huntsville Botanical Gardens Website

Christmas Magic in Madison

After the annual city parade at 5:30 PM, there will be an Awards Ceremony at the Roundhouse at Village Green.  The Madison Rotary Club will be serving hot chocolate and cookies.  Don’t forget your camera because Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Village Green following the parade!! More information HERE.

Dates/Times: Saturday, December 13th from 5:30 – 9:00PM
Location: Downtown Madison (map)
Cost: Free to attend & observe