2016 Christmas and Holiday Plays, Pageants, and Special Events in Huntsville and North Alabama

Here you’ll find holiday pageants, plays, and special events. Some of these are free and some require tickets, but they are all sure to put you in the Holiday mood.

For more holiday fun including all the places to hear holiday music, catch Santa, cavort with holiday cheerfulness and just plain get in the holiday spirit visit the main page of our comprehensive 2016 Holiday Happenings Guide sponsored by Covenant Classical Schools and Daycares.


Inspecting Carol presented by IMPinspecting-carol-logo

Independent Musical Productions presents the hilarious hit from Seattle in this year’s “Minus the Music” production. A man who asks to audition at a small theater is mistaken for an informer for the National Endowment for the Arts. Everyone caters to the bewildered wannabe actor and he is given a role in the current production, A Christmas Carol. Everything goes wrong and hilarity is piled upon hilarity. Contains some strong language.
Dates/Times: Nov. 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30PM and Nov. 13 at 2:30PM
Location: Lee High School Black Box Theater (map)
Cost: $16-$20
More Info: www.imphuntsville.org | 256-415-SHOW

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In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it’s Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey’s production of “A Christmas Carol” is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. Many colorful Tuna denizens, some you will recognize from Greater Tuna and some appearing here for the first time, join in the holiday fun. Purchase tickets at 3314 Long Avenue.
Dates/Times: Nov. 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19 at 7:30PM. and Nov. 13 & 19, 2016 at 2PM
Location: Lee High School Auditorium (map)
Cost: $18 for adults | $16 for seniors (65+), students, and active duty military
More Info: www.theatrehsv.org | 256-536-0807


The Nutcracker: A Yuletide Ballet by the Alabama Youth Balletnut2016_orig

Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre, under the artistic direction of David Herriott and Keren Gibb Hilliard, presents The Nutcracker, A Yuletide Ballet, in the holiday tradition that Huntsville has loved for over 40 years. From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical holiday wonderland filled with adorable children, dancing dolls, marching toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes, and the delicious Land of Sweets.
Dates/Times: Friday, Dec. 2 at 7PM; Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2PM and 7PM; and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2PM
Location: Lee High School Auditorium (map)
Cost: Adults $18, Students/Seniors/Military $14, kids 10 and under $12
More Info: www.alabamayouthballet.org

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Fantasy Playhouse’s A Christmas Carola christmas carol

This Huntsville Holiday tradition is back with a fresh interpretation of the Dickens’ classic! Audiences of all ages are invited to follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a ghostly musical journey through his past, present and future, as he receives the most important Christmas gift of all-redemption through the power of love. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 256-539-6829.
Dates/Times: Dec. 2-4 and 9-11
Location: VBC Playhouse (map)
Cost: $15 – $20
More Info: www.letthemagicbegin.org | 256-539-6829
Read our review of the show here.

“Christmas Now & Then”christmas now & then 2016

Christmas Now & Then is the annual Christmas production of Calvary Assembly in Decatur, AL. For over 20 years people from all across North Alabama and the surrounding areas have counted Christmas Now & Then as one of their favorite family traditions. Come and experience the fun and excitement of Christmas “Now” with Santa, Frosty and all of the Christmas Toys that you have come to love. Then watch in awe and wonder as you are taken back over 2000 years to witness one of the most powerful depictions of the true meaning of Christmas.
Date/Time: December 2-4 and December 8-11, various showtimes
Location: Calvary Epicenter (map)
Cost: $3-$5
More Info: Christmas Now & Then Website | Facebook
Read our review of this event.

Ava’s One Wishava's one wish

Ava’s One Wish ON ICE is an original figure skating performance put on by the Huntsville Skating School and Training Academy and the Skating Club of Huntsville. Ava’s One Wish was written by a group of five students three years ago and then turned into a production. The show is a Christmas experience for anyone and everyone, and proceeds benefit the Huntsville Skating School and Training Academy and the Skating Club of Huntsville.
Dates/Times: Dec. 2 at 7PM | Dec. 3 & 4 at 2PM
Location: Municipal Ice Complex (map)
Cost: $12 Seniors/Child, $15 Adults
More Info: www.iceskate.org | Facebook | 256-883-3774

“Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Grissom High School Theatre

Best Christmas Pageant Ever Grissom 2014The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant. None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale — the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating — has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year’s pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever.
Dates/Times: Dec. 5th and 6th | 7:00PM
Location: Grissom High School (map)
Cost: $8 (adult), $5 (students)
More Info: www.grissomtheatre.org

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The Nutcracker by the Huntsville Ballet Companynut_sarah_and_jayson

The Huntsville Ballet Company presents its 48th annual production of The Nutcracker, a holiday classic and a favorite tradition in Huntsville. Make holiday memories with this production set in antebellum Huntsville with a nod to local legends and traditions set to the delightful and familiar score by Tchaikovsky performed by the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.
Dates/Times: Friday, Dec. 9, 7:30PM; Saturday, Dec. 10, 2:00PM and 7:30PM; Sunday, Dec. 11, 1:00PM
Location: VBC’s Mark C. Smith Concert Hall (map)
Cost: Tickets $27-$33
More Info: www.huntsvilleballetcompany.org | (256) 539-0961
Read our review of this show here.

The Nutty Nutcracker

Join the Huntsville Ballet Company as they lampoon their favorite holiday tradition in grand form. With surprises and silliness around every turn, The Nutty Nutcracker gives HBC artiists a chance to have a ton of fun and blow off a little steam. Expect the unexpected and a few random pop culture references.
Dates/Times: Dec. 11 at 5PM
Location: VBC’s Mark C. Smith Concert Hall (map)
Cost: Tickets $12 ($10 for season subscribers)
More Infowww.huntsvilleballetcompany.org

The Irish Nutcrackernutcracker

Fitness Arts Center is happy to announce its third production of The Irish Nutcracker! This production features dancers from ages six through teenager. Come join Claire and the Nutcracker as they explore Tír na nÓg with their new Irish friends! This Irish twist on the traditional Nutcracker ballet features authentic step dancing and Celtic music.
Dates/Times: Dec. 11 at 3PM
Location: James Clemens High School (map)
Cost: Tickets $15
More Infowww.huntsvilleballetcompany.org | Tickets

Holiday Puppet Show

Help the library end their 2016 storytimes with a fun holiday related puppet show! This show is free, open to the public and ideal for young audiences.
Dates/Times: Dec. 12 at 10:30PM and 3:30PM | Dec. 15 at 9:30AM and 10:30AM
Location: Huntsville Public Library Downtown (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: kids.hmcpl.org

“Sanders Family Christmas”

sandersfamilychristmasThe Sanders Family is back in Sanders Family Christmas. Players from Renaissance Theatre return to Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, on Christmas Eve of 1941. Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders to the Baptist Church to sing and witness, thereby getting the congregation into the down-home holiday spirit before the boys, including one of the Sanders’ own, ship off to World War II. The Congregation will hear more than two-dozen Christmas carols, many of them vintage hymns, and hilarious yuletide stories from the more or less devout Sanders family members. The play is set in a church which makes the Old Country Church perfect as the venue!
Dates/Times: Dec. 14-17 at 7PM; Dec. 17 & 18 at 2:30PM
Location: Burritt on the Mountain’s Old Country Church (map)
Cost: $20 per seat
More Info: www.burrittonthemountain.com | 256-536-2882

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Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life stage.  It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.
Dates/Times: Dec. 18 at 2PM
Location: VBC Concert Hall (map)
Cost: $32-$62
More Info: www.ticketmaster.com | 800-653-8000

Annie presented by Broadway Theatre Leagueannie

The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
Dates/Times: Dec. 20 at 7PM and 1PM; Dec. 21 at 7PM
Location: VBC Concert Hall (map)
Cost: $25-$71
More Info: www.broadwaytheatreleague.org | 256-518-6155