2017 Santa Sightings in Huntsville and North Alabama

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. No more searching all over to figure out where to find Santa in Huntsville and North Alabama! 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 2017 Holiday Happenings Guide sponsored by the Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Garden.

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November


Under the Christmas Tree

Randolph_underthechristmastreeIf marking early shopping off your list is a must, this popular local shopping event is definitely one to attend! Attendees can enjoy Christmas special events, children’s activities while shopping from more than 100 specialty merchants from 9 states. Special children’s events include Breakfast with Santa, arts and crafts opportunities, gingerbread decorating parties, Elf Academy, winter games and even photos with Santa. Under The Christmas Tree is Randolph’s biggest special event annual fundraiser. The three day market attracts approximately 10,000 shoppers from throughout the region and contributes more than $100,000 to Randolph’s Financial Aid program.
Date/Time: Nov. 3-7 | Fri. 10AM-7PM; Sat. 10AM-6PM; Sun. 12-5PM
Location: South Hall VBC (map)
Cost: $8 (adults);$5 (seniors 60+); early bird shopping on Friday 8-10AM is $18; children under 18 are FREE, although special activities may carry an extra fee.
More Info: Under the Christmas Tree Website

MOPS Holiday Market

The 2nd Annual MOPS Holiday Market will have over 30 vendors and pictures with Santa! Some items you find are handmade jewelry, items from Trade Fair Market, Matilda Jane, incredible homemade goodies, handmade soaps, hand lotions and candles, woodworking products, Christmas decor, wreaths, doll clothes, Wildtree, scrapbooking items, Mosaic tile Crosses, Donut Hole Donuts and so much more!  Santa from Santa’s Village will be at the market from 10-1 to take pictures! First Baptist Church will also be hosting an Operation Christmas Child packing day on Saturday from 10-2 so drop off your shoeboxes and come to the market!
Dates/Times: Nov. 4th | Event is 8AM-4PM, with Santa from 10AM-1PM
Location: First Baptist Church (map)
Cost: FREE
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Pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Honeycomb Salon

Take your Christmas photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus! All proceeds go to helping support local families in need. Pictures by appointment preferred; walk-ins are welcome but not guaranteed a time slot. Purchase price provides you with 5-10 edited photos on a disc with copyrights, and will be ready for pick up no later than Thanksgiving. Bring a nice, new toy to donate and get $10 off!
Date/Time: Nov. 4, 10AM-4PM | Nov. 5, 2-5PM
Location: Honeycomb Salon, Athens (map)
Cost: $35
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Hartselle Christmas Open House

Come enjoy some apple cider and cookies with Santa! We will also have First United Methodist playing the bells.
Date/Time: Nov. 5, 1-5PM
Location: Hartselle Chamber of Commerce (map)
Cost: FREE
More Infowww.hartsellechamber.com

“Host of Christmas Past” in Fayetteville

Every 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! Begin your visit on Friday afternoon to our beautiful Downtown all decorated for the holiday season. Friday evening following the Annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree at 5:00 pm, enjoy live music from the Bandstand on the Courthouse Lawn and stroll the square as many businesses will be open late.
Date/Time: Nov. 10-12
Location: Downtown Fayetteville, TN (map)
Cost: FREE
More Infowww.hostofchristmaspast.com

Santa at the Mall

The big guy is coming to Parkway Place Mall and they’ve got all kinds of special events planned. Check the website for all the info, but here’s a preview of all the Santa opportunities available!

PJ Party with Santa: Nov. 11 at 9AM – Kids can enjoy milk and fresh chocolate chip cookies, caroling with Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater, face painting, Letters to Santa, and each child will receive a personalized ornament from the Ornament Workshop. Enjoy fun Christmas pictures with Cinderella and Batman and lastly, Santa will make his grand entrance for storytelling and singing before making his way to the Santa set!
War Eagle Santa: Nov. 21, 6-9PM
Roll Tide Santa: Nov. 22, 6-9PM
Santa Cares with the Riley Center: Dec. 3, 9-11AM – Santa Cares is a sensory-friendly opportunity for children with special needs to enjoy the time-honored tradition of the Santa Photo Experience with their family.
Story Time with Santa & Elsa: Dec. 13, 9:30-10AM – A Huntsville Madison County Public Library storyteller will be here to create wonderful memories. Santa and Elsa will join the kids to read a book and have a quick Q&A session with the little ones! Kids will receive a free chocolate chip cookie.

Date/Time: Nov. 11 – Christmas Eve
Location: Parkway Place Mall (map)
Cost: Photo packages vary
More Info: Website | Facebook

Santa at Bridge Street

Bridge Street Town Centre will light up like a winter wonderland to welcome Santa! The big guy arrives at the tree lighting ceremony on November 17; after that, Santa will be in residence on select dates November 19th through December 24th. Santa Claus will be strolling the promenade dressed in Victorian attire, greeting shoppers and posing for photos. And on December 2 from 2-4PM, Santa will be available for pet photos! Guests are invited to bring their dogs to visit with Santa and receive free doggy treats. Guests are invited to bring their own cameras to visit Santa, as professional photography is not available.
Dates/Times: Nov. 17  through Dec. 24, various times (see full schedule)
Location: Bridge Street Town Centre (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: www.bridgestreethuntsville.com


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31st Annual Athens Christmas Open House

Santa will be dropping by during the 31st Annual Christmas Open House event in Downtown Athens on Saturday and Sunday afternoons! Following Santa’s visit on Saturday, there will be a Tacky Holiday Sweater Contest on the Courthouse Steps. On Sunday, 4PM brings a performance from the Athens High School Chorus. Don’t miss this and so much more during the entire weekend; see the full schedule here!
Dates/Times: Nov. 18 & 19 | 2-4PM
Location: Downtown Athens (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: www.visitathensal.com

Kris Kringle Artist Market

The Madison Arts Council and Madison Parks & Recreation are teaming up to create The Kris Kringle Market, which will feature artisans and craftsmen from across North Alabama, an Olde World Santa, lantern-making workshops for children, and various food and drink options for our guests. Other children’s activities will also be available!
Dates/Times: Nov. 18 | 9AM-4PM
Location: Dublin Park (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Website | Facebook

Village of Providence Tree Lighting

Providence Park will host the 8th annual tree lighting event, with games, activities and pictures with Santa free with a new unwrapped toy for Toys-for-Tots. Santa arrives at 4:30 p.m. via firetruck and the tree lighting begins at 6:30 p.m. Help bring Christmas to local children in need by dropping a new unwrapped toy off at any participating Village of Providence business before Monday, December 5th! Please note, there is no outside food or drink at this event. attendees are encouraged to visit one of our local restaurants for all your food and beverage needs.
Dates/Times: Friday, Nov. 24 | 4-7PM
Location: Village of Providence (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: www.villageofprovidence.com

Christmas in the Park – ArabArab Christmas in the Park

Featuring more than 1 million lights and new displays, the park will be ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. Kick things off with the formal tree lighting ceremony on Friday, November 24th at 6PM! Visitors can then stroll along the sidewalks and pathways within the park. Arab Historic Village transforms into a winter wonderland complete with Santa’s Toy Shop and his elves and Santa himself! Children can sit in Santa’s lap and have their photo taken, decorate a cookie, or write a letter to Santa. Children can also take home Reindeer food, made in the old Grist Mill, and there is live music at the Rice Church, located in the village.
Dates/Times: Tree lighting ceremony is on Nov. 24th at 6PM | Park is then open dusk through 9 p.m. from Nov. 24th through Christmas | Santa in the Park is open on Fridays & Saturdays through Dec. 23rd, 6-9PM
Location: Arab Historic Village (map)
Cost: The park is free & open to the public, Santa visits are $5 each, $20 for families of 4 or more. Children 2 and under are free.
More Info: www.arab-chamber.org

Santa’s Village

Another 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. All ages will delight in visiting the Claus’ house, meeting Santa’s reindeer, the North Pole elves, and Santa! Snow shows, craft projects and musical entertainment all add to the fun at the Village Santa Calls Home! In Santa’s Magic Garden, the magical garden will come to life right before your eyes. Christmas trees will talk and sing, while holiday lights magically keep up the beat. There’s lots to see and do in the magical village that Santa calls home!
Date/Time: Nov. 24 – Dec. 23 | 5-9PM
Location: Constitution Village (map)
Cost: $5 per person. Children under 1 year free.
More Info: www.earlyworks.com
Read our review of this event.

Santa at Oak Grove Thach Fire Department

Come visit with Santa and help out your local fire department! Southern Exposure Photography will be providing professional photography with a Christmas backdrop OR with Santa in front of the fire truck! There will be a $5.00 4×6″ take home print along with professional packages available for purchase.
Date/Time: Nov. 25 | 10AM-2PM
Location: Oak Grove Thach Fire Dept, Athens (map)
Cost: Photos available for purchase
More Info: Facebook

Suppers with Santa

This 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. The Grand Hall will be transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland by the Society members. Tickets also include admission to Santa’s Village anytime through December 23.  So  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!). If you know you’d like to attend, mark your calendar now to snag tickets – they go on sale NOVEMBER 1st online only at 8AM, and they go FAST!

Date/Time: Nov. 27 – 30, seatings at 5PM and 6:30PM 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 | Event Flyer
Read our review of this event.

December


Kris Kringle’s Candlelight Christmas

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We are decking the halls, the walls and the stalls! The kids will love to see Kris Kringle in the Burritt Mansion from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. 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 figgy pudding will keep us warm. Children will enjoy stringing cranberries and popcorn, making paper punch ornaments, creating handmade cards and icing cookies. Many who have come to Candlelight Christmas have felt there was no better way to start the holiday season in a festive non-commercial setting.
Date/Time: Dec. 1 & 2  | 5:00-9:00 PM
Location: Burritt On the Mountain (map)
Cost: General admission for non-members ($10 adults, $9 seniors and military, $8 children 3-18); $2 for museum members; FREE for children 2 and under
More Info: www.burrittonthemountain.com
Read our review of this event.


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North Star Limited
Back for its third year, the North Star Limited is sure to be successful again! The North Star Limited is a night-time ride along the rails, featuring snacks and special treats for all our guests. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas and each child and their families will have a one-on-one visit with Santa, where he or she can give Santa their Christmas wish-list. Santa will also have presents for the good boys and girls! We’ve added more departures this year to accommodate more guests, so if you missed out last year, don’t delay and purchase your tickets early!
Date/Time: December 1, 2, 8 & 9 | 5:45PM & 7:45PM
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum (map)
Cost: $35 each (offers a drink, cookies and private time with Santa Claus)
More Info: www.northalabamarailroadmuseum.com
Saturday with Santa at Five Points Chiropractic

Five Points Chiropractic presents our first annual Saturday with Santa. Come visit Santa and his elves and get a free photo with Santa! Vendors will be on hand, including Lularoe. Enjoy hot toy giveaways including Fingerlings and Luvabella dolls, as well as cookies and hot chocolate, Christmas crafts and more! Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots to be entered into the giveaway.
Date/Time: December 2 | 10AM-2PM
Location: Five Points Chiropractic (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Facebook

Christmas Fest

Come join us at the First Christian Church for our come-and-go Christmas Fest! You and your kids will enjoy hands-on Christmas crafts, free pictures with Santa, free finger food, a live reading of the Christmas Story, and Christmas Carols. Come prepared to take part in the festive fun with your kids!
Date/Time: December 2 | 11AM-1PM
Location: First Christian Church (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Facebook

Christmas Village at Sharon Johnston Park

Join us as we turn our Pioneer Village into a Christmas Village!  Take photos with Santa, make an ornament, decorate sugar cookies and go on a carriage ride.  Dec. 2, 9, and 16 from 12:00 – 5:00 pm.  $5 per person with children 3 and under FREE.  Proceeds benefit the Friends of Sharon Johnston Park, Inc. (a 501c3 non-profit).
Dates/Times: Dec. 2, 9 & 16 | 12-5PM
Location: Sharon Johnston Park, New Market (map)
Cost: $5; 3 and under are FREE
More Info: Facebook

Sparkman Holiday Bazaar

Come out and shop at our flea market, craft, and vendor show. There will be numerous crafters, specialty shops, and home-based businesses. While you are shop, stop by our concession stand and try some of our goodies. Plus, Santa Claus and his elves will be there, so your little one can have his or her picture taken!
Dates/Times: Dec. 2 | 9AM-5PM
Location: Sparkman High School (map)
Cost: FREE
More InfoWebsite

Pictures with Santa at InnerSpace Brewing Co.

InnerSpace Brewing Co. is excited to have the big man himself, Santa Claus! Bring the whole family and get your FREE picture taken. Don’t forget your Christmas list!
Date/Time: December 2 | 3-5PM
Location: Five Points Chiropractic (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Facebook

Santa Train

Santatrain_huntsville_alIt’s an annual Huntsville Tradition! Riding the rails with Santa Claus at the North Alabama Railroad Museum! Santa spends time with each child on board the train, making sure to get his or her Christmas wish-list. Regular class passengers will see Santa at their seats and receive a small gift as they disembark the train. First-class passengers are our extra special guests! They receive a treat as they board the train, and then some extra family time with Santa in his Christmas Tree Room. The Santa Train rides are always a sell-out, so purchase tickets early!
Date/Time: December 2 & 9 | 12PM, 1:30PM, and 3PM
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum (map)
Cost: First-class seats are $30 each (offers a drink, cookies and private time with Santa Claus) | Coach seats are $20
More Info: www.northalabamarailroadmuseum.com
Read our review of this event.

Saturday with Santa

saturdays with santa botanical gardenJoin us for Saturday with Santa for a festive family event. Early seating will enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast. The 11:30 event serves kids favorites of mac-n-cheese and sandwiches. Treats and goodies will add to the holiday fun. Kid’s holiday crafts include take home Tree Cookie Ornaments and Jingle Bell Necklaces. Play time in everyone’s favorite powdery cold snow will keep the kids smiling! Bring your camera and dress the kids for that one-on-one time with Santa. Pick your time and reserve your space; reservations are required. Don’t miss this merry event that will bring holiday smiles to the tots.
Date/Time: Dec. 2 at 9:30AM and 11:30AM
Location: Huntsville Botanical Gardens (map)
Cost: Individuals are $12 members/$15 non-members | Family packs are $50 members/$65 non-members (immediate family only) | 2 and under are FREE but must be registered.
More Info: Website

Super Santa Pictures at The Deep

Come see Super Santa and all his super helpers upstairs at The Deep and have your picture made for FREE! Donations will be accepted for a friend of The Deep who is currently battling cancer.
Date/Time: December 2, 10AM-2PM
Location: The Deep Comics & Games (map)
Cost: FREE, Donations accepted
More Info: Facebook

Trinity’s Breakfast with Santa

Support missions by coming to eat a yummy pancake breakfast and enjoy visiting with Santa and crafts for the kids! Don’t forget your camera to take photos. All money raised goes to support missions of the Susanna Wesley Circle.
Dates/Times: Dec. 9 from 8AM-12PM
Location: Trinity United Methodist (map)
Cost: $5/person; 2 and under FREE
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Santa at Beignet Cafe

Santa Claus will be visiting Beignet Cafe, so grab your cameras and come for a jolly good time!
Dates/Times: Dec. 9 from 10AM-1PM
Location: Beignet Cafe (map)
Cost: FREE
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Snacks with Santa at Imagination Place
This is sure to be a day of special holiday fun as the Hardin Center hosts their annual Snacks with Santa! Santa Claus arrives in the lobby at 10 am and will stay until noon. Children can visit with Santa while enjoying free snacks provided by Downtown Gadsden, Inc. Snacks with Santa is a free event. All members and those purchasing regular $8 admission may stay and enjoy Let it Snow, Festival of Trees, and Imagination Place until closing time at 5 pm.
Dates/Times: Dec. 9 from 10AM-12PM
Location: Hardin Center’s Imagination Place, Gadsden (map)
Cost: FREE to visit with Santa; $8 admission to museum
More InfoWebsite or call (256) 543-2787
Sippin’ Cider Festival

Visit Downtown Athens for the city’s annual Sippin’ Cider Festival! Voted a top 20 event in the Southeast in 2014, it’s a night of family-friendly holiday festivities. Sample and vote on your favorite cider, while shopping and enjoying store specials. The merchant with the most votes wins the coveted Cider Cup and bragging rights for the next year. Other activities include in-store children’s activities, train rides by the Athens Lions Club, live music, roasting marshmallows, and a visit from Santa.
Dates/Times: Dec. 9 from 5PM-8PM
Location: Downtown Athens (map)
Cost: FREE
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Jingle Bell Square

Jingle Bell Square will start off the day at 9AM with craft vendors and direct sales vendors; then, beginning at 4PM, the Annual Chrismas Parade will begin on Broad Street at Collins Elementary School and will end at The Square. At 5PM, Santa Claus will arrive at The Bandstand on The Square and will greet children until 9PM. Immediately following Santa visits, the Jingle Bell 5K and Fun Run will take place. All day, there will be food trucks, live music, children’s activities, hot apple cider, horse & buggy rides, and much more!
Dates/Times: Dec. 9 | 9AM-9PM
Location: Downtown Scottsboro (map)
Cost: FREE
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Breakfast with Santa Claus

Come out and roll with Santa at Carousel Skate Center! Tickets include one pancake breakfast, skate admission, and skate rental. There will be plenty of photo opportunities, games, and more! See the staff during any public session or stop by the office Mondays-Fridays 10AM-6PM to purchase your ticket.
Dates/Times: Dec. 9 from 9AM-11AM
Location: Carousel Skate Center (map)
Cost: $10
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Christkindlmarket Huntsville 2017

Inspired by the Chistkindlmarkets in Germany, this holiday season we welcome you and your family to enjoy a traditional German American Christmas Market here in Huntsville. The market will feature tasty German street food from Hildegards Biergarten. The “Original Hildegard’s German Cuisine” Gluehwein (mulled wine) provided by Domaine South, European treats and sweets, fresh baked goods, Christmas crafts and gifts, live music by Musicology School of Music, and a heated pavilion to keep you and your loved ones warm. There will also be a special appearance by Santa Claus himself! Marine Toys for Tots Foundation will be on-site collecting toys for kids. Pets are welcome.
Dates/Times: Dec. 9, 3-9PM
Location: Campus No. 805 (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Facebook

Breakfast with Santa

Join Santa for breakfast, a story, and holiday craft. Bring your list and a camera! Event is free, but registration is necessary. Register at triana@hmcpl.org.
Dates/Times: Saturday, Dec. 2 at 9AM
Location: Triana Public Library (map)
Cost: FREE
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LulaRoe Holiday Bazaar

Come spend your afternoon Christmas shopping with 40 local LuLaRoe Retailers and get those last minute items checked off your list! When you’re finished shopping, we can even wrap those gifts for you for just a small donation to Christmas charities. While you are shopping, the kiddos can even enjoy some time chatting with Santa and even have their picture made with him FREE of charge!
Dates/Times: Sunday, Dec. 17 | 1-5PM
Location: Von Braun Center, East Hall (map)
Cost: FREE
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The Holiday House Santa Experience

Meet and greet character experience featuring Santa Claus at Skating in the Park!
Dates/Times: Dec. 23 | 5-10PM
Location: Skating in the Park, Huntsville Museum of Art (map)
Cost: $5
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