2018 Christmas and Holiday Plays, Pageants, and Special Events in Huntsville and North AL

Christmas in Huntsville is a season full of special performances. Here you’ll find holiday pageants, plays, and special events happening in the Rocket City. 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 music, catch Santa, cavort with holiday cheerfulness and just plain get in the holiday spirit visit the main page of our comprehensive 2018 Holiday Happenings Guide sponsored by the Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Garden.

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November


The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)

Welcome to the Annual Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church, where all faiths are welcome because we’ll believe anything. But there’s a problem: none of the acts scheduled to perform have arrived, so three members are pressed into service to perform the entire Variety Show and Christmas Pageant by themselves. An irreverent yet heartwarming trip through the holidays, The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) is festive, funny, physical family fun as these Three Wise Guys send up and celebrate our favorite holiday traditions.
Dates/Times: Nov. 9-10 & 15-17 at 7:30PM | Nov. 11 & 17 at 2PM
Location: Von Braun Center Playhouse (map)
Cost: $20 for adults | $18 for seniors (65+), students, and active duty military
More Info: Website | 256-536-0807

Humbug! A Christmas Carol

This new musical based on the Charles Dickens classic story features a cast of 40, including award-winning actor Phil Parker as Ebeneezer Scrooge. Local playwright Chuck Puckett wrote the full-book musical, including 16 original songs, and Carol Puckett directs this Bank Street Players production.
Dates/Times: Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at 7PM, plus Dec. 1 at 2PM
Location: Princess Theatre, Decatur (map)
Cost: $18 adults | $15 for students and seniors
More Info: Website

Fantasy Playhouse’s A Christmas Carol

This Huntsville Holiday tradition is back with the Dickens’ classic! Your family is inivted 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. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Dates/Times: Nov. 30 & Dec. 7 at 7PM | Dec. 1-2 & 8-9 at 1:30PM and 5PM
Location: VBC Playhouse (map)
Cost: $15 – $20
More Info: Website | 256-539-6829
Read our review of the show here.

December


“Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Grissom High School Theatre

Join us at the 21st Annual Rocket City Tuba Christmas Performance, a festive holiday musical tradition to which all tuba, euphonium, and baritone players are invited to join in the fun and the public is invited to enjoy.
Dates/Times: Dec. 2 | 4PM
Location: Covenant Presbyterian Church (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Website


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“Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Grissom High School Theatre

The 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. 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. 3 & 4 | 7:00PM
Location: Grissom High School (map)
Cost: $10 adults, $6 students and children
More Info: Website

“Christmas Now & Then”

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: Dec. 7 & 14 at 7PM | Dec. 8 & 15 at 2PM | Dec. 8-9 & 15-17 at 6PM | Dec. 15 at 10AM
Location: Calvary Epicenter (map)
Cost: $3-$5; lap children 3 years old and under do not need a ticket
More Info: Website | Facebook
Read our review of this event.

The Nutcracker by the Huntsville Ballet Company

Now in its 50th year, the Huntsville Ballet Company along with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra performs The Nutcracker annually at the Von Braun Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Set in the 1850’s in Huntsville, Alabama, our production of The Nutcracker has a traditional feel thanks to the Huntsville history sets and elaborate antebellum-style costumes. Phillip Otto, Artistic Director of Huntsville Ballet Company worked closely with David Harwell, the theater program director at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, to remake the sets of the annual holiday performance to mark Community Ballet Association’s 50th year. CBA is the umbrella under which the Huntsville Ballet Company and the Huntsville Ballet School both operate. The ballet company’s seamstresses work for months on the elaborate costumes and continue to update costumes annually. Sets include include a filmy front drop that depicts the Quietdale mansion that is located in Northeast Huntsville; it’s a special drop where you can see through it, like you’re looking through the windows.
Dates/Times: Dec. 7, 7:30PM; Dec. 7, 2PM and 7:30PM; Dec. 9, 1PM and 5PM
Location: VBC’s Mark C. Smith Concert Hall (map)
Cost: Tickets $30+
More Info: Website | (256) 539-0961
Read our review of this show here.

Merrimack Hall’s Holiday Showcase

This show showcases students ages 3 and up from our Happy Sprouts, Happy Dancer, and other performing arts classes. This production is sure to brighten and start your holiday season off to the right start. All ticket proceeds from this event benefit Merrimack Hall’s Happy Headquarters and the Food Bank of North Alabama.
Dates/Times: Dec. 8 at 2PM
Location: Merrimack Hall Performing Harts Center (map)
Cost: $20
More Info: Website

Dancer’s Inc. presents “The Nutcracker”

Join us in a holiday tradition of watching our 13th production of The Nutcracker! Located in Decatur, Dancers Incorporated is an up to date, yet ever developing dance school aimed at providing its students with a chance to express themselves through movement while also providing specialized training for those students who wish to become professional dancers, instructors and choreographers.


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Dates/Times: Dec. 8 at 2PM and 7PM
Location: Princess Theatre, Decatur (map)
Cost: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
More Info: Facebook

Holiday Puppet Show at Eleanor C. Murphy

Children of all ages can join our puppet pals for a fun show featuring stories, rhymes, and songs followed by a simple craft.
Dates/Times: Dec. 10 at 4PM
Location: Eleanor C. Murphy Public Library (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Website

Bailey Cove Library Holiday Puppet Shows

Join us for fun holiday stories, rhymes and music! These shows are free, open to the public and ideal for young audiences (ages 0-5).
Dates/Times: Dec. 12 at 9:30AM and 10:30AM; Dec. 13 at 10:30AM
Location: Bailey Cove Public Library (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Website

“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. 12-15 at 7PM; Dec. 15 at 2:30PM
Location: Burritt on the Mountain’s Old Country Church (map)
Cost: $25 per seat
More Info: Website | 256-536-2882

Jersey Boys

They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story — a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, JERSEY BOYS. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true. Featurng the top 10 hits, “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like A Man”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, and “December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)”. Note: This performance contains authentic, “profane Jersey language” and is recommended for ages 12+.
Dates/Times: Dec. 14 at 8PM; Dec. 15 at 2PM and 8PM; Dec. 16 at 1PM and 6:30PM
Location: VBC Concert Hall (map)
Cost: $37+
More Info: Website | 256-518-6155


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A Charlie Brown Christmas – Live on Stage

Your favorite Peanuts characters come to life in this all-new touring stage adaptation of Charles M. Schulz’s classic Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning animated television special – all set to Vince Guaraldi’s unforgettable music!
Dates/Times: Dec. 18 at 7PM
Location: VBC Concert Hall (map)
Cost: $32+
More Info: Website

The Nutcracker: A Yuletide Ballet by the Alabama Youth Ballet

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: Dec. 21 & 22 at 7PM; Dec. 22 & 23 at 2PM
Location: Lee High School Auditorium (map)
Cost: Adults $18, Students/Seniors/Military $14, kids 10 and under $12
More Info: Website

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