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Huntsville Weekend Roundup: New Year’s Eve

Huntsville Weekend Roundup: New Year’s Eve

Is midnight laughable in your house? If everyone is down for the count by 10PM (or earlier!) why not consider celebrating a little early? Or maybe your older child is super PUMPED about staying up late for New Year’s Eve… We’ve put together a great list of Huntsville events & some at-home activities that are kid-friendly for New Year’s Eve. If you feel like you MUST celebrate away from home please think hard about it – things are pretty bad out there Covid-wise and you’ll need to keep your mask handy.

Those Netflix Countdowns Though…

Netflix returns with their annual New Year’s Eve countdown for kids – this year there are 13! If you are one of the 74% of parents letting their kids stay up a little later this one special night of the year, let the ball drop whenever you want with new characters from animated series like Pinky Malinky, Super Monsters, Boss Baby and Motown Magic. Make some family New Year goals together with our free printable, then countdown to the new year with your kids!

Local New Year’s Eve & Weekend Events for Kids & Families

Galaxy of Lights on NYE

Thursday from 5:30 – 9:00 PM
Cost: $25 (Get the coupon!)
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info

You’ve got until January 2nd to see this holiday light extravaganza and why it’s consistently listed as one of the top 20 attractions in the southeast.

Rocket City Christmas Spectacular

Thursday from 5-9 PM
Cost: $25 (Get the coupon!)
Toyota Field | More Info

The Trash Pandas sure do know how to do a holiday light show, and you can enjoy all 1.5 miles of it on NYE. Just be sure to catch it before it’s gone Jan. 3rd.

Celebrate NYE on the Moon

Thursday from 9AM – 5PM
Cost: $17-25, members FREE
U.S. Space & Rocket Center | More Info

Spend the last day of 2020 with your family at the USSRC’s Apollo: When We Went to the Moon exhibit. You’ll experience the timeline from the beginning of the Space Race – a time when the U.S. and Soviet Union competed over their accomplishments in space exploration – to the collaborative culture of the International Space Station program and beyond.

Tinsel Trail

Thursday, lights come on at dark
Cost: FREE
Big Spring Park, Huntsville | More Info

This free winter wonderland has more trees than ever and is a great place to ring in the New Year – it’s outdoors and easier to stay socially distant than most places. Why not grab a pizza and enjoy the last days of the Tinsel Trail on NYE?

Skating in the Park

Thursday from 11AM – 10PM
Cost: $10-15 per person (Get the coupon!)
Big Spring Park Rink | More Info

Spend NYE gliding on the ice through the park! We love Huntsville’s version of “Rocketfella Center”, and it’s another great outdoor option – just don’t forget your mask.

Earlyworks Noon Ball Drop

Thursday from Noon – 1:00 PM
Cost: $10-12 per person, ages 3 and under $5
Big Spring Park Rink | More Info

Have a “Noon-Year’s Eve” celebration with a countdown at Earlyworks, then head to their Learning Lab for a hands-on NYE activity. Reserve your spot online!

New Year’s Eve Open Gym Time for Kids

Thursday at 9:15 AM, 12:15 PM and 1:30-3:00 PM
Cost: $3-10
The Matrix Gym | More Info

Open to kids 5 years old and under, this Whiz Kids gym session will make sure they’re tired later on tonight! Ages 6-12 has an Open Gym session at 1:30 PM. Head back on Friday for their Parent’s Night Out!

Celebrate NYE Every Hour

Thursday from 6:00 PM – 12:30 AM
Cost: FREE admission, bring $ for food & drink
Stovehouse | More Info

This dumb year deserves more sendoffs and so-longs than one. So the Stovehouse is doing it 7 times on the hour from 6pm – Midnight, plus kid-friendly sparkling juice toasts! Just keep an eye on the weather.

What Attractions Are Closed New Year’s DAY?

  • Alabama Constitution Village
  • Burritt on the Mountain
  • EarlyWorks Children’s Museum
  • Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • Historic Huntsville Depot
  • Huntsville/Madison County Visitor Center
  • Huntsville Museum of Art
  • Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
  • U.S. Space & Rocket Center
  • U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum

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DISCLAIMER: We do our best at Rocket City Mom to provide accurate, useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from user submissions, press releases, local newspapers, signs around town and word of mouth. While we always try to confirm details before they are posted in the Huntsville Weekend Roundup, sometimes details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our write-ups to the source in which our information came from and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go, especially when it comes to outdoor events and weather.



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