Christmas & Holiday Plays, Pageants, and Special Events in Huntsville and Beyond

It’s a great time to catch some Christmas shows in Huntsville with your family! 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 2019 Holiday Happenings Guide sponsored by the Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Garden.

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November


Theatre Huntsville presents A Christmas Story

Based on the motion picture of the same name, this memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more.

Dates/Times: Nov. 15-16 and 21-23 at 7:30PM | Nov. 17 & 23 at 2PM
Location: VBC Playhouse (map)
Cost: Adults $22 | Students/Seniors/Military $20
More Info: Website

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Over 300 imaginative costumes, 20 world-class astonishing acts, the finest singers, original music and seasonal favorites celebrate Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas and New Year’s in a 2 hour breathtaking spectacle. Audiences of all ages will marvel at soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats and extravagant theatrical production numbers as they experience this unique multi-million-dollar live stage production!

Dates/Times: Nov. 27 at 7:30PM
Location: VBC Mark C. Smith Concert Hall (map)
Cost: $32-$72
More Info: Website

Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical

The beloved tradition that continues to capture the hearts of children and their families everywhere, comes to the live stage for the first time ever!  This all-new musical and premiere stage production includes an exclusive invitation to Santa’s North Pole and engages audiences with a glimpse into the magical lives of Scout Elves.  Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and wondrous moments that make even the most cynical believe, this momentous celebration of the season leaves spirits high and captivates all with the splendor of Christmas.

Dates/Times: Nov. 29 at 7PM
Location: VBC Mark C. Smith Concert Hall (map)
Cost: $29-$59
More Info: Website | Facebook | Ticketmaster

December


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: Dec. 5-7 at 7PM, plus Dec. 7 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: Dec. 6 & 13 at 7PM | Dec. 7-8 & 14-15 at 1PM and 5PM
Location: VBC Playhouse (map)
Cost: $15 adults | $15 children ages 3-18 | Lap children ages 0-2 are FREE
More Info: Website | Facebook
Read our review of the show here.

Christmas Now & Then

Christmas Now & Then is the annual Christmas production of Calvary Assembly. 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 magic 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 experience the majesty of Christmas Then as you are taken back over 2000 years to witness one of the most powerful depictions of the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.

Date/Time: Dec. 6 at 7PM | Dec. 7 at 2PM and 6PM | Dec. 8 at 6PM | Dec. 13 at 7PM | Dec. 14 at 10AM, 2PM, and 6PM | Dec. 15 at 6PM
Location: Calvary Epicenter (map)
Cost: $5-$7; lap children 3 years old and under do not need a ticket
More Info: Website | Facebook
Read our review of this event.

Merrimack Hall’s Holiday Showcase

Merrimack Hall is home to The Happy Headquarters, a visual and performing arts program for children, teens and adults with special needs. 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!

Dates/Times: Dec. 7 at 2PM & 6PM
Location: Merrimack Hall Performing Harts Center (map)
Cost: $20
More Info: Website

Footlights Community Theatre presents “The Best Christmas Pagaent Ever”


The Herdmans were the worst kids in the history of the world! Come out and enjoy this modern classic that depicts how a group of rough and tough kids from the wrong side of the tracks experience Christmas in a new way by auditioning for a Christmas pageant.

Dates/Times: December 6-8, 2019
Location: 605 South Clinton Street, Athens (map)
Cost: $10-15
More Info: View Website

Bailey Cove Library Holiday Puppet Shows

Join us for fun holiday stories, rhymes, music, and a craft! These shows are free, open to the public and ideal for young audiences (ages 0-5).

Dates/Times: Dec. 9 at 4PM | Dec. 11-12 at 9:30AM and 10:30AM
Location: Bailey Cove Public Library (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Website

“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. 10 & 11 at 7PM
Location: Grissom High School (map)
Cost: $12 adults, $8 students and children
More Info: Website | Facebook

Lee High Theater presents Elf – The Musical

ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. He is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Dates/Times: Dec. 12-14 at 7PM and Dec. 14 at 2PM
Location: Lee High Theater (map)
Cost: $10
More Info: Website | Facebook

Rudolph, A New Ballet

Join us at the Academy for Academics and Arts as dancers tell the tale of Rudolph and follow Santa’s sleigh around the world! In addition to following Rudolph’s story of friendship and acceptance, audiences will learn that diversity makes us stronger as we celebrate winter traditions from various cultures.

Dates/Times: Dec. 13-14 at 7PM and Dec. 14 at 2PM
Location: Academy for Academics and Arts (map)
Cost: $5
More Info: Website | Facebook

Discovery Middle School presents A Christmas Carol

Join Discovery Drama for an evening of theatre at A Christmas Carol: A Holiday Ghost Story. Come out and support Discovery Drama; they are going to put on a fantastic show!

Dates/Times: Dec. 13 at 7PM
Location: Discovery Middle School (map)
Cost: $5
More Info: Facebook

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.  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. 13 at 7PM | Dec. 14 at 2PM and 7PM | Dec. 15 at 1PM and 5PM
Location: VBC’s Mark C. Smith Concert Hall (map)
Cost: Tickets $30+
More Info: Website | Facebook
Read our review of this show here.

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.

Dates/Times: Dec. 14 at 2PM and 7PM
Location: Princess Theatre, Decatur (map)
Cost: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
More Info: Website

Whoville on Ice – Annual Christmas Ice Show

The Point Mallard Figure Skating Club is proud to present their Christmas Ice Show this year, Whoville On Ice! VIP ticket holders enjoy special seating with blankets, heaters and hot chocolate bar. This family friendly event sure to entertain everyone, as a cast featuring local skaters ranging in ages from 3 through adults perform in this must-see holiday season event.

Dates/Times: Dec. 14 at 2PM and 3:30PM
Location: Huntsville Iceplex (map)
Cost: $7 Adults ($9 at door) | Children 4 and under $1 | VIP tickets $20
More Info: Facebook | Tickets

Annual Holiday Hula Hoi`ke

Malia’s Hula Halau presents their Annual Holiday Ho’ike. This free family-friendly event features inspirational Hula and Ukulele Holiday Performances. You’re invited to also purchase Hawaiian Style Cookies and bake goods at the performance. Help us purchase costumes and Hula implements.

Dates/Times: Dec. 14 at 7PM
Location: Bob Jones High School (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Facebook

The Nutcracker: A Yuletide Ballet by the Alabama Youth Ballet

Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre 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. 20-21 at 7PM; Dec. 22-23 at 2PM
Location: Lee High School Auditorium (map)
Cost: Adults $20, Students/Seniors/Military $16, kids 10 and under $14
More Info: Website

Christmas Time – A Production of The Rock

We would love for you to join us for a spectacular night filled with music, acting, dancing and so much more. With a cast of over 100, Christmas TIME will take you on a journey and you will experience the power of tradition, family, and the true meaning of Christmas. Doors will open one hour before each performance time.

Dates/Times: Dec. 22 at 9AM, 11AM, and 6PM | Dec. 23 at 7PM
Location: The Rock Family Worship Center (map)
Cost: FREE, seats are first-come, first-served
More Info: Facebook

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