Holiday Activities for the Whole Family in Huntsville and North Alabama

When the weather gets cold children get restless. Listed here are seasonal events that let you stretch your legs and shake the sillies out. There are so many fun ways your family can make memories together this holiday season – Christmas in Huntsville is full of special events.

For more holiday fun including all the places to hear music, catch Santa, watch holiday plays, cavort with holiday cheerfulness and just plain get in the holiday spirit, visit the main page of our comprehensive 2022 Holiday Happenings Guide sponsored by the Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Garden. 

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2022 Holiday Events and Activities in Huntsville


Harrison Brothers Holiday Open House

Date/Time: November 4-5
Cost: Free
Location: Harrison Brothers Hardware
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Don't miss the Old Fashion Christmas Open House at Harrison Brothers! There will be a Model train on display, harpist, author signings, mulled apple cider, and maybe a chance of snow. When: November 4-5 | 10 AM- 6 PM For details and updates, please visit the Facebook event.


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Galaxy of Lights Walking Nights

Date/Time: November 11-18
Cost: $7 – $25
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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Galaxy of Lights is a regional holiday tradition that takes place every November and December at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. For over 25 years, HBG has welcomed guests from near and far to explore the magnificent lights and enjoy the Garden when it’s decked for the holiday season. With both walking and driving experiences, Galaxy offers guests of all ages the chance to experience the magic, share in the tradition, and make memories together.


Rocket City Christmas Light Show and Winter Wonderland

Date/Time: November 18- January 2
Cost: $30
Location: Toyota Field – Rocket City Trash Pandas
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Hundreds of thousands of lights will be on display for all to enjoy this holiday season! The Rocket City Christmas Light Show and Winter Wonderland returns to Toyota Field on Friday, November 12th and runs through Sunday, January 2nd.


Skating in the Park

Date/Time: November 18- January 8
Cost: $10 – $15
Location: Skating in the Park
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Skating in the Park returns for the tenth season! Find Skating in the Park on social media for the latest event updates and weather-related closings or delays.


Friday Flurries

Date/Time: November 18- December 23
Cost: Free
Location: Bridge Street
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There’s SNOW place like Bridge Street Town Centre, especially during the holidays! Join at the north end fountains, near the Southern Living Store, for Friday Flurries to enjoy faux snow, a festive photo op from Huntsville Glow and more!


Sportsman Lake Park Winter Wonderland

Date/Time: November 18- December 30
Cost: $10
Location: Sportman Lake
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See over a million lights and new displays and experience this Winter Wonderland! Returning this year will be Christmas Train, Horse and Carriage Rides, Snow Machine, Photo Booth, Hot Chocolate, and Much More! Make your plans now to visit and enjoy this Cullman County Christmas Tradition!


Christmas in the Country

Date/Time: November 18-19
Cost: $3 – $5
Location:
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The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce presents the 39th Annual Christmas In The Country. There are 80+ booths of different items such as Antiques, Baskets, Christmas Breads, Cakes & Candies, Christmas Toys, Crafts, Art, Fried Pies, Funnel Cakes, Jewelry, Quilts, Wood items, Stitchery and much more.


Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Time: November 20 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Temple B’nai Sholom
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The Southeast Huntsville Clergy Association would like to invite you to the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Please bring a nonperishable food item for the Food Bank of North Alabama. A reception with light refreshments will follow the service. Please join us as we give thanks and celebrate the diversity of our community! Scripture on Thankfulness Shared…


Winter Park at the Orion

Date/Time: November 22- January 29
Cost: Free
Location: Orion Amphitheater
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Huntsville’s holiday season is set to be more festive than ever before with the addition of Winter Park at The Orion Amphitheater and Apollo South, opening November 22, 2022 and running through January 29, 2023! Winter Park is free to enter with additional activities and festive snacks and drinks available for purchase.


Tinsel Trail

Date/Time: November 25- January 2
Cost: Free
Location: Big Spring Park
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Tinsel Trail is a display of live Christmas trees in Downtown Huntsville's Big Spring Park. Over 400 trees will decorate the park for the holiday season. Kick off this festive Downtown tradition on November 25 at 6:00 PM for the lighting of the Mayor’s tree! When: November 25- January 2 For details and updates, please visit…


Christmas in the Park

Date/Time: November 25- December 31
Cost: Free
Location: Arab City Park
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Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, Arab City Park is transformed into Christmas in the Park, a festive and over-the-top display of holiday magic. Brought to you by the City of Arab and Arab Parks & Recreation, Christmas in the Park is one of the most magical displays you’ll find anywhere in the State. Thousands will travel to Arab just to stroll through this enchanting wonderland, where frame-worthy photo ops are literally everywhere you look.


Christmas at the Grotto

Date/Time: November 25- December 26
Cost: $5 – $10
Location: Ave Maria Grotto
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Christmas lights return to the Grotto! Come and experience the beauty of Br. Joseph's work at night surrounded by lights and music! This unique holiday experience has expanded throughout the grounds and have added several dates, including more horse carriage rides! On December 9, 10, 16, 17, and 23 there will be live musical performances,…


Galaxy of Lights 5k Race and 3k Fun Run

Date/Time: November 28 & 29
Cost: $15 – $45
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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The Galaxy of Lights 5k Race and 3k Fun Run are your chance to experience Galaxy on a one-of-a-kind run (or walk!) through the displays. 


Star of Bethlehem USSRC planetarium

Star of Bethlehem

Date/Time: November 25- December 30
Cost: $12 – $17
Location: U.S. Space & Rocket Center
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Experience the wonders of the season as we explore the Star of Bethlehem in an astronomical context. Balancing both science and religion, we'll explore theories on what celestial phenomenon may have led the Magi to the Nativity more than 2,000 years ago.


Magical Holiday Snow Globe

Date/Time: November 25- December 23
Cost: Free
Location: Bridge Street Town Centre
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Bridge Street Town Centre is bringing holiday characters to visit with you and your family through a magical holiday snow globe. Come and interact with characters like Ice Princesses and the Christmas Stealer through a life size snow globe located at the north fountains, near The Southern Living Store. Friday, November 18 | 4:30-7 PM…


Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Garden wide

Galaxy of Lights Driving Nights

Date/Time: December 1-17
Cost: $20 – $110
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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Galaxy of Lights is a regional holiday tradition that takes place every November and December at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. For over 25 years, HBG has welcomed guests from near and far to explore the magnificent lights and enjoy the Garden when it’s decked for the holiday season. With both walking and driving experiences, Galaxy offers guests of all ages the chance to experience the magic, share in the tradition, and make memories together.


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Grand Opening of Christmas Card Lane

Time: December 2 @ 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Ditto Landing
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Celebrate the Grand Opening of Christmas Card Lane at Ditto Landing along the Tennessee River Greenway with a Ribbon Cutting! Festive 4'x8' Christmas Cards designed by Huntsville's most creative companies, non-profits, families, and artists will line the mile-long Tennessee River Greenway. Santa's Model Railroad Depot will also be unveiled the same night at 7pm.


Carol All the Way

Time: December 3 @ 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Ditto Landing
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Head to Christmas at the River along the greenway for strolling and songs! When: December 3 | 5-8 PM For details and updates, please visit the Facebook event.


Christmas Countdown

Time: December 4 @ 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Cove Church
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At Cove’s Christmas Countdown, you’ll connect with neighbors and friends in a festive atmosphere that’s fun for the whole family. The evening starts at 4:30pm with Jingle Jam, a high-energy, interactive family event. The fun begins with songs and games that will engage even the youngest in the audience. Following, the Kids Cove team will share…


Jingle Tail Walk *Pet Night*

Date/Time: December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20
Cost: Free
Location: Ditto Landing
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This night is dedicated specifically for patrons to bring their pets & enjoy Christmas on the River. Leashes required **Please pick up any 'presents' your fur baby may leave When: December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20  | 4-8 PM For details and updates, please visit the Facebook event.


Cruising the Cards

Date/Time: December 7, 8, 14, 15 & 21
Cost: Free
Location: Ditto Landing
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The designated Drive Nights are specifically for cruising Christmas Card Lane. 


Journey of Hope Live Nativity

Date/Time: December 9-10
Cost: Free
Location: Aldersgate UMC
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Once again, this year, Aldersgate United Methodist Church invites you to make their “Journey of Hope” live nativity a meaningful part of your family’s Christmas experience.


 

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