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Holiday Activities for the Whole Family in Huntsville and North Alabama

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 2021 Holiday Happenings Guide sponsored by the Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Garden. 

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2021 Holiday Events and Activities in Huntsville


Galaxy of Lights: Walking Nights

Date/Time: Nov. 11-28 (closed Thanksgiving Day)
Cost: $7 – $15
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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RCM Review Walking Nights

Celebrate the 26-year tradition that is Galaxy of Lights. Explore 2.5 miles of magnificent light displays weaving together holiday themes, classic characters, and scenes from our natural world.


Rocket City Christmas Light Show

Date/Time: Nov 12-Jan 2 | 5-9PM
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 safely enjoy this holiday season. Guests can drive through the magical safari themed light show, where visitors will be able to simply tune into their vehicle’s radio and experience a spectacular synchronization of music and lights. Following the light show, wander into the Winter Wonderland for a whole host of holiday activities! This will include huts for hot chocolate plus cookie and ornament decorating, fire pits to make s’mores and character visits.


Skating in the Park 2021

Skating in the Park

Date/Time: Nov 19-Jan 17 | Times Vary
Cost: $5 – $15
Location: HMA- West Patio, Big Spring Park
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Skating in the Park returns! Get ready to lace up your skates at Huntsville’s first outdoor ice skating rink — our very own version of “Rocket-fella” Center. Following the grand opening on November 19, the rink will remain open until Monday, January 17. Find Skating in the Park on social media for the latest event updates and weather-related closings or delays.


28th Annual Turkey Trot

Date/Time:November 25 @ 8:00 AM
Cost: $25 – $30
Location: Spragins Hall
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The Crisis Services of North Alabama 28th Annual Turkey Trot 5K will take place on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 8am, starting and ending in the parking lot of Spragins Hall at The University of Alabama Huntsville.


christmas trees lit up in big spring park tinsel trail

Tinsel Trail

Date/Time: Nov 26-Jan 2 | Dusk to Midnight
Cost: Free
Location: Big Spring Park
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A local favorite, Huntsville's Tinsel Trail is a display of live Christmas trees in Downtown Huntsville during the month of December. An anticipated 300 will trees decorate Big Spring Park for the holiday season. The Tinsel Trail is open to the public daily until midnight. Trees are lit from dusk until midnight each night.


Star of Bethlehem USSRC planetarium

Star of Bethlehem Planetarium Show

Date/Time: Nov. 26 and Dec. 10, 18, 19, 20, 21 at 7:00 PM
Cost: $10 – $15
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 at the state-of-the-art INTUITIVE Planetarium! Balancing both science and religion, you'll explore theories on what celestial phenomenon may have led the Magi to the Nativity more than 2,000 years ago.


Christmas in the Park

Date/Time: Nov 26-Dec 31
Cost: Free
Location: Arab Historic Village
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Arab City Park is a must-see during the holiday season. Featuring more than 1 million lights, the park will be ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. The 27th Annual Christmas in the Park “Lighting Ceremony” begins at exactly 6 pm on November 26th. The AHS Jazz Band brings the holiday feels with jazzy…


Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa

Date/Time: Nov 26-Dec 20
Cost: Free
Location: Bridge Street
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Looking for a direct connection to the North Pole? Drop your holiday wish list in Santa’s Mailbox in front of the Bridge Street management office, near Red Robin. Santa’s helpers will collect these letters and ensure a personalized letter from Santa himself! No postage required, just remember to include a return address.


Christmas at the Grotto

Date/Time: Nov. 26-27, Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 22-23, 30-31 | 5-9PM
Cost: $3 – $6
Location: Ave Maria Grotto
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Christmas lights return to the Grotto! Come and experience the beauty of Brother Joseph's work at night surrounded by lights and music! They have expanded this unique holiday experience throughout the grounds and have added several dates. Coffee and cookies will be available each night. On December 17 & 18 there will be live musical performances, Johnny's BBQ food truck and horse-drawn wagon rides around the beautiful St. Bernard campus.


Christmas Card Lane in Madison AL

Christmas Card Lane

Date/Time: Dec 1-31
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Madison
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Christmas Card Lane is an outdoor, life-size card exhibit located in the heart of Madison, AL. You’ll find whimsical, traditional, and religious themes amongst the more than thirty designs on display.


Galaxy of Lights: Driving Nights

Date/Time: Dec 2-Jan 1, 2022
Cost: $20 – $35
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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RCM Review Driving Nights

Celebrate the 26-year tradition that is Galaxy of Lights. Explore 2.5 miles of magnificent light displays weaving together holiday themes, classic characters, and scenes from our natural world.


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North Poll Stroll

Date/Time: Dec 2-26
Cost: Free
Location: Athens Big Spring Memorial Park
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Athens-Limestone County Tourism is proud to host the return of their grand Christmas fundraiser with the help of our community sponsors.  As whispers of Winter's chill fill the air,  Big Spring Memorial Park in the Historic Beaty District of Athens Alabama is filled with cheer and whimsy as area organizations, churches, schools, businesses, non-profits, individuals…


Magical Holiday Snow Globe

Date/Time: Dec. 3, 10, 17 | 6-8PM
Cost: Free
Location: Bridge Street
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Bridge Street is once again bringing holiday characters to visit with you and your family through a magical holiday snow globe. Come socially distance in our open air environment and safely view and interact with characters like Ice Princesses, Elves and more through a life size snow globe.


Candlelight Christmas

Date/Time: Dec 3 & 4 | 5-9PM
Cost: $40 – $50
Location: Burritt on the Mountain
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Burritt comes alive with the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional Christmas. Cabins are decorated with historic ambiance and the sounds of traditional music fill the air throughout the park. String cranberries and popcorn, make paper punch ornaments, create handmade cards and ice cookies to kickoff the holiday season. It is certainly an event for young and old to enjoy.


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