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Holiday Parades and Tree Lightings in Huntsville and North Alabama

Holiday Parades and Tree Lightings in Huntsville and North Alabama

Looking for sparkly lights and festive holiday parades? You’ve come to the right place! Watch the kids’ eyes get all aglow at these Christmas tree lightings and holiday parades in Huntsville and North Alabama.

For more holiday fun including all the places to hear holiday music, catch Santa, 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 Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Gardens.

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Christmas lights for Huntsville Alabama

Go Christmas Light hunting!

Date/Time: Nightly from dusk until midnight
Cost: Free
Location: North Alabama
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Load up the car and take your family on a self-driving Christmas light hunt! Rocket City Mom's 2021 handy map of all the best local light displays will help. You can plot out your route in advance or use the GoogleMaps app while you're driving - it will navigate you to each display. We even list out all the BIG displays set to music that we know about!


Galaxy of Lights: Walking Nights

Date/Time: November 11–28 (Closed Thanksgiving), 5:15 – 8:30 PM; Dog Walking Nights Nov. 15-16, 22-23
Cost: 7 – 15
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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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-Dec 24 | 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.


Christmas In the Park in Arab

Christmas in the Park

Date/Time: Tree lighting ceremony is November 26th at 6PM
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…


christmas trees lit up in big spring park tinsel trail

Tinsel Trail

Date/Time: Nightly Nov. 26-Dec. 31, dusk until 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.


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The Enchanted Forest of Decatur

Date/Time: Nightly Dec. 1 – Jan. 1, dusk until midnight
Cost: Free
Location: Founders Park
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The Enchanted Forest of Decatur is a display of live-cut trees sponsored and decorated by members of our community for public viewing from Dec 3 to Jan 1! Trees are lit from dusk to midnight each night in Founder's Park.


Christmas In the Park in Arab

Christmas In the Park in Arab

Date/Time: Nightly Nov. 26-Dec. 31, dusk until midnight
Cost: Free
Location: Arab Historic Village
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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 magic. Brought to you by the City of Arab and Arab Parks & Recreation, Christmas in the Park is one of the most magical displays of holiday splendor you’ll find anywhere in the State. Thousands will travel to Arab just to stroll through this enchanting wonderland! Walking through the park to see the trees & decor is free. Each Friday & Saturday before Christmas, Santa will be at the park for $6 visits, kids under 2 years old are free.


Village of Providence Annual Tree Lighting

Time: November 26, 2021 @ 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: The Village of Providence
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Start the holiday season at the Village of Providence Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Come have fun at the park with different activities for kids and free picture with Santa. Event is from 4 PM to 6 PM.


Tree Lighting for Madison Station Polar Express Christmas on Main

Time: December 2, 2021 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Madison
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Please join the City of Madison and the Madison Station Historic Preservation Society as they kick off the 2021 Holiday Season. Trees will be displayed along Main Street in beautiful, historic Downtown Madison. The official lighting of all trees will take place on December 2, accompanied by music provided by the Madison Community Orchestra and the Madison Public Library's reading of The Polar Express. Trees will be lit nightly through Jan 3, 2022.


Cullman Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

Time: December 3, 2021 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Cullman
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You're invited to the annual Cullman Downtown Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony! The parade will be starting at Busy Bee Cafe and continue all the way down 1st Avenue to Depot Park, where they will light the tree directly after the parade!


beautiful colored lights at the holiday laser light show at Bridge Street in Huntsville

Bridge Street Holiday Light Show

Date/Time: December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 at 6, 7, & 8 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Bridge Street Town Centre
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Bigger & better this holiday season, Bridge Street will be spreading cheer through holiday themed laser light shows. Light shows will occur at the Christmas tree near Cinemark. Showtimes listed below will be the start times for the 10-minute laser light show.


North Poll Stroll

Date/Time: Nightly December 2-26, dusk until midnight
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…


Galaxy of Lights: Driving Nights

Date/Time: December 2 – January 1 (Closed Christmas Day), 5:30 – 9:00 PM
Cost: 20 – 35
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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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.


Arab Christmas Parade

Time: December 2, 2021 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Arab
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Don't miss the annual small town Arab Christmas parade on Downtown Main Street. As always, Santa will make his appearance at the end of the parade!


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The Sheila Smith Christmas Parade

Time: December 4, 2021 @ 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Priceville
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The City of Priceville Park and Recreation’s Annual Shelia Smith Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 2 P.M. with a rain date of December 11, 2021.


Monroeville’s Annual Christmas Parade

Time: December 4, 2021 @ 10:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Monroeville Main Street
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Mark your calendars for December 4th at 10 AM as an eagerly-awaited Christmas event returns to the streets of downtown Monroeville.


Decatur Christmas Parade

Time: December 6, 2021 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Decatur
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At this year's Christmas parade, we're going to be celebrating your floats favorite Decatur attraction, Christmas style! So grab your friends, and holiday spirit and Dec' the Halls for Decatur this Christmas!


Jingle Jam and Christmas Tree Lighting

Time: December 5, 2021 @ 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Cove Church
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The Cove Church invites you to join them for Jingle Jam, a party big enough for the whole family! The fun begins at 4 pm with songs and games that will make you laugh until your sides hurt. The Kids Cove team will share the Christmas story in a way that will engage even the…


Huntsville Christmas Parade

Time: December 7, 2021 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Huntsville
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The Mix 96.9 Von Braun Center Downtown Huntsville Christmas Parade is presented for the seventh time by Redstone Federal Credit Union! The theme for this year is Back in Action - Favorite Christmas Movies. The parade starts at 6PM on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.


Madison Christmas Parade

Time: December 11, 2021 @ 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Madison
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The City of Madison Parks and Recreation is excited to announce the 2021 Madison Christmas Parade and invites the community to join it in celebrating with the theme "Magic of Christmas."


New Hope Christmas Parade

Time: December 11, 2021 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: New Hope High School
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Visit small town New Hope for their Annual Christmas Parade! The New Hope Christmas Parade is December 11th at 6pm.


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