You’ve got enough to do cooking and getting the kids ready for the Thanksgiving holiday. Maybe you have friends or family coming into town. Maybe you’re looking for something to do to keep everyone happy. Here’s what’s free and/or cheap and going on Thanksgiving weekend in Huntsville.
Be sure to check our HUGE Holiday Happenings Guide so you don’t miss something important! Our full Event Calendar also has more activities happening in Huntsville this weekend is you don’t see anything below that suits your fancy.
Finally, check in with our Giveaways for the Holidays that we host every year for our most devoted RCM Readers. You’ll be glad you did!
Free & Cheap Events
Take a Hike Before the Turkey
Thursday at 9:00 AM
Cost: FREE, donations accepted
Monte Sano Nature Preserve | More Info
This annual family-friendly tradition is perfect for pre-turkey day activities!
26th Annual Turkey Trot
Thursday at 8:00 AM
Cost: FREE – $25
UAH Spragins Hall | More Info
The Turkey Trot is a family fun run that benefits Crisis Services of North Alabama. Walkers and strollers are welcome! The Tiny Tot Turkey Trot for ages 5 and under is at 9AM, no registration necessary.
Tree Lighting in Providence
Friday from 4-6 PM
Village of Providence | More Info
Kids’ eyes will be all aglow at this tree lighting that features games, activities and pictures with Santa.
Tinsel Trail Grand Opening
Friday from 6:00 PM – Midnight
Big Spring Park East | More Info
Over 300 trees decorate the park for the holiday season from dusk until midnight each night. See Big Spring Park turn into a sparkling wonderland. Be sure to look for the Rocket City Mom tree!
Santa’s Village & North Pole Express Opens
Friday from 5 – 9 PM
Huntsville Historic Depot | More Info
All ages will delight in visiting Santa’s NEW house at he Depot! Meet reindeer and the North Pole elves, play in the snow, enjoy musical entertainment and more at the Village Santa calls home.
Santa In the Park in Arab
Arab Historic Village | More Info
It’s Opening Night at this annual holiday tradition that features more than 1 million lights and new displays. This historic village transforms into a winter wonderland complete with Santa’s Toy Shop.
Home Depot Kid’s Workshop
Saturday from 9AM – Noon
Cost: FREE, register online in advance
Home Depot locations | More Info
Kids will make a cute stocking ornament in this hands-on workshop that encourages independence and creativity. Read our review before you go!
Christmas Pet Photos
Saturday from Noon – 3:00 PM
EarthWise Pet | More Info
No matter how naughty or nice your pets have been this year capture the perfect Holiday shot for this year’s Christmas Cards.
Christmas Movies Marathon
Saturday from 5-9 PM
Stovehouse | More Info
Bring the family, bring a blanket and enjoy two Christmas classic movies on the huge video wall! The heaters will be cranked up and hot cocoa available to purchase, as well as hot toddies for the adults.
Saturday from 6-9 PM
The Camp | More Info
Get a jumpstart on spreading holiday cheer with an evening of live music performances and charity held at The Camp. Proceeds will be donated to Downtown Rescue Mission.
Rocket City Tuba Christmas
Sunday at 4:00 PM
Covenant Presbyterian | More Info
Tuba and euphonium players are again invited to participate in one or more of the Tuba Christmas concerts presented throughout the world. It’s a real sight & sound to experience!
Christmas on Main
Sunday at 4:00 PM
Downtown Madison | More Info
The City of Madison kicks off their holiday season with a lantern parade, a reading of The Polar Express, live orchestral music, hot cocoa for all, and the lighting of the trees on Main Street.
Crafts Fairs & Markets
Cost: FREE admission
We are all about the #ShopLocal love here at RCM. Hit up these makers & merchants and you’re guaranteed to find some unique gifts!
- Rocket City Arcade Black Friday Special
- Small Business Saturday at Lowe Mill
- Shop the RCM Huntsville Holiday Gift Guide
Worth the Money
Thanksgiving at Skating in the Park
Thursday from 4-9 PM
Huntsville Museum of Art | More Info
Skate off that turkey with your family at this seasonal outdoor skating rink in Big Spring Park! The rink will be open through January 12th, 2020.
Santa’s Village Opens!
Saturday from 5-8 PM
Cost: $7 per person, kids under 1 year FREE
Historic Huntsville Depot | More Info
Visit with Santa, see the North Pole Express, write a letter at the North Pole post Office & see Santa’s magic garden at this annual holiday tradition. Santa’s Village open Nov. 29 – Dec. 23.
Galaxy of Lights Driving Nights
Now – Dec. 31st
Cost: $25 per car
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info
Galaxy of Lights is an award-winning holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. Put it on your Must List. Check their calendar for discount nights!
You Might Also Like…
- RCM’s Giveaways for the Holidays
- RCM’s Local Huntsville Gift Guide
- Where Kids Eat Free in Huntsville