I’m kind of in shock when I see the date – it’s only a few days until Christmas Day! If you’re like me there are cookies to bake, gifts to wrap, batteries to buy, and halls to deck. I do plan on taking a break this weekend and actually spending TIME with my family, something that is infinitely more important than the hustle and bustle anyway. So here are some awesome free and/or cheap Huntsville events to enjoy with your kids during the season!
Our full Event Calendar also has more activities happening in Huntsville this weekend is you don’t see anything below that suits your fancy.
Free & Cheap Events
Go Light Hunting
Now through the season!
Cost: FREE, plus gas
Various locations | More Info
Gas up the car, bundle up the kids, and go looking for Christmas lights all over Huntsville. We made it super easy with our master list with a MAP!
Find Your Local Holiday Scene
Now – Dec. 31
No matter what corner of North Alabama you live, you can find free seasonal fun every night that includes gorgeous lit trees or festive decorations! Lights typically come on at dusk.
- Tinsel Trail – Big Spring Park, Huntsville
- Christmas Card Lane – Downtown Madison
- North Poll Stroll – Downtown Athens
- Enchanted Forest – Decatur
- Holiday Lane – New Market
- Christmas in the Park – Arab Historic Village
Friday – Sunday
There are a couple of great opportunities around Huntsville & North Alabama to meet up with Santa for free/cheap this weekend!
- Santa at Topgolf – Saturday from 2-5 PM
- Arab’s Santa in the Park – Friday & Saturday from 6-9 PM
- Santa at Parkway Place – through Christmas Eve
School’s Out Teen Time
Friday at Noon
Madison Public Library | More Info
Exams are over! Celebrate with some retro fabulous Christmas movies, popcorn, and pizza.
Open Gym Time
Thursday – Saturday
The Matrix Gym | More Info
Kids under the age of 6 years can run & jump to their hearts content six days a week. A Saturday gym is also available for kids ages 6-11 at 9:30 AM. Read our review.
Star of Wonder
Saturday at 7:30 PM
VBAS Planetarium | More Info
Magi from the East: Gaspar and Melchior crash this VBAS show with gifts for the young ones and treats for all others. Each year kids can explore several possibilities of the Christmas Star, including comets, meteors, novae and other phenomena.
PSSSST!!! You’ll find even more free events in our full Event Calendar!
Worth the Money
The Nutcracker – Yuletide Ballet
Saturday from 1-2 PM
Huntsville Museum of Art Rink | More Info
Skate with Captain America and Wonder Woman in Skating in the Park!
Galaxy of Lights Driving Nights
Friday, Nov. 23 – 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!
Santa’s Village North Pole Express
Daily now – Dec. 23 from 5-9 PM
Cost: $7 per person, kids under 2 FREE
Huntsville Historic Depot | More Info
All ages will delight in visiting Santa’s NEW house at the Depot! Just hurry – Santa leaves his Village on the 23rd! Read our review before you go, and save a buck on the ticket price with this coupon.
Holiday Open Studio
Sunday at 2:00 PM
Spirited Art | More Info
Families with kids 5 and up can paint a holiday creation together in an open studio environment To view all the kids & family paintings that we offer, click here and enter the password: spirited16, when prompted.
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