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!
Free & Cheap Fun
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
- Holiday Lane – New Market
- Christmas in the Park – Arab Historic Village (through Sat.)
Now – Saturday from 5-9 PM
Constitution Village | More Info
All ages will delight in visiting the Claus’ house, meeting Santa’s reindeer, the North Pole elves, and Santa! Just hurry – Santa leaves his Village on the 23rd! Read our review before you go!
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
VBAS Planetarium | More Info
Missed it last weekend? You’ve got another chance! Each year kids can explore several possibilities of the Christmas Star, including comets, meteors, novae and other phenomena. #iheartHsv
Cocoa for a Cause
Saturday from 6-9 PM
Cost: FREE, donations accepted
Hall Family Light Show | More Info
Free hot chocolate and cookies will be given out with a donation to Kids to Love! Come see this popular family light show up close.
Worth the Money
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.
Preschool Picasso Tree
Saturday at 10:00 AM
Spirited Art | More Info
A “Mommy and me” class for our littlest artists! Children create a Christmas tree masterpiece with the assistance of an adult that include story time and a snack.
Skate with Santa at Iceplex
Saturday from 2-4PM
Huntsville Iceplex| More Info
Come skate with Santa, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus and build a snowman with Santa’s Elves.