Huntsville Weekend Roundup December 7-9

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.

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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


Find Your Local Holiday Scene

Now – Dec. 31
Cost: FREE
Various locations

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.

Drive-Thru Christmas

Friday & Saturday from 6-9 PM
Cost: FREE
Somerville Baptist Church | More Info

You can drive through this unique live nativity story, then enjoy cookies & hot cocoa!

Christmas Now & Then

Friday – Sunday
Cost: $3-5
Calvary Assembly Church | More Info

Two words: breakdancing Frosty! This popular show in Decatur has been running for 20 years. Read our review before you go.

Jingle Bell Square

Saturday from 9AM – 9PM
Cost: FREE
Downtown Scottsboro | More Info

A jam-packed day of Christmas fun descends on Scottsboro, including a parade, market, live music, carriage rides, and a 5K.

Sugar Plum Village

Saturday from 10AM – 3PM
Cost: FREE
Insanity Skate Park | More Info

Make an ornament to take home and decorate cookies with Buddy the Elf. Wear your tackiest sweater for the Ugly Sweater contest!


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Madison Community Band Holiday Concert

Saturday from 1-2 PM
Cost: FREE
Bridge Street Town Center | More Info

Enjoy a merry mix of songs & styles to stir your seasonal spirit!

Annual Lighting of the Soldier’s Tree

Saturday from 1-4 PM
Cost: FREE
Huntsville Library Downtown | More Info

Enjoy music and food at the library and make Christmas cards to send to deployed troops after the tree lighting.

Christmas Parades This Weekend

Saturday at various times
Cost: FREE

Everybody loves a parade, and there are plenty to choose from this weekend! Click the orange titles for details about each one.

C-3 Christmas Cookie Contest

Saturday from 3-6 PM
Cost: $5 or FREE with sensory toy donation
Inner Space Brewing Co. | More Info

Come, indulge in the deliciousness, and vote for your favorite cookie – all while helping a great cause. You can also compete! This is a family event with a cookie decorating station on hand for children of all ages.

14th Annual Christmas Festival

Saturday & Sunday
Cost: FREE, donations accepted
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints | More Info

A concert performed by an 80-voice choir and a 40-piece orchestra and an indoor live Nativity are highlights of this huge holiday event.

Sippin’ Cider Festival

Saturday from 5-8 PM
Cost: FREE
Downtown Athens | More Info

Sample and vote on your favorite cider to win the coveted Cider Cup. Kid’s activities, train rides and a visit from Santa are also on the agenda.

Parade of Lights on the River

Saturday at 6:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Wheeler State Park | More Info

This fun, festive family event features more than a dozen yachts, pontoons and other watercraft all decorated creatively with lights for the holidays.

Rocket City Jazz Orchestra Christmas Concert

Saturday at 6:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Huntsville Public Library | More Info

This 7th annual concert features music by the Rocket City Jazz Orchestra with a special appearance by the Jazzsmiths.

Santa Sightings

Friday – Sunday
Cost: FREE
Various locations

There are a couple of great opportunities around Huntsville & North Alabama to meet up with Santa for free this weekend!

Cosmic Cocoa & Magic Show

Sunday from 1-4 PM
Cost: FREE – $5
U.S. Space & Rocket Center | More Info

Decorate cookies, create festive holiday crafts, and enjoy Dr. Osborne’s magic show. Tickets are limited for this out-of-this-world holiday event for families, so get them online fast!

#ShopLocal at These Markets

Friday – Sunday
Cost: FREE

PSSSST!!! You’ll find even more free events in our full Event Calendar!

Worth the Money


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!

Huntsville Ballet & Huntsville Symphony Orchestra’s “The Nutcracker”

Thursday – Sunday
Cost: $14-20
VBC Concert Hall | More Info & tickets

Huntsville Ballet & the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra come together again for a unique performance of this holiday favorite. Save a few bucks on the ticket price with this coupon.

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! Meet reindeer and the North Pole elves, play in the snow, enjoy musical entertainment and more at the Village Santa calls home. Save a buck on the ticket price with this coupon.

Last Chance to See “A Christmas Carol”

Friday at 7PM | Saturday at 1:30PM & 5:30PM | Sunday at 1:30PM & 5:30PM
Cost: Adults $20 Children $15
VBC Playhouse | More Info

This Huntsville Holiday tradition performed by Fantasy Playhouse is back with a fresh interpretation of the Dickens’ classic! Read our review before you go, and use the Holiday Magic Pass for $2 off!

Mommy/Daddy & Me Nutcracker Tea

Saturday at 10:00 AM
Cost: $10
Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre | More Info

Create a special memory with your little ones and enjoy treats, crafts, a meet & greet with the dancers and a mini-performance of AYB’s The Nutcracker! Limited seats available.

Saturday Scientist

Saturday at 11:30 AM
Cost: FREE for members, or general admission
U.S. Space & Rocket Center | More Info

This STEAM-filled program is for kids ages 6-9 and features a heartfelt message from the planet to the ISS astronauts for the holiday season! Read our review before you go.

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