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Huntsville Weekend Roundup December 20-22

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Huntsville Weekend Roundup December 20-22

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. It’s not too late to sign up for those Winter School Break Camps – see our list! Need some last minute LOCAL gifts? We got you covered here.

Be sure to get out & enjoy some Huntsville Holiday fun this weekend!

Free & Cheap Events

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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
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.

The Living Christmas Tree

Thursday – Sunday
Cost: FREE, tickets required
First Baptist Church Huntsville | More Info

A spectacle of sight and sound, over 150 singers, a 50 piece orchestra and thousands of lights bring a 39-foot Christmas tree to life. There’s even a special Children’s Performance for wiggly little ones! Tickets are now only available by pickup at the church or by calling (256) 428-9422.

Free 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/cheap this weekend!

School’s Out Teen Time x2!

Cost: FREE
Madison Public Library | Friday at Noon | More Info
Huntsville Public Library | Friday at 4:30 PM | More Info

Exams are over! Teens can celebrate with some retro fabulous Christmas movies, popcorn, and pizza in Madison, and the annual book exchange in Huntsville .


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FROZEN Christmas Celebration

Friday – Sunday at 6:00 PM each night
Cost: FREE
Grace River Community Church | More Info

Meet Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven and make an ornament at Olaf’s Ornament Emporium. Kids can also have hot cocoa with Kristoff at Wandering Oaken’s Outpost, and decorate a cookie at the Frozen Fractals Bakery.

Open Gym Time

Thursday – Saturday
Cost: $3-5
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.

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday from 7:30 – 11:00 AM
Cost: $5-7
Bob Jones High School | More Info

The BJHS Cheer team is hosting breakfast & photos with the Jolly Old Elf – it also includes a craft!

Winter Solstice Art Market

Saturday from 10AM – 6PM
Cost: FREE admission, $5 to park
Lowe Mill A&E | More Info

The second floor of Lowe Mill will have more vendors in the hallway than ever before, and their amazingly talented studio artists will have lots to do in their studios. A great chance to do some last-minute shopping!

Solstice Scavenger Hike

Saturday at 10:00 AM
Cost: FREE, donations accepted
Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary | More Info

This leisurely hike for nature-seekers of all ages is a great way to spend the morning! Don’t forget binoculars/camera, water & shoes that can get dirty. Strollers not recommended.

Rocket City Trombone Christmas

Saturday at 6:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Episcopal Church of the Nativity | More Info

It’s the first year for this fun & festive holiday concert – come show then some trombone love!

Hanukkah Concert

Sunday at 3:30 PM
Cost: FREE
Downtown Huntsville Library | More Info

It’s the first year for this fun & festive holiday concert – come show then some trombone love!

Christmas Time – A Production of The Rock

Sunday at 9AM, 11AM, and 6PM
Cost: FREE
The Rock Church | More Info

With a cast of over 100–Christmas TIME will take you on a journey and you will experience the power of tradition, family, and the true meaning of Christmas.

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

Worth the Money

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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!

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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.

Skating in the Park

All Weekend
Cost: $10-15
Huntsville Museum of Art Rink | More Info

Have a blast gliding on the ice in Big Spring Park with your family! Read our Parent Review before you go.


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Sanders Family Christmas

Thursday – Sunday
Cost: $25
Burritt On the Mountain | More Info

The Sanders Family is back! The congregation will hear more than two-dozen Christmas carols, many of them vintage hymns, and hilarious yuletide stories from the more or less devout Sanders family members.

Star of Wonder Show

Friday at 7:00 PM
Cost: $15
INTUITIVE Planetarium | More Info

Balancing both science and religion, you’ll explore theories on what celestial phenomenon may have led the Magi to the Nativity more than 2,000 years ago.

Holiday Movies Under the Stars

Saturday at 4:30 and 7:00 PM
Cost: $8-10
USSRC Intuitive Planetarium | More Info

Each Saturday in December to can experience a “drive-in” holiday movie series in the INTUITIVE® Planetarium. Today’s flick is A Christmas Story!

Holiday Kid’s Night Out

Saturday from 6-10 PM
Cost: $10-15
Hogan YMCA | More Info

Kids ages 4-12 can eat pizza and and play games – while you get your shopping or wrapping done. (Or grab some dinner with your Significant other!)

The Nutcracker – Yuletide Ballet

Friday – Sunday
Cost: $14-20
Lee High Theater | More Info

The Alabama Youth Ballet Theater dancers present the magical story of Clara and her special Christmas gift.

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