It looks like Huntsville got a couple week of Fall and then decided to go straight into winter weather! The forecast looks nice for a fantastic weekend in the Rocket City and we have lots of ideas below for free/cheap fun for families.
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!
Click the orange “More Info” links below for details about each event.
Free & Cheap
Christmas Comes to Athens
Friday from 4-8 PM
Downtown Athens | More Info
Caroling, ice skating, snow & shopping special kick off the season, along with visits with Mother Christmas, Rudolph, and the Christmas Elf.
Lights Up! Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday from 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Bridge Street Town Centre | More Info
Help welcome Santa to Bridge Street! Live music starts at 4:30, followed by the tree lighting and fireworks.
Fallen Leaf Festival
Saturday from 8AM – Noon
Hays Nature Preserve | More Info
Kids will love this celebration of Fall! An instrument petting zoo with HSO, Birding 101 hikes, fly fishing, storytelling, and lots of leaf activities are hosted by Operation Green Team.
Saturday from 9AM – 4PM
Cost: $2, kids 12 and under FREE
A&M Agribition Center | More Info
100+ unique crafters & vendors, plus interactive art booths for children, live music, food trucks & more! A huge variety of local vendors will help you find unique holiday gifts.
Kris Kringle Market in Madison
Saturday from 9AM – 4PM
Dublin Park | More Info
The Kris Kringle Market will feature artisans and craftsmen from across North Alabama, an Olde World Santa, lantern-making workshops & activities for kids, and food vendors.
Fall Guided History Hike
Saturday at 10:00 AM
Cost: FREE, advance registration required
Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve | More Info
Your family can learn more about Huntsville history by examining remnants of its past with a trail expert and archaeologist!
Community Playdate with Fantasy!
Saturday at 10:15 AM
Huntsville Library Downtown | More Info
Little ones can have fun meeting characters from Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater’s production of A Christmas Carol at this special library storytime & playtime.
Native American Celebration
Saturday from Noon – 4PM
Huntsville Library Auditorium | More Info
Free food, kid’s activities, demonstrations, arts & crafts, & more are for all to experience in this 5th annual cultural event.
Ability Craft Fair & Marketplace
Saturday from Noon – 4PM
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment | More Info
This Holiday market features artists with disabilities – it’s a great way to show your support AND shop local this year!
Holiday Farmers Market
Sunday from 1-4 PM
Cost: FREE admission
Green Street Market | More Info
Farm fresh meat, cheese and eggs, seasonal vegetables, baked goods, flowers, and handmade gifts from local artisans will be the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving celebration.
Rocket City Championship Wrestling
Saturday at 7:00 PM
Cost: FREE – $8
Meridianville Middle School | More Info
Watch local pro-wrestlers do their thing in a family-friendly environment. Read our Parent Review to know what to expect before you go!
Worth the Money
Skating in the Park Opening Weekend
Friday at 4:00 PM
Behind the Huntsville Museum of Art | More Info
ICE returns to Huntsville! Lace up your skates at this outdoor ice skating rink — our very own version of “Rocket-fella” Center. Meet the Snow Sisters and watch the mayor cut the ribbon to open the rink! Skating in the Park is open Nov. 16 – Jan. 6, 2019.
Galaxy of Lights Walking Nights
All Weekend, then through Tuesday
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info
Your family’s favorite holiday attractions in the South continues their Walking Nights this weekend! Read our review, then get your tickets in advance before the limited supply runs out!
Broadway Princess Party
Saturday at 2:00 PM
Cost: Starts at $20
Stand Up Live! Huntsville | More Info
Brush off your tiara and unleash your inner princess with the real stars of Broadway’s Cinderella, Aladdin, and Beauty & the Beast! Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite royalty for the talent contest!
Parent’s Night Out
Saturday from 6-9 PM
Hogan Family YMCA, Madison | More Info
Kids can hang out for four hours of fun while giving parents a break. Weather permitting, they can swim from 6:30-7:30 pm. Pizza and games included!
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