Huntsville Weekend Roundup November 16-18

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.

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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!

Click the orange “More Info” links below for details about each event.

Free & Cheap


Click “More Info” for each event below to get additional details.

Christmas Comes to Athens

Friday from 4-8 PM
Cost: FREE
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.


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Lights Up! Christmas Tree Lighting

Friday from 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Cost: FREE
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
Cost: FREE
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.

Gingerbread Marketplace

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
Cost: FREE
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!


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Community Playdate with Fantasy!

Saturday at 10:15 AM
Cost: FREE
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
Cost: FREE
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
Cost: FREE
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
Cost: $10-15
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.


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Galaxy of Lights Walking Nights

All Weekend, then through Tuesday
Cost: $5-12
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
Cost: $10-15
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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DISCLAIMER: We do our best at Rocket City Mom to provide accurate, useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from user submissions, press releases, local newspapers, signs around town and word of mouth. While we always try to confirm details before they are posted in the Huntsville Weekend Roundup, sometimes details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our write-ups to the source in which our information came from and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go, especially when it comes to outdoor events and weather.