Huntsville Weekend Roundup November 30 – December 2

The holiday season is in full swing here in the Tennessee Valley – and I don’t even have my tree up yet, so that’s what I’ll be up to. But there’s also SO MUCH going on this weekend that it’s hard to know where to start. So strap in, take notes, and down a shot of eggnog… it’s time for the first Huntsville Weekend Roundup in December 2018!

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


Christmas Parades This Weekend

Friday – Saturday
Cost: FREE

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

Walk the Tinsel Trail

All Weekend from 6:30 PM – Midnight
Cost: FREE
Big Spring Park East | More Info

Over 300 trees decorate the park for the holiday season from dusk until midnight each night. See Big Spring Park turn into a sparkling wonderland through January 6th. Be sure to look for the Rocket City Mom tree!

Drive Down Holiday Lane

Friday – Sunday from 6-8 PM
Cost: FREE
Sharon Johnston Park | More Info

Drive through the park to see the Christmas Village lights, decorated trees, and giant holiday cards! Enter through Gate 3.


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Ardmore Tinsel Trail Opens

Friday at 6:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Ardmore Town Hall | More Info

See the trees light up and enjoy festive holiday music from the AHS Band.

Christmas In the Park in Arab

Friday-Sunday
Cost: $5
Arab Historic Village | More Info

This annual holiday tradition features more than 1 million lights and new displays. This historic village transforms into a winter wonderland complete with Santa’s Toy Shop!

Breakfast(s) with Santa

Saturday at various times
Cost: $5 – 7
Various locations

There are a couple of great opportunities to treat your kids to a breakfast with Santa this weekend!

Home Depot Kid’s Workshop

Saturday from 9AM – Noon
Cost: FREE, register online in advance
Home Depot locations | More Info

Kids will make a sled with reindeer in this hands-on workshop that encourages independence and creativity. Read our review before you go.

Christmas Village in New Market

Saturday from 2-6 PM
Cost: $5, kids 3 and under FREE
Sharon Johnston Park | More Info

The Pioneer Christmas Village turns into a Christmas Village with photos with Santa, DIY an ornaments, sugar cookies decorating and carriage rides.

Holidays in the Valley Concert

Saturday at 4:00 PM
Cost: FREE, donations accepted
Trinity UMC | More Info

Come enjoy local musicians, poets, and even a magician,  all for a great cause. Food and drinks will be provided.

North Poll Stroll Opens in Athens

Saturday at 5:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Arab Historic Village | More Info

The 2018 Athens North Pole Stroll will return to Big Spring Memorial Park during the month of December with trees decorated with twinkling lights and decked with the creativity of local organizations.

33rd Annual Living Nativity

Saturday & Sunday from 6-8 PM
Cost: FREE
Cornerstone Community Church | More Info

This drive-through living nativity scene features live animals, people, and music depicting the First Christmas.

Rocket City Championship Wrestling

Saturday at 7:00 PM
Cost: FREE
RCCW Arena, Hazel Green | More Info

How do local wrestlers celebrate their 2 year anniversary? With all your favorite RCCW Stars and lots of surprises in the ring! Come out & see this unique show for yourselves. Read our review before you go.

Rocket City Tuba Christmas

Sunday at 4:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Covenant Presbyterian Church | More Info

Tubas around the world (and here in Huntsville) will be heard playing the rich, brass tones of holiday music at this 21st annual event. It might sound strange, but it’s REALLY awesome!

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Friday – Sunday
Cost: FREE

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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! Meet reindeer and the North Pole elves, play in the snow, enjoy musical entertainment and more at the Village Santa calls home.

Skating in the Park

Now – Jan. 6
Cost: $10-15
Huntsville Museum of Art | More Info

Skate off that turkey with your family at this seasonal outdoor skating rink in Big Spring Park! The rink will be open through January 6th, 2019.

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!

“A Christmas Carol” Opens

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.

Kris Kringle’s Candlelight Christmas

Friday & Saturday from 5-9 PM
Cost: $2-12
Burritt On the Mountain | More Info

The star-lit mountain will be mirrored by more than 600 candles, music will be heard throughout the mansion and the park, and treats served to the children. It’s one of our favorite Christmas events in Huntsville! Read our review.

Saturday with Santa at The Garden

Saturday at Noon
Cost: $13-16
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info

Kids can enjoy a yummy lunch with Santa, live music, a hot cocoa bar with cookies, and Santa-themed crafts to take home. Don’t forget to bring your camera for a photo op with Santa. Spots are limited and go fast – get yours online now!

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