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!
Free & Cheap
Thanksgiving Movie Night
Friday from 6:30 PM
Hogan Family YMCA | More Info
Bring the kids to the YMCA and watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, complete with complimentary popcorn.
Weekend Farmers Markets
Saturday & Sunday
You have two opportunities to nab local produce, bread, meat, eggs, and hand-made items – on Saturday morning at the Madison Farmers Market and on Sunday afternoon at the MidCity Market.
Fallen Leaf Festival
Saturday from 9AM – 1PM
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 10AM – 4PM
Cost: FREE admission
Sparkman High | More Info
Local crafters & vendors will have their wares available and Santa will pay a visit at this school holiday market.
Drop In & Create
Saturday from 11AM – 1PM
Huntsville Museum of Art | More Info
Create a colorful pastel painting with your kiddo at this program designed just for families.
Native American Celebration
Saturday from Noon – 4PM
Downtown Huntsville Library | More Info
Traditional drumming, dance, kids activities, and cultural demonstrations are all included at this annual festival.
Santa in Athens
Saturday from 2-5 PM
Cost: FREE visits
Oak Grove Thach Fire Dept. | More Info
Visit with Santa and help out the local fire department if you decide to get a $5 photo.
Twisted Fork Festival
Sunday from 1- 6 PM
National Speleogical Society | More Info
Families interested in learning more about vegetarian & vegan living will find lots of yummy samples at this food-filled event. Cooking demos & activities are all included.
Worth the Money
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!
Skating in the Park Opening Weekend
Friday at 4-10 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. 15 – Jan. 12, 2020.
A Christmas Story Returns to Huntsville!
Friday – Sunday
VBC Playhouse | More Info
“You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here – he exploding furnace, the school bully, the cold lamppost, the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin, the infamous Leg Lamp, and more!
Bear-ific Member Appreciation Day
Saturday from 9AM – 6PM
Cost: Membership rices vary
Cook Museum of Natural Science | More Info
It’s a great time to be a member – movies, hands-on activities, and door prizes are all a part of this bear-ey awesome membership celebration.
The Fairytale Ball
All Weekend, then through Tuesday
Historic Huntsville Roundhouse | More Info
Guests are invited to transform into their favorite super hero or fairytale legend with their most-prized cape or sparkliest tiara, enjoy fairytale and super hero character meet and greets with photo opportunities, sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres, dance music, and an exciting opportunity to purchase a key that could unlock a treasure!
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