Huntsville Weekend Roundup: New Year’s Eve with Kids 2017

Is midnight laughable in your house? If everyone is down for the count by 10PM (or earlier!) why not consider celebrating a little early? Or maybe your older child is super PUMPED about spending New Year’s Eve with friends… AWAY from parents. We’ve put together a great list of Huntsville events that are kid-friendly for New Year’s Eve.

Of course, you could always stay home and plan your own NYE Party with your kids… here are some great ideas for that too! But if you’re lucky enough to have a sitter for the last night of 2017, check out fun grownups-only things to do here and here.

Click here to learn how to throw a kid-friendly NYE party at home!

Free & Cheap Fun


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!

Last Call for Holiday Fun!

Now – Dec. 31
Cost: FREE
Various locations

If your wallet is feeling some hurt after holiday purchases but you still want to get out and have some free fun with your family, consider these no-charge holiday attractions in their last days:

Youth Poet Meet-Up

Thursday at 5:30 PM
Cost: FREE
Lowe Mill | More Info

Poets aged 13-22 are welcome to attend this workshop offering writing prompts and tips for students to use in their craft. All skill levels welcome!

Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Party

Sunday from 7PM – Midnight
Cost: FREE, bring canned food donations
Downtown Huntsville | More Info

This family-friendly street festival includes live music, a DJ, kid’s activities, food trucks, and a food drive for the Downtown Rescue Mission.

Worth the Money


Last Call for Galaxy of Lights Driving Nights

Now – Dec. 31st
Cost: $25 per car
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info

It’s your last chance to see this award-winning holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays!

Bounce Into a New Year!

Sunday 10 AM – 1 PM
Cost: $12, RSVP online required
Pump It Up Huntsville | More Info

Kids can jump and play, count down to the new year at noon – complete with balloon drop – and then switch to a GLOW party!

NOON Year’s Eve

Sunday from 10 AM – 1 PM
Cost: $10 and up
Stars & Strikes | More Info

A family-friendly way to usher in the new year! Enjoy a prize-filled balloon drop, $20 worth of arcade game cards for $10 and an apple juice toast.

Roller Skate Parties on NYE

Sunday from 6PM – 2AM
Cost: $10-20

Ice Skating on NYE

Sunday from 9:30 PM – 12:30 AM
Cost: $5-10 per person
Big Spring Park | More Info

DJ David Smith will be at the Huntsville Museum of Art’s outdoor ice rink taking requests and counting down to ring in the New Year!

Mars Masquerade for Grown-Ups

Sunday 8PM – 1AM
Cost: $65
U.S. Space & Rocket Center | More Info

Definitely NOT a kid event and not even near free, but a very unique NYE event in the Rocket City you won’t forget!

What Attractions Are Closed New Year’s Day?

  • Alabama Constitution Village
  • Burritt on the Mountain
  • EarlyWorks Children’s Museum
  • Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • Historic Huntsville Depot
  • Huntsville/Madison County Visitor Center
  • Huntsville Museum of Art
  • Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
  • U.S. Space & Rocket Center
  • U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
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