Santa Sightings in Huntsville and North Alabama

If you’re trying to catch a glimpse of the jolly white headed man in the red suit, rumor has it he and his friends will be at these events. No more searching all over to figure out where to find Santa in Huntsville and North Alabama! Many of these events are the perfect setting to get a picture with Santa and we recommend hitting up a couple in case your little ones aren’t cooperative on the first attempt. It happens.

For more holiday fun including all the places to hear holiday music, watch holiday plays, cavort with holiday cheerfulness and just plain get in the holiday spirit visit the main page of our comprehensive 2022 Holiday Happenings Guide sponsored by the Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Garden.

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Where to Find Santa in November

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Storytime with Santa

Time: November 5 @ 10:30 AM
Cost: $30
Location: Von Braun Center – South Hall
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Come enjoy "The Night Before Christmas" read by Santa himself! You will also get to create an ornament with help from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Walk away from this fun event with a copy of "The Night Before Christmas" and your handmade ornament.


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Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s

Date/Time: November 5- December 24
Cost: Free
Location: Cabela’s Huntsville
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Starting Nov. 5th, experience the magic of Christmas at Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s! Families are invited to Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s for a festive parade to kick off the Christmas season, featuring Santa as he returns to open Santa’s Wonderland! MAKE YOUR FREE SANTA PHOTO RESERVATION STARTING OCTOBER 30TH! ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED AND…


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Cookies with Santa

Time: November 6 @ 1:00 PM
Cost: $20
Location: Von Braun Center – South Hall
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Come enjoy "The Night Before Christmas" read by Santa himself! Enjoy special time with Santa and Mrs. Claus and take home a tasty treat.


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Host of Christmas Past

Date/Time: November 11-12
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Fayetteville
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Host of Christmas Past is a Christmas Themed Street Festival with Shopping, Food, & Fun in the downtown square, blocks off the square in all directions, and throughout the community. Santa's reindeer and sleigh will be making an appearance at the Host of Christmas Past this year!


A Christmas in Candyland

Date/Time: November 18-20
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Athens
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Don't miss this weekend of holiday fun!


Photo with Santa at University Pickers

Date/Time: November 19 & December 10
Cost: Free
Location: University Pickers
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Don't miss Santa at University Pickers during the November and December Merrimack Market.


Santa in the Village

Date/Time: November 25- December 17
Cost: $6
Location: Arab Historic Village
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Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, the magic of the holidays comes to the Arab Historic Village. For four consecutive weekends, and in conjunction with Christmas in the Park, Santa at the Village will run every Friday and Saturday night. Visitors come from near and far to stroll through Santa’s Village, an over-the-top display of holiday joy. You’ll meet Mr. Claus himself, so don’t forget your camera!


Where to Find Santa in December


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North Star Limited Train Ride

Date/Time: December 2, 3, 9 & 10
Cost: $35
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum
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The North Star Limited allows guests to experience an evening adventure under the wintery stars. Of course, Santa will be on board, spending quality, one-on-one time with each child and their family. The medium length ride lasts approximately 45 minutes, allowing each child to tell Santa everything he or she wants for Christmas. All children on board the North Star Limited will receive a gift from Santa, and every passenger on board, both adults and children, will have a snack waiting for them when they arrive. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas, a unique experience for this ride.


Breakfast with Santa

Time: December 3 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: $14
Location: Northwest Shoals Community College
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The Northwest-Shoals Community College is Ho-Ho-Ho-happy to announce their first annual Breakfast With Santa event, taking place on the Muscle Shoals Campus Saturday, December 3. Join for hotcakes and sausage, crafts, Christmas carols, and Santa and some of his special friends.


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Santa Train

Date/Time: December 3 & 10
Cost: $20
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum
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Come on out and see the train decorated inside and out. Talk and visit with Santa on the train and let the little ones have their picture made with him. And surprise, all the good youngsters will get a special treat from Santa before the day is done. These shorter, leisurely Santa Train rides last approximately forty minutes.


Dinner with Santa

Time: December 10 @ 5:30 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Urban Cookhouse
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Children and adults of all ages are invited to Urban Cookhouse to greet Santa Claus for the 4th annual Dinner with Santa! Santa will be here to spread joy and cheer to all of the dinner guests. Take selfies, drop off your list, and have a one on one chat with the big guy in red. This is sure to be a magical evening.


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Santa Fun Run

Time: December 11 @ 4:00 PM
Cost: $10 – $25
Location: Big Spring Park
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Christmas Charities Year Round's winter FUNdraiser is back! The 2nd Annual Santa Fun Run is Sunday December 11 at 5pm in Downtown Huntsville. Runners, walkers, kids from 1 to 92...all are welcome!


12 Nights of Santa

Date/Time: December 12-23
Cost: $10 – $12
Location: EarlyWorks Family of Museums
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During 12 Nights of Santa, the jolly old elf himself will be on hand each night to listen to children as they share their wish lists. No visit with Santa would be complete without meeting his North Pole elves and helping them spread holiday cheer. Additional family-friendly activities adding to the whimsical fun include nightly snowfalls, making holiday crafts, a holiday themed experiment in the all-new Tinker Lab, mingling with costumed characters like the Grinch and Olaf, decorating a fresh made gingerbread cookie, mailing letters to Santa and shopping in Santa’s gift shop. Kids will have plenty of room to play and enjoy the spirit of the season.


Where is YOUR favorite place to see Santa in Huntsville? Leave a comment below to help out other North Alabama families!

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