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Santa Sightings in Huntsville and North Alabama

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 2021 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 6, 2021 @ 10:00 AM
Cost: 10
Location: Von Braun Center – South Hall
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Kids will love "The Night Before Christmas" read by Santa himself at the Under the Christmas Tree market! They will also receive a copy of the book to take home after the event. At UTCT, attendees can enjoy more special events and children's activities while shopping from more than 100 specialty merchants from nine states.

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Visit Santa at Host of Christmas Past

Time: November 13, 2021 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Fayetteville
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Celebrating a tradition that began over 50 years ago, the Host of Christmas Past takes place each year on the second weekend in November. On this weekend, downtown Fayetteville becomes the setting for a magical holiday experience, and safe, socially-distant photos with Santa will be available at the Main Office.

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Santa at Christmas in the Park

Date/Time: November 12th – January 2nd
Cost: Free – 6
Location: Arab City Park
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The City of Arab's Christmas in the Park is also home to Mr. Claus himself! Visitors come from near and far to stroll through Santa’s Village in Arab, an over-the-top display of merriment and holiday splendor four weekends during the season.

Santa at Cabela's

Santa at Cabela’s

Date/Time: November 6 – December 24
Cost: Free
Location: Cabela’s Huntsville
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Santa will return to Cabela's Huntsville for photos nearly every day until Christmas! It's free to see Santa and get a 4x6 photo and free digital download to share on social media, while other photo packages are available for purchase.

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Santa at Parkway Place Mall

Date/Time: November 19 – December 24
Cost: Free
Location: Parkway Place Mall
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Great news: The big guy WILL be coming to Parkway Place Mall for the 2021 holiday season! Santa will arrive on  November 19 and remain through Christmas Eve to hear Christmas wishes and take socially distanced pictures with children. Visit free, photo packages vary in price.

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Visit Santa at Bridge Street

Date/Time: November 26 – December 24, various times
Cost: Free
Location: Bridge Street Town Centre
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Santa will be at Bridge Street throughout the season spreading holiday magic and taking photos in the open-air environment, near the giant Christmas tree. Be sure to mail your letter while you're there!

Where to Find Santa in December

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North Star Limited Night Train

Time: December 3, 4, 10 and 11 | 5:45 PM and 7:45 PM
Cost: 35
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum
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Guests riding the North Star Limited experience a Christmas VIP experience! The North Star Limited is a night-time ride along the rails, featuring snacks and special treats for all our guests. Each child and their families will have a one-on-one visit with Santa, where he or she can give Santa their Christmas wish-list. Each child…

Santa at JDM Farm

Santa at Christmas On the Farm

Time: December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 | 6-9 PM
Cost: 14 – 15
Location: JDM Family Farm
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Santa will visit JDM Farm in New Hope on select Friday and Saturday nights in December! The Play Area and petting Zoo will also be open, as well as wagon rides around the farm and activity tables to make Christmas crafts. Bring your own cameras for Santa photos - no professional photographer will be present.

North Alabama Railroad Santa Train

North Alabama Railroad Museum’s Santa Train

Time: Dec. 4 at Noon, 1:30 PM, and 3 PM | Dec. 11 at Noon, 1:30 PM, and 3 PM
Cost: 20 – 30
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum
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The North Alabama Railroad Museum's Santa Train is an annual Huntsville tradition! Santa spends time with each child, making sure to get his or her Christmas list. Each child will receive a special gift from Santa! Train suites are also available for groups up to six people.

Selfies with Santa

Time: December 4, 2021 @ 11:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Big Spring Park
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He’s making a list and packing his selfie stick! Santa Claus is coming back to town for Selfies with Santa. Save the date and pack your camera... the Keyfinders Group at REMAX Alliance's 5th annual Selfies with Santa is happening!

Visit Santa at the Christmas Tree Farm

Time: Every Saturday in December from 9AM-Dark
Cost: Free
Location: The Littlest Christmas Tree Farm
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Come see Santa and Mrs. Claus and cut a beautiful, fresh Christmas tree, enjoy some hot cocoa or spiced tea, accept the Elf Hunt Challenge and get a special prize, and make lasting Christmas memories! Santa visits are every Saturday in December. To schedule an appointment to cut your own Christmas tree while you're there, please call 256-466-5473.

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Cookies with Santa at the Library

Time: December 10, 2021 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: 15
Location: South Huntsville Libary
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Come Enjoy Cookies, Milk and a Bedtime Story with Santa! Entertainment will include caroling, a puppet show, and a story.
Each child will have the opportunity to visit with Santa individually. Children are encouraged to wear their holiday pajamas or holiday outfits. Parents will be allowed to take pictures while their child is visiting with Santa, but each child’s time with Santa will be limited in order to allow every child the same opportunity. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase.

Bob Jones Breakfast with Father Christmas

Breakfast with Father Christmas

Time: December 11, 2021 @ 7:00 AM
Cost: $9
Location: Applebee’s in Madison
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The Bob Jones Patriettes Dance Team will be hosting a pancakes and sausage breakfast with Father Christmas from 7-10 AM! Tickets can be purchased from any member of the team or by sending an email to

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Sensory Inclusive Santa

Time: December 11, 2021 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Village of Providence Meeting House
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In partnership with KultureCity, Madison Behavior Therapy will provide a quiet and inclusive environment for those with sensory sensitivities, to visit with Santa. For children with special needs and their families, going to visit Santa at the mall can be completely overwhelming. That’s why MBT has created an environment where these families can enjoy a special meeting with Santa that they will never forget! Reserve your visit time in November 26th via the Madison Behavior Therapy Facebook Page or by calling 256-489-8660.

Dinner with Santa

Time: December 11, 2021 @ 5:30 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Urban Cookhouse
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Head to Bridge Street to greet Santa Claus for Urban Cookhouse's 3rd annual Dinner with Santa! 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 - tables are first come first serve!

Santa Visits Shenanigans

Time: December 11, 2021 @ 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Shenanigans Comedy Theatre
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Come see Santa! All ages and every person welcome for FREE hot chocolate and pics with Santa.

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CCYR Santa Fun Run

Time: December 12, 2021 @ 5:00 PM
Cost: 10 – 25
Location: Big Spring Park
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Join Santa and Christmas Charities Year Round (CCYR) for a one mile fun-route through Huntsville's Tinsel Trail in Big Spring Park!
All proceeds support for CCYR programs serving Madison County, including Operation Believe that provides gifts to families and seniors throughout the winter holiday season.

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Nights of Santa at Earlyworks

Time: Dec. 13-23
Cost: 12
Location: EarlyWorks Family of Museums
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Ten Nights of Santa was so popular last year, Earlyworks is bringing them back! Due to an accidental spill of “magic elf dust” at the North Pole, Santa has been confined in a magic snow globe! However, the jolly old elf is determined that his confinement will not impact his ability and desire to meet with children and spread Christmas cheer. Tickets will be limited and available in advance online in mid November.

Bob Jones Cheer Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa

Time: December 18, 2021 @ 7:30 AM
Cost: 7 – 10
Location: Bob Jones High School
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The Bob Jones High School Cheerleaders are hosting their annual Breakfast with Santa in the BJHS Cafeteria! You'll have breakfast, games & crafts with the elves, and get a picture with Santa himself! Tickets available at the BJHS Office, or with a member of the Cheer Team by emailing

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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