Santa Sightings in the Huntsville Area

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. For even more holiday information including seasonal concerts, plays, attractions and more please visit our Holiday Happenings Guide.

“Host of Christmas Past” in Fayetteville

Every year during the second weekend of November the small town of Fayetteville comes alive with its traditional “Host of Christmas Past.” This friendly small town offers free parking, great food, carriage rides, homemade snow, high tea, and nonstop entertainment. Of course, Santa will be present!

Date/Time: November 8-10
Location: Downtown Fayetteville, TN (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: www.hostofchristmaspast.com

Santa at the Malls

Both Parkway Place and Madison Square Malls will have their Santas in place on November 9th and they’ve got all kinds of special events planned. Check their websites for all the info, but here’s a preview of all the Santa opportunities available!

Pajama Party with Santa: November 9th at 9:00am at Parkway Place, free party with milk & cookies!
Pet Photos with Santa: November 19th & December 3rd at both Parkway Place & Madison Square
Roll Tide Santa: December 5th 6-9pm at Parkway Place, November 21st 6-9pm at Madison Square
War Eagle Santa: November 21st 6-9pm at Parkway Place, December 5th 6-9pm at Madison Square
Sensitive Santa: Parkway Place will offer special sessions with Santa, by appointment only, for children with special needs who would benefit from softer lights and sounds at the photo set. Our Sensitive Santa will be much more soft spoken and we are happy to be able to offer all families a chance to enjoy the Magic of the Holiday Season through this program. To set up a special appointment before or after mall hours please e-mail Jana_Kuner@cblproperties.com.

Date/Time: November 10 – Christmas Eve
Location: Parkway Place Mall (map), Madison Square Mall (map)
Cost: Photo packages vary
More Info: www.parkwayplacemall.com / www.madisonsquaremall.com

Bridge Street Christmas Tree Lighting

The holiday season kicks-off at Bridge Street with the lighting of the 45-foot-tall Christmas tree. The tree features more than 30,000 white lights and festive-colored ornaments. The event will also feature music performed by school choirs and local musicians plus a visit by Santa and his elves.

Dates/Times: Thursday, November 14th at 6:00PM
Location: Bridge Street Town Centre (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: www.bridgestreethuntsville.com

Galaxy of Lights

Don’t miss North Alabama’s favorite holiday tradition! Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light spectacle featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart. The entrance for Galaxy of Lights will be through their newly renovated front gate. This will be the entrance for both walking and driving nights. Santa will be visiting on each Walking Night at the Galaxy of Lights.


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Dates/Times: Walking Nights: November 15-18, November 22-26. Dog Walking Nights: November 18 & 25
Location: Huntsville Botanical Gardens (map)
Cost: $6 Adult, $3.00 Child (3+), $1 Dog (dog-walking nights only)
More Info: www.hsvbg.org
Read our review of this event.

Mr. and Mrs. Clause at Kidventure

Get your child’s picture taken with Santa and let them run around like maniacs and come home tired and worn out. It’s a win/win! Kidventure will be hosting Santa and Mrs. Clause on Sunday, November 17 from 1-5PM. Admission will be half-price and photos are only $10. This is a professional Santa who brings his own beautiful backdrop, your photo is emailed to you and you can print as many copies as you wish! No reservations needed.

Dates/Times: Sunday, November 17th from 1-5PM
Location: 500 Lanier Road, Suite D, Madison (map)
Cost: $4.75 plus tax (children 2 and under FREE); $10 photos
More Info: www.kidventure.biz

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Santa’s Village

Another staple holiday event put on by Earlyworks, this one in conjunction with Constitution Village. If you buy a ticket to the Earlyworks Society’s Suppers with Santa, you get admission to Santa’s Village for free but you can also just buy tickets for this delightful event on its own. Young and old will delight in visiting the Claus’ house, Santa’s reindeer, the North Pole elves and chatting with Santa! Nightly snow shows, craft projects in the Toymaker’s Workshop, musical entertainment on the Tinsel Tunes Stage and shopping at the new Arts Marketplace, all add to the enchantment at the Village Santa calls home. NEW THIS YEAR: In Santa’s Magic Garden there’s a show you won’t want to miss! This magical garden will come to life right before your eyes – Christmas trees will talk and sing, while holiday lights magically keep up the beat!

Date/Time: November 29 – December 23, 5-9PM Nightly
Location: Constitution Village (map)
Cost: $20 per family (up to 5 people) or $5 per person. Children under 1 year free.
More Info: www.earlyworks.com
Read our review of this event.

Kris Kringle’s Candlelight Christmas

At this annual event the star-lit mountain will be mirrored by more than 600 candles, adding to the nostalgic feel of the holidays. Music will be heard throughout the mansion and the park; cider, cookies and tasty figgie pudding will keep us warm. Children can enjoy stringing cranberries and popcorn, making paper punch ornaments, creating handmade cards and icing cookies. The evening wouldn’t be complete without a visit with Kris Kringle. See Burritt on the Mountain transformed into a twinkling, winter wonderland!

Date/Time: December 6th and 7th, 4:30-9:00 PM
Location: Burritt On the Mountain (map)
Cost: $10 (adults); $9 (seniors and military); $8 (3-18); children two and under are FREE
More Info: Burritt’s Website
Read our review of this event.

Santa in the Park in Arab

Arab City Park is a must-see during the holiday season. Featuring more than 2 million lights, the park is ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. Visitors can stroll along the sidewalks and pathways within the park. This event kicks off with a formal lighting ceremony at 6:00 PM on the Friday after Thanksgiving at the park gazebo. Santa Claus and his elves will make a special visit to Arab Historic Village. His toy shop will open Fridays and Saturdays for four weekends beginning November 29, 2013. Have your picture taken with Santa, make reindeer food, watch the work, enjoy cookies and juice in the Boyd House and listen to live music.

Dates/Times: Santa appears Friday, Decmber 6th from 6:00 – 9:00PM
Location: Arab Historic Village (map)
Cost: The park is free & open to the public, Santa visits are $5 each, Children 2 and under are free.
More Info: www.arab-chamber.org

“Christmas Now & Then”

This annual show at Calvary Assembly Church in Decatur not only features Santa, but dancing characters like Frosty the Snowman, The Grinch, Angels, Elves, Spiderman, VeggieTales, Disney characters, and a host of other children’s favorites in the elaborate production. It’s a character smorgasbord!

Date/Time: December 6-8 and December 13-15
Location: Calvary Assembly Church (map)
Cost: Tickets are general admission and can be purchased online in advance for $4 each
More Info: Christmas Now & then Website
Read our review of this event.

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Pictures with Santa

The North Alabama Educators Credit Union is hosting a “Pictures with Santa” day at their main office location. RSVP via email at loanclerk@naecu.org or by telephone at 256-534-2423 to schedule your appointment time. You can feel good about this photo shoot – all proceeds benefit Crisis Services of North Alabama! www.naecu.org/pictureswithsanta.html

Date/Time: Saturday, December 7th from 9AM-1PM
Location: North Alabama Educators Credit Union (map)
Cost: Photo packages vary
More Info: www.naecu.org

Santa Train

“Santa Claus is coming to town!” And he’s riding our train! Join an annual tradition at the North Alabama Railroad Museum as we bring Santa aboard our excursion train! Every child aboard will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and tell him everything on their wish list. Parents and children alike share smiles and laughs with Jolly St. Nick as the train clickety-clacks along the track. After the ride, each child will receive a special treat. The Gift Shop will be detached from the train, so come early or stay late and get all your gifts & stocking stuffers for Christmas! These excursions are very popular, so make your reservations early to ensure you and your children have a seat on our train! These train rides last 40 minutes and run at 10, 11, 1, 2 and 3 PM. Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended and may be made by calling the museum at (256) 851-6276 or buy yours online.


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Date/Time: December 7th,8th, and 14th
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum (map)
Cost: First-class seats are $25 each (offers a drink, cookies for children and has a dedicated Santa Claus), Coach seats are $15
More Info: www.northalabamarailroadmuseum.com
Read our review of this event.

Suppers with Santa

This popular Huntsville fundraiser sponsored by the Earlyworks Society includes a child-friendly meal and a seat at each table reserved for Santa to drop by and wish you a hearty Ho Ho Ho! When Santa’s not at your table, one of his many friends will drop by to say hello. After dinner, head over to Santa’s Village to visit with the reindeer, hear a story from Mrs. Claus, and enjoy the snowfall while listening to our entertainers performing holiday classics (and you can visit with Santa there, too!). Tickets go on sale NOVEMBER 1st online only – they go FAST!

Date/Time: December 2nd-5th, seatings at 4:30PM and 6:00PM each night
Location: Earlyworks Children’s Museum Grand Hall (map)
Cost: Tickets are $12 each and are required for anyone above the age of one year. INcludes admission to Santa’s Village.
More Info: Earlyworks Website
Read our review of this event.

Santa Brunch

Huntsville families are invited to join Santa for a Holiday Brunch at the Garden! Clementine’s will cater the event and children will get a chance to sit on Santa’s lap for a picture so be sure to bring your camera! There will also be a holiday craft and face painting for little ones to enjoy. Reservations are required, call (256) 830-4447 ext 232 or book online.

Date/Time: Saturday, December 14th at 9:30AM and 11:30AM
Location: Huntsville Botanical Gardens (map)
Cost: For members, the cost is $15 per person. For non-members, the cost is $15 per person plus Garden admission. Children 2 and under are free but please add them to your reservation so HBG can have an accurate count.
More Info: Huntsville Botanical Gardens Website

Narnia: A Christmas Ballet

Father Christmas himself will make an appearance in this contemporary ballet production and take professional photos by Olive Photography in the lobby before the performance. Steps of Faith Performing Arts Center invites you to come enjoy this newly created ballet with some of this holiday’s most loved characters. Join Lucy, Peter, Edmund, and Susan as they journey through the wardrobe into the adventurous Narnia, and fight the White Witch and her minions! Purchase tickets online at www.mystepsoffaith.com.

Date/Time: Saturday, December 7th, 2:00PM and 7:00PM
Location: Lee High School Auditorium (map)
Cost: $10 for all seats
More Info: www.mystepsoffaith.com


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  • Santa will bring his special ’56 Chevy Red/White Sleigh for pictures to University Pickers on November 30th 9am-12pm.

    All proceeds will benefit Shepherd’s Haven Special Needs Adult Ministry.

    Cost $10 or FREE with $50 store purchase.
    Location: 3024c University Drive next to Mattress King near Olive Garden.

    Photography by Joy Deerman Photography

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