You’ve got enough to do cooking and getting the kids ready for the Thanksgiving holiday. Maybe you have friends or family coming into town. Maybe you’re looking for something to do to keep everyone happy. Here’s what’s free and/or cheap and going on Thanksgiving weekend in Huntsville.
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 Events
Take a Hike Before the Turkey
Thursday at 9:00 AM
Cost: FREE, donations accepted
Monte Sano Nature Preserve | More Info
This annual family-friendly tradition is perfect for pre-turkey day activities!
25th Annual Turkey Trot
Thursday at 8:00 AM
Cost: FREE – $25
UAH Spragins Hall | More Info
The Turkey Trot is a family fun run that benefits Crisis Services of North Alabama. Walkers and strollers are welcome! The Tiny Tot Turkey Trot for ages 5 and under is at 9AM, no registration necessary.
Tree Lighting in Providence
Friday from 4-7 PM
Village of Providence | More Info
Kids’ eyes will be all aglow at this tree lighting that features games, activities and pictures with Santa.
Tinsel Trail Grand Opening
Friday from 6:30 PM – Midnight
Big Spring Park East | More Info
Over 300 trees decorate the park for the holiday season from dusk until midnight each night. See Big Spring Park turn into a sparkling wonderland. Be sure to look for the Rocket City Mom tree!
Santa’s Village & North Pole Express Opens
Friday from 5-9 PM
Huntsville Historic Depot | More Info
All ages will delight in visiting Santa’s NEW house at he Depot! Meet reindeer and the North Pole elves, play in the snow, enjoy musical entertainment and more at the Village Santa calls home.
Santa In the Park in Arab
Arab Historic Village | More Info
It’s Opening Night at this annual holiday tradition that features more than 1 million lights and new displays. This historic village transforms into a winter wonderland complete with Santa’s Toy Shop.
Hike at Hays
Saturday from 9AM – Noon
Hays Nature Preserve | More Info
You and the kids can enjoy 2-3 miles of leisurely exploring nature on these stroller-friendly paths.
Home Depot Kid’s Workshop
Saturday from 9AM – Noon
Cost: FREE, register online in advance
Home Depot locations | More Info
Kids will make a cute gingerbread ornament in this hands-on workshop that encourages independence and creativity. Read our review before you go!
Crafts Fairs & Markets
Cost: FREE admission
We are all about the #ShopLocal love here at RCM. Hit up these makers & merchants and you’re guaranteed to find some unique gifts!
- Snail On the Wall Holiday Shop & Author Appearance
- 4th Annual Eleanor E. Murphy Craft Fair
- Small Business Saturday at Lowe Mill
- RCM’s Hometown Holiday Gift Guide
Worth the Money
Turkey Jump Open Play
Wednesday & Friday, various times
Pump It Up Huntsville | More Info
Kids can have a jumping good time during Thanksgiving Break! Parents are always free.
Thanksgiving at Skating in the Park
Thursday at 2:00 PM
Huntsville Museum of Art | More Info
Skate off that turkey with your family at this seasonal outdoor skating rink in Big Spring Park! The rink will be open through January 6th, 2019.
Galaxy of Lights Driving Nights
Friday, Nov. 23 – Dec. 31st
Cost: $25 per car
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info
Galaxy of Lights is an award-winning holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. Put it on your Must List. Check their calendar for discount nights!