Weekend Roundup December 6 – 9

The weather’s finally getting colder, the days are growing shorter, and we’re headed into the time of year where we have more darkness outside than daylight. December is a time for gathering close together around a fire (or space heater), and creating a little more peace on Earth and goodwill to share with others. This weekend, the soft glow of luminaries will be seen from several Huntsville neighborhoods, and it’s a great time to bundle up with your family and spend some quality time enjoying the music, the lights, and the brisk air of the season.

Please keep in mind the events listed here are mainly the free or cheap ones happening in our area. There are numerous more listed in our full Event Calendar, and we’ve gone one step further and detailed all the holiday events in our Holiday Happenings Guide! It’s THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY EVENTS GUIDE IN THE VALLEY. Plus, we’re on the tenth day of our 12 Days of Giveaways that feature free tickets to local holiday events and you definitely don’t want to miss those.

See something we missed? Leave the details the comment section and share with your fellow Rocket City Parents.

  1. Santa’s Rocket Workshop

    Now through Dec. 24 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM: As guests enter the Galaxy of Lights through the US Space & Rocket Center, they can stop at Santa’s Rocket Workshop where Santa’s Propulsion Crew is adding rocket engines to his sleigh. Visitors will get pictures with Santa and see live reindeer, enjoy the lighted aircraft and take a ride on our Rocket Tram! You don’t have to continue on into the Galaxy of Lights, and this event is free and open to the public all season.

  2. Build a Gingerbread House

    Saturday at 10AM: Lowe’s hosts a free “Build & Grow” workshop every month and today’s project is a cool wooden gingerbread house that you’ll never have to worry about getting nibbled. It also teaches little DIY-ers how to use basic tools and you get an apron and goggles to take home!

  3. Everybody Loves a Parade

    Thursday and Saturday: Three different parades are happening this weekend and if you play your cards right it’s possible to see all three! Thursday evening you’ll find the city of Athens gathered around the Square at 6PM for their annual parade. Saturday morning at 10AM kicks off the Gurley city parade beginning at Madison County Elementary School, and Saturday night at 5:30PM brings the Madison city parade with lights, music, and floats.

  4. Live Nativity & Music

    Saturday, 5:30 – 8:30PM: Another longtime tradition, the Live Nativity and Open House at Holmes United Methodist Church in Huntsville is a fun free evening full of holiday spirit. The entire community is invited to join in! Handbell music is performed at 5:30 and 8:00; Violinist Lisa Wiggins is at 6PM; Youth Singers are at 6:30PM; the Wise Men arrive from the East at 7PM; the children’s Christmas pageant begins at 7:15PM.

  5. Light Up the Darkness

    Saturday at 6:00PM : Each year on the second Saturday of December the Twickenham district of Huntsville is all aglow with over 5,000 luminaries in various neighborhoods and events. The ‘Host of Christmas Past’ Homes Tour has a ticket price, but the rest are all free. The annual Candlelight Christmas Memorial at Maple Hill Cemetery remembers the unknown soldiers from the Civil War with a luminary at each headstone, “Light of Hope” with the AAC will light up the steps of the fountain at the Embassy Suites in Big Spring Park, the aforementioned Live Nativity at Holmes Street Methodist Church, and the Luminary Night Celebration at First United Methodist Church will all take your breath away. It’s a great way to catch some holiday spirit and get a little exercise walking through the neighborhoods.

  6. Carols of Christmas

    Sunday at 6:30PM: The Trinity United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir, along with the Huntsville Youth Symphony and the Huntsville Chamber Chorale present the 7th season of Carols of Christmas, a festive program of songs and carols of the Christmas Season. Free tickets are available in the main office of Trinity UMC. Reservations required; call 256.883.3200 ext. 278 for concert or ticket information.

As always, click on the orange titles to visit the associated website for more information on a particular event. If you see an event we’ve missed, share your info in the comment section.