Weekend Roundup December 8-10

Temps are dropping and we’re seeing a forecast with little snowflakes in it… and it’s 18 days until Christmas Day! We know you have a lot to do, but be sure to take some time to make some holiday memories with your family this year. We try to make it easy for you with our list of free family fun in Huntsville below!

Bookmark our December Must List and our 2017 Huntsville Gift Guide too – you’ll be glad you did.

Free & Cheap


Go Light Hunting

Now through the season!
Cost: FREE, plus gas
Various locations | More Info

Gas up the car, bundle up the kids, and go looking for Christmas lights all over Huntsville. We made it super easy with our master list with a MAP!

Find Your Local Holiday Scene

Now – Dec. 31
Cost: FREE
Various locations

No matter what corner of North Alabama you live, you can find free seasonal fun every night that includes gorgeous lit trees or festive decorations! Lights typically come on at dusk.

Skating in the Park Opens the Holiday House

Friday from 5-8 PM
Cost: $5
Big Spring Park | More Info

The kids will love this meet & greet character experience featuring the Snow Sisters! The Holiday House will host fun characters at Skating in the Park all season long.

Jingle Bell Square

Saturday from 9AM – 9PM
Cost: FREE
Downtown Scottsboro | More Info

A jam-packed day of Christmas fun descends on Scottsboro, including a parade, market, live music, carriage rides, and a 5K.

Merry Market at Chapman

Saturday from 10AM – 2PM
Cost: FREE
Chapman School | More Info

This 2nd annual event has over 50 vendors with crafts, jewelry, home decor, sweet treats and more will benefit student groups.

Santa & Beignets

Saturday from 11AM – 1PM
Cost: FREE photos
Beignet Cafe | More Info

Hot, sweet beignets AND St. Nick? Yes, please!

Christkindlmarket

Saturday from 3-9 PM
Cost: FREE
Campus 805 | More Info

Inspired by the Chistkindlmarkets in Germany, your family can enjoy a traditional German American Christmas Market right here in Huntsville.

13th Annual Christmas Festival

Saturday & Sunday
Cost: FREE, donations accepted
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints | More Info

A concert performed by an 80-voice choir and a 40-piece orchestra and an indoorlive Nativity are highlights of this huge holiday event.

Sippin’ Cider Festival

Saturday from 5-8 PM
Cost: FREE
Downtown Athens | More Info

Sample and vote on your favorite cider to win the coveted Cider Cup. Kid’s activities, train rides and a visit from Santa are also on the agenda.

Madison Christmas Parade

Saturday at 5:30 PM
Cost: FREE
Downtown Madison | More Info

Arrive early to get a good spot for the parade, then head to the gazebo for free hot cocoa & cookies served by the Rotary Club.

Parade of Lights on the River

Saturday at 6:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Wheeler State Park | More Info

This fun, festive family event features more than a dozen yachts, pontoons and other watercraft all decorated creatively with lights for the holidays.

Rocket City Jazz Orchestra Christmas Concert

Saturday at 6:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Huntsville Public Library | More Info

This 6th annual concert features music by the Rocket City Jazz Orchestra with a special appearance by the Jazzsmiths.

Nerdy Noel 2.0

Sunday from Noon – 6PM
Cost: FREE admission
Straight to Ale | More Info

This 2nd annual marketplace is about all things nerdy & geeky, and full of sci-fi, comic, anime, fantasy, and pop culture goodies.

PSSSST!!! You’ll find even more free events in our full Event Calendar!

Worth the Money


Galaxy of Lights Driving Nights

Now – 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.

“A Christmas Carol” by Fantasy Playhouse

Friday-Sunday
Cost: Adults $20 Children $15
VBC Playhouse | More Info

This Huntsville Holiday tradition performed by Fantasy Playhouse is back with a fresh interpretation of the Dickens’ classic! Use the Holiday Magic Pass for $2 off!

The Nutcracker

Thursday – Sunday
Cost: $14-20
VBC Concert Hall | More Info

Huntsville Ballet & the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra come together again for a unique performance of this holiday favorite. Save a few bucks on the ticket price here.

Mr. Grumpy’s Toy Shop

Friday – Sunday
Cost: $8-12
Academy Children’s Theatre | More Info

The holiday hit for all ages is a fun, festive, music extravaganza highlighting the spirit of the season with a heartwarming story of love and joy.

Handcrafted for the Holidays

Saturday
Cost: $3-20

  • Artis Studio –  Choose your piece, glaze it, let us fire it and pick it up a few days later. No studio or firing fee if you mention Rocket City Mom!
  • Gift Making Mini Workshops – You and the kids have a variety of options to make something special for a loved one at Designbyhart Studio.

Gaming for a Good Cause

Sunday from Noon – 8PM
Cost: $10
Rocket City Arcade | More Info

Half of all proceeds from every all-day arcade pass purchased today goes to the Food Bank of North AL.

 

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