It’s a much quieter weekend in Huntsville, but we think it’s definitely the quiet before the holiday storm. Speaking of holidays…
Get out your schedules and start mapping them out – our annual Holiday Happenings Guide is ready for you to peruse!
- Holiday Concerts & Music
- Plays, Pageants, & Performances
- Santa Sightings
- Opportunities to Give
- Special Holiday Events
- Parades & Tree Lightings
- … and much more!
Free & Cheap
Under the Christmas Tree
Friday – Sunday
Cost: $5-8 to shop | kids under 18 free
VBC South Hall | More Info
THE shopping event of the season – you can buy for family, friends, teachers, pets, and the mailman! In addition to all kinds of Christmas decorating ideas and more than 100 specialty merchants from 9 states, the 32nd Annual Under the Christmas Tree Market will include Breakfast with Santa, Photos with Santa, holiday art activities, gingerbread decorating parties, Elf University, and even a special Harry Potter Christmas event! (Special events have an additional fee.)
Local Fall Festivals
Friday – Saturday
School Fall Fests were one of my favorite things as a kid and there are still a few happening this weekend!
- Williams School Fall Fest – Friday from 3:30-6:30 PM
- Columbia High Fall Extravaganza – Friday from 5-9 PM
Build a Toy Helicopter
Saturday from 9-Noon
Cost: FREE, online RSVP required
Home Depot | More Info
You can help make a toy helicopter with your kid – a great project to prepare for Veteran’s Day! These hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5-12 and include a Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.
Tree Planting Festival
Saturday from 9AM – Noon
John Hunt Park | More Info
Come get a free tree to plant at your home and help Operation Green Team plant a tree in John Hunt Park. They’ll have some fun learning activities for children as well as free popcorn, cotton candy and hot chocolate.
Free Play Basketball
Saturday from 12:30 – 4:30 PM
Showers Rec Center | More Info
Have fun with other kids your age and your parent/guardian! For kids ages 12 and under. Enjoy basketball free play with the whole family – no membership needed.
Worth the Money
Fall Color Train Ride
Saturday at 10 AM and 1 PM
North AL Railroad Museum | More Info
The Mercury & Chase Railroad has track that winds in and out of beautiful North Alabama scenery. Make sure your cameras are ready – you don’t want to miss the colors from their large, picture windows! Still not sure? Read our Parent Review.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Friday & Saturday
Cost: FREE admission
Various locations below
The theme this weekend is definitely all about shopping. Get a jump on the gift-giving season and hit up one of these local markets.
- Cindy Lou’s Pop Up Market – Friday & Saturday
- 3rd Annual Crafts 4 Clean Water – Saturday from 9AM – 4PM
- Southern Tradition at Madison Academy – Saturday from 9AM – 2PM
- A Taste of the Holidays at Asbury UMC – Saturday from 9AM – 1PM
- Vintage Market Days in Decatur – from 10AM – 5PM on Saturday
Saturday at 10:00 AM
Alabama Youth Ballet Studios | More Info
Make a keepsake craft, meet Nutcrackers dancers, and hear the story of The Nutcracker at this Mommy & Me Nutcracker Tea. The tea party will conclude with a mini presentation of show excerpts performed by members of the Alabama Youth Ballet. This is a great event if you have a little one that loves ballet, but might not be ready to sit through an entire show.
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