In a short time from now you'll be cheering “Happy New Year!” I think we are all excited to see 2020 end.
You don't have to search for "what to do for New Year's Eve in Huntsville, AL," because we have a few choices if you decide to celebrate in a socially distant way. We've put together a list of which attractions and events are open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in the Rocket City. Here's to 2021 and having a fantastic new year!
Don't Drop the Ball on your Huntsville New Year's Eve Plans
We appreciate that while some people may want to have a night out for the evening, others may want to conquer all of the festivities during the day and then watch the ball drop from the comfort of their own home. Whether you choose to be an early bird or a night owl this New Year’s Eve, Huntsville wants you to get the most out of your holiday celebration.
GALAXY OF LIGHTS
Huntsville Botanical Garden
New Year’s Eve Hours: December 31, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Garden is closed at 2pm on December 31 and will be closed all New Year’s Day, but Galaxy of Lights will be open on New Year's Eve and on January 1st. Click here for Galaxy's hours of operations.
ROCKET CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
New Year’s Eve Hours: December 31, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A mile and a half maze of bright holiday lights awaits visitors to the Rocket City Christmas light show! Guests can drive through the magical “Santa’s Mountain” themed show around Toyota Field for just $25 per car. The festivities will begin at 5:00pm nightly. Simply tune in to the designated station on your vehicle’s radio and experience a spectacular synchronization of music and lights! Save money with our coupon!
Big Spring International Park
New Year’s Eve Hours: December 31, all day through midnight
Big Spring Park takes on a holiday glow with over 300 elaborately decorated trees! Enjoy a free festive stroll through the park, stop to watch the ice skaters, and savor a hot beverage or dine at a nearby restaurant.
SKATING IN THE PARK
*Photo from 2019
Huntsville Museum of Art
New Year’s Eve Hours: December 31, 12:00 pm – 1:00 am
Open New Year’s Day: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Skate into 2021 with Skating in the Park on New Year’s Eve. It's fun for the entire family! Masks are required when skating on the ice.
APOLLO: WHEN WE WENT TO THE MOON EXHIBIT
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
New Year's Eve Hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
The U.S. Space and Rocket Center will be closed on New Year's Day.
New Year's Eve Hours: 10 am - 9 pm
Christmas Card Lane is an outdoor, giant card exhibit located in the Madison's historic district. You’ll find whimsical, traditional, and religious themes among the more than thirty designs on display.
According to Stovehouse, "this dumb year deserves more sendoffs and so-longs than one. We're doing it 7 times." They will have DJ DonyeWest and a ball drop every hour beginning at 6pm. They will have all of the restaurants open to enjoy eats and drinks. The outdoor area is perfect for social distancing, and it's family friendly. Free kid-friendly sparkling juice toasts 6-10 pm. Celebrate all-ages style early in the evening & get home early ... OR party 'til midnight w/ drink specials & plenty of grub to grab! FREE to attend!
Mars Music Hall
Rock in the 2021 New Year at the Von Braun Center Mars Music Hall with Retro Rock Revival and DJ Danny C! Limited tickets remain for this socially distanced event. Must be 21+.
Ragtime, Blues, and all that Jazz: The Gospel According to Swing
The Byron Stripling Quartet with Orchestra
Thursday, Dec. 31 | 7:30 P.M.
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
S3, Inc. Pops Series
From his work with the classic dance bands of Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman, and Count Basie, to recordings with Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, and Lena Horne, to solo performances with the Boston Pops, BYRON STRIPLING, the trumpeter extraordinaire, has enjoyed one of the most remarkable careers in the history of jazz. This New Year's Eve, Byron and his quartet join forces with the HSO to celebrate a uniquely American art form, highlighting the roots of jazz in blues, ragtime, and gospel traditions. Don't miss this unforgettable evening of toe-tapping swing and soulful virtuosity!
Monte Sano State Park
Start your new year off enjoying the beauty of Monte Sano Mountain. Meet at the Large Pavilion near the parking lot. It's the first right after you enter the front gate. Hike will begin right at 11am so come in a little early to get parked, unloaded, and ready to go! There is no additional charge for participating in the guided hike, but regular park entrance fees will apply at front gate, $5 ages 12+, $2 ages 4-11 & 62+, 3 and under is free. Active military and veterans are always free with valid ID! They will be hiking the North Plateau Loop, it is 2 miles and does have some moderate elevation changes, we always recommend hiking boots. This trail is not stroller friendly.
This hike is suitable for all ages, pets are welcome on a 6 foot leash. Guests must follow social distancing guidelines at all times. Please bring a face cover, water, appropriate weather attire, friends, family, and your camera!
Shenanigans Comedy Theatre
Laugh in the new year with an improv show at Shenanigans Comedy Theatre. This PG-13 show has audience participation by shouting out suggestions like "Whose Line Is It Anyway." Seats will be socially distanced. See Rocket City Improv perform a mix of games and long form for your viewing pleasure! Tickets are $10 and doors open at 7pm. Find us at the Shenanigans Comedy Theatre at 2650 Leeman Ferry Road, Ste. A, Huntsville, AL, 35805
MidCity has taken the holiday "spirit" to a whole new level this year! The Miracle at MidCity - an internationally-celebrated Christmas-themed “bar within a bar” pop-up - will be open through January 3rd. Get in on the Miracle experience with a special menu of Christmas-themed cocktails in funky glassware, holiday music, festive events, and holiday décor that'll flip any Resting Grinch Face.
Madison Station Bar & Grill
Starting at 6pm, you can celebrate the end of the year with a cash balloon drop. Champagne is included with a cover charge and there are room packages available at the Holiday Inn Express.
Sammy T's Music Hall
Sammy T's Music Hall presents a New Years Eve Celebration and balloon drop, in downtown Huntsville. Tickets are on sale and doors open at 8pm with DJ Whirl & Harry IQ.
VooDoo Lounge Bar & Grill
Starting at 9pm, join The Travelin' Rose Band to ring in the new year.
Straight to Ale
Straight to Ale is hosting a Bundle Up and Boogie New Year’s Party! Say goodbye to 2020 with a safe, socially distanced outdoor dance party in the Straight to Ale Biergarten! This is a free event. Dance to a DJ, sip on some warm specialty cocktails such as their Spiced Rum Mulled Cider, enjoy unique barrel-aged brews, and stick around to welcome in the new year with a Straight to Ale style ball drop at midnight! Need to warm up? Head inside to the main taproom to enjoy brews and order something off their late-night food menu, or head into the Speakeasy for specialty cocktails and some holiday movie screenings! Hot Mulled Cider will be available at the outdoor Biergarten bar. Barrel-aged beers will be available in High Falls Tasting Room. Please note – in order to ensure a safe environment, we ask that you follow proper social distancing protocol. Face masks are required when not seated at your table or drinking/eating.
Say a Salty goodbye to 2020! Enjoy live music from Calliope Pettis (9pm), Jayne & The Huntsmen (10pm), and Wanda Band (11pm). They will have a fire pit outside with a 'burn the bad' station, where you’ll be able to write down what you want to leave in 2020 and toss it in the fire – peace out bad vibes, hello new year! They will also have a warm clothing drive benefitting First Stop Homeless Shelter, so bring some coats, socks, thermals, and sweaters to drop in the donation box!
Please note – in order to ensure a safe and socially distanced environment, they are checking temperatures at the door, and closely monitoring their capacity to stay within the current restricted limit. Face masks are required upon entry and when not seated at your table or drinking your beverage. Patrons are also invited to bundle up and spend some time in the outdoor Beer Garden space around the fire pit!
Huntsville Attractions Closed for New Year’s Day - January 1, 2020
Huntsville/Madison County Visitor Center
Burritt on the Mountain
Alabama Constitution Hall Park
EarlyWorks Children’s Museum
Historic Huntsville Depot
Huntsville Botanical Garden
Huntsville Museum of Art
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum