Holiday music is in the air and streets are lined with twinkling lights when we celebrate the holidays in the Rocket City. We host parades, parties, and events that make each year uniquely special and unforgettable. 2019 is no different!
One of the best parts of a Huntsville holiday season is the many shows and performances that warm our hearts and get us in the spirit for chilly nights indoors, extra time with friends and family, and making memories.
Get In The Christmas Spirit With These Huntsville Performances & Shows
What shows do you need to attend during this festive season? There are some classics and some that are completely and uniquely "Rocket City." We’ve made a list of a few and we welcome everyone to send us suggestions so we can add them to the list!
Photo Credit for photos above: Jeff White Photography
Fantasy Playhouse – “A Christmas Carol”
Most Huntsvillians look forward to the Fantasy Playhouse showcase of “A Christmas Carol” each year. Known as Huntsville’s premier children’s theatre and academy, the group puts on a stunning performance of the Charles Dickens classic.
Come watch as talented performers bring the life of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghost of Christmas Past to life in a beautiful theatrical experience. You’ll leave feeling a new appreciation for the holidays thanks to their emphasis on love, charity, and kindness.
December 6-8 and 13-15 at the VBC Playhouse
(Friday Nights @ 7 p.m.) (Saturdays & Sundays @ 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.)
Alabama Youth Ballet and Huntsville Ballet Company – “The Nutcracker”
Join both the Alabama Youth Ballet and the Huntsville Ballet Company as they each perform their renditions of the classic Nutcracker Ballet.
Many of us know the tale of Clara and her wooden nutcracker that go on an adventure and end up in a battle between fearsome mice and tin soldiers. It’s a must-see holiday classic that captures the beauty and nostalgia of Christmas as told by enchanting ballerinas.
Don’t miss the music and fun of The Nutcracker Ballet!
“Huntsville Ballet Company” Performance Dates:
December 13 @ 7:30 p.m. at the VBC
December 1 @ 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the VBC
December 15 @ 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the VBC
“Alabama Youth Ballet” Performance Dates:
December 20 @ 7 p.m. at Lee High School Main Stage
December 21 @ 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Lee High School Main Stage
December 22 @ 2 p.m. at Lee High School Main Stage
Sanders Family Christmas at Burritt on the Mountain
The Sanders Family Christmas Play is a fun, folksy tale told by the Southern Rogue Theatre Company and Huntsville’s Burritt on the Mountain. Because the play is set in an old country church, guests will be welcomed into the old church at Burritt—the perfect location.
Be inspired by Christmas carols and vintage hymns as you take a trip to Mount Pleasant, North Carolina on Christmas Eve in 1941. It’s a comical piece that will make you want to dance and sing along.
December 18, 19, 20, 21 @ 7 p.m.
December 21 & 22 @ 2:30 p.m.
IMP Theatre – “Jolly Holly Holiday”
Grab your friends and head over to the Straight to Ale Speakeasy for the Jolly Holly Holiday cabaret. You’ll hear many of your favorite Christmas songs that will instantly put you in the holiday mood.
It’s appropriate for all ages so be sure to bring the family along!
December 15 @ 2 p.m. (The 6 p.m. show sold out)
Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center – “The North Pole’s Got Talent”
If you aren’t familiar with Merrimack Hall, you’re missing out. Founded by Debra and Alan Jenkins, it’s a performing and visual arts center for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Every year in December, students of the facility’s acting and dance classes come together to put on a spectacular holiday showcase. This time, the group will be performing an original show titled “The North Pole’s Got Talent” in which several popular Christmas characters—like Jack Frost, Buddy the Elf, and Elsa—all compete in a talent show to win the spot of Head Elf on Santa’s present-delivering team.
Come watch and support these incredible actors and dancers as they show off their talents and warm your heart.
December 7 at 2 p.m. @ Merrimack Hall
December 7 at 6 p.m. @ Merrimack Hall
Other Von Braun Center Performances
Want more holiday magic? Check out a full list of shows and happenings at the VBC this winter! From holiday parties to craft shows, you’ll find everything you need to make the most of the season.
What other Holiday performances and shows should we add to this list? Let us know in the comments!