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. This year 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 Children's Theater – “A Christmas Carol”
Most Huntsvillians look forward to the Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater 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 3-5 and 10-12 at the Von Braun Center Playhouse
Friday Nights @ 7 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays @ 1 p.m. and 6 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 10 @ 7:30 p.m. at the Von Braun Center (VBC) Mark C Smith Concert Hall
December 11 @ 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the VBC Mark C Smith Concert Hall
December 12 @ 1 p.m. at the VBC Mark C Smith Concert Hall
Alabama Youth Ballet Performance Dates:
December 17 @ 7 p.m. at Lee High School Main Stage
December 18 @ 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Lee High School Main Stage
December 19 @ 2 p.m. at Lee High School Main Stage
Theater Huntsville - Winter Wonderettes and The Eight: Reindeer Monologues
Theater Huntsville has one of the first shows of the season with "Winter Wonderettes." This delightful Jukebox musical opens on November 12th and is the perfect way to ring in the season. It's great fun for the whole family featuring wonderful music and a return to stage for 'The Marvelous Wonderettes.'
Are you looking for something different for Christmas this year? Well, "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues" is the script for you: eight reindeer dishing about the real Santa. All those rumors you've heard about him and the elves? About Rudolph's little secret? About Vixen's story that was leaked to the press? All true. Yes, the reindeer finally speak up and they do not hold back! Recommended for Adult Audiences Only.
Winter Wonderettes Performance Dates:
November 12 @ 7:30 p.m. at the VBC Playhouse
November 13 @ 7:30 p.m. at the VBC Playhouse
November 14 @ 2:00 p.m. at the VBC Playhouse
November 18 @ 7:30 p.m. at the VBC Playhouse
November 19 @ 7:30 p.m. at the VBC Playhouse
November 20 @ 2:00pm and 7:30 p.m. at the VBC Playhouse
The Eight: Reindeer Monologues Performance Dates:
December 17 @ 7 p.m. at Studio Theater in Lowe Mill A&E
December 18 @ 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Studio Theater in Lowe Mill A&E
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 15 @ 7 p.m. at Burritt on the Mountain
December 16 @ 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Burritt on the Mountain
December 17 @ 2 p.m. at Burritt on the Mountain
December 18 @ 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Burritt on the Mountain
December 19 @ 2:30 p.m. at Burritt on the Mountain
IMP Huntsville – “Jolly Holiday”
Grab your friends and get in the car for the IMP Huntsville's Jolly 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 19 - Afternoon and Evening Shows
Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center – “The Christmas Story"
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.
A collaborative production featuring our friends with special needs, The Christmas Story comes alive on the stage at Merrimack Hall on December 10 & 11.
Come watch and support these incredible actors and dancers as they show off their talents and warm your heart.
The Christmas Story Performance Dates:
December 10 at 6 p.m. @ Merrimack Hall
December 11 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!