Don’t let your pooch be a bah hum-pug; here are a few places to celebrate the PAWlidays with your favorite furry friend! 


1. Walk the dog and the Tinsel Trail in Downtown Huntsville

Get in the holiday spirit with a walk through the Tinsel Trail with your best four-legged friend. The Tinsel Trail is a holiday showcase in Big Spring International Park made of hundreds of decorated live Christmas trees. Every evening the trees light up the park from dusk until midnight. It’s a magical sight for you and your pup! 

Date: November 24, 2023 - December 31, 2023
Time: From dusk till midnight | lit daily 
Location: Big Spring International Park - 200 Church St SW, Huntsville, AL 35801
Admission: FREE 


2.Go windows down and Waggy tail at the Rocket City Light Show and Winter Wonderland 

The howl-idays are here! Enjoy the Rocket City Christmas Light Show with your furry friends! This year, Santa Paws approves as the dazzling mile-and-a-half maze of festive lights twinkle to the rhythm of 'Santa's Favorite Tales.' It's a tail-wagging experience you won't want to miss! Roll down your windows, turn up the holiday tunes on 95.5fm, and embark on a merry drive, kicking off every night at 5:00 p.m. Fetch your car keys, buckle up, and let the woof-derful festivities begin! 

Date: November 17 - January 1, 2024
Time: 5:00PM - 9:00PM Daily
Location: Toyota Field - 500 Trash Panda Way, Madison, AL 35758
Admission: $30 per car - Ticket Link: Ticket Link


3. Have a dog gone good time at Galaxy of Lights 

Dive nose-first into a world of holiday magic at the Galaxy of Lights – where you'll enjoy two-and-a-half miles of millions of twinkling lights that make even Clark Griswold's Christmas dreams seem a tad dim! This dazzling display boasts over 200 light displays and immersive holiday experiences like.... SNOW! 

Dates: OPEN December 17-31, 2023
Time:  5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Huntsville Botanical Gardens - 4747 Bob Wallace Ave SW, Huntsville, AL 35805
Admission: Ticket Link: Public Tickets

  • Dog Walking Nights: 
    • Every Monday and Tuesday during Walking Nights (November 20 & 21 and December 18 & 19)
    • Purchase regular walking night tickets 


4. Meet Santa Paws at Bridge Street Town Centre

Paws and Claus come together at Bridge Street Town Centre's Pet Photos with Santa benefiting Luna Farms Rescue! Your four-legged friends are invited to get their photo with Santa in front of the 45-foot Christmas tree!

For a donation to Luna Farms Rescue – You can take photos of your pet with Santa, using a cell phone or your personal camera. You can also enjoy any of the other holiday magic happenings at Bridge Street with your pup. Bridge Street Town Centre is pet-friendly! 

Pet Photos 

Dates: December 2, 2023
Times: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Bridge Street Town Centre - 365 The Bridge St, Huntsville, AL 35806
Admission: donation

Light Show

Dates & Times: Multiple dates HERE 
Bridge Street Town Centre - 365 The Bridge St, Huntsville, AL 35806
Admission: FREE 


5. Paws and reflect on the beauty of the Tennessee River at Ditto Landing for Christmas on the River 

Bark the herald angels sing at Christmas on The River at Ditto Landing! From December 1 to 31, 2023, this festive tail-wagger invites you for a daily dose of paw-liday magic, and guess what? No admission fee! Take a leisurely stroll down the Christmas Card Lane adorned with 4’ by 8” lit Christmas cards, each a masterpiece crafted by local businesses. 

Dates & Times: Open December 1-31, 2023

Christmas Card Lane Walking Nights 
Dates: December 1st - 6th | 8th - 13th | 15th - 20th | 22nd - 27th | 29th - 31st 
Time: 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Location: Ditto Landing - 293 Ditto Landing Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803

Night time shot Christmas on the river ditto
Photo by: Cyle Augusta Lewis