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Rock Around the Rocket City this Holiday Season
2023 Holiday Magic Events
Capture the magic of the holiday season with twinkling light shows, dazzling performances, and Santa sightings. Huntsville offers plenty of festive events and activities to get you in the holiday spirit. Some events may have altered hours, limited capacity, or require pre-purchased tickets. Be sure to confirm details with host organizations.
The Camp at MidCity District
November 12, 11AM-4PM
Over 150 local vendors, Live music, Santa and several special characters will be visiting with shoppers, TONS of food options all throughout MidCity, free to enter, no outside food and drink allowed, Adult beverages will be available all afternoon, Tasty hot drinks all day long, Come with your pocketbooks ready to #supportlocal, make sure to bring some cash for vendors who are cash-only
Parking is all throughout MidCity District, please be mindful of the various types of parking. Some parking is angled-reverse parking. Not all parking will be within one block of the Market. (Perk of wearing walking shoes!)
Huntsville Botanical Garden
November 17 - December 31
Walking Nights: Pre-purchase your timed ticket (5:15 - 8:30 pm) to guarantee admission.
November 17 – 26, 29, 30 (Closed Thanksgiving Day)
December 1 – 3, 16 – 24 (Closed Christmas Day)
Driving Nights: December 4 – 15 & 26 – 31 | 5:30 - 9:00 pm
Join the tradition of this winter light extravaganza with thousands of twinkling lights and animated displays. Enjoy the lights in various ways, including Walking Nights, Dog Nights, and a 3K and 5K race. Tickets for Walking Nights and Driving Nights are available to pre-purchase online or at the Garden’s front desk during regular business hours.
Dog Walking Nights: Every Monday and Tuesday during Walking Nights (November 20 & 21 and December 18 & 19)
5k Race: Monday, November 27 | 6:00 pm
3k Fun Run: Tuesday, November 28 | 6:30 pm
November 17 - January 1
Enjoy the drive-through Light Show with a North Pole theme for 45 nights in a row! Experience the Winter Wonderland inside the ballpark, where you can meet Santa and other characters, get your picture inside the giant snow globe, roast s’mores by the firepits, and more.
Huntsville Museum of Art
November 17 - January 7
Grab your friends, family, and skates, then head downtown to enjoy outdoor ice skating behind the Museum. Admission charged. Rental skates are available.
The Orion Amphitheater and Apollo South
November 30 - January 1
Winter Park is an immersive winter-themed experience bringing the magic of the season to life throughout The Orion’s campus! Enjoy music throughout the amphitheater and Apollo South, including DJs spinning for ice skaters and local group performances. With additional events and activities to be announced, there’s winter fun around every corner!
Big Spring International Park
November 24 - December 31
Stroll through a festive forest of live Christmas trees in downtown Huntsville decorated by individuals, non-profits, and corporations.
November 24 - December 24
Featuring kitschy, cute, vintage, and funny holiday decor all over The Camp! PERFECT photo ops, so come out in your festive ware and get ready to get holly and jolly. Enjoy food and drink specials and epic live music every weekend—Pet friendly.
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
November 24 - December 30
Experience the wonders of the season as we explore the Star of Bethlehem in an astronomical context. Balancing both science and religion, we'll explore theories on what celestial phenomenon may have led the Magi to the Nativity more than 2,000 years ago. Check website for pricing and show times and dates.
Main Street in Historic Downtown Madison
December 1 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Step out for an evening of Holiday spirit during the Polar Express Christmas Trees and Wassail Fest featuring food samples, lights, music, hot chocolate, and Santa! .Have a sample and vote for your 5:30 pm - Children's Lantern Parade, live music, hot chocolate, and cookies
Burritt on the Mountain
December 1 - 17
The star-lit mountain will be mirrored by more than 600 flickering candles, adding to the dreamy, nostalgic feel of Candlelight Christmas. You'll find music everywhere on the Mountain. Cider, cookies, and tasty figgy pudding will warm you up. And for another year we will have performances of the Sanderson Family Christmas play. Be sure to purchase tickets early; they're sure to sell out!
Candlelight Christmas: December 1-2, 5PM-9PM
Holiday Magic Dinners: December 5-10
Sanderson Family Christmas: December 13-17
December 1 - 31
Wander through Christmas Card Lane, view an indoor holiday model train display, or make a purchase at the tree farm. Enjoy select drivable and dog-friendly dates and special weekend events.
Holiday Market: December 9th, 10AM-4PM
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
Saturday, December 2, 11AM-7PM
Show your spirit early this year at ‘Yule Y’all,’ our Christmas Market with a southern twist and twinkle. Discover the work of hand-picked makers from across the south who will peddle their unique crafts and wares. Inside, keep your eyes peeled for unique seasonal artwork from participating Lowe Mill A&E studios. You’ll indeed find that one-of-a-kind gift or stocking stuffer during our only holiday shopping day of the year. Parking is $10 per vehicle.
Sunday, December 3, 11AM-4PM
Shop a selection of unique gifts including vintage clothing, vinyl records, home decor, and antiques. Plus holiday food and drink. This is a free event.
Gas Light Alley at Stovehouse
Fridays and Saturdays in December | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The snow's comin' down!! Experience the snowy wonderland that is Gas Light Alley. From 6-9 pm the first three Fridays and Saturdays in December, come stroll through the snow while you shop the merchants of Gas Light Alley with a special highlight on the women-owned, local-owned small businesses. Kids' activities will also be plentiful with ornament and snow globe DIY projects, coloring, and more!
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Saturday, December 9 | 9:30 am
Greet Santa as he makes his grand entrance at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration! Free activities include Touch-a-Truck with vehicles from HEMSI, Huntsville Police Department, Huntsville Fire Department, Huntsville Utilities, WAFF 48, and more! The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library Bookmobile will be on-site. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from local vendors. Overflow parking and bus transportation will be available from Calhoun Community College. Touch-a-Truck and outdoor activities are free. Join Santa as he shares his favorite Christmas story in the National Geographic theater. Tickets to Storytime with Santa will include admission to one reading session, the Saturn V Hall, and hands-on activities. Reading sessions will be at 10AM, 11:30AM, 1PM and 2:30PM. Museum admission is not required.
Twickenham Historic District
Saturday, December 9, 5PM-9PM
Marvel at streets aglow with luminaries and lighted trees while front doors glisten and carolers stroll.
The Orion Amphitheater
December 8 - 10
Arts Huntsville presents Christkindlmarket, a free Bavarian-style holiday art market. Combining German and European tradition with local flair, the new Christkindlmarket Huntsville will feature a unique shopping experience with over 60 juried artists and a blend of holiday food, drink, and music.
EarlyWorks Children's Museum
December 12 - 23
General public, $12 per person | Members, $10 per person | Children under one, free
Weeknights beginning at 5:00 pm | Weekends beginning at 3:00 pm
Tickets must be pre-purchased online
Children are invited to visit with Santa Claus and his North Pole Elves to enjoy this immersive holiday experience. Family-friendly activities adding to the whimsical fun include nightly snowfalls, holiday crafts, a holiday-themed experiment in the all-new Tinker Lab, mingling with costumed characters like the Grinch and Olaf, gingerbread cookie decorating, mailing letters to Santa, and shopping in Santa’s gift shop. Kids have plenty of room to play and enjoy.