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Holiday Events in Huntsville, AL

Capture the magic of the holiday season in Huntsville, where twinkling light shows, dazzling performances, and sightings of Santa await for you to make memories to last a lifetime. Throughout November - December, there's lots to do in Huntsville that's sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

*Due to COVID-19, some 2020 events may have altered hours, limited capacity, or require pre-purchased tickets. Please be sure to confirm details with host organizations.

Galaxy of Lights  

Huntsville Botanical Garden

A milestone for this Huntsville staple, the Galaxy of Lights is celebrating 25 years! Join the tradition of this winter light extravaganza with thousands of twinkling lights and animated displays. Enjoy the lights in a variety of ways, including Walking Nights and Dog Nights! Share your photos using the hashtag #GalaxyofLights25.

Walking Nights

  • November 13 - 25
  • 5:15- 8:30 pm (last admission). Admission to Walking Nights will use timed tickets that must be reserved in advance online.

Driving Nights

  • November 27 - January 2
  •  5:30- 9:00 pm (last admission)

Dog Walking Nights 

November 16 and 23 


Santa's Village 

Historic Huntsville Depot

Young and young-at-heart will delight in visiting Santa & Mrs. Claus's home, the reindeer in their stable and elves in their toy shop.  Create special memories for you and your family in the village Santa calls home. Santa's Village may look a bit different this year- stay tuned for upcoming announcements!

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Spirit of Christmas Past Luminaries Tour

Twickenham Historic District

Spirit of Christmas Past - Luminaries Tour

Although the homes will not be open this year, the Twickenham Historic District will be aglow with luminaries, trees & front doors glistening with holiday decorations.
December 12


Downtown Huntsville Tinsel Trail

Big Spring International Park

Tinsel Trail - Kadie Pangburn

A festive display of live Christmas trees in downtown Huntsville decorated by individuals, non-profits and corporations.  Located in Big Spring Park East. 

Opens November 27


Skating in the Park

Huntsville Museum of Art in Big Spring International Park

Skating in the Park - Kadie Pangburn

Grab your friends, family and skates then head downtown to enjoy outdoor ice skating behind the Museum. Admission charged and  rental skates available.  

November 20 - January 10

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November 13 - January 3, 5:00 p.m. nightly. $25 per car.

Hundreds of thousands of lights will be on display for all to safely enjoy this holiday season. Guests can drive through the magical “Santa’s Mountain” themed light show around Toyota Field. Visitors can tune into their vehicle’s radio and experience a spectacular synchronization of music and lights. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or on the day of the event – credit cards and mobile pay are encouraged.

Winter Wonderland - November 13 - December 24, regular Christmas Spectacular hours + 11:00 a.m. Saturday-Sundays

Guests can also park their car after driving through the lights and enter the winter wonderland within the stadium at no additional cost. Inside the ballpark will feature numerous holiday activities for all ages, including hot chocolate stations, cookie decorating, s’mores making, character visits, shopping, and more! 


Kris Kringle's Candlelight Christmas

Burritt on the Mountain 

Kris Kringle's Candlelight Christmas

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. 

December 4 and 5 (5:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Burritt's Holiday Magic Dinners: December 10-12 and 17-18

Enjoy a holiday dinner in the upscale atmosphere of the Burritt Mansion or the family style warmth of the cabins in the Historic Park.


Santa Train Ride

North Alabama Railroad Museum 

Ride with Santa, gifts for the children and candy canes for everyone. Take the museum's free walking tour. See historic railroad equipment & the Chase Depot. The train will operate rain or shine.

 December 5-6
Saturday, December 5: 12:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 6: 3:00 p.m.

 December 12-13
Saturday, December 12: 12:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 13: 3:00 p.m.


Join us for our Annual Christmas Parades

Christmas tree  The annual Huntsville Christmas Parade looks a bit different this year! In place of the traditional parade, Mix 96.9 and the Von Braun Center will present the Christmas Fireworks Spectacular on Friday, December 4, in the parking lot of Joe W. Davis Stadium. The parking lot will open at 6:00 p.m. for assigned parking, with the show beginning at 7 p.m. Cars will be parked with one spot between one another to accommodate for social distancing for those who wish to sit outside  their vehicles to enjoy the show. 

ornament Details on Madison's Annual Christmas Parade will be announced soon.

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Huntsville Ballet Nutcracker

green ornament Savor a delicious meal with family and friends at one of our area's exclusive restaurants. Pause to listen to a children's choir at one of our many shopping centers.

Holiday ornament Visit area attractions like the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Huntsville Museum of Art, and more to tour special exhibitions.




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