5 Magical Holiday Events in Huntsville, Alabama

5 Magical Holiday Events in Huntsville, Alabama

From colorful rows of evergreen trees to dazzling icicle forests, the holiday vibes are strong in Huntsville, AL. This is a Southern destination that doesn’t often get painted in wintry white, so fostering a festive atmosphere is especially important, and luckily, the community is all over it.

Grab a candy cane or a cup of cocoa and check out these five holiday events in Huntsville, Alabama, that will put you in the Christmas spirit.

Special thanks to the Huntsville/Madison County CVB and their partners for hosting me at some of these attractions. All opinions are my own.

5 Magical Holiday Events in Huntsville, Alabama

Historic Huntsville Depot


Santa’s Village

Did you know that Santa lives in Huntsville, AL? That whole North Pole thing is a facade — the guy in red busts out swim trunks for vacay in Gulf Shores each summer and we can only assume who he’s pulling for come football season. Bad jokes aside, Santa's Village downtown is a sweet little spot to take the kiddos to meet Mr. Kringle, along with his elves and reindeer.

Located at the Historic Huntsville Depot, an old train station built in the 1860s, the magical land comes alive with twinkly lights, singing trees and musical entertainment during the holidays.

Open Nov. 29-Dec. 23, 2019

Tinsel Trail

If you’re one of those people who leaves your Christmas tree up for a good two months (shamelessly raising my hand), you’ll love the Tinsel Trail in Big Spring Park. But even if you’re a normal person with an appropriate level of appreciation for trees, you must check out this free holiday attraction.

Hundreds of evergreens line up in neat rows here, each decorated by a local company, organization or family in all kinds of colorful themes. You’ll see classic decor, hand-made ornaments, nods to movie characters, and a couple of quirky setups that I can only assume were built on inside jokes. Come during the day to gain some inspiration for your own tree, and again after dusk to see them all aglow.

Open Nov. 29, 2019-Jan 1, 2020

Holiday events in Huntsville Alabama

Skating in the Park

There’s something so special about finding an outdoor skating rink in the South. Especially when it’s still warm enough outside to wear short sleeves in December and you’re grasping for that Christmassy feeling. Gliding around on the ice with the stars for company and “Winter Wonderland” playing in the background is just the right dose of holiday magic.

The Huntsville Museum of Art’s skating rink is such a fun addition to the landscape of Big Spring Park over the holidays and makes a perfect date-night spot or family outing. In between laps around the rink, you can sip on hot chocolate to warm up, or go all out and fuel up on nachos and funnel cakes from the concession stand. After all, you’ll probably burn a lot of calories showing off those twirls and not falling even once!

Open Nov. 15, 2019-Jan. 12, 2020

Bridge Street Town Centre

I’m not much of a mall person, but I’ve always loved department stores during the holidays - with the window displays, Christmas trees and giant paper snowflakes dangling everywhere. It just makes me want to grab a candy cane and skip around holding Santa’s hand. Bridge Street Town Centre ticks all my boxes for holiday charm, with its soaring tree, illuminated reindeer and a strolling Santa available for photos leading up to Christmas.
I especially love that you can do some good here too, by popping into the Kids to Love Foundation's wrapping center. Gifts for foster kids are accepted at the location until mid-December, and you can get your prezzies wrapped through Christmas Eve for a small fee to support the non-profit.

Open daily. The Christmas tree lighting is on Nov. 22 and Santa’s here Nov. 22-Dec. 24, 2019.


Galaxy of Lights

If you’re like me and get a little too excited about Christmas lights, you definitely need to check out the holiday scenes at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. There are close to 200 different displays this year at the Galaxy of Lights, including some really clever moving scenes and an icicle forest that had me oohing and pointing like a little kid.

Since you’ll be driving through the attraction (unless you visit on walking nights early in the season), you’re free to cozy up in Christmas PJs and bring your own hot cocoa to sip while you listen to the accompanying festive tunes.

Open Nov. 15-18, 21-26 for walking and Nov. 29, 2019-Jan. 4, 2020 for driving.

Celebrate the holidays in Huntsville, Alabama, at these festive events and magical scenes throughout the city. #Holidayevents #Holidays #Christmas #Huntsville #HolidayTravel
These holiday events in Huntsville, Alabama, will help you get in the spirit of the season, from parks full of Christmas trees to dazzling light displays. #Holidayevents #Holidays #Christmas #Huntsville #HolidayTravel
These holiday attractions and events in Huntsville, Alabama, will help you get in the festive spirit, from Santa meet-and-greets to dazzling light displays. #Holidayevents #Holidays #Christmas #Huntsville #HolidayTravel
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