It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas all around Huntsville!
Check out these local attractions for a taste of the holidays!
Galaxy of Lights
Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart.
Walking Nights *New: Walking Night Tickets MUST be purchased in advance *
Friday, Nov 15 – Monday, Nov 18 | 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Nov 21– Tuesday, Nov 26| 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Members : Adults: $10, Children: $5
Non-members: Adults: $12, Children: $6
Dog Nights are Nov 18 & 25 only
Galaxy Driving Nights
Friday, November 29 – Sunday, January 4* | 5:30-9:00 p.m.
*Galaxy is closed on Thanksgiving and Dec. 2 & 3 for Galaxy Runs.
$25/car (up to 10 people)/ $3 for each additional person
Skating in the Park
Location: Big Spring Park at the Huntsville Museum of Art
Dates: November 15 – January 12
There are many wonderful wintertime traditions in the Rocket City, but if you’re looking for a unique holiday experience, you’ll find it on the west lawn of the Huntsville Museum of Art. That’s right! Skating in the Park is back and bigger than ever!
Monday – Thursday: 4 – 9 pm
Friday: 4 pm – 10 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 12pm – 8 pm
Ages 10+: $15, ages 9 and under: $10, $5 skate rental, $5 scooter rental
Location: Big Spring Park East
Dates: Friday, November 29 – January 1
Tinsel Trail is a display of live Christmas trees in Downtown Huntsville’s Big Spring Park. An anticipated 300 trees will decorate the park for the holiday season. Intended to promote community, each tree is sponsored by a local corporation, group, or family, and can be decorated by its sponsor or another organization designated by the sponsor.
Location: Huntsville Historic Depot
Dates: November 29 – December 23
Times: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $7 per person
All ages will delight in visiting Santa in his workshop at The North Pole!
Step inside The North Pole Express, Santa’s real-life train car, to create your very own ornament! Write a letter to Santa at The North Pole Post Office! See Santa’s Magic Garden light up The North Pole with twinkling lights and your favorite holiday songs! Snow shows, cookies, and musical entertainment all add to the fun at the Village Santa Calls Home!
Arab’s Santa in the Park
Dates: November 22 – December 23, every Friday & Saturday night
Times: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Arab Historic Village transforms into a winter wonderland complete with Santa’s Toy Shop and his elves and Santa himself. Children can sit in Santa’s lap and have their photo taken, decorate a cookie or write a letter to Santa. Children can also take home Reindeer food, made in the old Grist Mill.
Live music each night at the Rice Church, located in the village.
Madison’s Christmas Card Lane
Location: Front Street, Downtown Madison
Dates: November 3- December 31 nightly
Christmas Card Lane is an outdoor, life-size card exhibit located in the heart of Madison, AL. You’ll find whimsical, traditional, and religious themes amongst the more than thirty designs on display.
Burritt on the Mountain Candlelight Christmas
Dates: December 6 and 7
Times: 5:00 – 9:00 pm
The star-lit mountain will be mirrored by more than 600 candles, adding to the nostalgic feel of the holidays. Music will be heard throughout the mansion and the park; cider, cookies and tasty figgy pudding will keep us warm. Children will enjoy stringing cranberries and popcorn, making paper punch ornaments, creating handmade cards and icing cookies. Many who have come to Candlelight Christmas have felt there was no better way to start the holiday season in a festive non-commercial setting.
One of Burritt’s favorite traditional holiday events is being updated! To ensure that every visitor is guaranteed admission and a parking space, and therefore can enjoy the evening to the fullest, we will be selling tickets for each night.
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum
Dates: December 2 and December 9, times vary
Cost: $20 regular passengers, $30 first-class passengers
Come on out and see the train decorated inside and out. Talk and visit with Santa on the train and let the little ones have their picture made with him. And surprise, all the good youngsters will get a special treat from Santa before the day is done. We have expanded our schedule to try and make sure everyone gets to ride that wants to. These leisurely Santa Train rides last approximately forty minutes. Call (256) 851-NARM for more information.
North Star Limited
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum
Dates: December 1 & 2 and December 7 & 8, times vary
Beginning with the 2015 season, NARM began the North Star Limited, an exciting Christmas season ride. The North Star Limited allows our guests to experience an evening adventure under the wintery stars. Of course, Santa will be on board, spending quality, one-on-one time with each child and their family. The ride lasts approximately 45 minutes, allowing each child to tell Santa everything he or she wants for Christmas. All children on board the North Star Limited will receive a gift from Santa, and every passenger on board, both adults and children, will have a snack waiting for them when they arrive. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas, a unique experience for this ride. As always, our Gift Shop will be open, detached from the train, so be sure to make a visit! We hope to make the North Star Limited a new Huntsville Tradition! Make your reservation early as these rides sell out very quickly! Call (256) 851-NARM for more information.
We love our awesome sponsor Limbaugh Orthodontics and Dr. Lindsay Limbaugh. Visit their website right now!
Looking for even more Christmas fun? Visit our Huntsville Holiday Guide 2019!