UBC Family Holiday Events Roundup

December 11, 2018

Family Holiday Events Roundup

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And there’s no better way to get into the spirit of the season than to gather everyone together for a fun family event. Whether you have little ones ready to meet Santa or just want to see the best Christmas light display in town, we’ve got you covered with some of the best holiday events coming up in northeast Alabama!

Santa’s Village — Now through December 23
  • When: 5-9 p.m.
  • Where: Historic Huntsville Depot, 320 Church St., Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Cost: $7 per person; free for children ages 2 and younger

If you want to see snow in Northeast Alabama this year, Santa’s Village might be your best bet! Bring the kiddos for a free photo with Santa and enjoy live reindeer, cookie decorating in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, an ice maze, Christmas-themed performances, crafts and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Annual Festival of Trees — Now through December 31
  • When: Tuesday throughFriday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 1-4 p.m.
  • Where: The Guntersville Museum, 1215 Rayburn Avenue, Guntersville, Alabama 35976
  • Cost: Free

Get some holiday decorating inspiration at the annual Festival of Trees at the Guntersville Museum which has more than 40 decorated trees and wreaths from around the community on display. There are also special receptions and musical entertainment that are part of the festival.

Christmas at the Falls — Now through December 23 and December 26-30
  • When: 5-9 p.n.
  • Where: 1500 Noccalula Road, Gadsden, AL 35901
  • Cost: $6; free for children ages 3 and younger

Celebrate the season at Noccalula Falls with millions of lights throughout the park and incredible views from the paved walking trails or from your ride on the park’s train. Also don’t miss the petting zoo, cookie decorating, photos with Santa Claus and, of course, hot chocolate. Do be aware that bad weather can close this event, so check online or call to confirm about weather closings at 256-549-4663. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Galaxy of Lights — Now through December 31
  • When: 5:30-9 p.m.
  • Where: Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave., Huntsville, AL 35805
  • Cost: $25 per car with up to 10 guests per carload

Want to see Christmas lights without the chilly walk through your neighborhood? Check out Galaxy of Lights, a 2.5-mile drive featuring larger-than-life animated light displays and special exhibits including a holiday village, dinosaurs, wild animals, a magical twinkling icicle forest, garden scenes, animated snowmen and the 12 days of Christmas. While you’re there, donate to a good cause at one of Galaxy of Lights’ donation points. If you bring an item for donation, you’ll receive $1 off admission at the gate. Items collected include pet food for the Greater Huntsville Humane Society; new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots; non-perishable food items for FOODLine Interfaith Mission Service; and gently used warm coats, hats, mittens and gloves for Inner City Outreach. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Tinsel Trail — Now through Christmas
  • When: Open daily until midnight
  • Where: Big Spring Park, 20 Church St NW, Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Cost: Free

Enjoy the 8th year of this free family event featuring 300 Christmas trees decorated throughout Big Spring Park for the holiday season. The trees are decorated by different local corporations, groups or families, so no two trees are alike. Grab yourself a thermos of hot chocolate from home, wander through the park and enjoy the view! For more information, visit

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