5 Things to Do When Your Family Comes to Visit you in Huntsville: Holiday Edition


5 Things to Do When Your Family Comes to Visit you in Huntsville: Holiday Edition

So your family is coming to spend Christmas break in Huntsville and you’re wondering what on Earth am I going to do with all these people to keep them happy and entertained?

Not to worry. Here’s some great ideas that will have you and your family enjoying Huntsville and each other all break long!


TInsel Trail 2016

1. Have a Very Huntsville Holiday

Drive through Huntsville Botanical Garden Galaxy of Lights.

Stroll through Tinsel Trail in Big Spring Park East.

Go ice skating in the park at the Huntsville Museum of Art.

See Santa and a few of his reindeer at Santa’s Village.

Pile in the car and drive around checking out fancy neighborhood light displays with help from this handy guide to great neighborhood light displays from Rocket City Mom.

-These are the must-do’s that you and the fam should do every year. They’re a Huntsville tradition!



2. Catch some B-ball

Now this is something different. It’s not every day or even every year that you can see an SEC basketball matchup like the Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Arkansas State in Huntsville. The Rocket City Classic, however, could become a Huntsville tradition with other SEC teams (ahem, Auburn) playing here in the future. So bring the family out for a fun night of hoops.

BONUS: During the game we’re giving away a Huntsville prize pack with a free hotel stay, dining gift certificates and attraction deals.



3. See a movie

But not just any movie. See the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in IMAX® at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Spacedome. It’s one of only 16 theaters in the world showing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 70mm IMAX® film format.

If you go:

Daily showings throughout December and January. Check listing for exact times. | Tickets



4. Chuck a Puck

Huntsville is your No. 1 destination for some great southern hockey action from our professional hockey team, the Huntsville Havoc and collegiate hockey action with the UAH Chargers.

If you go:

Dec. 27 @ 7 p.m. Huntsville Havoc vs. Columbus Cottonmouths | Tickets

Dec. 30 @ 7 p.m. Huntsville Havoc vs. Evansville Thunderbolts | Tickets

BONUS: Dec. 30 is SuperHero night! Go to the game dressed as your favorite super hero!

UAH Chargers hockey is on the road during Christmas break, but the home game action returns Jan. 6 & 7 against Minnesota State. | Info & Tickets


Rocket City Selfie Holiday

5. Take a Selfie!

It doesn’t have to snow in Huntsville for you to get a fun holiday photo of you and your family in snow-covered Huntsville. Stop by the downtown Huntsville Visitor Center and take a #RocketCitySelfie! We’ve loaded the selfie machine with special holiday backgrounds. You can pose in the snow in rocket park at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, with the Christmas tree at Bridge Street Town Centre, or Burritt on the Mountain covered in, you guessed it, snow!




How do you and your family spend the holidays in Huntsville? Tell us in the comments! And have a merry Huntsville holiday from all of us here at the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau!


Which iHeartHsv blogger wrote this?

Heather Smith

Heather Smith is a Huntsville native, who left the great state of Alabama just long enough to know it was time to go back home. A former newspaper reporter and author, Heather loves to tell a good story and believes every one and every thing has a story worth telling. Heather is an avid reader, music-lover, movie- and concert-goer, lover of plays and shows and the occasional sports fan. When she’s not cheering on her two sons at basketball or soccer, she can be found sipping white chocolate mochas with caramel drizzle at Starbucks or trying to learn guitar.






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