Don’t Drop the Ball on Your 2016 New Year’s Eve Plans in Huntsville



Christmas is now behind us, and in a few short days you will be cheering “Happy New Year!” With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, you don’t want to drop the ball (corny, we know…but hopefully you love us for that) on making plans. You might be wondering what, if anything, would be open the evening before the New Year in the Rocket City as well as the first day of the new year. Many places close down to ring in 2017, but not Huntsville. Here in the Rocket City, we understand that New Year’s Eve is a pretty big deal.

Featured below is a list for you to pick and choose when and where you want to go, because we appreciate that while some people may want to have a night out for the evening, others may want to conquer all of the festivities during the day and then watch the ball drop from the comfort of their own home. Whether you choose to be an early bird or a night owl this New Year’s Eve, Huntsville wants you to get the most out of your holiday celebration.

Check out Our Valley Events and Rocket City Mom for even more information on how to celebrate your New Year’s Eve in style this year.


Galaxy of Lights

Huntsville Botanical Garden

New Year’s Eve Hours: Saturday, December 31, 5:30pm – 9:00pm

The Garden closes at 2pm December 31 and will be closed all New Year’s Day, but Galaxy of Lights will be open on New Year’s Eve. Click here for Galaxy’s hours of operations.


Have Yourself A Jazzy Little New Year

Huntsville Museum of Art

New Year’s Eve Hours: Saturday, December 31, 8:00pm – 12:00am


Symphony Pops Series:

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall

New Year’s Eve Hours: Saturday, December 31, 7:30 – 9:30pm

The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra does not have a show on New Year’s day.


Noon Year’s Eve

Pump It Up

New Year’s Eve Hours: Saturday, December 31, 11:00am – 1:00pm

Closed New Year’s Day


Science of Archimedes Exhibit

U.S. Space & Rocket Center

New Year’s Eve Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Mars Masquerade at the Rocket Center

U.S. Space & Rocket Center

New Year’s Eve Hours: Saturday, December 31, 8:00pm – 1:00am

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Skating in the Park

Huntsville Museum of Art

New Year’s Eve Hours: Saturday, December 31, 10:00am – 12:00am

Open New Year’s Day: 12:00pm – 8:00pm



New Year’s Eve Jazz N’ It Up

A.M. Booth’s Lumberyard.

New Year’s Eve: 7:00pm-1:00am

Live music, cocktail hour, dinner, dancing and piano drop. A ticket must be purchased for this all inclusive event. Check here for more info.

New Year’s Beatles Jam

A.M. Booth’s Lumberyard

New Year’s Eve: 9:00pm-1:00am at the Kiln.

Beatles Tribute band, snacks, champagne, and party favors. There is a $15 cover for this event.

New Year’s Eve Piano Drop

A.M. Booth’s Lumberyard.

New Year’s Eve: 10:00pm-12:00am

Free event to say goodbye to 2016. The courtyard opens at 10:00pm with access to the taproom bar.



A new year symbolizes new beginnings, while leaving all that has happened behind in the past year for a clean slate, so why not start out the New Year on a happy note and celebrate with friends and family in Huntsville and Madison County, Alabama.

Huntsville wishes you a Happy New Year!

Attractions Closed for New Year’s Day – January 1, 2017

Huntsville/Madison County Visitor Center

Burritt on the Mountain

Alabama Constitution Village

EarlyWorks Children’s Museum

Historic Huntsville Depot

Huntsville Botanical Garden

Huntsville Museum of Art

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment

U.S. Space & Rocket Center

U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum






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Brooke LeVan is a student at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where she majors in all things Disney Communications and minors in Human Resources. When she isn’t taking classes or interning at the Huntsville/Madison County CVB as their Marketing Intern, you can find her whipping up something hot in the kitchen, doing yoga poses for days, or getting a Tilapia Panini from Big Papa Gyro’s. Lowe Mill is her favorite place to hang around, where she can get a mason jar full of Piper & Leaf’s ice cold tea or pick up some truffles from Pizzelle’s Confections. She has lived in Huntsville her entire life and couldn’t imagine calling any other place home.










  • Erica Hobbs says:

    We had a BLAST last night/this morning while welcoming in the New Year Ice Skating, Hot Chocolate Drinking, Tinsel Trailing, Singing, Dancing and Rocketing with Terrame! HUNTSVILLE IS THE BEST PLACE TO BE!

    Blessings & Godspeed throughout the New Year to you and your loved ones!
    Erica & Harry 😀

    • Jessica Carlton says:

      Happy New Year, Erica & Harry!

      I am so glad to hear you had a great time welcoming the New Year in Huntsville. 🙂

      Tinsel Trail is always so charming – especially when paired with Skating in the Park and the Terrame Rockets into 2016 event!

      Talk soon,

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