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

New Year’s Eve in Huntsville

In a short time from now you’ll 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 2018, 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.


New Year’s Eve at Huntsville Times Square

Downtown Huntsville Courthouse Square

Celebrate the New Year in Downtown Huntsville at this free, family friendly, street festival. There will be live bands, food trucks, a DJ, lighting shows, and a one of a kind count down at midnight. Be there or be SQUARE!

New Year’s Eve Hours: 7 pm – 12 am


Galaxy of Lights

Huntsville Botanical Garden

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

The Garden is closed 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.


New Year’s Eve Celebration at Topgolf Huntsville

Topgolf Huntsville

The brand-new Topgolf will be decked out in gold and ready to celebrate with live entertainment, a chef-inspired menu and a midnight celebration to remember.

New Year’s Eve Hours: Sunday, December 31, 9:00 pm – 1:00 am


Above and Beyond Exhibit

U.S. Space & Rocket Center

New Year’s Eve Hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm

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: Sunday, December 31, 8:00 pm – 1:00 am

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


Symphony Pops Series: TV & Movie Hits

Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall

New Year’s Eve Hours: 7:30 pm

Spend New Year’s Eve with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and tune in and toast to great orchestral music from screens big and small – blockbuster epics like Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and Pirates of the Caribbean as well as nostalgic nods to classic television. Music is what makes the magic happen, and there are plenty of thrills and surprises in store for fans of all ages.

Skating in the Park

Huntsville Museum of Art

New Year’s Eve Hours: Saturday, December 31, 12:00 pm – 1:00 am

Open New Year’s Day: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm


New Year’s Eve Piano Drop

A.M. Booth’s Lumberyard

New Year’s Eve Hours: 7:00 pm – 1:45 am

Get your tickets to say goodbye to 2017!

Celebrate in Downtown’s Backyard with live music and a New Orleans-inspired menu. Watch the piano drop from a crane in the courtyard during the countdown to midnight.

Bands will play simultaneously throughout the property:

Microwave Dave & The Nukes – Music Hall   7 pm 11:45 pm
Seminole Strut – The Veranda 9-1:00
Lamont Landers Band – The Kiln 8:30 – 1:30
Cool Bone Brass Band  – On the Prowl all night long.   The Kiln 9- 10:40


Tinsel Trail

Big Spring International Park East

New Year’s Eve Hours: dusk – 12:00 am

Big Spring Park takes on a holiday glow with over 300 elaborately decorated trees! Enjoy a festive stroll through the park, stop to watch the ice skaters, and savor a hot beverage or dine at a nearby restaurant.


Christmas Card Lane

Downtown Madison

New Year’s Eve Hours: 10 am – 9 pm

Christmas Card Lane is an outdoor, life-size card exhibit located in the Madison’s historic district.  You’ll find whimsical, traditional, and religious themes among the more than thirty designs on display.


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, 2018

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















  • 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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